A christening marks the beginning of an exciting journey in a child’s life, and if you’ll be attending one this spring as the grandmother, godmother, or guest, no doubt you’re proud and happy. You’re might also wondering what’s appropriate to wear.
Here are some guidelines to help you decide what to wear to a christening.
What to Wear When You’re the Grandmother
If you’re the baby’s grandmother, first of all, congratulations! You’ll definitely want to look your best for all the wonderful family pictures that will be taken that day!
The number one ‘rule’ is to follow the lead of the baby’s mother, whether that be your daughter or daughter-in-law but generally speaking, when it comes to what to wear, think classic, tailored, and soft, delicate colors that befit the occasion. Solid colored dresses are a popular choice because prints and patterns can date. If you want to wear a print, florals are usually your best bet.
You’ll also want to feel comfortable and be ready to help out wherever you can. No doubt you’ll be greeting family and guests and be called on to help settle a fussy baby from time-to-time. Make sure your outfit is easy to move around in and elegant enough for your important role.
A pretty lace shift dress like this one checks all the boxes. Lace is classic and ladylike, just the thing you’d expect to find someone wearing to church. Plus the bell sleeves on this dress will make you – look like a very modern grandma!
Keep your shoes and accessories delicate and soft to the match the formality and color of your soft-colored outfit. If you do crave a hit of color somewhere, add just a small dose. This pretty floral bag complements the colors in this outfit, while the knockout print gives things some punch.
What to Wear When You’re the Godmother
If you’re the godmother of the child, be sure to check in with the baby’s mother to see what she is wearing and to get a feel for the general tone of the event. Your job is to be a supporting act who complements, not upstages what mom is wearing.
Since the christening will likely be taking place inside a church, you’ll also want to be careful not to show too much skin. Sleeveless dresses are usually acceptable ( although some faiths may require arms covered). Short skirts, or low cut dresses that reveal clevage aren’t the right choice for this blessed occasion.
You can never go wrong with a modest, elegant, figure-flattering dress that has modern details. The nipped in waist on this navy sheath dress accentuates your curves, or creates the illusion of curves if your figure has seen better days. (LOL!)
Navy is a formal, sophisticated color that always looks right at this type of affair. Look closely at this pretty dress and you’ll see intersecting laddered insets that make a modern statement. Bell sleeves are another nice element, and add a soft, romantic touch.
Between standing at the baptismal altar at the front of the church, to posing for pictures outside on the lawn, you’ll likely be on your feet most of the day. Wearing a comfy, cute pair of block heel shoes or sandals can really help.
What to Wear to a Christening as a Guest
Guests can get away with a little more in terms of color and pattern, but you still need to be mindful of the solemnity of the occasion and venue. In other words, dress up and make sure you don’t let it all hang out! A tailored pantsuit is lovely, and so is a floral dress, or even a skirt and a pretty blouse.
If you do go with a floral, make sure it’s a modern floral. Forgo tiny flowers in favor of bigger, bolder ones, arranged in a unique or avant-garde manner. See the placement of flowers on this figure-flattering blue floral sheath dress? (I also love the sleeves on this dress. It’s often hard to find a dress with sleeves these days, and the elbow length ones on this dress make it look so classy!)
Coordinate your accessories with your dress. While a nude shoe always works, I love a blush pink shoe this spring. Blush has become a new neutral in recent years. It’s fresh and youthful and goes with almost anything. It also gives you the same leg-elongating benefits of a nude shoe.
Enjoy the Christening and all the fun that comes with getting dressed up for this very special day that you’ll never forget!
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