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If You Get Less Than 8/11 On This Quiz, You're Not Allowed To Go To Any More Weddings

For anyone who's ever pulled their hair out trying to figure out what "cocktail attire" means.

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  1. What if you get an invitation that says "casual attire"? Which of these could you wear?
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    Via Yumi Kim
    Via Yumi Kim
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    Via Modcloth
    Via Modcloth
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    Via Free People
    Via Free People
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    Via Urban Outfitters
    Via Urban Outfitters
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    Wrong!

    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.

  2. Ok, but what if it says "dressy casual"? What should you NOT wear?
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    Via ASOS
    Via ASOS
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    Via Forever 21
    Via Forever 21
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    Via Bloomingdale's
    Via Bloomingdale's
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    Via eShakti
    Via eShakti
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    Wrong!

    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.

  3. If pants are more your thing, which of these should you NOT wear to a dressy-casual wedding?
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    Via Nordstrom
    Via Nordstrom
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    Via H&M
    Via H&M
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    Via Nordstrom
    Via Nordstrom
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    Wrong!

    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.

  4. WTF would you wear to a wedding that's "garden attire" or "beach formal"? 
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    Via ASOS
    Via ASOS
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    Via Anthropologie
    Via Anthropologie
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  5. Fine. What on earth constitutes cocktail attire, then? 
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    Via Rent the Runway
    Via Rent the Runway
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    Via Dillard's
    Via Dillard's
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    Via Nordstrom
    Via Nordstrom
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    Wrong!

    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.

  6. Should you wear a tuxedo to a wedding that asks for "semi-formal" attire?
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    Yes
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    No
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    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.

  7. "Black-tie optional" is a thing. Which of these should you not wear for that?
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    Via Neiman Marcus
    Via Neiman Marcus
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    Via Rent the Runway
    Via Rent the Runway
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    Via Adrianna Papell
    Via Adrianna Papell
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    Via & Other Stories
    Via & Other Stories
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    Wrong!

    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.

  8. THIS IS OVERWHELMING. Which of these is <i>actually</i>&nbsp;black tie?&nbsp;
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    Via Macy's
    Via Macy's
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    Via Jos. A. Bank
    Via Jos. A. Bank
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    Incorrect
    Via Neiman Marcus
    Via Neiman Marcus
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    Wrong!

    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!

  9. What dress would NOT be cool for a black-tie wedding?
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    Via Bloomingdale's
    Via Bloomingdale's
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    Via Lord & Taylor
    Via Lord & Taylor
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    Via ASOS
    Via ASOS
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    Wrong!

    "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.

  10. Alright, then WTF is white tie? Which of these could you wear?
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    Via Men's Wearhouse
    Via Men's Wearhouse
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    Via ASOS
    Via ASOS
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    Via J.C. Penney
    Via J.C. Penney
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    Wrong!

    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.

  11. Which of these dresses would be good for a white-tie wedding?
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    Via Nordstrom
    Via Nordstrom
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    Via Saks Fifth Avenue
    Via Saks Fifth Avenue
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    Via Nordstrom
    Via Nordstrom
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    Wrong!

    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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