Summer wedding season is in full swing and some of you may be wondering what to wear. Can you wear pants to a wedding? Yes, you absolutely can. If you don’t like dresses or your legs are not your best feature, pants are totally acceptable, so long as you keep the time of day and venue in mind. Here are some ways to wear pants to a wedding with confidence.
The invitation may spell out the wedding dress code, but if you’re unsure, check with the bride, mother of the bride, or a member of the wedding party for some guidelines. In a pinch, it’s always safer to be overdressed than underdressed as a wedding guest.
What type of pants can you wear to a wedding?
Dress pants in silk, soft crepe, or overlaid with chiffon have a nice flowy look that is elegant enough to work for a black-tie optional wedding.
These Alex Evening pants are a popular option. They come in 18 color and fabric options, with or without an overlay in regular, petite, and plus sizes. There’s also a wide-leg option here. These low-heeled sandals come in narrow, medium, and wide sizes 5-13. A matte shoe is dressier than shiny leather so opt for fabric or suede to up the level of formality. Unless you want your feet to grab the spotlight, match your shoes to your pants.
This sophisticated twin set has clean lines and a subtle shimmer so you could actually wear these pieces after the wedding. Picture the tank under a denim jacket with a pair of casual pants or the cardigan over a cotton tee and a pair of dark wash jeans. The pearls are a forever classic and the clutch has a chain strap you can stow inside.
Pants with a blazer jacket have a classic vibe that works for many venues including country club weddings, city hall weddings, nice restaurants, or church weddings. These are pieces you can wear again and again so your cost per wear will be low.
A beach wedding calls out for loose and lightweight pants with natural accessories. Flat sandals you can shake the sand out of, are a must.
Jeans would only be accepted at the most casual ceremony, with the full knowledge and agreement of the bride. Opt for dark wash denim with no distressing and dress them up with a pretty blouse, feminine footwear, and nice accessories. Jumpsuits have also become popular options in either print or solid colors in a flowy fabric that elevates the look.
Benefits of wearing pants as a wedding guest
Pants give you the option to wear flat shoes which many ladies find the most comfortable for long days on their feet and dancing at the reception. You don’t have to worry about wearing pantyhose, which are outdated looking and uncomfortable, at best. Pants also often have pockets which can be super handy.
Hints of white are acceptable so long as it’s in small touches in part of a pattern or in your accessories. Black is acceptable, especially for an evening wedding. Very pale colors can photograph as white, so avoid it if you’ll be in photos with the bride.
Other tips for what to wear to a wedding
Small handbags are a must. The most practical ones can be carried as a clutch or a shoulder bag. They look most elegant as a clutch and don’t interfere with your outfit during the ceremony. They then transform to go over your shoulder at the reception when you need to keep one hand free to shake hands, hold a champagne flute or hold a plate with hors d’oeuvres.
Do you have any upcoming weddings to attend?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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