Hello beautiful weather and hello to the weddings that happen during the gorgeous spring summer season. I know we all want to look perfect for that special family or friends wedding. Here is a list of wedding guest dress codes that have been explained with examples for you to look fabulous at the next event, dress up and have fun and don't forget to take pictures while you are at it!
- Your invitation says dress "Casual"
As we all may know "Casual" environment is very informal. For both men and women, casual attire refers to clothing that is comfortable and appropriate to the setting and the occasion. For a beach party or backyard barbecue jeans, shorts and t-shirts are fine, but for an afternoon wedding you would still be better served with something more "dressy".
He should wear- A pair of slacks and button-down shirt, or a linen summer suit with moccasins, or loafers. If you are adventurous accessories with a stylish hat and pair of chic sunglasses.
She should wear- A beautiful summer dress in bright, or pastel colors, or prints would make a big statement. You can always accessories your dress with a small bag, or sunglasses, or raffia hat or just add some fresh flowers in you hair.
- Your invitation says "Informal"
This environment is the same as casual. Just as with casual attire, informal refers to clothing that is comfortable, but still appropriate to the setting and the occasion.
- If the invitation says "Beach Formal"
This suggests an elegant beach wedding—so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night is appropriate.
He should wear: A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants (or khakis) and sandals.
She should wear: A formal summer sundress at tea or knee length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural.
- If your invitation says "Semiformal" or "Dressy Casual" or "Beach Dressy"
Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding.
He should wear: A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.
She should wear: A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.
- Your invitation says "Cocktail Attire"
This is slightly less formal than black tie and black tie optional, which means no tux required for men and no floor-length gown required for women (unless you'd like to wear a long dress).
He should wear- A suit and tie, or coat and tie. Colors and fabrics may vary with the season or with the location of the event. (A cocktail party at a friend's place would be a little less dressy than one held in a nice hotel.) Shades of blue and brown are great for summer season.
She should wear- A cocktail-length dress. Hair and make-up should be appropriate
to the time of day (typically early evening) and the color and fabric of the clothing will likely vary with the season and location of the event. Light, bright, or pastel shades are recommended for a spring summer afternoon wedding while darker colors and brighter shade would look great for an evening summer event.
- Your invitation says "Creative Black Tie"
He should wear- This is as formal of an occasion as the other black tie variations, but offers men the option to wear some of the trendier styles of tuxedo. Perhaps he might choose a black tuxedo shirt with a collar stud instead of a bow tie, or a brightly patterned vest or cumberbund. Or if you do choose to go for a classic suit pair it with a fun bright printed bow tie / tie/ scarf/ pocket square to make it creative.
She should wear- For women, there is generally no difference in the creative black tie and other black tie variants, though it does allow for more daring and exotic styles of dresses. I would recommend having fun with color or print in a super formal setting. A long bold color maxi dress or a statement print will do the trick.
- Your invitation sand "Formal Attire" or "Black tie optional"
Formal attire follows the same rule as black tie for both men and women, although by not specifying black tie the option is available to be a little more creative if the setting is appropriate. (For example, wearing the tuxedo without a tie, or a woman wearing dressy separates as opposed to a dress.)
For "Black tie optional" the wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.
He should wear: A tuxedo or formal dark suit and tie.
She should wear:A long evening dress, dressy suit or formal cocktail-length dress.
- Your invitation says "White Tie"
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars).
He should wear: A long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest and a bow tie. Formal black shoes and even white gloves are appropriate.
She should wear: A formal, full-length ball gown. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate.
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Sandhya Garg is a Project Runway designer. She studied and specialized in women's fashion at London College of Fashion, UK and has worked at Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Liberty London, Alice Temperley to name a few. She has her own successful resort dresses, special occasion dresses, wedding guest looks, swim coverups label. While on Project Runway Season 13, she won 2 challenges and was fortunate to show her collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The brand has been featured in Marie Claire US, Ftv.com, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vogue online to name a few.
She designs limited edition high end printed spring dresses and swim coverups. Beautiful prints are inspired from around the world to be worn during travel, resort stay or cruise holidays.