You don't have to be a bride to know that wedding season is stressful. Between travel, gifts, and let's not forget wedding guest attire, planning for someone else's big day can actually be draining fiscally and mentally. But armed with a little expert advice, we can at least help make figuring out what to wear just a little bit easier.
We tapped bridal designer Joanna August and luxury wedding planner Jennifer Stiebel of SOCO Events to help knock out the five style mistakes you can easily avoid this wedding season. Armed with their advice, you'll be able to find just the right thing to wear, totally stress-free. So leave your worries at home and get ready to celebrate your friend, cousin—whoever it is—without having to worry about what you're wearing.
Read on for their five mistakes to avoid, and then shop wedding guest dresses we love right now.
"Don’t draw attention away from the bride and groom. This means not wearing white (and white includes ivory, cream, beige, and prints on a white background!), and leaving your red backless gown for a different occasion." — Joanna August
"Oftentimes, the hosts will dictate the attire, so take that cue and dress accordingly. If no particular attire is requested, look not only to the time of the event but also the venue. Anything after 6 p.m. is considered formal, but you are less likely to need a ballgown on the beach than you will in a ballroom." — Jennifer Stiebel
"Winter weddings will need thicker material and a pea coat and summer weddings will most likely be outside, so lather on the SPF and wear something you can breathe in!" — Joanna August
"Unless you are in the sand, it is not okay to walk around barefoot at a formal party. It not only looks crass, but it is also dangerous. I can count on more than one hand how many times a barefoot babe has stepped on broken glass! Bottom line: don't wear the five-inch Louboutins if you can't walk the walk." —Jennifer Stiebel
"Don't show things your grandma isn't comfortable seeing because the bride's gram will most likely feel the same way! Opt out of the crop top set and exposed bra and instead choose more classic pieces that you can dance the night away in." — Joanna August
Shop Wedding-Guest Dresses We Love
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