Friday, August 12, 2011

T.G.I.Fabulous: From Casual to Black Tie--The Wedding and Party Attire Dresscode Mystery Revealed!

Happy Friday, bloggers! As school time approaches, wedding season comes to a close. I bet you are thinking, “Why are you giving me advice on wedding attire now instead of in May when I needed it?” I apologize. I really should have thought about this earlier! The good news is this blog post isn’t just applicable for weddings. You can use these guidelines for parties and other social events throughout the year. Now, when you receive an invitation, you know exactly what (and what not) to wear!

Casual attire: Casual attire is usually reserved for day-time and outdoor weddings. As you all know, it gets very hot during the summer--especially in Texas! The bride and groom want you to be comfortable during the wedding festivities. However, this doesn’t give you permission to wear flip flops and shorts. A cute sundress or blouse with a skirt or linen pants will do. Keep in mind, the word “casual” on an invitation translates to “Sunday best” and go from there. Below are some examples of casual wedding attire.

Here I am with my best friend in perfect casual wedding attire! Don't we look fabulous?

Courtesy of Komorov

Courtesy of Maggie London

Courtesy of Laundry by Shelli Segal

Beach Casual: Beach casual is a bit dressier than casual. If you are going to a wedding on the beach, don’t forget about the sand, ocean, and other outdoor elements that you will encounter. Heels are not a good idea so settle for a nice strappy sandal. A pretty, resort style sundress is an excellent choice. You will want to wear a light weight fabric such as chiffon. Linen may be too casual. Long dresses are acceptable for this type of attire.


Courtesy of Xscape

Semi-formal: This is the dreaded category of attire. It’s hard to define semi-formal. You’re in luck! We’re here to help. Basically, you should wear a cocktail dress or a beautiful blouse matched with a skirt. Remember, this is a wedding. It’s important not to look like you are going to a club or night out with the girls. But please, look fabulous!

Courtesy of Jay Godfrey

Courtesy of Donna Morgan

Courtesy of Max and Cleo

Formal/black-tie: Chances are a black tie wedding will be in the evening. This means you can wear a stunning evening gown! Sequins and beaded embellishments are allowed, just don’t get too crazy. An elegant cocktail dress is also perfect! Don’t forget to spend some extra time on your ‘do and make-up!

Courtesy of Adrianna Pappell

Courtesy of JS Collections.

Here are a few other tips:

· Ivory and white are an absolute NO. These two colors are reserved for the bride. It’s her special day, not yours.

· Black can be worn at night and night only.

· Err on the conservative side when attending a wedding. Many weddings are in churches. It’s important to be respectful. Although you may look fabulous, plunging necklines, tight and/or short dresses, and sometimes even strapless can be inappropriate.

· NO JEANS. Don’t even think about it.

All looks were found on Nordstrom has an amazing selection of wedding attire from casual to black tie! Feel free to check all the styles out.

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