Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you confused about what to wear? Afraid you’ll have to resort to recycling that old standby, hidden in the back of your closet?
Here are the answers to the 7 Top Questions on What to Wear to a Wedding.
Q1. What should I wear to a Daytime Wedding?
The mood of a daytime wedding is light, fresh, and cheery, and so wear a pretty dress in a happy color of the season. A Floral print dress is ideal and should be very easy to find. Accessorize your dress with some cute heels, a great clutch, and if you are daring enough a hat. How often do you get to go to a wedding? Have fun and dress up.
Q2. Can I Wear Pants?
Yes, absolutely! If your legs are not your best asset or dresses are just not your thing, and then pants are a fine choice. However, I’m not talking any old pair of slacks and a top. To look more elegant, wear a solid color pantsuit, or a beautiful blouse and a pair of Palazzo pants which are flowy and feminine, almost like a dress. Lighter colors like a blue pantsuit are best for daytime weddings. Be sure to choose fabrics that are relaxed and a little more luxurious than what you’d wear everyday.
Question 3. What should I wear to an Evening Wedding?
Easy Answer – Unless the evening wedding is very formal and calls for a long gown, a cocktail dress is perfect! Just make sure it is not too flashy, sparkly, short or low cut. You don’t want to look like you should be out clubbing. For example, a tight-fitting red satin dress with sequins and a plunging neckline is too showy.
Another option for an evening wedding is to wear a dressy suit or a cocktail suit. Remember, it’s night. You shouldn’t look the slightest bit corporate. No pinstripes, shirts, tweeds, serious suit styles and heavy materials. You need to wear a fitted suit, not a boxy suit; one that is softer, a little sexy, feminine and luxurious – the type of thing you’d wear if you were going out to a special dinner. Think sophisticated. (A very dressy pantsuit with this same feel would work too.)
Q4. Is it true you should never wear white ever? What about cream?
Sorry, that old rule of no white at weddings still stands because you never want to upstage the bride. The only time it is acceptable is to wear a tiny bit of white as a detail on a dress or within a pattern of a dress- but we’re talking tiny. Cream or beige is o.k. unless you know, the bride is wearing cream.
Q5. Can I wear Black?
A black cocktail dress is too heavy for a daytime wedding but is very appropriate for an evening wedding. If you want to wear black by day, then you could try a black floral dress which is mainly bright colored flowers on a dark background ( i.e., black or navy). This gives black a much more daytime feel. Just make sure it’s more floral than black.
Q6. What should I wear to black tie wedding?
A black tie wedding is most formal, and calls for something very glamorous like you are going to a formal ball. Here’s where a full-length black dress would be your very best choice. However, a black cocktail dress would be acceptable too. If you don’t like black, then a single color dress in a rich color is elegant too. Also, a dress that is simple with, clean lines is what’s right for this elegant affair. No fussy details.
Always respect the fact that will be one of the most special days in bride’s life. Honor her by putting some effort into what you wear and dressing up for the occasion, but never try to outshine her. It’s her moment to in the spotlight. Make sure she feels like the star.
More ideas for what to wear to a wedding reception over 40 are here or you can read about bridal shower outfits.