What Colors Should a Guest Not Wear to a Wedding
Wearing colors you like and that flatter you is something all guests should do. However, there are a few colors that are questionable when it comes to wedding guest dresses.
The most obvious color is plain white. A plain white dress or white top and skirt are not generally acceptable, particularly in any formal style. Avoid ivory, off-white and light beige, too. However, it is okay to wear a patterned outfit that includes other colors along with white.
Wedding colors are not necessarily off-limits, either. Women should take care that they are not wearing a dress that could double as a bridesmaid dress, while men should avoid a colored vest or cummerbund in the wedding colors. However, a jersey wrap dress in the wedding colors is perfectly fine for female guests to wear, as is a button down shirt and matching striped tie for the men.
Tradition states that guests should not wear black to a wedding. However, black is quickly becoming a very popular wedding color option. It is no longer off-limits for bridal parties or guests to make black their color of choice. Unless you know the bride or groom has strong feelings about black attire, feel free to choose an appropriate black ensemble to wear to a formal evening wedding. Skip wearing black for a casual outdoor summer wedding, as it may look out of place, not to mention attract more heat.
The best way to avoid wearing something you shouldn’t is to dress a little nicer than you originally planned. If you cannot discern an appropriate outfit, take whatever you had planned up a notch and you will likely fit right in with the other wedding guests.