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How to Dress for a Fall Wedding

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Your close friend’s fall wedding date is coming up. Now what? There are so many rules when it comes to fall weddings that figuring out which ones to follow leaves you with a headache. Finding the right outfit for a wedding is hard enough without thinking about what colors or fabrics you have to avoid. But don’t worry, this ultimate guide to fall wedding style has got you covered.

What to wear if a dress code isn’t specified…
If you weren’t given a specific dress code, your safest bet is to wear fall inspired colors. Stick with colors that are reminiscent of the changing leaves such as orange, burgundy, mustard or maroon. You can also go with jewel tones such as emerald and fuchsia, or switch it up with a dark grey dress.

What to wear if the wedding is black-tie optional…
Even though the wedding invite said black-tie optional, most ladies will be wearing a formal gown or pantsuit. Stand out from the crowd by wearing a dress that has a flirty accent such as ruffles or feathers. It’s bold enough to catch the eye without stealing the attention from the bride. If your dress has a dramatic neckline, pin your hair up so you can show it off.

What to wear if the wedding is semi-formal…
If the wedding vibes are less formal, you can get away with a simple maxi or sheath dress and a statement piece. It’s important that you make sure your look isn’t too casual. Your dress should still be wedding appropriate, even if it isn’t as fancy as your standard formal attire. Our favorite trick is to dress it up with a pair of block heels or fierce pumps.

What to wear if the wedding is formal…
A black tie wedding equals a formal gown or cocktail dress, period. Now that fall is here, you may want to stay away from dresses that don’t have sleeves. If you do choose a sleeveless dress, be sure to pack a stylish shawl to stay warm and look trendy at the same time!

What to wear if the wedding is casual…
FINALLY. It’s time to put your formal gown away. Pair a wrap dress with a block heel, simple clutch and you’re good to go! For a fiercer look, you can bring out the pantsuit with a silky top underneath. One thing we love about casual weddings is that it’s so much easier for you to show off your personal style without breaking the bank. Plus, you won’t have to buy an outfit you’ll only wear once and will end up collecting dust in your closet.

What to wear if your outfit needs a few finishing touches…
We believe that every outfit should have a stand out piece. This is your chance to incorporate your favorite accessories without going overboard. You can rock a pair of chandelier earrings or wear a fur shawl over your dress. Use your statement piece as a way to express your personality.

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.