I know this should go without being said, and many of you will be thinking “well, duh,” but if there is one thing that really irritates me, it’s women wearing white dresses to a wedding that doesn’t have their name on the invitation. You scoff, but I have seen this happen on more than one occasion. Unless of course the bride and groom have made arrangements for the wedding party or the guests to wear white, it is simply not acceptable. This is coming from a person who gives very little thought to what others are wearing as long as they are covering the things that we all can agree should be covered. I’m typically very accepting when it comes to fashion, and I love trying new things and seeing others try new things, but I can also appreciate dressing for comfort over style. The point I’m trying to make is, you really should wear what you want and what makes you comfortable. However, I abandon that philosophy when someone is taking the attention away from the bride and groom on their special day. This rule also applies to off-whites, creams, ivories, and any color even closely resembling white. So, without further ado, I have decided to give some enlightenment on what I believe is acceptable to wear, and what is not acceptable to wear to a wedding. This will, of course, be more directed toward women, because I constantly fail to understand men, so I don’t try to.

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We have already concluded that white is simply unacceptable, unless there are other circumstances of course, but as another rule I often choose to avoid black as well. That is a hard one for me to sacrifice because I adore black, and I have worn a black dress or two to a wedding for lack of time to prepare otherwise, but black typically represents a time of mourning, and a wedding is a beautiful and happy time!

Another thing to avoid: anything skimpy, or even questionably skimpy. If you have the slightest bit of doubt, don’t wear it! Save yourself from feeling uncomfortable the rest of the evening, and invest in a higher quality dress that is an appropriate length.

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Avoid anything obnoxious or loud. This comes full circle to making sure what you’re wearing isn’t taking the attention away from the bride and groom, and it will remain to be the underlying theme in this blog.

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Two more things I will also not stand for: flip-flops and tulle, not unless you are 5 years old, anyway.

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So, if you find yourself unsure of what to wear, think about what time the wedding is at, where the wedding will be, and always be sure to check if the invitation mentions the dress code, because it often will.  And lastly, if you are over the age of 80 years old, all of these rules no longer apply, and you are allowed to wear whatever, and do whatever you’d like. Keep it classy, and avoid tacky, ladies!

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