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
Sammie Earrings
Cappy Heels
Cortland Dress
Phoebe Dress
Ryland Dress
Janel Heels
Montague Dress
Rocha Earrings
Rosabel Dress
Torelle Bag
Matisse Dress
Black Tie Optional Dress Code

Black Tie Optional
Dress Code

understated elegance is key

1. Accessories: Statement earrings are the perfect finishing touch

2. Outfit: A tailored silhouette & feminine details create an elegant aesthetic

Note: Soft curls & subtly glam makeup elevate your look

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

Biscayne Dress
Camellia Heels
Kiersten Earrings
Espen Dress
Logan Dress
Lettie Dress
Spence Earrings
Adena Dress
Montreal Dress
Cadeau Heels Dress
Jones Dress
Ellis Velvet Dress
Cocktail Dress Code

Cocktail
Dress Code

sophisticated & semi-formal

Note: A messy pony pairs perfectly with a slinky silhouette

1. Outfit: A velvet dress transitions smoothly into fall

2. Accessories: Slide in some bejeweled hair pins for a flash of sparkle

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

Bentley Velvet Dress
Camellia Heels
Lakey Hair Pins
Otille Earrings
Thompson Dress
Doutzen Jumpsuit
Cloud Reusable Face Masks
Marceau Dress
Cali Dress
Karli Heels
XOXO Script Neklace
Caron Dress
Daytime Dress Code

Daytime
Dress Code

casual, chic & city hall ready

1. Accessories: Add a twinkly touch with glittering earrings

2. Outfit: A playful puff sleeve goes from ceremony to reception in style

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!)

Juliette Dress
Novato Earrings
Connere Heels
Perri Dress
Katey Dress
Kahlo Heels
Danae Bow
Cali Dress
Florette Reusable Face Masks
Dahlia Dress
Espen Dress
Josey Bracelet
Beach Destination Dress Code

Beach & Destination
Dress Code

easy & island breezy

1. Accessories: Add vibrant details like sparkling earrings or playful hair pins

2. Outfit: A flowy silhouette packs easily & goes from casual to chic

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

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

Quinn Dress
Brae Sandals
Ohm Earrings
Charlotte Lace Dress
Biscayne Dress
Lia Reusable Face Masks
Blush Chelsea Sunglasses
Plymouth Dress
Sadia Dress
Nico Dress
Mychelle Earrings
Carter Hat

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