We all must walk that fine line when it comes to deciding what to wear to a wedding: what is appropriate but fun and in keeping with your personal sense of style. You want to be remembered for the right reasons, and you do not want a miffed bride on your hands (Clue: White lace is a BIG no no). Well, there are some basic ground rules worth referencing before rushing to the big day in a “I have ordered 40 outfits online” panic the day before the event. We have covered the official dressing dos and don'ts of formalwear at Traffic People, so that you can be prepared for every eventuality for all manner of nuptials and high-society soirées—with zero wardrobe stresses.
#1: A dress is a safe go-to
The obvious answer is sometimes the perfect answer when it is comes to high-society soirees. The answer comes in the form of an elevated, beautiful gown that wins in one swish of a hem. It is the one outfit that can adapt to the location. Take a chiffon maxi that looks elegant at a city wedding but works just as well for a beach setting. Add heels or fancy flats, a few choice accessories and the makeup that makes you feel good. Perfection.
#2: We are also partial to a Jumpsuit.....
If you are struggling to compile the perfect trousers, top and jacket combination with ease and you are not feeling the dress vibe, then simply reach for one of your trusty jumpsuits. It is our all in one outfit hero which can be style down for a day to day look, giving extra value on the cost per wear calculation. A printed jumpsuit is a fail-safe way of injecting a vibrant print into your wardrobe repertoire.
#3: Avoid short hemlines
Yes, you can go maxi without having to be the bride or bridesmaid. However, it's also a lesser-known fact that longer hemlines are sexy without being obvious—especially irregular hemlines that give a peekaboo flash of leg when the woman is in motion and are on trend for this summer. Go and embrace the midi or maxi dress, you can continue to get wear out of them by pairing them with trainers on your off-duty days.
#4: Dress for the theme or vibe
If you're at a city wedding it's likely you'll wear something different with more of a formal edge from a countryside do, where you might embrace prairie chic. Same goes for destination nuptials, where you will be more inclined to head toward a laid back with a simple slip or a sleeveless maxi.
#5: It's okay to wear black
The modern world has ushered in many wonderful changes: iPhones, the Calm app, online shopping, Hair straighteners, and the acceptance of wearing black at weddings and baptisms. Black once was the mark of doom and gloom, but now it is a tone for the chic urbanites. Wear it to weddings and wear it with aplomb!
#6: Wear sleeves or bring a cover-up for religious ceremonies
There are lots of religious wedding ceremonies that may take place in sacred spaces that require a respectful covered-up dress code. Wearing an outfit with sleeves that cover the shoulders will nail this issue simply and you will look effortlessly chic.
If your favourite occasion dress is a spaghetti strap wonder, a simple scarf or cardigan will ensure you do not fall foul of any etiquette rules.
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