How to Wear White to a Wedding

[disclaimer: this post speaks to wedding guests, of course, not brides or maids]

I figured since wedding season is in full swing aaaaand I’ll be attending two ceremonies this summer, I can share with you ladies how to dress in white for the occasion without upstaging the bride.

As most of you know by now, I personally adore white- wearing it, sleeping on it, looking at it. It is just one of those neutrals that [almost] always looks fresh and chic, and who wouldn’t want to look fresh and chic at a wedding?! [There might be single men in attendance!]  Plus you’ll want to look your most awesome in all those pictures you’ll be in.

Firstly, don’t wear a solid white dress.

Or cream. Or barely gray. Or eggshell. Or off-white.

Unless it’s one of those weddings where you’re asked to wear a certain color or palette, just say no to the white dresses and gowns. You’ll stand out.. in a bad way. I know it seems obvious, but I’ve seen it happen. Don’t be that girl!

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Break it up.

Color blocking is always fun and always in style, so if you have found your must-wear white skirt or blouse, rock it with a nice belt and a solid companion. Or make sure your color blocked dress is less than 50% solid white.

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Keep it short[s].

I love love love love white summer shorts! I’d go for a linen or chambray, comfortable and casual yet mature. I wouldn’t mind seeing a pair with a white blouse at a daytime wedding, especially if it’s outdoors. A onesie also works.

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Suit yourself.

I love short sets too, in suit form or however-they’re just so grown up and versatile! If weather permits, try a white three piece. This is also a great way to incorporate some of that color blocking I mentioned or have some fun with a print.

Just say no.

Lastly, I would avoid white “wedding dress fabrics” like taffeta, satin and organza. Stay away from intricate beading and lots of tiers or ruffles or lace. And tutu styles. Super cute, but not here, not in white. No ma’am. There are too many other options for you to be looking all bridal as a guest.

 

I love love this getup ^^^ btw. But don’t do it! Save it for date night!

I hope I’ve been helpful!

[P.S. I know it’s been over a month, graysueders, and I’m sorry. I vowed to be more consistent but sometimes life just happens, you’re not inspired, you start something then it ends up sounding cornier that corn chowder or you just don’t make the time. My problem is all three of those. But hey, I’m back! For now..]

Love y’all! Take it easy! xo

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2 comments

  1. Nic S · December 27, 2014

    What about those of us who don’t like wearing shorts, skirts, or dresses?? I mean, I wouldn’t ever do white at all, but wedding attire stresses me out- BAD! I hate my legs, maxi skirts are cute but then what do I wear up top? What about shoes? I have big boobs, so I can’t rock a spaghetti strap. And I’m not cool enough to pull off a suit a la Janelle Monaé… Help!!

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    • kelleyb · January 5, 2015

      Nic,
      You don’t have to do white but you could! A nice blouse with some high waisted slacks would be so chic! With or without the jacket.
      As for a maxi skirt, you could get away with a button up shirt or blouse on top. A nice chunky metallic belt would pull it all together and dress it up.
      As far as shoes with a maxi or slacks, flat sandals work [if the weather permits, of course.] Simple pumps or wedges if it’s an after five affair.
      Good luck and thanks for reading!!

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