Dress Code Decoder
Let’s talk dress code. Have you ever shown up to an event feeling either extremely over/underdressed? The. Worst. Personally, I would rather be overdressed than underdressed. Plus depending on the event you will stand out [totally unacceptable at a wedding]!
Here is your wedding wording attire decoder.
This is the most formal of dress codes – think Met Ball Gala. I mean, isn’t it everyone’s dream to go to the Met Ball?
Male: A long black jacket with tails that fall to the back of the knee, a white cotton or piqué shirt [Piqué, refers to a weaving style, normally used with cotton yarn, which is characterized by raised parallel cords or geometric designs in the fabric. Piqué fabrics vary from semi-sheer dimity to heavyweight waffle cloth, a similar texture is used in polo shirts.], white piqué vest, formal black shoes, and white piqué bow tie. Trousers should match the color and fabric of your coat and tails, and often feature a subtle satin or grosgrain stripe along the outer seams.
Female: A formal, full-length A-line, sheath or ball gown. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are totally appropriate.
This is the most common for a formal wedding – Fairmont MacDonald weddings likely have this expectation and the wedding typically held in the evening.
Male: a tuxedo, literally with a black tie.
Female: a long formal gown is perfect but a shorter cocktail dress is okay too. Make sure there is a glamorous aspect to the dress; sparkly beads or gold embellishments. Black is a no-fail dress color for a black tie wedding guest dress, but jewel tones, metallic and other dark or vibrant hues make the formality pop.
Formal / Black Tie Optional
Very similar to a ‘Black Tie’ event. Except a tuxedo isn’t required but you can still wear one [if you have it, why not!] Also gives a bit more options for the ladies!
Male: a tuxedo or formal dark suit, literally with a black tie.
Female: a long formal gown is perfect but a shorter cocktail dress is again, okay too. This is also where you can pull out the dressy suit/rompers.
Two steps down from the ‘Black Tie’ route, no tuxedo is required for this event and you can skip looking for a floor length dress (unless you want to, of course).
Male: a suit and tie = perfect. You can steer away from blacks/navy during these events.
Female: A cocktail dress or dressy suit or jumpsuit.
Semi-Formal / Dressy Casual
This is mainly dependent on time; darker colors for the evening, lighter colors and fabrics for daytime.
Male: simple. A suit and tie.
Female: dressy skirt + top or jumpsuit is fine.
Casual / Daytime
Casual means anything goes. EXCEPT JEANS/SHORTS. [Please never, ever, wear these to a wedding.] Business casual is a safe bet.
Male: dress pants in a button-down shirt or polo.
Female: summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural.