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How to Be the Best-Dressed at a Wedding—Without Upstaging the Bride

The following is a guest post from our friends at POPSUGAR Fashion.

Weddings are way up there on the momentous-occasion scale—so being a guest at one means you've got to look your best. Yes, all ceremonies are different, but there's a basic code of conduct and dress that applies to any kind of event. Follow the four tips below and you can't go wrong:

  • First things first: the invite will usually spell out the dress code for you, so follow the clues and dress according to time and location. This is how you decipher the dress code: "casual"—a day dress, sundress or pretty skirt and blouse is a safe bet; "cocktail" or "semiformal" attire—a cocktail dress; "formal"—a floor-length dress or formal cocktail dress; "black tie"—opt for an evening gown or luxe cocktail dress.
  • To put an end to the age-old debate, we're taking a firm stance on this one: no, you can't wear white to a wedding unless you are the bride. Call us traditional, but we'd rather err on the side of caution than commit a major fashion faux paux. Even if the bride is easy-going, or your dress is ecru, eggshell or cream, there's really no gray area here. Bottom line: just don't do it—at the wedding, the rehearsal dinner...even the bachelorette! To be the best-dressed guest you can be, just keep reading.
  • You don't want to be overexposed (even if it's a hot and sticky summer wedding). Remember, weddings usually mean family is present—grandma and grandpa, the bride's nieces or nephews, the list goes on and on. You don't want to be remembered as the friend who forgot her slip, wore the dress with crazy cutouts or flashed the groomsmen with her way-too-short hemline. Do yourself a favor and look for chic dresses that won't show too much skin in front of the family circle or cause a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor.
  • Don't test-drive your new heels at a wedding. If you're breaking in your gorgeous new heels, it's safe to say you'll be missing out on any dancing. Break in your new footwear before the wedding; also, always be prepared with a few bandages in your clutch in case of blisters.
  • Do go for bold jewels and pretty details. While we suggest steering clear of any over-the-top dresses, feel free to pile on the accessories. Not only is it a great way to dress up your look, but extra necklaces, bangles and earrings help make the most of the dresses you already own.

photo via jcrew.com

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