Wedding dress codes can be hard to figure out. Not that I would know – I think the one (and only) wedding I’ve been to was when I was 10 and I doubt I had any say in what I was wearing. I also haven’t been invited to a wedding for this year or the next, so if you’re reading this and you know me, GET MARRIED.
Below I’ve decoded every dress code commonly used on invites and picked out some wearables to go along with them, from White Tie to Casual.
White Tie is the most formal of all wedding dress codes. Think a royal wedding or, like, the Oscars. I will likely never get one of these invites but congrats if you do.
White Tie Dresses:
This usually means formal gowns for women. Despite your mind running to “ball gown”, know that Black Tie usually allows formal dresses at any length.
Black Tie Dresses:
Formal/Black Tie Optional
These two terms are often interchanged, and usually, mean a floor length dress or pantsuit for women.
Shop Formal/Black Tie Optional:
Cocktail Attire/Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual
All three of these mean somewhere in-between casual and formal. Like the first phrase states, ladies often wear a cocktail dress. Fancy jumpsuits are also allowed.
Shop Cocktail Attire/Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual:
Although beach weddings usually scream casual, Beach Formal is a more formal affair. Opt for a tea-length or knee-length summer dress.
Shop Beach Formal:
This usually means you can wear whatever you want, but be reasonable. A summer dress or skirt is your best bet.
Cover Photo Via Amina Muaddi
Words by Kate Sullivan