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
For Her: A full length Dress or formal Cocktail Dress.
No sundresses here!
Stick with Accessories that are classic and Special.
For Him: Your sharpest and most classic suit. All Dressed Up
FOR HER: A Cocktail Dress or dressy Jumpsuit
A little Skin Goes a long way.
(Grandma is watching!)
Use fun accessories to step up your style
For Him: A styled suit with some Swagger.
Don’t Confuse “Cocktail attire” with “Interview Attire”
FOR HER: An elevated sundress.
“Casual” in wedding Speak is more like “Business Casual.”
“Comfortable” but stylish shoes are an approved move
FOR HIM: A button-down or Polo & Nice Pants.
Jacket not Required.
Unless it’s a rodeo theme resist the urge to wear Denim.
FOR HERO: A Formal sundress & Festive Sandals.
Swap dark colors for Light & Bright Hues
Make sure your beauty Can stand up to a little wind.
FOR HIM: A relaxed suit.
A Button-down shirt, sans tie.
Try Dress Shoes or Sleek sneakers with no-show socks
Regardless of dress code, you should always arrive neat and tidy. Iron, Iron, Iron!