It’s wedding season! Not only are you in a mad rush to shop for presents, but you’ve got to figure out the perfect outfit for each one. Here’s a look at the different types of settings for a wedding, and what the current fashion trends are for guests.
Timeless Attire – Think of looks that are chic and always in style. For her: the little black dress, especially for an evening wedding, is always in style. For him: a dark suit with a shirt and tie, or a tuxedo for a formal wedding, is always classic.
Trendy Attire – Is there a theme for the wedding? It could be anything from a backyard barbecue or a Gatsby-inspired party. For her: sundresses with trendy shoes, such as cowboy boots, or a Roaring 20s styled dress, to match the theme. For him: khakhi pants with cowboy boots and hat, or a double breasted “zoot suit,” to match the theme.
Casual Daytime Wedding – For her: cottons, linens and knits. Something comfortable but fashionable. A spring dress is always a great option. Flats and wedges are a good choice if the wedding or reception will be outdoors. If wearing heels, consider heel covers to keep from sinking into the ground and to protect your shoes. For him: a light colored suit. Linen and seersucker are great options. A shirt and tie with khakis is also acceptable.
Beach Wedding – For her: cottons, linens, chiffon, or other lightweight material. Flat sandals or flip flops are the best choice on the sand. For him: linen or seersucker suit, and stick with light colors.
Church Wedding – For her: a dress with a sleeve to cover the shoulders. If wearing a sleeveless dress, wear a wrap to cover the shoulders during the ceremony (this is usually required for a Catholic wedding) that can be removed during the reception. For him: depending upon the formality of the wedding, a suit with a shirt and tie, or a shirt and tie with slacks, is appropriate.
Evening Outdoor Wedding – For her: a cocktail dress or dressy suit in darker colors like jewel tones (emerald, cobalt, navy, purple) or black. Avoid beads or sequins unless the invitation says “black tie.” For him: Black or other dark suit with a shirt and tie.
Formal Evening Wedding – If the invitation says formal, then that means “black tie.” For her: formal dress. Sequins and beading are acceptable. For him: tuxedo.
We hope this has been helpful for you! Always aim for the “happy medium,” and remember, the important thing is that you’re there to celebrate this happy occasion with the bride and groom! Cheers!