When unsure of what to wear, some people tend to choose to be slightly overdressed than to be the exact opposite of it—overdressed. There are ones, however, who have not only managed to pick the wrong outfit, but also failed to make the cut for the two extremes: not overdressed nor underdressed, but instead, terribly-dressed.
These individuals will welcome unfriendly criticisms with their backs turned, for people nowadays are terrifyingly rigid and overly judgmental when it comes to the subject of fashion. Putting on the awful top on a family dinner or wearing the wrong kind of women clothes during a date may come as little things, but the weight of these matters dramatically changes when we go talk about weddings.
Unknown to most, the people being rated for their fashion statement second to the bride and groom are the guests themselves. Save your terrific fashion sense from being assaulted by other guests on a wedding ceremony by keeping these top 10 tips in mind:
10. Black Dress – It has been a long-time tradition in most cultures not to wear black in a wedding or the same color as the bride. Although wearing that little black dress in weddings is now in the fashion mainstream, it is still important to keep the etiquette in wearing it.
Never show up in a complete black outfit, unless you would like to be seen as totally morbid and disturbing. Instead, accentuate your clothes set by pairing it up with fashion jewellery, such as gold or pastels. You can also go with the wedding’s motif since black is completely a universal pair-up color. If you want to further break up the black, choose an awesomely colored scarf and wear it around your neck or your waist for healthy fashion boost. Don’t forget also to keep an eye to your stiletto color.
9. Tuxedo – A tuxedo in American English or a “dinner jacket” in British English is an evening suit normally worn during formal events (e.g. formal weddings, formal proms or formal nights in cruises), is typically colored black although some are in midnight blue, and is always worn when an invitation says, “black tie.”
Wearing a tux in ceremonial events often exudes some degree of respectability on the person wearing it, which is why it is highly important not to wear a tuxedo unless stated. Being a little bit overdressed is a more pardonable mistake, voluntarily wearing a tux might let you overdress the groom—and admittedly, it is not a good etiquette. To be on a much safer side, put on any acceptably dark two-piece suit with a somber tie, for this will already do. Top reminder to never forget: regardless of the formality of the event, if the wedding is on daytime, never ever wear a dark suit or a tux.
8. Outrageous Outfits – This is the most important must-not-do by wedding guests, especially women. Regarding tips on how to select appropriate women clothes, it is often emphasized not to wear something too revealing that shows too much cleavage or skin for women. Being under these dress codes may let you attract unsolicited attention. It is pretty much like when you are on a wedding ceremony. Sure, it will be awkward when people stare at you instead of basking the beauty of union of the bride and groom. To avoid this fashion mishap, it is important for women to try not to wear excessively figure-hugging dresses as these may divert the attention of the other people in the wedding from the bride’s dress to your curves.
7. Shirt and Jeans – Going to a wedding in a shirt and jeans may be in hype because of what popular actresses wore during wedding ceremonies in Hollywood. You may argue that you are dressing for your own comfort, but also consider that a bride may be upset seeing somebody in a shirt and jeans while the rest are in their formal attire. This may as well signal a lack of interest and preparation for the event. Also, during photo opportunities, you would not like to be singled out from the rest by choosing to wear your typical hangout attire.
Reminder that is worth not forgetting: Don’t ever wear jeans, no matter how casual you think the wedding may be.
6. Overly Vintage Attires – If you are a wedding guest and you are planning to wear something like this, let it go and let the bride have her shot for a vintage wedding gown. The point here is similar with wearing a tux: otherwise stated, never put up to wearing one. The repeatedly emphasized note here as well is to never wear something that makes you look more dressed than the bride or the groom.
But if you really want it so bad to level up your simple-going attire, women can accentuate their plain outfits by putting on vintage-inspired accessories such as modest rosette sash belts, wearing an unostentatious hair clips and head bands, and lightly colored shrugs and boleros, or even clutches. For men, they can go from putting quiet-looking hats to handling a vintage-inspired bag.
5. Tiara – It may appear to be tempting to feel like a queen, but it is a big mistake to wear something as the bride does when invited as a guest in a wedding. A tiara is a form of a little crown that is often worn by most brides in attempt to hold their veils in place. Aside from completing the entire wedding gown set-up, a few rhinestones will actually do wonder by making the bride stand out in a crowd that wears astounding formal dresses in her wedding day. It is never ever advisable for a female guest in her right mind to get a tiara for herself—well, unless she wants to be ousted from the ceremony.
4. Prom dress – A prom is entirely a big event to any teenage girl’s life, and more often than not, every girl in her adolescent years would very love to spend a hefty amount on a dress for prom—even though she will wear the outfit only for a night. If you happen to see again your prom dress as you look for clothes to wear in your upcoming wedding event, it might be tempting to try it on and see how it looks. Although there is nothing wrong with wearing your old clothes again, a great amount of discretions should be practiced if you are planning to wear your prom dress on someone else’s wedding.
3. Office Attire – A wedding may be a formal ceremony, but is sure has a higher set of requirements in wearing formal attires than your office. Although wearing your office attire will not make you appear underdressed, you should make sure that the business clothes you are planning to put on is not a set of uniform for a certain department in your company.
2. Too large fashion jewellery and accessories – If you have been invited to a wedding, more often than not, you are in good relationship with either the groom or the bride, and it’s possible that you are in good terms with the both of them, too. Therefore, as a friend, you would not like to wear something that may upstage their outfit for the most perfect day in their lives. You can prevent stealing the people’s attention from them by not wearing obtrusively bright and showy jewellery.
1. Pure White Gown – This is the last thing any women guests should try to wear in a wedding. Just like wearing an all-black dress, putting on a pure white gown is treated as a taboo as well. But just like how we discussed wearing these dare-colored dresses appropriately earlier, you can take the danger from wearing white in a wedding if you pair it up with something that will make it look far from the bride’s outfit. Wearing accessories that will lessen the emphasis of your white dress will greatly help, such as accented belts or shawls.
Weddings are naturally special events, and this kind of occasion will always urge you to dress at your best—not only for the couple that are about to be joined for life, but also for the sake of your own fashion revelry. It is equally important that you are happy with the clothes that you wear and that it matches with the event’s dress code. You might want to keep in mind these tips the next time you go shopping for your wedding event. Who knows, perhaps in addition to the bride and the groom, you will be considered, too, as the occasion’s best dressed.
About the Author
Lem Enrile is a freelance writer and currently works as an Outreach Coordinator for IndieMode.