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: Style your hair into a polished updo for an extra luxe look

1. Accessories: 2-3 statement pieces like chandelier earrings or a bold headband

2. Outfit: Full-length gown with luxurious details—think allover embroidery or a dramatic silhouette

3. Shoes: Tasteful heels

Caireen Dress
Banatar Earrings
Yaro Heels
Jones Dress
Brenda Dress
Millennia Bag
Delice Dress
Ellis Velvet Dress
Nya Dress
Ronen Earrings
Esther Heels
Weaver Dress
Black Tie Optional Dress Code

Black Tie Optional
Dress Code

understated elegance is key

1. Accessories: Stick with 2-3 statement accessories, like dazzling earrings or a sparkly clutch

2. Outfit: Choose an elegant yet flowy fabric, like charmeuse, for maximum comfort in a formal setting

Note: Opt for bouncy waves or pop in some hair accessories for extra glamour

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

Donne Dress
Blume Drop Earrings
Yaro Heels
Louetta Dress
Windham Jumpsuit
Magnolia Dress
Aragon Bag
Enzo Earrings
Dahlia Dress
Montreal Dress
Fletcher Heels
Rosabel Dress
Cocktail Dress Code

Cocktail
Dress Code

sophisticated & semi-formal

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

1. Accessories: 1-2 statement pieces; a red lip pairs perfectly with crystal drop earrings

2. Outfit: Feel free to play around with color and silhouettes (as well as shorter hemlines!)

3. Shoes: Keep it clean and chic with neutral heels or flats

Amala Dress
Yaro Heels
Elayne Earrings
Azima Dress
Pietra Dress
Carys Dress
Carey Headband
Caron Dress
Wildflower Dress
Janel Heels
Annika Earrings
Kari Dress
Daytime Dress Code

Daytime
Dress Code

casual, chic & city hall ready

1. Accessories: Have fun with fashion-forward designs, like bejeweled hoops or hairpins

2. Outfit: A light and airy dress plays well with patterns and embellishments

Note: Play up your makeup with a bold eyeshadow color or graphic eyeliner

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

Hudson Dress
Rocco Earrings
Yaro Heels
Seville Dress
Adella Dress
Espen Dress
Phyllis Hair Pin Set
Kali Earrings
Nurinda Heels
Pearl Monogram Pouch
Elliya Dress
Ynez Dress
Beach Destination Dress Code

Beach & Destination
Dress Code

easy & island breezy

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

1. Accessories: Natural stones and polished pendants pair easily with a beachfront setting

2. Outfit: Flowy silhouettes keep you cool (avoid shorter hemlines in case of high winds!)

3. Shoes: Wedges or embellished sandals are equal parts chic and practical

Bequia Dress
Yaro Heels
Ilyana Earrings
Charlotte Dress
Bloomsbury Dress
Kari Dress
Lacine Necklace
Rosey Flats
Inesse Dress
Dahlia Dress

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