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#BREAKINGBRIDAL: WEDDING DRESS CODES DEBUNKED

When it comes to weddiquette, trying to decipher what to wear can be more difficult than understanding the physics behind why your shoe laces come undone when you run; and asking a friend or family member to describe what this foreign language after the word ‘dress code’ means can get more mashed up than that game of chinese whispers I played in the second grade where ‘pretty trees’ turned into ‘Richie farted’.

So here it is…(And #sidenote, let’s just say it doesn’t get more legit than this when it’s straight from the mouth of a professional wedding planner!) Here’s what you need to wear (with a little help straight from the runways) that are wedding appropriate and ready for you to buy, right this minute.

WHITE TIE

(Aka Dress the Frock Up. Head to toe glamour baby!)

Babes: Floor length and ridiculously fancy. And no, it definitely does not mean wear white. Think OTT, haute couture, runway / Met Ball /Oscars aka. total drama!

Boys: A dress coat aka. A Full black tail coat (otherwise known as Tails), black trousers, white shirt, white bow tie. This is non-negotiable!  Unless you are attending 16 Royal weddings this year, I recommend hiring this get up.

 


BLACK TIE

Aka Feeling Fancy.

Babes: Think long. Floor or ankle length and no cotton ‘summer-type’ dresses.

Boys: A black dinner suit with white shirt. Bow tie is a must.

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL

Aka Black Tie’s flexible cousin. 

Babes: Same as black tie and you can even go a little shorter with the hemline. Nothing above the knees though. Let’s keep it classy.

Boys: Opt for a nice dark suit and tie. Bow tie is optional with this one.

(For “Formal”, follow Black Tie Optional dress rules.)

 


 

AFTER 5

In the past, this has meant something between Cocktail and casual. My interpretation is a little more fun and allows you to remove the word Lounge Suit from your memory and *fingers crossed your vocabulary forever.

Babes: Think fa-shun. Cocktail, long slip dress with eff off fab accessories, fancy jump suits, nice pants with OTT tops and pant suits are all encouraged.

Boys: A suit and tie is fine, coloured jackets are also acceptable and runway inspired suiting is encouraged. Viva la velvet.

 


COCKTAIL

Cocktails may or may not be served at this wedding, but you WILL dress like you will be swilling martinis and smoking a Cuban.

Babes: Knee length or a tiny bit above, tight and short is a no-go – we are not going clubbing here people. Colours and prints are a-ok, as are pant suits and dressy jumpsuits.

Boys: Dark suit (traditionally black), neck tie, white shirt. You handsome devil.

LOUNGE SUIT

As much as I do protest, this one keeps coming back to haunt me and is way popular and about as easy to digest as bone broth for the generation 55+ years of age. So here it is:

Babes: Follow the cocktail dress code above.

Boys: Navy, grey or lighter toned suit with white shirt and a tie. Add a pocket square like you mean it. La-di-fricken-da.

 


SMART CASUAL

Normally reserved for a beachside soiree or garden nuptials.

Babes: a simple dress, prints, colour and fancy flats are all acceptable. Heels are optional.

Boys: Pants, a nice shirt, jacket and tie optional. Definitely no jeans, don’t be ridiculous.