As fun as weddings are, they also come with a dose of stress. What kind of gift do you buy, how do you manage your schedule for that day, who do you bring as a date, and last but not least – what on earth should you wear? It’s supposed to be something nice, but not try-hard, classy, but not flashy. After all, you don’t want to come off as someone who’s attempting to outshine the bride, but you also don’t want to come off as a slob who just couldn’t be bothered. Well, to help you avoid fretting over your outfit, we’ve got some cute suggestions right here that should help you pick the perfect garment.
Possibly the trickiest season to get right, just because winter usually calls for heavy, bulky things in order to stay warm. Your outfit will, of course, depend on the type of the celebration, so if the invitation marks the wedding as a white-tie event, a floor-length gown is necessary. Royal blue, navy, and forest green are excellent color choices, but if you want something warmer than that, burgundy, burnt sienna, or light, copper tones will work in your favor. You could pick a flowy, sleeveless gown because it’s easy to pair it with a classy little shrug to stay warm. We suggest that you avoid anything beaded, or anything with too much shimmer and stick to simple cuts. If the wedding is less formal, a pantsuit is an excellent choice. It’s elegant, it’s serious, and yet you can pick soft dove gray or warm-toned red and you’ll look beautiful. Accessories can come in form of a large brooch or a delicate chain necklace, just be careful not to go overboard. Remember: simple, yet sophisticated is the safest choice to go with if you aren’t sure what to pick.
Florals, yay! Spring is the perfect time to grab a little retro dress with an A-line skirt and belt it around the waist. A floral pattern will give you a romantic, feminine vibe, especially if you pair it with white pumps and a soft cardigan. If you want to make it look more formal, throw a blazer over it, and if you don’t like dresses, slim pants in a light color paired with a see-through blouse and a lacy shirt underneath is a good choice. Sexy, but not too provocative. Another option is a simple suit (skirt or pantsuit, whatever you prefer) in a delicate, pastel color.
Summer weddings tend to be the most laid-back of all, and bright colors are welcome and encouraged. If you want something sophisticated, yet comfortable and fun, we suggest a kaftan. Honestly, they are pretty much perfect for summer weddings, and easy to pair with skirts, pants, or to be worn on their own. You can easily find colorful kaftans online, and if you pair them with some sandals and belt them at the waist, you’ll give off a perfectly chic boho vibe that’s great for a beach wedding. Want to dress it up a bit? High heels, wide-brimmed hat, and a dainty little clutch to go with it and you’re ready!
Fabrics like velvet and satin are great for fall weddings, but simply picking out a business-cut kind of dress and accessorizing it right can work as well. We suggest a snug wrap dress made of dark red velvet, or perhaps a sweetheart dress with an interesting pattern. Dark pink and black is an interesting color combo to wear, or perhaps something in olive green, or khaki. Jumpsuits are easy to pull off if you style them with a cute bolero, or simple knee-length dresses with bell sleeves. You can also pick floral patterns, just make sure the colors are more muted than spring florals and pick something like mauve and grey, or maybe deep purple and turquoise for a dash of bright fun.
Weddings are the time to bring your fashion game up a notch and really show off how sophisticated you can get. Pick your classiest outfit, style it right, and enjoy the party!
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter