festive party-worthy look from Monique Lhuillier.
season is upon us, but if you are confused by the dress
code (yes, there still is one) for your particular
event, we can decode it.
called in the experts to help you avoid any wedding day
blunders and to offer a few ways to save money on your
is what youíd wear if you were going to a Hollywood
awards show. (Unless youíre Lady Gaga and youíre
wearing a meat dress.) Itís the fanciest thing you
could wear to a wedding, said Shelley Brown, associate
fashion editor at The Knot, an online wedding planning
resource that has helped more than 25 million couples
plan their weddings.
men, this means a tuxedo. "But for women, the rules
are a little more lenient," said Stephanie Weers,
editor at Style Me Pretty, a wedding fashion website.
"Black tie for women can range from an evening gown
to a tea-length dress if the fabric is formal
enough." Weers said that the color women choose to
wear for a black tie event matters too. She said to plan
on wearing a more neutral hue like black, navy or
is a little less strict than black tie, Weers said. A
cocktail dress is appropriate if it doesnít bare too
much skin, but it should still be in a neutral hue. Men
can wear a dark suit and white shirt, or a tuxedo.
"When it comes to black tie or black tie optional,
think classic and timeless, and dress it up with
accessories such as a piece of statement jewelry for
women or a fun pocket square for men."
ATTIRE OR SEMI-FORMAL
a fun, festive party-worthy look, said Los Angeles-based
style expert Lindsay Albanese, who is the resident style
expert for the E! Style Collective. "Itís a time
when you can add a little trend and flash if thatís
what youíre drawn to," Albanese said. "A
little metallic or a sparkle is always well suited for
if the invitation doesnít specifically tell you what
to wear, you can figure it out by paying attention to
the time of day the wedding will be held. Weddings that
are earlier in the day tend to be less formal, so you
can wear cocktail-length dresses or even sundresses,
Brown said. Men can wear a nice suit or sometimes even a
button-down shirt and dress pants for a daytime
reception. Venue location can also tell you a lot about
the expected attire. "If the ceremony is being held
in a church or in another religious site, make sure to
dress appropriately ó nothing too short or
revealing," Brown said.
requested by the couple, you should never wear white to
a wedding. According to The Knotís 2015 Bridal Trends
Report, 60 percent of brides are now wearing ivory
dresses, up from 50 percent in 2011 ó so consider all
shades of white to be off-limits, Brown said.
is the area where rules donít apply. While, typically,
spring and summer are months reserved for open-toe
shoes, thatís not to say you canít wear your
favorite peep-toe heels for a winter ballroom wedding,
Weers said. "Make sure you understand the location
of both the ceremony and the reception before deciding
on shoes," she said. They work for black tie and
you foresee having to wear a tux more than twice and are
fairly certain that your weight wonít change
drastically, itís smart to buy, instead of renting a
tuxedo each time. A groom should always buy the tux, so
that he gets one that is custom-fit, Albanese said.