Carmina Natividad is one of the enthusiastic writers for Jennifer Regan, a shop in Sydney that caters to women who are looking for the perfect wedding dress to wear as they walk down the aisle. Her articles mainly focus on Wedding dress and wedding management.
A wedding is no ordinary gathering. It is a special day to celebrate not just the romantic love between two individuals but also the couple's relationship to their families and friends. The happy couple invests the most of their time and money to make sure that everything turns out the way they envisioned and that every significant person in their lives is invited.
If you were invited to a wedding, the least you can do to return the favor is to dress accordingly. Instead of showcasing your unique fashion statement, try to blend in with the rest of the crowd. Unfortunately, there are some guests who failed to do the latter and embarrassed themselves by being the standout in a very negative way.
To avoid making a faux pas, remember these nine things you should never wear as a wedding guest. And these don't have to be necessarily specified in the invitation.
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1. Your everyday comfy and casual garments
Well, this is a no-brainer. If you're attending a formal gathering, your denim jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops loose sweaters, flip flops, and other everyday clothes have to be left inside your closet. Even if the dress code says “casual”, that still means you have to put your shirt-jeans-sneakers combo down. And besides, isn't it worth trying to ditch your comfy clothes and level up to a classier version of yourself even just for a day?
2. Over the top prints, colors, and embellishments
“You can't wear less” doesn't mean “you can wear more.”
Imagine this scenario: Everyone is wearing smart, semi-formal outfits in simple colors and designs. And there comes this girl, making a dramatic entrance with her floor-length leopard print dress, hot pink cardigan with ruffles, and pink 6-inch pumps. And a hat and a pair of sunglasses.
For sure, you don't want to be that girl. If your fashion preference involves loud prints and accessories, you might want to tone it down a bit as a wedding guest or you'll be the standout yet odd-one-out during the party.
3. Something that exposes your soul
A rule of thumb: If the dress is great for a night of clubbing and it shows off all the stunning features of your body, the dress is probably not a good choice for a wedding reception.
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Revealing too much skin is another faux pas you don't want to encounter. No matter how many hours (and money) you've spent tanning and toning, you should never upstage the bride. Go easy on your plunging necklines and short hemlines, tight, curve-hugging dresses, and cut-out and bare-back garments for these are attention-seekers. According to Simone Hill, the assistant editor at The Knot, if you still insist on accentuating your features, you can have one sexy element but no more than one.
4. An all-white dress
Only one woman has the privilege to wear a stunning white dress at a wedding – and it's not you. The golden fashion rule for every girl attending a wedding is to never show up in a full white (or even ivory, champagne, and other shades) dress unless the bride specifically asks the guests to do so. No matter how casual the dress seems, it still resembles the bride's wedding dress. A white dress with prints, accents, and contrasting accessories is fine, but it is still better not to wear white to be safe than sorry.
5. An all-black outfit
Black is often associated with the dead, so it's safe to say that wearing black isn't appropriate in such lively celebration. If you love black, you may substitute to other dark and dull colors like gray and brown. If you insist on wearing black, it would be nice to have it with prints and light or vivid accessories.
6. A sparkly tiara
For a cute, 5-year old girl? Absolutely! But for a woman attending a wedding? It's a big no-no. Again, only the bride has the sole right to wear a tiara on her big day. Bring your dream of becoming a Disney Princess somewhere else – to a costume party, royal-themed ball, or your very own wedding day.
7. Something too glittery
Bling should be an accent and not an entire look, which means you have to go easy on your sequins and glitters. Glossy dresses in metallic colors should also be avoided. If you think you look too plain and dull, try to use pieces of jewelry to enhance your look instead of going for a sequin-filled dress.
8. The bridesmaids' dress
Unless you're chosen to be one of the bridesmaids, it would be a shame to wear a dress whose design and color are similar to theirs. The Knot's Simone Hill recommends avoiding solid color dresses in popular colors like purple, navy, gray, and coral for these might accidentally match the bridesmaids' dresses. Another way to avoid this blunder is adding a belt or a cropped jacket to your look so your dress won't look like a bridesmaid material.
9. Heavy hair and make-up
Aside from dressing accordingly, you should also time your makeup to the occasion. Go easy on your dark eyeshadow, false eyelashes, heavy contour and highlight, sun-kissed blush, purple lips, and body glitters and save them for another day. We're not saying you should sacrifice your mad makeup preference and personality. You can be as beautiful as you can be with a simple and well-done hair and make-up.