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Lace it up
Photograph: Nordstrom

What to wear to a wedding

The ultimate style guide for attending all types of nuptials

By Jasmine Dilmanian
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Whether it feels like a million bucks or simply a chore, you definitely have a wedding or two coming up. Perhaps the most stressful part about being a wedding guest is deciding what to wear. From City Hall to a grand hall, the type of wedding you’re headed to will have a big impact on your outfit choice. A light silk dress may be great for a destination wedding, while a traditional black tuxedo jacket is the only way to go for a local black tie affair. From high to low, we have created a list of appropriate outfit ideas that will fit both your personality and that of the party you’re invited to.

Outfit ideas for any kind of wedding

Black tie
Photograph: Mr. Porter

1. Black tie

If you're missing a classic tuxedo jacket from your luxury black-tie wardrobe, then opt for this one. It's an ultra-chic Tom Ford piece with a satin lapel and tidy profile. Cary Grant eat your heart out.

$3,890 on mrporter.com

She needs some structure
Photograph: Outnet

2. She needs some structure

A structured and sophisticated silhouette on this number is balanced out by its pale pink hue. It’s appropriate for almost any type of wedding.

$1,165 on theoutnet.com

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Tropical motif
Photograph: Outnet

3. Tropical motif

For an outdoor wedding in the spring or summer, try this satin tropical printed dress on for size. Its long sleeves will have you covered in any unpredicted weather.

$220 on theoutnet.com

Lace it up
Photograph: Nordstrom

4. Lace it up

A take on the LBD, this lacy and sexy sleeveless dress emphasizes your waist and hugs you in all the right places. You’ll be a star wedding guest in this one.

$129 on Nordstrom.com

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Casual fashionista
Photograph: Nordstrom

5. Casual fashionista

A jumpsuit is truly a versatility piece. This day-to-night crepe one from Vince Camuto can work at the office under a blazer or at a daytime wedding with some jewelry to make it pop.

$98.90 on Nordstrom.com

Like a boss
Phogograph: Nordstrom

6. Like a boss

With an extra-slim fit and beautiful cut, any man will get a ton of mileage out of this Hugo Boss Italian wool suit.

$665.90 on hugoboss.com

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Suit it up
Photograph: Mr. Porter

7. Suit it up

For a New England wedding, seersucker is your best bet. This navy suit is somehow casual and chic at the same time. Off to Cape Cod you go!

$1,710 on mrporter.com

Short and sweet
Photograph: Outnet

8. Short and sweet

Get the black tie look without getting tripped up in all that fabric with this gorgeous beaded midi dress from Needle and Thread.

$157 on theoutnet.com

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The not-so-little black dress
Photograph: Bergdorf Goodman

9. The not-so-little black dress

A slinky LBD by theory is the way to go if flattering versatility is your priority. This draped knot-front dress is perfect for nearly any type of party.

$117 on bergdorfgoodman.com

Slit-up
Photograph: Nordstrom

10. Slit-up

Elegant and regal, you can’t go wrong in a one-shoulder gown. This black tie-worthy gown features a thigh-high slit so it’ll move nicely with your body as you dance at the reception.

$94 on Nordstrom.com

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The non-traditional route
Photograph: Topman

11. The non-traditional route

For the non-conformist wedding, put on a non-conformist suit. This skinny-fit burgundy number from Topman features a small check print and will look just as good with its pieces worn separately.

$430 on topman.com

Money can buy you class
Photograph: Bergdorf Goodman

12. Money can buy you class

When black tie is not optional, go for a heavy-hitting ball gown like this stunning black embellished tulle design by J. Mendel. 

 

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Frill thrill
Photograph: Topman

13. Frill thrill

For the very brave and fashion-forward at heart, put this frilled white shirt under a suit or tuxedo and watch the conversations spark.

$60 on topman.com

Modern whimsy
Photograph: Bergdorf Goodman

14. Modern whimsy

This bright and contemporary dress by Double J features trendy yellow strips and a flattering and flouncy A-line cut. Fantastically fun as a bridesmaid dress, it also has the perfect palette for a spring-time get together, so you can wear it year after year.

$980 on bergdorfgoodman.com

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A little edge
Photograph: Neiman Marcus

15. A little edge

This unusual asymmetric and floral dress by ALC is ideal for a warm-weather wedding. Plus, it’s fully lined so you won’t have to fear any accidents on the dance floor.

$337 on neimanmarcus.com

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