The summer wedding season is in full swing and we are loving every second of it! Of course, with the ups and downs of summer weather, the constantly coming and going trends, and the various dress codes (white tie v. black tie... what the heck?!), it can be hard to determine what's appropriate to wear to the big day. Especially since the whole goal of your outfit is to not overshadow the bride. Talk about pressure!
But don't worry, we've teamed up with Paul Frederick and we've got you covered.
For a beach wedding: Chances are if you're heading to the beach for a wedding ceremony, the dress code is going to be "beach formal."
For her: A maxi dress or knee length skirt & top combo with dressy sandals will do. I'm loving this dress right now and I'm loving even more how Julia from Gal Meets Glam styled it! Just swap out the heels for sandals.
For him: A lightweight suit (preferably khaki or linen... but mind you, linen wrinkles quickly!) is ideal for a beach wedding. Or any summer wedding for that matter. But don't worry about the tie here fellas, just wear a collared dress shirt underneath your jacket and a pair of dress shoes. You're good to go!
For a more formal affair (read "formal" or "black tie optional"): One of my pet peeves is when the invite says "formal" or "black tie optional", because what if you want to go all out black tie but everyone else shows up just formal? The struggle is real, my friends.
Your safest bet? Go formal. What does that mean exactly?
For her: A long dress or formal cocktail-length dress (that means it hits your knees, ladies!) in a dark, neutral tone. Remember, you can never go wrong with a navy dress. It's super easy to accessorize, and just about any shoe will go with it. Heels are encouraged for this kind of wedding as well. But bring a dressier pair of sandals for later on in the night, nobody likes their feet to be killing them while they're on the dance floor!
For him: Simple. Break out the tuxes, gents! I promise you, no girl will be complaining. Not a tux kind of guy? A dark-colored suit (navy or black) will do just fine as well.
What about patterns?
For weddings, I really like to stick with the idea that the simpler it is, the better. As a guest, your job is to not outshine either the bride or groom (but especially the bride!). So ladies, unless you're rocking a Lilly Pulitzer dress to the wedding (which you really shouldn't do unless it's a beach wedding...), keep it simple with neutral tones. And never, ever, wear white.
Gentlemen, if you're going to rock a pattern, do it with a tie. And if you're rocking a seersucker suit, keep it simple and let the suit do the work for you.
Now, about your date...
You never want to clash. Think back to all the coordinating your mom and girlfriend did back at your high school prom. There's a reason for all the planning. When you and your significant other are heading to a wedding, you want to do your best to look as adorable as the couple to the left.
Your Quick Guide to Dressing as a Couple
1. Match shades correctly, and if you can't find an exact match, at least make sure they complement each other. (See left)
2. These colors clash, do not wear together. Blue and orange. Green and red (Do you really want to look like Christmas?). Purple (or red) and yellow. All off-limit color combos.
3. These colors complement each other, wear them in all their adorableness. Tan (read: your khaki suit) and anything. Black (read: your tux) and anything that's not navy. Basically, match whatever tie you're wearing to your lady's dress, and you're golden. Also, you're kidding yourself if you think she's planning her outfit around your tux. It's the other way around, boys! Sorry! But lucky for you, sites like Paul Frederick have you covered. So, shop away!