Six rules to go by for that painful question: What do I wear to a wedding?
By Sara B. McKinniss, via Young Profashionable
With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicking off in NYC this week, I thought I’d share some of my fashion etiquette rules when going to a wedding. Dressing appropriately for a wedding can be a difficult thing to do these days. It seems that each month, a new wedding trend or theme emerges: Mexican Mariachi wedding, Country Backyard wedding, Ball Gown-required Kardashian wedding … the possibilities are literally endless. So what are some good general rules to go by?
1. Do not wear all white or pure white. This is insulting to the bride. You may wear off-white, ivory, bone or winter white pants or a top, but never together and absolutely no white suits. Black and white is appropriate, but as a general rule of thumb, always more black than white. White clothing before Easter and after Labor Day is fine, contrary to what your grandmother says, but white dress shoes? Never. Don’t ever wear them to a wedding regardless of the season.
2. Black is fine. You can wear black to a wedding or a funeral. Do not let your grandparents fool you. This is perfectly acceptable.
3. You can wear hats, just sit in the back and avoid short people.
4. Some religious backgrounds require certain dress, know before you go. If you have to cover your head, go armed with a hat or a scarf in tow. If you don’t know, ask the couple or phone a friend.
5. Avoid noisy shoes. Yes, that’s correct. The only person who should be heard walking down the aisle is the bride, not you. Replace high heel caps or loose straps before the wedding.
6. Don’t look like you should be in the wedding party if you’re not in the wedding party. As a general rule of thumb, don’t wear the same color as the wedding party, unless it’s black. Opt for a metallic or jewel-toned color.
Now, go hit the open bar. That’s what it’s there for…