The Latest Wedding Trend Is “No Dress Required”
Wedding dress codes can make us freak out. Beach chic? Upscale country? Semi-formal? Instead of taking a risk and wearing something fun and interesting, we usually find ourselves defaulting to a lackluster, safe dress. The fear that we’ll stand out in all the wrong ways (read: underdressed, overdressed, or too on-theme) is just not worthwhile on another person’s big day.
But just because it’s someone else’s wedding doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel your best. The sweet spot is an outfit that’s interesting and in the safe zone. And one of the easiest ways to zhuzh up a wedding look is by forgoing dresses altogether. Instead, bring pants and skirts into the mix. Even if you’re headed to a black-tie event, a cool suit or formal midi and top will up the ante in an appropriate way. Ahead, five wedding-ready outfits that don’t involve a single dress. Here’s to switching things up a bit.
The Dress Over Pants
We’ve mastered dresses over pants when it comes to casual looks. We know that our jeans have the power to make all our dresses look that much better. But, pants under dresses are a great way to mix it up when it comes to formal events, too. Try a dress with an asymmetric hemline, or one that’s a little too short to wear to a wedding on its own. You’ll show off just enough of the pants, and get the right amount of coverage.
The Matching Set
If you’re not about wearing a suit because, let’s be honest, not all of us feel super-comfortable in one, try a matching set. You’ll get the same feel, while being slightly less polished. This silvery set is sleek, can feel fancy when paired with the right accessories, and is the perfect palette for mixing metals.
Yes, you can wear skirts to formal affairs, too. The best way to pick a skirt is to envision a dress you would wear to the wedding, and channel only the bottom half. Sounds simple, but it works. Another easy rule of thumb is that so long as your skirt is midi or longer, chances are you’re good to go. Try pairing it with a formal, dimensional top, like this strapless number.
When done right, a jumpsuit is the ultimate dress substitute. To start, go for a black option; it’s more interesting than your run-of-the-mill LBD. This version is upscale, but simple. Plus, you’ll be able to wear it again and again, since you can dress it up or down, and make it feel different depending on accessories.
A suit is one of the easiest ways to look dressed up, put-together, and dress code-appropriate without even thinking about it. Seriously, with this throw-on-and-go look, getting dressed takes almost no time, especially because your shoes barely show (we recommend a pair with a low heel). For a more formal event, forgo a shirt altogether, and show a little skin with a chic bra or bralette.