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Don't Wear These Clothes and Colors as a Wedding Guest

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Weddings are one of the most exciting and warming events one could ever attend. But like every other event, weddings come bearing some unwritten rules, especially with regards to the choice of clothes and colors that can be worn as a wedding guest.

If you happen to have a wedding to attend soon, then this is for you. Read on, dear, you’ll find it’s worth your while.

1. White

Many individuals believe that this is an outdated guideline. But, even you might not enjoy the reaction you get from people if you wear a white dress to a wedding. I understand you might have been itching to put your new white dress on; but, no, sis, not right now. Put that back in your closet.

Some people forget or disobey the guideline by attending a wedding in a pearly-white wedding guest gown. Mind you, if the bride requests that everyone wear white, you are free to do so. On a typical day, however, everything that appears to be bridal is prohibited in order to prevent offending the bride.

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2. Ivory

You're mistaken if you assume ivory isn't white. It's almost white, and it's not a good choice for a wedding guest.

For your loved one, a wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. You don't want to ruin their evening by wearing an outfit that matches the bridal gown. This is a color that should be reserved for the bride.

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3. Black

So this color isn't easy to pull off at a wedding. People used to think it was bad to wear black to a wedding. Now, wearing a little black dress as a wedding guest is perfectly fine. If you do wear black, make sure the dress doesn't look like something someone would wear in mourning. When did you last wear that dress? If you don't like the wedding in any way, don't wear black.

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It is common to hear that every woman should have a little black dress in her closet for a variety of events, like cocktail parties, happy hours, and date night. Is the little black dress appropriate for a wedding? It turns out that it is!

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4. Glittery, Golden Dresses

Weddings are formal occasions, and you should adhere to the guidelines established by your hosts. You run the risk of upsetting the rest of the bridal party if you wear a glitzy sequin gown.

Despite the fact that sparkly gold dresses are beautiful, they draw attention away from the bride and to the wearer. It's the same as stating, "I'm here to have a good time and not care much for your wedding." Put on a gorgeous piece of jewelry or a lacquer-based sparkly nail polish instead if you really want to add a touch of glitz and glam to your outfit.

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5. Red

It is no longer considered unacceptable to wear subtle shades of red or printed red dresses to weddings these days. If you are attending an Asian wedding, though, you should avoid wearing red.

In many Asian traditions, red is considered the color of the bride, therefore it is preferable to leave it for her to wear. Even in a western wedding, if you wish to wear red, keep it discreet by wearing only a light shade and accessorizing with appropriate jewelry and other accessories.

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6. Neon Colors

Extremely vivid neon shades were all the rage in the fashion world a few years ago, and they're still popular now. At crazy night parties, people still opt to dress in their most shining outfits, but you should never wear a neon dress to someone's wedding.

You will appear as though you are an uninvited guest, regardless of the season's fashion or color palette you choose. I also trust that you will not want to appear as though you are a disco ball among a group of formally dressed visitors.

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Photo by Godisable Jacob from Pexels

7. Denim

It's a toss-up on this one. Even if the wedding guest dress code is informal, there's no reason to wear your old faded jeans — but a nice cropped denim jacket could serve as a cover-up or be used to dress down an otherwise too-formal outfit. However, denim pants, skirts, overalls, and dresses should probably be saved for the bachelorette celebration.

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