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What to Wear to a Wedding: Five Simple Tips

It’s wedding season! It’s the time of year when friends and families are inviting you to join their special celebrations and to help make memories that will last a lifetime. With that kind of importance, it’s not surprising if you feel pressured to pick the right outfit for the occasion. To help take the guesswork out of what to wear, we turned to a couple of experts to get some quick fashion tips.  

While wedding etiquette has relaxed over the years, it’s generally a good rule of thumb to consider the time of the wedding to determine how to dress.  Below are some tried and true tips that make dressing for a wedding, a piece of cake.

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  1. If the invitation states the wedding is in the evening, it is advisable to dress up and alternatively if it is in the afternoon, then it can be more casual and informal.

  2. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If an invite says “black tie optional,” err on the side of caution and wear a long dress or dark suit or tux. Like mom always said, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

  3. It is also strongly advised that wearing an overly revealing or excessively tight dress is not an appropriate outfit choice as it will take the attention away from the happy couple and divert it elsewhere.

  4. When selecting a dress, it is suggested to wear solid colors, airy fabrics or simple patterns as they blend better with others in photos. Also, make sure your dress is at least finger-tip length. And if the wedding is outside, make sure your dress is lined or simply add a slip to keep your dress from appearing transparent and too revealing. It’s worth noting that  People Magazine recently stated, “…a slip is a girls’ best friend.”

  5. Weddings are often a family affair and with so many children running around, plunging necklines are just not advisable. When in doubt, the best rule of thumb is to conceal, don't reveal!

Lastly, there are obviously exceptions to a few of these suggestions.  If the bride and groom request a certain attire or mention a specific theme, some of these tips may not apply, but for the majority of weddings, these rules are universal.

Article Resources: Vogue magazine  and Brides magazine.

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