Wedding Attire Style Guide

by Christina on September 8, 2011

As I mentioned in my previous post, Fall Wedding Invitations, I’ve been invited to a lot of wedding this season. And if you’re anything like me, always concerned with staying stylish… a wedding always begs the question “What to wear?”. In addition to blogging for Parties You Love, I also have an individual blogging endeavor - Style Phile. It’s one of the many, many fashion blogs on the web but it’s where I like to divulge my own point of view on the subject. Recently, I posted a comprehensive guide on what to wear from bridal showers to the wedding itself and I’d like to share some of those tips. Here are just a few general pointers when dressing for a wedding or a wedding-related event.

1. It’s an age-old rule not to upstage the bride but it’s so critical. Believe me, I love to stand out with my clothes but when I’m attending a wedding event, I stay away from anything too bold or flashy. Just stylish and sophisticated.

2. A lot of weddings or showers revolve around a theme. For example, the bridal shower I am attending this weekend has a vintage feel to it. The guests are asked to dress in vintage attire. Be respectful of these details and pay attention to any attire suggestions that are mentioned on the invitation.

3. People often wonder the difference between “Black Tie” and “Formal Attire”. The difference comes into play more with men but essentially Black Tie designates that men wear tuxedos as opposed to dark suits. For the ladies, Black Tie means full length gowns instead of cocktail attire. For more on these specific terms, please see an article on Party Definitions.

And check out this great style inspiration board on what to wear to a formal wedding:

Dress: Milly; Clutch: Forever 21; Bracelet: Alexis Bittar; Shoes: Elizabeth and James

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