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What to Wear to A Wedding

As ceremonies and receptions drift further away from the textbook interpretation of a wedding, so does wedding attire—and that goes for the bride, too. Here, in addition to guest outfit ideas that accommodate four common dress codes, we put together easy, off-the-rack bridal and bridesmaid gowns, which with a bit of expert tailoring, rival anything you might find in a dedicated boutique.


Beach ceremonies are inherently casual (spiked heels, for one, don’t do well in the sand), giving attendees the freedom to take it easy with simple A-line minis, embellished kaftans, and strappy flats—conveniently, all pieces you likely already own.

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Fittingly, florals, in all their incarnations—micro, abstract, and everything in between—tend to lend themselves particularly well to nature settings and day-to-night ceremonies. Bring along a streamlined black blazer to cover up once the chill sets in. 

Off the Rack for the Bride and Bridesmaids…


Cocktail attire leaves some room for interpretation, meaning that as long as polished silhouettes and elegant accessories are in the equation, anything from ruffles to bright colors to prints goes. 

Off the Rack for the Bride and Bridesmaids…

Black Tie

A strictly black-tie ask, with no “optional” caveat, traditionally calls for floor-skimming hemlines, though you can get creative with dramatic jewel-tones and prints.  

Off the Rack for the Bride and Bridesmaids…

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