Wedding Guest Styles by Dress Code

Decoding Wedding Guest Dress Codes

The rhythm of wedding season has taken over, which means invites are likely landing in your mailbox left and right.  The influx of chic stationary may evoke several questions, one pertaining to the wardrobe criteria.  What’s the difference between beach formal and casual?  Where does white tie fit in, and how does it compare to black?  Is it ever ok to sport jeans?  To clear any confusion, we’ve rounded up four potential “dress codes” you may face this season.  So consider this your crash course in wedding wear, and prepare to pass with flying colors so you can RSVP to all upcoming nuptials with a resounding “yes!”

White Tie Wedding Styles

For the most extravagant dress code of all, stick to a neutral palette for an Oscar-worthy ensemble.  A floor-length gown is usually in order, so get full on fancy with an open back sequin halter dress or dial up the drama in a plunging black number with a beaded bodice.

Guest Dresses for a Black Tie Wedding

Of all wedding dress codes, black tie is likely the most common.  Slay semiformal style in a metallic flapper-esque cocktail dress or be a posh princess in a slim-fitting lace gown with chic cutouts.

Beach Wedding Guest Dresses

In true seaside fashion, stay cool in leg-baring shorties.  Take on sunshine and sandy shores in a blush tulle dress with two-tone lace, or flourish in a playful floral frock.  Then just enjoy the breeze as the ocean serenades you.

Casual Guest Dresses for Wedding

No jeans and sneakers here! (Unless otherwise noted on the invite; in that case, go to town)  A casual code may have you reaching for the t-shirt and tracksuit, but it’s a special day nonetheless, so attire should remain respectful.  Keep style effortless yet appropriate in a black and white party dress or tier up in a loose-fitting shortie.