It’s always a good thing to be dressed in your best. This means investing in some clothing pieces that are appropriate for a number of events – wedding, engagement event, dinner party, etc. This way, you can be sure that you don’t have to think too much of what to get when you’re invited to your next event.
For weddings, it’s best to give more thought in your attire than choosing to come across as either sloppy or embarrass yourself when you wear something that’s too casual and not wedding-friendly. Besides, you are attending a wedding of a friend, a family member or a neighbour – you’re there to celebrate their special day, not to go and have free lunch from the buffet line.
Here are some things that you have to bear in mind before you go to your next wedding.
1. Make sure you refer to the wedding invitation.
Certain wedding invitations let you know directly what the dress code is. For example, traditional or formal. This type of wedding means you have to wear baju kurung, kebaya, baju Melayu, or even a suit.
However, with wedding invitations that are vague i.e.; no dress code, it’s best to refer to the timing and venue. If it’s held in the afternoon in a hall, do dress appropriately like you are going to work. For women, it’s not so hard to choose a dress but for men, you can opt to wear a checkered shirt, slacks and shoes.
2. Avoid these fashion no-nos.
Don’t wear slippers – you’re not going to a Pasar Malam or a paddy field. (And even paddy farmers dress appropriately to the field, so why can’t you?) And you definitely don’t want to be on the dais with the bride and groom in your 10-year-old slippers. Besides, it’s not that expensive to invest in some slip-on or loafers.
Don’t wear denim/jeans – even if the wedding is semi-formal or dressy casual, or held at their house or a backyard wedding, leave the jeans at home! There are still restrictions even though there is no specific dress code.
Don’t wear a round neck shirt – you’re already wearing a round neck tee almost every day when you’re not dressed up, so make sure you don’t wear one to a wedding. You’ll look sloppy and overall as a person who really doesn’t care about anything.
Don’t wear the same colour as the bride/bridesmaid – as a guest, you have to make sure that you don’t steal the spotlight. In order to avoid wearing the same colour as the bride or the family, be sure to ask the person inviting you first. If you’re still not sure, be sure to avoid white (so you don’t steal the bride’s spotlight). Unless the bride has explicitly told you to wear a certain colour then by all means you can.
3. Follow these tips.
Attend the wedding fully dressed – show up at the wedding in your best attire. Wear high heels or a blazer immediately if that’s the look you’re going for. For men, make sure to wear shoes such as loafers, slip-on, or a dress shoe. Try to avoid wearing rubber shoes (see: Crocs).
Colour your attire – for weddings that take place in the daytime, women can try to dress in something bright (but not too bright that it’s distracting!) and men can wear a neutral colour clothing. If the wedding is at night, both men and women can wear a dark muted colour clothing piece.
When in doubt, tradition it out – if you’re still confused and wish to not embarrass yourself, stick to the traditional clothing. Best to err on the side of caution and dress more formally. Besides, traditional clothing is very affordable and available for purchase all year round.
We hope this helps you in knowing how to dress appropriately to a wedding that either state their dress code or not. Because it’s better to dress appropriately and celebrate the bride and groom’s special day then to dress down and create an eyesore to the other guests.