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What to wear to a wedding (from decoding dress code to wedding no-nos)

What to wear to a wedding (from decoding dress code to wedding no-nos)

When it comes to attending wedding-or having one of your own, it's so important to decoding dress codes and dressing the part. Nothing is more awkward than showing up super fancy to a 'casual' wedding or rocking your cute 'sundress' at a white tie occasion. At Koogal, we are all about helping women look amazing, feel sexy and dress beautifully. Undoubtedly, dressing the part or wearing the right thing to a wedding can improve your self confidence, and nothing is more beautiful than a lady who 1/ is in love and 2/ knows she looks good. 


White Tie

White tie is the most formal dress code of them all. Think: What would someone wear to a ball at the White House? or What to wear to a ball at the Queen's Palace. Floor length evening gowns are a must for a white tie affair. 


Black Tie

When invited to a Black Tie event or wedding, black is the more common of the two fancy attires. Don't wear White as white is traditionally reserved for the bride, so don't steal your thunder! However, if you are attending wedding of different cultural (eg: Indians, Asians etc), do your research beforehand as in some cultures wearing black to a wedding is considered taboo).

You will often see this attire for evening events. Wearing a floor length gown is your best bet, but you could also get away with wearing a fancy cocktail dress.

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Cocktail attire is semi-formal attire, so find a nice balance between fancy and casual. For this attire you can’t go wrong in a red off the shoulder cocktail dress  

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Casual attire is typically the dress code for outdoor or beach weddings, where a long fancy gown would be difficult to manage! A blue wrap dress, a chic jumpsuit, a flowy maxi dress or a nice skirt paired with a blouse are both perfect options.


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 What not to wear to a wedding: 

  • White: White is reserved for the bride, so don’t try to steal her thunder by showing up in the same color!
  • Animal Print: While animal print can certainly be fun for certain occasions, it’s too loud to wear to a wedding. Remember: the attention should be on the bride – it’s her big day! So don’t distract with “in-your-face” patterns.
  • Glitter: The same goes for glitter. An all-glitter dress can be distracting. But glitter in small doses is definitely acceptable!
  • Club Attire: Save those tight, short dresses for the club. There is no place for them at a wedding!
  • Bridesmaid Colors: This one can be tricky if you are not close with the bride. And if that is the case, don’t worry about it. But if you do happen to know the color scheme of the wedding party, try to steer clear. That will avoid any confusion on who is a bridesmaid and who is not.



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