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Got a Wedding This Weekend? Here’s What to Pack

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Barbecue, pool parties, and vacations are all things we associate with summertime. But if you haven’t checked your Facebook timeline, it’s also peak wedding season. Yep, that’s right. You’ve got a couple of Save the Dates posted to the fridge and, now that you think of it, Pinterest has been in overdrive with floral arrangements. Before you and your plus one head to your bestie’s nuptials, check the invitation for what to wear.

Black-tie versus formal? Cocktail dress or boho chic? Our friends at House of Marbury did the work for you with this cheatsheet to define those pesky wedding attire guidelines.

Black-tie adjective

Fashion Definition: For men, a tuxedo; for women, a full-length gown, although, depending on the occasion, knee-length dresses will often be seen.

Synonym(s): Formal.

Black-tie Optional adjective

Fashion Definition: A half-step below black-tie, black-tie optional denotes the option of wearing a tuxedo or formal dress, but the formality is more flexible, meaning a dark suit and tie and cocktail attire is equally encouraged.

Business adjective

Fashion Definition: In the legal context, business attire means a suit. A dress with suit jacket may be substituted. Depending on the occasion, a coordinating suit with button-down underneath will be most appropriate.

Business Casual adjective

Fashion Definition: In law, this means a professional outfit without the formality of a coordinated suit. For women, skirts with blouses, trousers with button-ups, or dresses with cardigans will suffice. For men, a suit and dress shirt sans tie, or a sweater to replace the suit jacket is appropriate.

Casual adjective

Fashion Definition: Casual means anything goes, including denim. Again, depending on the occasion, flip flops + jeans + tank top may still be a little too informal. But, if your work day or event is “casual,” nothing in particular is required of you.

Synonym(s): Weekend Wear.

Cocktail adjective

Fashion Definition: Short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him. The little black dress is the ultimate cocktail dress and appropriate for most special occasions.

Synonym(s): Evening.

Evening adjective

Fashion Definition: See definition for Cocktail.

Formal adjective

Fashion Definition: See definition for Black-tie.

Weekend Wear adjective

Fashion Definition: See definition for Casual.

White-tie adjective

Fashion Definition: These are incredibly rare, so do not worry if you are not familiar with the term. Most legal functions are cocktail functions, with the occasional formal gala. Should you be invited to a white-tie function, the good news is the attire is predetermined: for men, full dress including white tie, vest, and shirt. Women wear long gowns, without exception. If an event is white-tie, it will most certainly be noted on the invitation.

Synonym(s): Ultra-Formal.

This article was originally published on House of Marbury. More by House of Marbury on Levo:

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