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Do and Don’t of Wedding Dress Code

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What is the best color to wear to a wedding?

When it comes to weddings we recommend avoiding black and white. Instead, choose bold colors or pretty pastels (but avoid very pale versions).

Why is black considered a no-go color? It is a traditional color associated with mourning. Style Editor Joely Chilcott says, “Remember that it’s a happy occasion so avoid outfits you could double up at funerals.” You can wear printed black outfits if you choose one of the colors for your lips, shoes or bag. However, top-to-toe dark colours can drain.

It is considered rude to wear white to a wedding. You don’t want your bride to feel like you are trying to make a scene. Charlie Bell, Deputy Fashion Editor, says that even though the bride may not mind, others will notice and it can cause heated debates at the wedding. There are so many wonderful colors available (literally every color in the rainbow!) There’s no reason to be ashamed.

Do you really want to risk a glass of champagne getting on your bright white dress? As such, white, cream, and pale pastels are not recommended (unless you are a bridesmaid, in which case this color is acceptable). White should not be an issue if your gown is heavily patterned.

What’s the best outfit for mom?

It’s not difficult to choose a dress for a wedding when Mother of the Bride is involved. There are no rules regarding color. The only exception is to avoid black and white. To avoid appearing too matchy-matchy, you might not want to wear the same color as your bridesmaids.

Are you unsure where to begin? You might be asking yourself, “What color suits me?” Which color makes you feel the most comfortable and gets you the most compliments? Color-coordinated photos can be achieved by choosing an outfit that is similar to the color scheme for the wedding.

Consider your body type when shopping for silhouettes. To ensure you have enough time to search for the perfect outfit, make sure to start it at least six months in advance. While matching jackets and dresses are always an option, it is a good idea to consider the location and theme of your wedding before you start looking for the right outfit.

Comfort is not the only thing you should consider when shopping for footwear. You might be part of the family on your wedding day. So make sure you choose a height that you are comfortable with. You might also be helping the bride get ready by looking at our guide to best wedding shoes for brides. There are many neutral options so you can find the right one for you.

Black and white are not the best choices for Mother of the Bride dresses. It is best to wait until the bride decides if there are any color schemes for the wedding party. Also, make sure you coordinate with the bridesmaids. You should also call the Mother of Bride to ensure that your outfits match, as it is not a good idea to clash in the photos.

As the first port-of-call, think about where the wedding will be taking place. It is important to allow yourself enough time to search for the right outfit, but it is also polite and traditional that you follow the lead of your bridal party. Talk to the Mother of Bride to coordinate. You should choose something that is both comfortable and stylish. The world is your oyster, so you can choose from anything from a lightweight co-ord to a formal dress or a tuxedo.

What should you not wear to a wedding?

There are many dress codes that can be applied to different types of weddings. Make sure you consider what type of celebration you are attending before you decide on your outfit. Overdressing can make you look embarrassing. You can always ask a friend to give you a second opinion if there is no dress code or you are unsure if your outfit is appropriate. You could also ask the bride if you live close to you.

Denim is not allowed unless the invitation specifically states so. Joely says that jeans are a no-no. Joely says that while denim bottoms and nice tops might be your first date outfit, your everyday wear of skinny jeans is not appropriate for occasionwear. “Embrace the occasion and view it as an opportunity for you to step outside of your comfort zone and feel stylish.” We recommend a statement jumpsuit or two-piece, floral dress, or tailored two-piece.

Speaking of dresses, you’ll need to ensure your hemline is ceremony-appropriate. A wedding is a time for dancing. Anything with a too-short hemline can only make your wardrobe malfunction worse. Plunging necklines are also a good idea. To save blushes from the kneeling portions of the ceremony, layer a duster over a shorter gown if you aren’t sold. Opaque tights are an option if it’s winter.

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