Dress Code Decoder

While it’s exciting receiving invitations for all the upcoming weddings this wedding seasons, it can be extremely daunting figuring out what to wear to them all! Since decoding the difference between formal, semiformal, cocktail and casual can leave many of you having cold feet about attending the wedding – we’ve decoded the dress code!

Formal / Black Tie
If the invitation says ‘Black Tie’ or ‘Formal’, evening attire is appropriate! I often find these weddings the most exciting to get really dressed up and turn up the glamour. I suggest wearing an evening gown or an elegant cocktail dress. You can accessorise with dramatic jewellery and visit the hairdresser to get an intricate up-do.
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Cocktail or Semi-Formal
If the invitation is ‘Cocktail’, the dress code is practically the same as formal just opt for shorter gowns! It is an opportunity to glam it up a little bit so this is your chance to dust off the blingy accessories we all secretly buy thinking
 closet and opt bold colours. Again you can experiment with exciting hair styles but keep the makeup looking fairly natural.
If the invitation says ‘Semi-formal’, this is one of the hardest ones to plan an outfit for as it can often mean a variety of things based on the time and location of the wedding as well as the couple themselves. Its always safe to err on the side of formal and wear a nice cocktail dress. If there wedding is during the day, stick to lighter pastel colours and floating fabrics. For night time you can wear darker and richer shades.
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Beach 
If the invitation says ‘Dress for the beach’, it doesn’t mean t-shirt and thongs! The key to remember here is to dress comfortably while still dressing to impress. Channel your inner ethereal seaside look by wearing a simple, floral chiffon gown. Another option is a pretty sundress with bright and bold summery colours. Shoes are the hardest part of this outfit – comfortable wedges if you want to wear a heel otherwise flat sandals. Bring a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to shield you from the sun! Also bear in mind that although the beach often channels thoughts of sun, at night it can often get windy and cool, so make sure you bring along a pashmina or wrap to keep yourself warm.
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Casual
If the invitation says ‘Casual’, try to achieve the perfect balance of informal chic. A sundress is a perfect option and you can pair it with ladylike flats. The key from differentiating this from other outfits is with hair, makeup and accessories sticking to a natural look.
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All these dresses were by Pilgrim who also make some stunning numbers that could work perfectly as bridesmaid dresses and at a fraction of the price of getting them custom made! Our favourite thing about them is that they are locally made and designed in Melbourne.

1 Comment

  1. February 20, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Stunning right there…..
    Explore my previous scribbles.

    Regards: James

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