The Event: A Wedding
- Old manners: Do not wear black or white or red.
- New manners: Black and red are perfectly nice, but white is still the greatest wedding no-no.
- Things to wear: allow the invitation, the season, and the hour be your guides. (If you are at a loss and you are near the bride, then ask her what is right; differently, consult the maid of honour or the bride’s mother). A women’s white midi dress in australia is also considered acceptable.
“For day weddings, which are inclined to be more casual, steer clear of anything heavily beaded or sequined,” says Lauren A. Rothman, founder of Style Auteur, a fashion-consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Instead, choose a knee-length dress in a cloth like cotton; in warmer weather or areas, strapless designs and open-toed shoes get the nod of approval. “Straightforward hats” also make a thumbs-up, says Amy Lindquist, head of Lindquist Fashion & Image Consulting, in Minneapolis. If the ceremony is in the day and the reception in the evening and the invitation does not specify dress, assume the event is semiformal, which calls for a cocktail dress or an evening match in a shade that will not upstage the bride. “Pale pink is OK–sexy pink isn’t,” says Lindquist.
Black tie once intended floor-length gowns. Now, at all but the greatest affairs, dresses as brief as knee-length are acceptable, provided they have a semiformal or formal cut and cloth; silk or a silk mix, for example, would be proper. In terms of wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress at a house of worship, some have strict rules about covering up; assess the protocol ahead or bring a wrap.
Generally speaking,”cocktail-party rules apply,” Joseph Williamson, a fashion stylist in nyc. A dress and a jacket or a cardigan with a few sparkle would be fine. Remember–there is just one shining star at matrimonial shindigs, and it is not you.