9 stylish dresses to wear for any wedding

a simple guide to wedding guest attire

If you're like me, you're here because you've Googled "what to wear to a wedding??, "wedding guest dresses?", “wedding guest attire?” or simply, "WHAT THE HELL DOES SEMI-FORMAL ACTUALLY MEAN?!?". 


 Well, I feel your frustration. I know it, I've lived it. The calling and interrogating of friends who are also attending. The photos of you in a dress sent to a friend with the message, "is this ok?" attached to it. But I'm here to offer some guidance and hopefully some real help.


 We all know that weddings have levels of formality, right? Sometimes you get lucky and that level is expressed to you. Other times, the bride and groom ignorantly have actual confidence in all of their guests to have the ability to measure and respect the dress code. Which, in my opinion is in invitation to anarchy if you couldn't already tell. Even so, sometimes, the small inscription of "semi-formal" at the bottom of the invite doesn't give you a tangible idea of what to wear. 


 It is my understanding that there are really two factors that determine the formality of a dress: the cut and the material. Let’s break it down by occasion.

Beach/Casual

I put beach and casual together because, if the bride and groom are expecting you in your gala's best for their sandy ceremony, fire them! As friends as family, I don’t care, fire theeeeeemmm!!! Cotton or linen is a great call for casual weddings, it’s breathable and comfortable. I like to go with short dresses over long ones for a casual wedding. Here are some of my dress picks for a casual wedding:

Semi-formal

I would say this is the most common and most confusing wedding level. Is there anything in this world that can be described as “semi-formal”? ,“semi-fancy”? , or “semi-classy”? Like, maybe, Trader Joes? Kias? or present-day Leonardo de Caprio? I’m not sure but it’s at this sort of wedding that you can get a little more daring with you fabrics and silhouettes. Slinky or silky materials really up the level of formality. Here are some of my dress recommendations for a semi-formal wedding:

Formal/black-tie

Alright, so I must admit I’ve never really been to a black-tie wedding and that’s because… New Mexico. Yep, I live in a state where wearing jeans without holes is considered dressing up. But fret not, I have attended formal (non-wedding) events, I know what I'm talking about. The key here is long dresses and fabrics with sheen and BLACK! Black is a classy AF color. Or pink if you're super fun! With that said, these are the formal dresses I would recommend and have worn to galas and events: