Dress Codes Explained

Dress Codes Explained

You’ve got the invite, now it’s time to figure out what to wear! A wedding dress code can be daunting to decipher at first (what’s the difference between black tie and black tie optional, anyway?!), but we’ve demystified the most common wedding dress codes so you can show up feeling confident in your outfit. From black tie to cocktail to beach, our wedding dress code guide will help you nail the perfect look.

(Pssst, this guide isn’t just for wedding guest dresses...these tips can be used for other events, like charity galas or work parties, too!)

Black Tie Dress Code

Black Tie
Dress Code

dress to the nines for formal events

Note: Swipe on a bold red lip for a dramatic look

1. Accessories: Glittering statement earrings add glamour

2. Outfit: A full-length gown in a luxurious, satiny fabric hits the mark

3. Shoes: Tasteful heels

Escala Dress
Ferndean Earrings
Gracie Heels
Delice Dress
Lettie Dress
Jones Dress
Ripton Earrings
Ava Dress
Kelley Heels
Gerri Dress
Ellis Velvet Dress
Black Tie Optional Dress Code

Black Tie Optional
Dress Code

understated elegance is key

1. Accessories: Chandelier earrings are the perfect finishing touch

2. Outfit: Feminine details on a classic silhouette create an elegant aesthetic

Note: Opt for soft curls & a subtly glam makeup look

3. Shoes: Metallic heels add an extra pop of sparkle

Nonnette Dress
Janel Heels
Hayes Earrings
Montreal Dress
Windham Jumpsuit
Caireen Dress
Chayanne Heels
Seville Dress
Tulane Earrings
Logan Velvet Dress
Dahlia Dress
Cocktail Dress Code

Cocktail
Dress Code

sophisticated & semi-formal

Note: Offset a tailored shape for cocktail hour with a bouncy hairstyle

1. Accessories: Pair a red lip with dazzling earrings for extra glam

2. Outfit: A slinky silhouette keeps it refined without being too fancy

3. Shoes: Add some metallic mules for a burst of shine

Malynn Dress
Thornfield Earrings
Kahlo Heels
Wildflower Dress
Thompson Dress
Carys Dress
Spence Earrings
Morelia Heels
Marceau Dress
Vayn Hair Pins
Annika Earrings
Kari Dress
Daytime Dress Code

Daytime
Dress Code

casual, chic & city hall ready

1. Accessories: Have fun with fashion-forward designs, like earrings with extra sparkle

2. Outfit: Textured details like pleating & lace give your look a playful vibe

Note: Play up your makeup with a bold lip & soft contouring

3. Shoes: Classic heels in a neutral tone (yes, we count metallics as neutrals too!)

Perri Dress
Jareau Earrings
Janel Heels
Nico Dress
Biscayne Dress
Wallen Earrings
Charlotte Lace Dress
Penny Heels
Melissa Dress
Karelia Necklace
Beach Destination Dress Code

Beach & Destination
Dress Code

easy & island breezy

1. Accessories: Subtle crystal earrings ensure a flash of sparkle

2. Outfit: Choose a flowy silhouette in a tropical print for endless seaside glamour

Note: For outdoor weddings, remember your SPF and sunnies!

3. Shoes: Minimalist sandals are easy to slip on & off for beachy ceremonies

Saratoga Dress
Rocha Earrings
Janel Heels
Katey Dress
Malynn Dress
Marigny Earrings
Besette Heels
Bequia Dress
Charlotte Lace Dress
Lakey Hair Pins

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