For a more formal wedding, it is typically expected that female guests wear a long dress. But instead of breaking out the gown you wore to prom, try wearing a more appropriate evening gown. If the wedding is during the day, a pretty maxi dress should do the trick.
What is unacceptable to wear to a wedding?
Always avoid white
“All white dresses and all white suits are never okay to wear to a wedding unless you are specifically asked to do so by the bride and groom,” said Carillo. “Do not wear white, off-white, beige, cream, white lace, or any dress that could resemble a wedding dress,” added Stafford.
What is considered formal attire for a wedding?
Formal attire is definitely defined as a full-length gown, very fancy cocktail attire from dresses to a really glamorous pantsuit. When it comes to the men, formal wedding attire means a tuxedo. And definitely, a bow tie, which I love! The only time a tuxedo is not required is when it’s black-tie optional.
How short is too short for a wedding dress?
If you’re wearing a short dress, be sure that it’s no shorter than an inch above your knee. It’s okay for your dress to be tailored to fit you, but be sure you’re dress is not too tight. Make sure that your cleavage is tasteful, if any.
Can a woman wear black pants to a wedding?
But we’ve got good news for fans of coal-colored ensembles: “It is absolutely acceptable for a female to wear a black dress to a wedding,” says Swann. However, there are a few things all good guests should keep in mind. “Always avoid wearing anything that’s too low cut, too short, or too tight,” advises Swann.
Can I wear a black and white striped dress to a wedding?
We advise against wearing all white to weddings, but a printed frock with a hint of white or ivory is definitely approved. A black and white dress is a classic choice, as long as the pattern isn’t too distracting (no zebra print, please!).