Navigating different dress codes is arguably one of the most stressful aspects of attending a wedding. You don’t want to be significantly overdressed, or worse, underdressed for the ceremony and reception! Here is a general guide to event dress codes to help simplify your outfit planning.
White Tie Dress Code
A white tie dress code is the most formal of all the possible dress codes. You’ll need a floor length evening gown, likely in a darker color, for maximum elegance at the event. Heels are non-negotiable, and full glam is expected.
Black Tie Dress Code
The black tie dress code is a step below the white tie. Likely for an evening wedding, the dress code requires a formal, full length dress (no midi dresses), an elegant pantsuit, or even a sophisticated cocktail dress and heels.
Formal or Black Tie Optional Dress Code
Formal dress codes are slightly less formal than the black tie, but you could dress according to the black tie dress code as well. A maxi or midi length dress in an elegant silhouette is appropriate for this dress code, as well as a proper pair of heels.
Cocktail Dress Code
The cocktail dress code is fairly popular for weddings year-round. For this dress code, you can wear a midi length or a tasteful mini dress, but a floor length gown would not be appropriate. Heels or dressy sandals are best suited for this dress code.
Semi-Formal Dress Code
The semi-formal dress code is one of the most popular dress codes for spring weddings. Also known as dressy casual, this dress code is based mostly on the time of day and the weather for the ceremony itself. If the ceremony takes place at night, you’ll want to wear a darker or muted color. For a day wedding, a pastel or bright dress is completely appropriate. You can wear a midi or mini dress for this event, and your choice of shoes can also be based on location. Don’t wear heels if you are going to be standing on the grass – opt for a cute pair of sandals or wedges instead.
Casual Dress Code
While the dress code may say casual, keep your jeans and sneakers at home. A sundress is perfect for a casual wedding, especially one that takes place at the beach, as you want to be comfortable yet put-together. Casual dress codes typically come with their own rules and expectations, so be sure to check the invitation for additional details.
Regardless of the specified dress code on your invite, you’ll want to look and feel your best. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of 25 wedding guest dresses across different price ranges to help you do just that. Let’s get into it!