Wedding Styles to Wear for ANY Dress Code

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January 22, 2024

Wedding Styles for Any Dress Code

Heading to a wedding this year and unsure what to wear? It can be super tough not only to find an outfit that you adore but one that meets the couple’s dress code. After sorting out the difference between formal and black tie (more on that below), you might find yourself searching through your closet for options, only to discover that nothing sparks joy, and everything just seems so blah.

If you’re looking to upgrade your wedding wear this year, do it strategically. Buy a few key pieces that you can mix and match, but most importantly, wear again.

Check out our dress code guide, options in any price range, and accessories that will go with any look.

Black Tie

This is as fancy as a dress code can get. But don’t overthink it too much! Consider picking out a formal floor-length gown or extra special cocktail length dress or pantsuit. Men should wear tuxedos – if possible.

Formal or Black Tie (Optional)

Here’s where it gets a little bit confusing. With a formal dress code, you can still wear a black tie outfit but you don’t have to. Men don’t have to wear tuxedos and women can wear dressy gowns, pantsuits, or cocktail length dresses that are still a little bit elegant.


Consider this a step down from formal. Instead of floor length gowns, you can do tea-length, knee-length, or a midi dress. Keep a couple of these dresses in your closet because this dress code is very popular.


Casual dress codes don’t mean tank tops and shorts but you can wear more relaxed fabrics (linen and cotton), sundresses, and most likely items that you already have in your closet. But if you need a refresh, here are some options you seriously might adore.

Bridesmaid Dresses



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