This is the fifth post in our feature series, OBJ Weddings.
I just received a save-the-date for a July wedding, and I’m invited to two more in June…help! It’s that time of year when we’re all looking for advice on what to wear to a wedding ceremony and reception. Here are several best-dressed wedding guest looks you’ll love.
The Elegant Guest
If your wedding invitation says Black Tie, you can definitely pull out all the stops and wear a long gown or sheath. Cocktail dresses (not too bare), sparkling separates, and dressy jumpsuits or pantsuits are also acceptable.
For Semi-formal weddings, most guests forgo the long gown and choose a cocktail dress, a fancy skirt and top, or an “evening” pantsuit.
I bought an ice-blue silk skirt with a white lace top to wear to a June 14 wedding. I’m having the long skirt tailored to tea length, which is more appropriate for the happy couple’s Semi-formal affair.
OBJ Tip: If you’re not sure how to decode the dress code terminology on a wedding invitation, such as Black Tie, Formal, Semi-formal, or Wedding Casual, check out this helpful guide from Bride’s magazine. It clearly explains what to wear to a wedding for each of these invitation directives (and for the men in your life too!).
The Classic Guest
Daytime weddings tend to be less formal than those with evening receptions. A classic fit-and-flare dress will give you options, especially if you find one with a matching jacket. You can dress this versatile silhouette up or down with your best jewelry and accessories.
Are you most comfortable in an LBD? Go for it! These days black is totally acceptable at a wedding any time of day or night. In either case, I would give basic black a chic update with leg-lengthening nude pumps or sandals, and finish things off with timeless pearls and gold hoops.
The Boho Guest
For more casual weddings, including outdoor and beach weddings, you can’t go wrong in a festive midi or maxi dress. This season’s crop is the best in years…especially from Tory Burch, Johanna Ortiz, and Anthropologie.
I’m craving a ruffled red print dress, which I’ll wear with a top-handle bag and strappy sandals. (I love stilettos, but flats or kitten heels are best for dancing.)
I’ll layer on a Boho combo of pearl and coin necklaces, or summery shell earrings by Alessandra Rich or BaubleBar.
P.S. Have you noticed that many of this season’s wedding-perfect looks have pockets? It’s such a bonus! Teen Vogue reports that 2019 prom dress shoppers are looking for dresses with pockets to carry their cell phones.
But that’s another story for another day….