Do you dread recieving that invite to a special occasion as you just never know what to wear? In my line of work I hear this all the time, it can be a wedding invite, day at the races or a summer ball. It doesnt matter what the occasion if you dont know what to wear it can leave you feeling in a panic and less likely to want to attend.
It goes without saying we all want to look and feel good when we go out, there are going to be friends or family there, work colleagues or clients or people we just want to impress that you havent seen in ages so you want to look your best and there is nothing wrong with that.
First rule, Leave the matching taffeta hat and bag combo firmly in the past, here is a little inspiration to cover every invitation. From a chic city affair to a relaxed garden party, we have the perfect capsule wardrobe that’ll have you saying “I do!”
In Full Bloom
For a country wedding or informal garden party, feminine florals are perfect. Toughen them up with metallic accessories and add a tailored finish with a blazer for extra edge – it’ll also keep you warm long after the sun sets.
Soft metallic touches are the ultimate flattering hues and will bring a hint of glam to any guest list. From shimmering silvers to gorgeous golds, you’re guaranteed to feel polished.
Pretty In Pastels
Pastel hues are always an easy option for occasionwear. From a flowing dress to complementary separates, you can play around with colour and shape thanks to their sweet and soft nature. Team with jewel or metallic-toned accessories for the perfect finishing touch.
Not a dress kind of girl? Not a problem. Thanks to the influx of tailoring, a well-fitting trouser suit is sure to get you the sartorial nod of approval. Opt for eye-catching prints, pastel shades, or soft neutral hues for instant elegance. Alternatively, a tailored jumpsuit will add a more sculpted spin
There are several different factors that you must consider and those are:
1. What’s Requested by The Couple
You will often know what the couple’s wishes are when it comes to their wedding guests’ attire by what’s indicated on the invitation that you have received. It will often indicate: “Black Tie”, “Formal or Optional Blacktie”, “Formal or Semi-Formal”, “Semi-Formal or Dressy Casual”, “Cocktail Attire” or “Casual Attire”.
Black Tie means that it’s an evening event and men are required to wear a tuxedo while women are required to wear a long gown or a long dress.
Formal or Optional Black Tie means that men can wear a tuxedo but don’t have to. However, men must wear a suit and tie. Women, on the other hand, have a choice of wearing a long gown, a simple yet elegant long dress, or a cocktail dress.
Formal or Semi-Formal means that men have the option of wearing a full suit and tie or wear a shirt and tie. Women can typically wear a midi or maxi dress or even a cocktail dress, but dont go too fancy.
Semi-Formal or Dressy Casual is obviously downgrade from the formal requirement. Men can wear a blazer and tie with a pair of jeans and women can wear any dress or dressy two piece.
Cocktail Attire indicates that women can wear cocktail dresses which are normally above the knee length. Men, on the other hand, can wear a suit and tie or a shirt and tie only.
Casual Attire usually means that anything goes that is appropriate for the venue and that the wedding is not fancy at all.
If for whatever reason the invite doesnt state the dress code dont be afraid to ask, better to check than be embarrased on the day.
2. The Colour Scheme of the Wedding
Unless you’re part of the family or the wedding party, avoid wearing solid colors from the couple’s wedding color scheme. This specifically applies for women if you’re planning to wear a solid colored long dress or cocktail dress. Splashes of colour or accents that are similar to their colour scheme are fine.
Ladies, I would also advise that you ask the couple if it’s okay to wear black if you plan on wearing black. Some couples can be superstitious and some cultures aren’t necessarily fond of black outfits at a wedding (this excludes men’s suit).
As for men, it is my personal opinion that it is quite okay for you to wear a shirt that may be similar to the wedding colours for as long as you wear a blazer over it or if your suit colours don’t match the groom or groomsmen. If you’re just wearing a shirt and a tie, stay away from wearing wedding colours.
You will usually know the colour scheme by the invitation as well. If not sure, you can always check with the couple or another member of the main party.
3. Time and Season of the Wedding and the Weather
Most weddings are in the daytime, but some can start later in the afternoon and then lasts until the evening. You might want to consider the timeof day when making a decision on what to wear. But make sure you wear your best colours no matter what the time of day!
4. The Venue of the Wedding
You can usually tell already if the whole atmosphere that the couple is going for is fancy and elegant or not by the attire requirement indicated on the invitation. However, if there’s none indicated, you can also do a little research on the venue. Sometimes, the venue might be fancy but the couple doesn’t want to put a pressure on the guests as far as the attire is concerned so they don’t indicate any dress code. If that’s the case, ask the bride or the groom.
No matter what the occasion make sure you feel comfortable as you will most likely be doing a lot of standing, walking or dancing! Comfort plays a big factor not just on the practical side but in your outfit, avoid picking anything that you dont feel confident in. There is nothing worse than fiddling or pulling at your clothes all day, the same goes for uncomfortable shoes so make sure you wear them before any special occasion.
Good Luck and if you still need to some help to find that perfect outfit book yourself a shopping trip and let me take all the stress away.