Wedding season is here! And with the undeniable popularity of bodysuits, playsuits and jumpsuits, many fashionistas are considering these effortless pieces for their guest attire. But are they appropriate for the occasion? The answer is YES! In fact, some brides are going with these pieces as a bold step away from tradition (hello Solange!) – leaving plenty of room for them in guest attire. Here’s 7 tips on how to rock them to the big event stylishly and appropriately based on the dress code:
1. WHITE TIE
White Tie is as fancy and formal as it gets…like SUPER fancy (think the Oscars or Met Gala). While the typical women’s attire is a floor-length ball gown, this look can also be achieved with a high-end, full-length jumpsuit. Opt for one that has an overskirt, cape or flowing wide-leg with satin finish – these styles give off more expansion and oomph to match the grandiose presence of a ball gown. Be sure to also go with glamorous makeup, dramatic hair and high-end jewelry…this is a high society event baby!
2. BLACK TIE
A Black Tie wedding is a small step down on the formal scale, but is still the second most formal type of wedding, so you’ll need to bring your best. The typical women’s attire is either an evening gown or a fancy cocktail dress. You can totally pull off a jumpsuit at this event – it should be fancy, but it doesn’t have to be as grandiose as one you’d wear to a White Tie event. For example, rather than big and poofy, try a slim-fitting jumpsuit in a fancy, embellished fabric.
3. FORMAL/BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
A Formal/Black Tie Optional wedding is where you can start having some fun with separates! Typically, women can go with dressy, contemporary styles like long evening dresses, a formal cocktail gown or dressy separates. Try a fancy bodysuit paired with a maxi skirt or a dressy jumpsuit (it can be fancy, but not too big and over-the-top or you’ll feel overdressed).
Cocktail attire typically means a party dress that’s mid-calf to mid-thigh. The same look can be achieved with a nice mid-calf jumpsuit or bodysuit and midi skirt. Try a jumpsuit with ruffles, a bold color or a bodysuit with a pussy bow to give your look some pizazz.
5. SEMIFORMAL/DRESSY CASUAL
Semiformal/Dressy Casual wedding attire for women typically includes a cocktail dress or fancy top and skirt. Don’t be afraid to go for a tasteful bustier jumpsuit (make sure it’s not too revealing) or a free-flowing, culotte style jumpsuit. A nice, floral bodysuit and skirt also works well for this type of occasion.
Get ready to have some fun with your island wedding attire! Island/Beach attire is typically a lot more laid-back allowing you to enjoy the sand, waves and tropical breeze without the discomfort and risk of ruining a pricey haute couture gown. This is the perfect opportunity to go with bright, tropical colors and lightweight fabrics. Try a breezy jumpsuit or a floral playsuit/romper. Sand-friendly shoes and natural hair/makeup are totally acceptable (and expected).
Alas, a wedding where you can let loose and be free! Casual wedding attire usually includes a sundress or a nice top with skirt and pants. You’ll be just fine in a super-cute playsuit or nice bodysuit and skirt.