Attending other peoples weddings: it's a rewarding (albeit stressful and oftentimes expensive) endeavor, but it's also an occasion where you're obligated to put someone else's needs above your own. For a couple that has spent months—if not years—imagining every detail of their big day, the details matter. So while normally, what you wear is entirely on you, when it comes to their big day, there are wedding guest outfit mistakes you'll want to keep in mind.
Below you'll find a breakdown of five simple style faux pas to avoid as a wedding guest. From the colors to avoid to the footwear mistake that could spoil an entire event, take note and both you and the couple will enjoy their big day. While we can't take the stress out of picking out the right registry gift or actually getting to the wedding, at least what you wear won't be on your mind. Read on for the rules and to shop wedding-worthy styles below.
1. Don't Wear White
One must-avoid rule: Don't wear white or cream, as someone might just mistake you for the bride. Instead stick to soft colors or simple patterns that look pretty without feeling over the top.
Available in sizes X to 4X.
Available in sizes 38 to 40.
2. Don't Stray From the Dress Code
Make sure to keep the invite at hand when figuring out what to wear. If it's black tie, you'll want to stick with a formal gown, while for a beach wedding, you'll want something more casual.
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Available in sizes XS to XL.
3. Try Not to Match the Wedding Party
While it may not always be avoidable, generally it's best to avoid being too matchy-matchy with the wedding party. Let's just say that it will help you steer clear of awkward conversations (and photos), especially if you're not particularly close to the couple in the first place.
Available in sizes 0 to 22.
Available in sizes UK 16 to 30.
4. Avoid Anything Too Loud
Wearing white is one thing, but it's best to err on the side of caution when it comes to anything too loud in general. While some couples may not mind a friend in red or sequins, others might feel upstaged.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
5. Don't Wear Shoes You Can't Dance In
A couple's goal (besides you know, actually getting married) is to ensure guests have a memorable night, so there's nothing worse than having to spend an entire wedding hanging back due to a pair of shoes that pinch or cause blisters.
Available in sizes IT 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 36 to 39.5
Now you're all set for your next wedding.