01 of 08
Spring Wedding Attire, Decoded
One of the most fun (yet sometimes agonizing) parts of being a wedding guest is figuring out what to wear. Even if the invitation clearly states the dress code, it can be tricky to find an appropriate outfit. Here are some suggestions for what to wear to several types of spring weddings.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
What to Wear to a Casual Spring Daytime Wedding
At a casual spring daytime wedding, you'll want to look relaxed but not sloppy—avoid jeans and t-shirts. Instead, opt for well-groomed, fashionable, and comfortable attire. Cotton styles, linens, and knits are all appropriate.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
What to Wear to a Dressy Daytime Wedding
A dressy daytime wedding calls for something fancier than a cotton sundress. Choose a pretty suit, or a feminine, elegant dress. In some countries, a hat is necessary for a formal daytime wedding, but in the U.S. it's purely optional. Many guests make the mistakes of either dressing too casually or overdressing. Look for lighter colors in a fabric like a chiffon, which feels formal without being overly stuffy.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
What to Wear to a Formal Church Wedding
Too many guests attending formal church weddings don't understand the need to be a little modest. While that strapless evening dress will look great on the dance floor, it may not be respectful enough for a religious setting. Yet you want something that will also work for the reception.
Look for a dress that comes with a matching jacket. With the extra coverage, you'll look church-appropriate. Later on, take the jacket off to show off the gown.
Another way to be modest for a church wedding is to find a beautiful wrap or bolero. To be respectful, make sure your dress covers the knee, isn't too low-cut, and that your shoulders are covered.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
When the Invitation Says "Festive Attire"
When an invitation says "festive attire," that means the wedding will be a fun party, and they want guests to dress flirty and fashionably. You can wear bolder colors and shorter skirts. Whatever you wear should make you feel pretty and sexy so that you'll be ready to dance and have a good time.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
What to Wear to a Semi-Formal Wedding
Most weddings are semi-formal, meaning you should choose a cocktail dress for the evening and a short dress or suit for the daytime. If the invitation doesn't give you any clues, semi-formal dresses are the best choice for what to wear to a spring wedding. Look for to-the-knee or slightly above the knee, fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin, or taffeta, and minimal or no beading. Most of all, look for something that makes you feel beautiful, and helps you want to celebrate!Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding
For a black-tie-optional spring wedding, chose a dress that's more formal than a cocktail dress, but isn't quite an evening gown. You can choose either a simple floor-length dress or a short dress that has beading.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding
Black tie weddings call for long dresses that are formal enough to compliment tuxedos. While some women will "cheat" by wearing an evening suit or even a cocktail dress, it's better to stick to a proper evening dress. Generally, this means darker colors and more luxe fabrics.
Look for dresses with embellishments—this is as close to a red carpet level event as most women will get! Think beaded belts, sequins, and cutaway details.