Showing up to a casual wedding in full-glam attire is akin to wearing a turtleneck on a summer’s day. It’s uncomfortable, a little inappropriate, and you’ll probably end up feeling like everyone’s staring at you.
Black-tie nuptials are a great opportunity to go all-out (while being mindful about stealing the bride‘s spotlight), but if the invite expressly states that the dress code is casual, there’s most likely a reason. Maybe it’s an intimate wedding, and the venue is rustic and laid-back; a parents’ back garden, for example, or the local courthouse. You hardly need to buy something new and extravagant for this brand of ceremony. That being said, there’s a fine line between casual and too casual—I’m sure it doesn’t need to be stated, but please don’t show up in jeans and a T-shirt.
Of course, you can still dress up, but aim to keep the frills and embellishments to a minimum and stick to everyday fabrics like cotton and linen. Save the chiffon and organza for another occasion. Footwear is also important, as are the rest of the finishing touches: a cute clutch and gold jewellery get the green light, but feather-trimmed shawl and diamonte-encrusted stilettos are probably a step too far.
To get the ball rolling, we’ve rounded up five outfits below that we think hit the mark for a casual wedding. They’re elegant, smart and refined, and we think you’re going to love them.