What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Suggestions for Wedding Guests

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    What to Wear to an Evening Black Tie Fall Wedding

    Calvin Klein Women's Sleeveless Beaded Gown
    Calvin Klein Women's Sleeveless Beaded Gown. Amazon.com

    If you're headed to a fall wedding soon, you're probably wondering what to wear! Here are my suggestions for every type of fall wedding, starting with the classic style of black tie.

    At a black tie fall wedding, men should wear tuxedos and women should wear formal gowns. While you can get away with wearing a dressy cocktail dress, it's better to wear a floor length gown or an evening suit. Black is acceptable, but a jewel tone will feel more festive and fun.

    This beaded gown by Calvin...MORE Klein hits all the right notes for a fall wedding. The open back allows you to sexily show your back, without being inappropriate. The color is demure, and the mesh inserts at the hem add some fun.

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  • 02 of 10

    What to Wear to an Evening Black Tie Optional Fall Wedding

    Adrianna Papell Printed A-Line Dress with Beading
    Adrianna Papell Printed A-Line Dress with Beading. Amazon.com

    Black Tie Optional can be one of the most bewildering invitations for a guest to receive. But the good news is that it's not that hard and it gives you a range of options (meaning you might just be able to wear something out of your own closet!)

    All that "Black Tie Optional" means is that you have the option of wearing anything from a cocktail dress to a formal gown. I usually try to fall somewhere in the middle so that I feel comfortable with whichever direction the crowd has tended...MORE to go. (Nothing like showing up in a ball gown, when everyone else is in comfortable wrap dresses!)

    This Adrianna Papell dress works because it's cocktail length, has a festive floral printed fabric and beading that make it feel dressy but also festive. 

    Buy the Adrianna Papell Printed A-Line Dress with Beading on Amazon.com

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  • 03 of 10

    What to Wear to a Casual Evening Wedding

    Maggy London Solid Scuba Color Block Sheath Dress
    Maggy London Solid Scuba Color Block Sheath Dress. Amazon.com

    A casual evening wedding doesn't mean that wedding guests should be wearing jeans and t-shirts. Men should wear a dark button down shirt and a nice pair of pants, and women should wear a chic but simple dress. Be comfortable, but still look pulled together and stylish. My rule of thumb is to look for a dress I'd wear on an evening at my grandparents' house, or I could wear to a casual workplace function.

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  • 04 of 10

    What to Wear to a Festive Attire Fall Wedding

    Halston Heritage Sleeveless Structured Dress
    Halston Heritage Sleeveless Structured Dress. Amazon.com

    Although many people are confused by "festive attire" weddings, it's pretty straight forward. You should wear a party dress or a cocktail dress that makes you feel festive. (Save the floor-length evening gown for a different occasion.) Men should wear a suit, perhaps with a fashionable accessory like suspenders or a designer tie.

    This Halston Heritage dress just makes me smile. It's clear that the wearer of this dress is going to a party, and is going to have a ​very good time.​

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  • 05 of 10

    What to Wear to a Formal Daytime Fall Wedding

    Adrianna Papell Faux Wrap Pleated Sheath Dress
    Adrianna Papell Faux Wrap Pleated Sheath Dress. Amazon.com

    If you're going to a formal daytime wedding, you should wear a smart, short dress or a sharp suit. The dress should be formal, but not beaded or black. Stick to bright colors and lighter fabrics to look appropriate for daytime.

    The trick is to find a dress that looks sophisticated rather than stuffy. Save the plain black for the office, and look for rich colors and fabrics that will help make a dress appropriate for a fall wedding.

    I like the lines and details of this Adrianna Papell dress....MORE The embroidered lace fabric adds a fun detail, while the length still makes it appropriate for a daytime wedding. 

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  • 06 of 10

    What to Wear to a Casual Daytime Wedding

    BCBGMax Azria Adele Knit City Wrap Dress
    BCBGMax Azria Adele Knit City Wrap Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

    A casual daytime wedding needn't mean wearing something old from your closet. Take the excuse of a wedding to update your wardrobe and buy something you can wear again and again.

    This dress is comfortable, chic and versatile! Dress it up with a great pair of heels, or pair it with some great boots and a thin leather jacket. 

    Buy the BCBGMax Azria Adele Knit City Wrap Dress on Amazon.com

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  • 07 of 10

    What to Wear to a Late Afternoon or Early Evening Fall Wedding

    Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Lace Mix Pleat Dress
    Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Lace Mix Pleat Dress. Amazon.com

    I get questions all the time from people invited to a late afternoon wedding ceremony and an evening wedding reception. They're unsure if they should wear a daytime or evening look. After all, wearing a sparkly prom dress in a church feels awkward and uncomfortable, but it's no fun to be in a day dress when everyone else is wearing party clothes.

    The trick is to look appropriate at both without having to change clothes.

    Look for a dress with simple lines like this one that can be dressed...MORE up or down. Add a little jacket and simple earrings for the daytime ceremony but tuck a pair of dangle sparkly earrings and some great bracelets in your bag for the evening reception. It's the same day-to-night trick women have been pulling off for years at the office - there's no reason it can't work for the wedding guest as well.

    This Rebecca Taylor dress has simple lines so add a colorful scarf or jacket for the ceremony, then be ready to look swanky with a cocktail at the wedding.

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  • 08 of 10

    What to Wear to Stay Warm at a Fall Wedding

    Betsey Johnson Women's Metallic Lace Trim Wrap
    Betsey Johnson Women's Metallic Lace Trim Wrap. Amazon.com

    I've been to far too many fall weddings where women failed to plan ahead for the chill. Their great dresses were spoiled by too-casual sweaters and outdoor coats. But there are three ways that you can stay warm without ruining your outfit.

    1. A cute cropped jacket This faux fur jacket will definitely keep you warm, and the length will still allow you to show off your dress. Check out the Ted Baker Forysia Cropped Faux-Fur Jacket on Amazon.com.
    2. A modern shrug Situations like this are...MORE practically what the shrug was made for. The arms will keep you warm while the open front won't hide your dress. Check out the BCBGMAXAZRIA Peyton Fur Shrug on Amazon.com.
    3. A voguish wrap True, pashminas were way overdone in the mid-90s, but there is a way to wear a stylish wrap. I suggest a blanket wrap which will keep you warm and keep your arms covered in a fashionable way. Check out the Betsy Johnson Metallic Lace Trim Wrap on Amazon.com.
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  • 09 of 10

    What to Wear to a Destination Fall Wedding

    Desigual Women's Woven Dress
    Desigual Women's Woven Dress. Amazon.com

    If you've ever been headed to the islands in the fall, you know how tricky shopping can be. The stores are full of sweaters and tweeds and the cruisewear collections aren't quite out yet.

    If you're headed to a destination wedding this fall, look for a breezy dress like this one by Desigual. It will take up zero space in your suitcase but look crisp with a fast steam in your hotel room. Best of all, it works at either a chic daytime affair or dancing until dawn on the beach.​ 

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    What to Wear to a Wedding When You Are the Mother of the Bride

    Adrianna Papell Short-Sleeve Beaded Mesh Gown
    Adrianna Papell Short-Sleeve Beaded Mesh Gown. Amazon.com

    These days, Moms are hipper and younger than ever. Don't dress the mother of the bride in a shapeless matronly pastel doozy. There are many options that will be figure-flattering and chic while still looking age-appropriate.

    The design of this Adrianna Papell dress has a silhouette that is flattering on many types of different figures. The color is also perfect for a mother of the bride dress. 

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