You Fancy, Huh? 20 Dresses You Can Actually Wear to a White Tie Wedding

As we learned yesterday, an invitation to a black tie wedding doesn't require you to wear a major gown; you can often get away with an especially festive cocktail frock. Conversely, should you happen to find yourself in possession of an invite to the elusive white tie wedding, you really should go all out with a floor-sweeping number as formal as they come.

Contrary to this dress code's name, you needn't wear white to the fête (that is, unless you're planning to swing by P. Diddy's annual White Party right afterwards)—in fact, any hue but white will do. Just made sure that whatever dress you choose hits at the ankle or lower. Click through to shop 20 stunning numbers that'd work beautifully at a white tie wedding—and get ready to gawk at all the guys in their tailcoats and cufflinks! After all, that's half the fun.

Pastels are a fail-safe choice for summer nuptials.