Many occasions in life call for a special outfit, and a wedding is definitely one of them! If you’re not sure what to wear to a wedding, don’t worry – we’re here to help.
#1 – Find something that shows off your personal style
When it comes to getting an outfit together for a wedding, it’s easy to fall into the trap of picking an acceptable outfit that does the job and doesn’t ruffle any feathers.
However, there’s no reason you should throw your personal style to the kerb just because the invite says “formal” or “smart casual” (whatever that means!) Instead, you should choose an outfit that’s true to your personal style and in fact, shows it off.
From there, you can take a look at the wedding invitation to see how you can incorporate elements of the wedding theme into your chosen outfit.
Whilst the invitation says “black tie,” the style of formal clothing you choose can be totally up to your interpretation. If it says “semi-formal,” you’ll have a lot more flexibility with your outfit choice.
If you’re really unsure about what to wear, and you aren’t devoted to pushing your personal style, then err on the side of caution and wear an outfit that’s more formal.
It’s generally better to be overdressed than underdressed, and this way, you’ll be sure to look great in the wedding photography for the occasion!
#2 – Consider your comfort
One of the most important, yet overlooked, factors when deciding what to wear to a wedding is comfort. While you of course want to look amazing, and most people would endure a little discomfort if it means they look good, you don’t want to be crippled in pain from shoes that are ill-fitting or a dress that pinches.
Because wedding receptions usually involve a lot of standing up, it makes sense to wear shoes that you feel comfortable standing in and can move around in move in for long periods of time.
If you’re not used to wearing heels, there’s no problem with avoiding them altogether. Instead, opt for a pair of flats or sandals. These days, there are heaps of dressy flat shoe alternatives to heels you can choose from that aren’t daggy.
#3 – Don’t be limited to a dress
A super-stylish way to get dressed for a wedding is to wear a suit. These days, formal suiting for women is trending, and there are a myriad of styles available. On a woman, a suit will make you look modern and powerful.
Whether you opt for a sleek all black tuxedo-style suit, a retro-inspired double breasted and flare version, or something in a bright colour or floral, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.
To make the outfit look as feminine as possible, you can allow a peek of tasteful lingerie to be visible, or dress up the outfit with classy accessories.
For weddings, of course you can’t go wrong with wearing a dress, regardless of the formality of the occasion. If you’re unsure what type of dress to wear, go for something comfortable and stylish such as a flowy floor length dress, a classic slip dress or a fitted sheath. These styles are all elegant and comfortable.
Another good choice is a knee-length cocktail dress. These are perfect for semi-formal weddings. For more formal occasions, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. A LBD is timeless and chic – perfect for a wedding. If you want to stand out from the crowd, choose a dress in a bold color or print.
Wearing a dress is always a safe choice, but it’s definitely not the only option. Let’s look at one more clothing item you can wear to a wedding.
A dress shirt is another stylish alternative if you don’t want to wear a dress or a head-to-toe suit. Dress shirts, whether they’re in a luxe fabric like silk or organza, embroidered, beaded or otherwise embellished can be teamed with skirts or trousers.
As with dresses and suits, you have a wide range of styles, colours and fabrics to choose from. Shirts are a great alternative option for more relaxed weddings, too.
Choosing what to wear to a wedding can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. By considering your personal style, considering the location and the event’s formality, you can narrow down your options and come up with the perfect outfit. And remember, if you’re in doubt, err on the side of being overdressed rather than underdressed.