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Wedding Guest Dress Code

by Julie Chiem

So, you’ve got a few weddings to attend and nothing to wear? As a guest, you only have two things to worry about: getting there on time and nailing the dress code. Whether the invite states casual or formal, a winning look depends on where the wedding is. See how easy it is to master your wedding guest style with our what-to-wear tips.


Tropical Weddings

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Tropical weddings typically take place in a warm, outdoor setting. Whether it’s on a beach or at an island resort, the dress code here is casual meets dressy, so you can let loose and have a bit more fun with shapes, prints, and color. Choose light and flowy pieces that carry ease with each step. A shift dress or a strapless silk chiffon piece are ideal silhouettes that keep you cool and comfy in high temps. Here, you can show some skin in a chic and sophisticated way. Some of the biggest trends this season include off-the-shoulder styles with ruffles or a high-slit floral maxi dress. For accessories, you’ll need a pair of sunnies in case it’s bright out. Keep jewelry subtle with delicate earrings, and top things off with a clutch and understated opened-toe heels.

A Wedding in the Woods

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Rustic and intimate, a wedding in the woods calls for something romantic. Whether it’s a state park, garden setting, or a farmhouse venue, a gorgeous dress in a deep jeweltone color will look great against the magical backdrop. You may be stepping on grass and walking on dirt paths, so this is where length matters. To avoid stained hems, opt for a mini or midi-length dress with beautiful details, such as lace or pleats. If you decide to go with a maxi, pair it with a heel that picks up the dress. A light cardigan makes a great cover-up when it gets chilly and for your finishing touches, try a block heel or dressy flat with a vintage-inspired bag.

A Black Tie Wedding

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For this upscale affair, this is your chance to go big and pull out all the stops. Sleek and polished styles are key to a no-fail luxe look. Slip on that high-shine dress you never get to wear or rock that red number or slinky silk dress that has glam written all over it. For a winning combo, get your hair done up in a fancy bun to showcase those statement drop earrings that pair so well with your dress. An LBD is always a safe bet for a formal event, but you can update it with a structured jumpsuit. Jumpsuits have come a long way and a dressy one is on-trend and so playful. For the finishing touch, count on a hint of sparkle, such as a metallic strappy heel and a pearlescent clutch, two hot accessories right now.