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Pretty much anything goes at a casual (or "daytime attire") wedding — sundresses, rompers, pants, skirts, button-down shirts — but unless otherwise stated, avoid jeans, shorts, graphic tees, and tank tops.
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Repeat after me: I do solemnly swear I will not wear white to a wedding. Even though you can totally wear a skirt or a maxi dress to a dressy-casual wedding, white is never ok. PS: Smart casual and dressy casual are basically the same thing.
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Sure, that's a nice outfit, but that guy is wearing jeans. No matter how "casual" dressy casual sounds, jeans are always a no-no. A colored or patterned suit, a blazer with a nice shirt underneath, or khakis are always good options.
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Basically, anything that isn't floor length that you'd wear to a really nice dinner is good. And if you're thinking about wearing heels, pick ones with thick soles or just wear wedges or flats.
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Got a little black dress hanging around? A wedding that suggests cocktail attire is the perfect time to wear it. As long as you're well-dressed and a step above casual, you're fine. PS: Festive attire is a take on cocktail attire, and usually is reserved for weddings on holidays. So if you're going to a Christmastime wedding with festive attire, feel free to go all out with reds and greens.
The only difference between semi-formal and "black-tie optional" is that you're really, really not expected to wear an evening gown or tuxedo to a semi-formal wedding.
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Black-tie optional (aka formal attire — they're the same thing) is slightly less formal than black tie, which gives you more license to wear items with a little more playfulness. Still, keep them below the knee and in dark colors or metallics.
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Black tie for people wearing suits is always a tuxedo, a bow tie, patent leather or evening shoes, and whatever other accessories for men. You do not, however, have to only wear black! A navy blue or charcoal gray suit work just fine. PS: "Creative black tie" gives you more license to mix it up with colors and accessories!
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"Black tie" can be a misnomer — you definitely don't have to wear black — any long, dark, or neutral dress will definitely keep you on the safe side. Anything shorter than the knee or in a more casual color or fabric, though, should probably be saved for another event.
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White tie does not mean "wear a white jacket." It's the most formal dress code, and if you're ever invited to one, you know some very fancy people. It's also the strictest dress code: A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie are all required.
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Don't be fooled by the name!!! White tie doesn't mean you can wear a white dress; instead, choose a floor-length one, and feel free to go ~all out~ with nice jewelry and even elbow-length gloves, if you're so inclined.
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Not bad! You're still learning the difference between cocktail attire and dressy casual, and that's totally ok — THEY'RE CONFUSING AF. And honestly, you probably know a ton about much more important things, so consider this a win.
Well well well, look who's been to a wedding or two! You'd NEVER wear white to a wedding, and you know the basics on most wedding-related things. Bravo!
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