It can be difficult when it comes to knowing what to wear to a wedding as there are many different dress codes for such an event.
A smart casual event is typically the most casual of wedding dress codes. Australia‘s national dictionary, Macquarie Dictionary, defines smart casual as “well-dressed in a casual style”. Oxford defines it as “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a particular dress code”. Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon defines it as “of clothing, somewhat informal but neat”.
For women an appropriate attire would be a pair of nice dress pants, a skirt and top or a dress. For a smart casual event a shorter length dress is appropriate instead of the more formal floor length dress.
Some examples of Smart casual outfits for a wedding
Forever New Liarna fit and flare sun dress 100 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
Forever New Simone sweetheart sundress 70 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
Forever New Alicia floral printed prom dress 130 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
Forever New Andrea printed wrap skirt 80 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
Forever New Abbie lace pencil skirt 90 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
Forever New Gwen pleated midi skirt 80 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
ASOS Premium Bonded Fit And Flare Dress $123 ASOS.COM
ASOS PETITE Exclusive Skater Dress with Deep Plunge 29 AUD ASOS.COM
AX Paris Cutwork Dress with Pleated Skirt $47 ASOS.COM
Ginger Fizz Bloomsbury Print Pencil Dress With Plunge Neckline €56 ASOS.COM
ASOS Peplum Hem T-shirt Dress £18 ASOS.COM
Cocktail attire usually occurs in the evening however it is different to evening attire. A cocktail dress code is very similar to a semi formal dress code.
Again, to dress for a cocktail event, women can wear shorter length dresses however unlike smart casual, these shorter length dresses are more dressy and formal. Women’s Hairstyles and accessories tend to be more flashy for a cocktail event.
Some examples of cocktail outfits for a wedding
Chi Chi London Baroque style bandeau dress £55 HOUSEOFFRASER.CO.UK
Forever New Libby halter neck dress 100 AUD FOREVERNEW.COM.AU
Ted Baker CAREE Sheer floral dress $448 TEDBAKER.COM
Seduce Palm City Dress 190 AUD THEICONIC.COM.AU
ASOS Twist Front Dress With Metallic Belt $104 ASOS.COM
Frock and Frill Embellished Top Skater Dress With Sleeve $218 ASOS.COM
Chi Chi London Premium Embroidered Lace Prom Dress with Bardot Neck $127 ASOS.COM
Chi Chi London Full Skater Prom Dress With Laser Cutwork Detail $114 ASOS.COM
ASOS Premium Bonded Skater Dress With Lace Top $123 ASOS.COM
ASOS Embellished Bodice Skater Dress £65 ASOS.COM
The Black tie wedding dress code is definitely one of the fanciest wedding attires.
Typically occurring after 6 pm, the black tie event requires men to wear a white shirt, tie or bow tie and a suit whilst women are expected to wear floor length evening gowns.
Some examples of Black tie outfits for a wedding
Matthew Williamson Pink Jersey Embroidered Gown £595 MATTHEWWILLIAMSON.CO
Joanna August Newbury Cap Sleeve Wrap Dress – Silver Bells $285 SHOPBOP.COM
Ted Baker PEARPA Wispy meadow maxi dress $212 TEDBAKER.COM
Ted Baker Women’s Alexxis Summer At Dusk Print Maxi Gown Dress $236 AMAZON.COM
George Eveningwear Carulli Gown in Spring $289 FROCKAHOLICS.COM
George Eveningwear Natasha Gown in Silver $569 FROCKAHOLICS.COM
George Eveningwear Pixel Gown in Shell $499 FROCKAHOLICS.COM
Alex Perry Candice Lace Gown $1,776 FARFETCH.COM
Camilla Long V Neck Drawstring Silk Dress $699 FORWARDFORWARD.COM
Camilla Women’s 3/4-Sleeve Printed Boat-Neck Kaftan – Garden Of Dreams (ONE SIZE) $599 NEIMANMARCUS.COM
I hope this information helps you out when it comes to what to wear to a wedding!