Style Guides

Wedding Dress Codes, Decoded

If you’re like us, you’ve received wedding invitations with approximately 167 different versions of dress codes. Barnyard chic? Beach prep? Evening optional?  Getting suited up (or not?) to go to your best friend’s wedding has gotten way too complicated.

Turns out the key to crushing it each and every wedding this season is to know the classic codes inside and out. After all, everyone should know that showing up to a black tie wedding in jeans is downright disrespectful, and it’s just as bad showing up to a beach wedding in black tie. The bride and groom are doing their best to design an event that reflects themselves and their personal style, so you should do your best to show up for them looking right.

That’s where the rules come in. Once you’ve learned the basics (Black Tie vs Cocktail Attire, etc.), you can feel confident when the odd “Cowboy Formal” hits your mailbox. Any weird code you get is just a variation on the four classics below. Check out our guide, and go forth this romantic season knowing you’re dressing the part perfectly.

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL

SHOP THESE LOOKS: Stud And Chain ClutchTassel Tie Surplice Maxi DressGraduated Metal Fringe EarringsSaffiano Leather Oxford Dress ShoeClassic Black Cotton Sateen Suit JacketWrinkle-Resistant Performance Dress Shirt

COCKTAIL ATTIRE

SHOP THESE LOOKS: Lace Sheath DressBelted Open Leg JumpsuitHigh Heel SandalsFloral Silk TieNavy Blue Cotton Blend Suit JacketNavy Blue Cotton Blend Suit Pant

DAY TIME

HOP THESE LOOKS: Beaded Tassel EarringsRuffle Wrap Midi DressThick Heeled SandalsReversible Buckle BeltNavy Blue Cotton Blend Suit PantSlim Micro Dot Dress Shirt

BEACH FORMAL

SHOP THESE LOOKS: Shiraleah Braided Pom Trim ClutchFloral Off The Shoulder Maxi DressStriped Thick Heeled SandalsLeather Cap Toe Oxford Dress ShoeKhaki Wool-Linen Blend Suit Jacket, Khaki Wool-Linen Blend Suit Pant