Help! What Do I Wear As A Wedding Guest?

Ever been at a loss when it comes to choosing wedding guest attire? We’ve been there, too. Weddings are the icing on the metaphorical cake of attire anxiety. So we’ve compiled everything you need to know to avoid being the person who wore that.

If the invite says “white tie”
The most formal of wedding dress codes to choose an outfit for. 

He should wear: 
The classic top and tails, typically all grey paired with a white shirt, Oxfords, and a top hat.

She should wear: 
The finest full-length ball gown you own, complete with dramatic jewelry and hair. 

If the invite says “black tie”
The second most formal dress code that indicates an evening wedding. 

He should wear: 
A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent-leather shoes should not be forgotten. 

She should wear: 
A floor-length gown or the classic little black dress topped off with the appropriate jewelry. 

If the invite says “formal” or “black tie optional”
Honestly, one of the more confusing dress codes. This type of invite suggests slightly less formal attire than black tie, but a tuxedo is still appropriate. 

He should wear: 
A tuxedo or formal dark suit, bow tie optional, long tie encouraged. 

She should wear: 
Similar to black-tie events, the ladies are expected to wear a long evening dress, dressy suit, or formal cocktail dress. 

If the invite says “semi-formal” or “dressy casual”
Depending on the time of the event, you’ll want to opt for something between formal and casual. Go for darker tones for evening weddings and lighter tones for daytime ones.

He should wear: 
A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

She should wear: 
A cocktail dress.

If the invite says “casual” or “daytime” 
Potentially the easiest to dress for, casual dress means guests can practically wear what they want.

He should wear: 
Dress pants and a button-down or polo shirt.

She should wear: 
A summer dress, or a skirt or pants with a blouse.

If the invite says “cocktail attire”
A tier below black tie and formal, this type of event means no tuxes or floor-length gowns are required. 

He should wear: 
A suit and tie. Opt for darker tones in the colder months and lighter greys in the warmer months. 

She should wear: 
A cocktail dress, dressy suit, or jumpsuit.

If the invite says “beach formal”
This type of event calls for elegant clothes that are suitable for the elements. Anything for a summer night out is appropriate. 

He should wear: 
A summer suit and a linen shirt, no ties needed, paired with linen pants or khakis. 

She should wear: 
A formal knee-length sundress with sandals with natural hair and makeup.