The dos and don'ts of wedding guest fashion

The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Guest Fashion

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Feb 1, 2016
Why you should care

Overdressing at a wedding is just as much a crime as underdressing is. Find the perfect balance here!

It’s fun to dress up at weddings because you’re bound to take tons of pictures with the chic couple and their chic cake.

While it’s your duty to look good as a guest, it’s also your duty to know the absolute no-no’s of wedding guest dress code.

1 Colour

Metallic Silver Skirt


Do: Experiment with colour! Instead of sticking to old-fashioned wedding colours like black, peach, lilac, and more, try other colours! Metallics like gold and silver are an easy way to look snazzy despite a simpler cut. A knee-length silver skirt is dressy, trendy, and totally wedding appropriate.

Don’t: Wear white. Whites should be reserved exclusively for the bride. Since you have the choice of every other colour, just avoid white! Even if you know that the bride won’t be donning white for her reception dinner, avoid stealing her thunder at all costs. Remember, it’s her big day.

2 Length

Chriselle Lim Midi Dress


Do: Try out different lengths. Instead of resorting to the formulaic short at cocktail ceremonies and long at black tie receptions, why not try varying lengths? 50’s style midi skirts are on-trend and formal enough for formal dinners. Also try high-low hemlines for something different.

Don’t: Wear too short. Save the super short dresses and mini skirts for a party night, not for a wedding. It’s important to dress decently and adhere to the dress code. You don’t want to stand out for all the wrong reasons.

3 Shimmer

Floral Clutch


Do: Add shimmer to your outfits with embellished garments or accessories! Embellished belts add a pop of interest and a bejewelled clutch elevates your look. Don’t be afraid to add shine to an otherwise basic outfit. Explore beaded, bejewelled, or shiny items.

Don’t: Over-do the shine. Too much shimmer steals the limelight, literally. Let the bride shine and stay away from anything that is too sparkly or that might make you look like you came from the skating rink.

4 Accessories

Do: Pull your outfit together with suitable accessories. Special occasions are a good time to whip out that statement necklace, bright-coloured bag, and funky shoes. Accessories can easily jazz up simpler or recycled outfits.

Don’t: Accessorise inappropriately like wear a hat or sunglasses at a formal dinner reception. Save your sun hats and sunglasses for a garden or outdoor ceremony instead.

5 Comfy

Do: Dress comfortably. Weddings tend to run long and involve dancing and running around – especially if you’re a bridesmaid. Wear heels that aren’t too high and outfits that aren’t too tight. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable after the third hour because that’s when the party starts! Try kitten heels instead of sky-high platforms.

Don’t: Dress too casually in favour of comfort. Avoid jeans and t-shirts if the dress code states ‘formal’.

6 Prints

Printed Dress


Do: Have fun with prints! Prints not only make your look stand out, they also brighten up pictures. Look for florals, polka dots, or abstract prints.

Don’t: Don a tacky animal print that’s too tight. Keep in mind your outfit’s level of decency at weddings. You’d want to respect the couple and not to mention, their fashion sentiments. Just kidding (maybe).

Why you should care

Overdressing at a wedding is just as much a crime as underdressing is. Find the perfect balance here!

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