• Fashion Bomb 101: What to Wear to Any Wedding Anywhere

    Tis the season for weddings and Mail Bombs requesting wedding wardrobe advice.
    Tai says, “I am going to my boyfriend’s father’s wedding but I’m not sure what to wear. I will be meeting the majority of my boyfriend’s family for the first time so I REALLY want to make a good impression.” Shaq Nicole says, “I am going to my best friends wedding in September held in Italy and don’t know what to wear!!” Aja says, “I have to attend my cousin’s wedding in Long Beach, CA. I know the weather is going to be nice and warm. What do I wear?”
    The short answer: wear a dress.

    Go to your local mall or favorite boutique and try on options that catch your eye. After several twirls in the mirror, you’re sure to find something that works for you. Floral, striped, midi, maxi–most dresses will work for the occasion.
    But there are some exceptions.
    Take a few notes on what not to wear.

    1. Don’t wear white.

    Don’t

    White is generally reserved for the bride, and since it’s her day, it’s not a good idea to try to upstage her. Same thing goes for cream or ivory. Stay away from white completely, and opt instead for something with a splash of hot color.

    Do!

    2. Don’t wear anything super short, tight, or low cut.

    Don’t

    Don’t

    Sure the groomsmen may be smoking hot, but you don’t want to saunter in in something that will make your mother blush. Ditto for anything backless, with cut outs, super tight, or with a dangerously high slit.  Most weddings are classy, slightly conservative affairs. Cover up!

    Do!

    3.  Don’t wear a conservative suit.

    Don’t

    This isn’t an interview–it’s a celebration! Leave your gray, brown, or black two piece for work. You can, however, wear a suit if it’s in a gorgeous color. Skirt suits get a pass as well.

    Do!

     

    4. Just say no to tremendously frothy ‘show stopper’ gowns.

    Don’t

    Going back to point number 1: it’s the bride’s day. Don’t come wearing a vintage Christian Dior creation that needed some airing out. This is not a runway show featuring you. So leave the excessive ruffles, trains, and hot colors for the bride and bridesmaids (if they so choose).

    Do!

    5. Don’t wear jeans or anything too casual.

    Don’t


    Dressy shorts can get a pass, as can select pairs of pants. Jeans are a big old no-no. Don’t even go there.

    Do!

    What do you think? Do you have anything to add?

    Claire

    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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