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Wedding Looks by Dress Code

Wedding Looks by Dress Code

by Rakhee Bhatt

Every year, wedding invites seem to get more creative—albeit sometimes downright head-scratching—when it comes to the dress codes that engaged couples have chosen for their big day.

“I think, although, while dress codes can sometimes be confusing, hosts are trying to have a little more fun with their weddings by creating an atmosphere where guests can be more expressive with their attire as far as color, pattern and cut,” says global event designer Stefanie Cove. “The audience is most important as you need a playful group for some of these requests.”

Cove cautions couples to factor in the flooring of their venue when landing on an appropriate dress code, as shoes can play an integral role. “Oftentimes, weddings take place on uneven surfaces which require flats or wedges, and this alters the ensemble as a whole,” says Cove.

Here, Cove breaks down the four most creative wedding dress codes that have made an impression on her and suggests how to decipher and sartorially navigate each one.

Dress Code: Safari Chic

Cove Says: Neutral toned pieces—including khaki or olive green—with a cinched waist, dresses with three quarter length sleeves and wide-brim hats with a sash that can be tied around your neck.

Haney Lauren Jumpsuit

A classic, belted silhouette gets elevated with this comfortable and chic silk jumpsuit.

Wingate Waja Jumpsuit Trench

Minimalism manifests in fashionable form in this khaki jumpsuit, complete with a spread collar and three-quarter cuffed sleeves.

Dress Code: Midnight Metallics

Cove Says: There are many more options when you think metallic than just gold or silver. Chicer options are emerald green or navy. Don’t shy away from sequins either, as long as they are the more delicate ones. This is a great opportunity for women to wear a sequin tuxedo with a plunging neckline and cropped pants! For men, this one is easy because all they need to add to a dark suit is a metallic tie, bow tie or shoes.

Sally Lapointe Metallic Navy Knit Dolman Tee and Skirt

A deep navy hue serves as the ideal canvas for this metallic knit set, which has a relaxed dolman top that can be worn high or low paired with an asymmetric midi skirt.

Brandon Maxwell Lurex Velvet Metallic Wrap Gown

Plush velvet combines with metallic fringe to create this elevated faux wrap floor-sweeping gown, featuring a standout V-shaped neckline and curve-loving elastic waistband.

Dress Code: Embellished and Embroidered

Cove Says: This would be appropriate for a Mexico City wedding. Long dresses with a mesh overlay and elaborate embroidered details—sometimes floral!

Huishan Zhang Wren Embroidered Cape

Take the little black slip dress up a notch with this ethereal sheer cape, made all the more charming with delicate embroidered florals, open half sleeves and a ruffled high-low aesthetic.

Marchesa Notte Off Shoulder 3D Embroidered Gown

An off-the-shoulder neckline and ultra-feminine embroidery add a thoughtful touch of romance to this stunning blue gown.

Dress Code: Prairie Chic

Cove Says: Think Ulla Johnson—designer ruffles and high collars for women. For men, linen, tan hues. A neutral top, mostly band neck—forget the tie and Nick Fouquet style hats.

Ryan Lo Puff Sleeve Victorian Red Floral Tea Gown

Puff sleeves, a tiered maxi skirt and an eye-catching tie waist red ribbon all make this floral chiffon frock easy on the eyes.

ML By Monique Lhuillier Ruffle Tiered Navy Floral Gown

A multicolor palette of pink, yellow and green combine seamlessly to form new season florals on this navy ruffled-sleeve confection.

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