Can I Wear White to a Wedding?
As a wedding guest, wearing white for a friend or relative's big day is traditionally a big no-no. Dresses in shades of white or cream are usually avoided to save upsetting or 'upstaging' the bride herself. With many brides these days now choosing to avoid white themselves in favour of pastel hues, grey tones or even bright coloured gowns, it is still important to make sure that nobody is upset by a guest turning up in white! Even if the bride herself is super chilled out, there are many (often older) other guests who may still frown upon anybody other than the bride wearing white. It's best to avoid being the subject of gossip! However, if white is your thing, we've put together a few hints that might help to avoid any unwanted drama on the big day! 1. Avoid bridal fabrics and textures Steer well clear of lace, tulle, satins or heavy 'bridal' embellishments! Look for simple fabrics with a subtle print or thicker fabrics to provide demure structure rather than romantic textures to make sure you stand out for the right reasons. Dress: Choies High Waisted Dress | Shoes: Dolce and Gabbana Floral Courts | Ring: Vintage Styler Rose Gold Plated 'Chloe' Ring 2. Wear a white jumpsuit or trousers Wearing white but not as a dress will ensure that your look is definitely not in competition with the bride! Compliment with monochrome accessories for a sleek look. Jumpsuit: Buxton cut-out jumpsuit at net-a-porter.com | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Zac Posen | Bracelet: Vintage Styler Rose Gold Friendship Bracelet 3. Accessorise with non-bridal pieces Go for bright or pastel coloured accessories to offset the white. Complimenting a white dress with beige or champagne can still look very bridal. Choose a statement hat in a contrasting colour, avoid heavy sparkle and keep away from flowers in your hair! Dress: Blumarine | Headpiece: William Chambers Millinery | Shoes: Michael Kors | Bag: Vintage Styler Jemima Fuchsia Suede Clutch 4. Avoid maxi length or overly bridal silhouettes Choose a smart pencil shape and avoid floor sweeping dresses, flirty 50's shapes or floaty midi's. Wearing a shape which is traditionally non-bridal is the key. Dress: Priory of Ten Open Back Dress | Shoes: Schutz Gilberta Pumps | Headpiece: Celine Robert | Clutch: Vintage Styler Amber Clutch | Ring: Vintage Styler Adele Loop Ring Wearing what you are comfortable in the most important thing, but if you have any doubt that the look you have in mind may upset the bride, don't wear it! Would you wear white to a wedding? Is black as much of a no-no as white? Let us know what you plan to wear!