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The Wedding Guest Low Down with Louise

July 26, 2016
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Wedding season is in full swing which is great excuse for a new dress. I am finding that most guests shopping for a wedding outfit are unclear on what is expected of them and what is appropriate when it comes to their attire. Weddings have become less traditional over the the last decade so deciding what to wear can be daunting.
Here are my guidelines for choosing a wedding guest outfit;
Firstly get an idea of the expected dress code, the easiest way is to take your cue from the invitation. It may have the dress code stated on the invitation usually for a more formal wedding. If not then look for clues, is it outside by the lake or in a church and reception at the 5* golf club. The latter will be a more formal traditional wedding where as the outside lake wedding will be more casual. If you can’t decide on the type of wedding then ask a member of the bridal party who will be able to give you an idea. If you are a plus one and don’t know any of the wedding party follow these simple rules and you will be safe.
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Colour
1. Don’t wear white. Ever! This rule still applies and there is no wiggle room. Also avoid anything cream, ivory, and to be safe nothing with a white base. The only exception to this rule is if the bride has requested it!
2. I would also avoid complete black. This is a wedding and celebration so choose something colourful. Unless it’s a slick city wedding in a cocktail bar or you have plenty of colourful accessories to brighten your outfit.
3. I would also avoid a colour similar to the wedding colour (again refer to invitation). A lot of bridesmaids are buying their dresses from chain stores rather than bridal shops as well as different styles for each bridesmaid so you run the risk of looking like your part of the wedding party if your dress is of a similar shade which is just awkward for everyone and confusing for the photographer.
Style
1. Remember you are going to wedding and not the club with your girlfriends so opt for dresses that are on the modest side; knee length or longer and avoid revealing cleavage. If it’s a religious ceremony consider a jacket , cardigan or pashmina to cover shoulders you can always ditch it later at the party.
2. If your stuck on how formal a wedding will be always go for a dressier look. People won’t consider it inappropriate if you are overdressed but will if you are underdressed. Again wears heels and a jacket to dress up a more casual look, you can aways remove it later and pop on some flats if it’s more laid back.
3. Just because a wedding is on a beach or by a lake doesn’t mean you can wear swimwear! It may shoes off but it’s still a wedding. A maxi is perfect for this type of wedding and you will be still comfortable and cool. We have several Maxis in store right now and on sale!
If you don’t want to splurge on a new dress for a wedding consider some new accessories. Statement jewellery or hat and some heels can take an outfit from everyday to wedding appropriate. Also consider if the wedding is outside you may want some sunglasses . We have some great vintage style sunnies in store which will go great with your dress rather than your everyday ones.
If you need help with your wedding outfit pop into store and one us will help you put together the perfect outfit.
Louise 😉
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