What to wear to a wedding - dress code etiquette

June 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

You have the invitation to the wedding in your hand.  It is timeless, beautifully prepared, shows style and the feeling shared between the couple.

You feel privileged to be invited to share their special day and delighted for the couple.....and not to mention super excited as this invitation signals permission to gather up your girlfriends and shop, shop, shop! A new outfit, new shoes and maybe some accessories, oh you can't wait!  But before you whip yourself into a shopping frenzy, you see that the invitation has a dress code....what tha?  Oh dear, your head floods with questions?  You thought you knew what you were looking for but now you're not so sure.....

We asked Personal Stylist, Debbra Perret to shed some light on the etiquette of dressing for a wedding to avoid making a costly fashion faux par!  Debra enlightened us with details on the five dress codes generally used for weddings these days - Casual, Cocktail, Lounge Suit, Black Tie and White Tie.

Casual - This is a more relaxed take on your look.  You could still wear a cocktail dress but dress it down with relaxed hair, smaller heels etc.  Gentlemen can get away with trousers and a shirt (no tie) or pop out a shirt collar beneath a nice knit.

Cocktail - A pretty dress, even a maxi, heels and accessories.  Gentlemen should work a three-piece suit - like was you would wear to the races.

Lounge-suit - Ladies can wear a cocktail dress, jumpsuit or skirt/top ensemble while gentlemen should wear a daytime suit, no tie required.

Black Tie - This is wear you go for broke.  Gentlemen should wear a full three-piece suit or even tuxedo (bow tie included) ladies should opt for a long evening gown.

White tie - The pinnacle of weddings!  Think dress coat, tuxedo and bow-tie for gentlemen and a ball gown for women.  An Oscar dress!

Now armed with this information go forth and shop up a storm!

Debra Perret is a trained personal stylist specialising in wardrobe selection to suit your body shape and personal style for any occasion 

Contact Debbra on: 0403217894

www.debraperrett.com.au


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