Places to go and people to see is basically spring’s unofficial mantra. Add wedding season into the mix and you’ll be going and seeing even more than you planned. And whether it’s your cousin’s coastal Cali I do’s or a family friend’s ballroom affair, the question of “what do I wear?” has likely entered your mind with each invite…perhaps with some panic. After all, what exactly does “dressy casual” mean…and white tie? Is that a thing? (Yes, yes it is.) We broke down 5 popular wedding guest dress codes and the party dresses to wear for each. Panic mode: off.
Of all the dress codes, this is probably the one you’re least familiar with. A white tie dress code is the fanciest of all, requiring women to wear elaborate, full-length gowns. Think Met Gala, but not as “out there.” A royal blue evening dress in a rich taffeta fabric with gold embellishments perfectly suits a white tie soirée. Pinkies up!
One notch below white tie, the more common black tie dress code suggests a long gown or sophisticated cocktail dress. Have fun with your wardrobe by choosing a beaded jersey cutout evening dress in a siren red shade. A fabulous entrance? Yours.
Throw in the word “optional” and things get a bit …puzzling. No worries! Black tie optional simply means you can wear the same ensemble as a regular black tie event, but don’t necessarily have to. A strapless satin party dress with pretty pocket detailing is super chic and meets in the middle of formal and semi-formal.
While it seems like an oxymoron, it’s always safer to lean towards the “dressy” side of a dressy casual dress code. A cute party dress, like this rose print fit and flare, complements any laid-back setting from a barn to a backyard. We can bet this style will be a closet staple.
A poppy shade and breezy skirt; what better style to rock for a coastal wedding? Beach formal is all about dressing appropriately for the ceremony and the sunny atmosphere, so a loose-fitting style in a light, breathable fabric is your best bet.
Ready to go to those places and see those people? Um, yeah! For even more guest of wedding dresses, shop here on CLV.com!