11 things you should never wear to a wedding
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Wedding Dress Code1 of 12
By Elizabeth Jenkins
While it's true that style rules for wedding guests have relaxed over the years, there are still some looks that just aren't okay. Here, eleven things you should never, ever wear to a wedding.
White Not2 of 12
"The only person in a shade resembling white should be the bride—unless she has asked everyone to wear white because she's decided to wear red sequins," says Clinton Kelly, co-author of Dress Your Best. Taylor Sterling, fashion expert and founder of TheGlitterGuide.com, recommends opting for nude or light pink instead.
Goth Awful3 of 12
Weddings are a time of joy and celebration—not for channeling your inner Morticia. "While it's OK to wear black, make sure it doesn't verge on goth," says Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride, a wedding fashion firm.
Denim Disaster4 of 12
Rustic, country weddings may be all the rage, but that doesn't mean you should dress like you're at a hoedown. "This is the bride's big day, so leave the denim and cowboy boots in the closet and slip into something a little fancier," says Sterling.
It's a Bust5 of 12
While we understand the desire to look your best, a marriage celebration is not the place to show off all your assets. "A plunging neckline begs for attention, and that day, all attention should be on the bride," says Sabatino.
Corporate Copout6 of 12
A suit jacket and skirt is fine, even an evening tuxedo works for black-tie occasions. But your 9-to-5 pantsuit is not up to the task. "It's a celebration, not a board meeting," says Kelly. So leave your business wardrobe at home and slip into something more fun.
Royal Mess7 of 12
Skip the tiara. "It's simply rude to wear a crown on someone else's special day," says Kelly. The bride should be the only princess at the wedding.
Hat Attack8 of 12
Across the pond, fancy hats may be quite common, but here in the States the trend has yet to take off—and you don't need to be the one to try to launch it. "A hat might work at an outdoor daytime wedding, but watch the width," advises Kelly. The idea is to shield your face from the sun, not block the view of all the other guests sitting behind you at the ceremony.
Shoeless Shame9 of 12
We know just how uncomfortable those heels can be, but there's still no excuse for walking around the reception barefoot like you're padding around your kitchen at home. "No one wants to share the dance floor with your sweaty feet, so stash a pair of flats or sandals for late-night dancing," says Sterling.
Accessory Excess10 of 12
Arriving at a party "with bells on" is an expression, not a dress code. Loud clanking jewelry, over-the-top sequins and look-at-me fishnet stockings are not welcomed wedding attire.
Tight and Tacky11 of 12
Always keep the formality of the occasion in mind and be respectful. "There is a lot of sitting and standing at a wedding—sometimes even kneeling—and it's just not attractive to do those things in a dress that's too skimpy," says Sabatino.
Strictly Ballroom12 of 12
You may be dying for a chance to wear that floor-length gown you bought for last year's black-tie event again, but be careful you don't upstage the bride. Unless the wedding invitations indicate it's appropriate to wear black-tie or white-tie attire, save your ball gown for another fete.