Now that weddings are once again happening en masse, it is important to know what each dress code means. Tenue de Ville, Black Tie? We’ve got you covered.
Declarations of love have been on hold for a while, but this time it will be different. What do you wear to a wedding, and what do those dress codes mean that you read at the bottom of the invitation?
Although some dress codes are more obvious than others, some are downright vague. We’re looking at you, boho-chic. But rest assured, we will guide you through this minefield.
Tenue de Ville: This literally means city clothes. You should dress neatly, but not in evening wear. Choose a good suit in a muted color (grey, blue, or light brown), a tie (or bow tie), and dark shoes.
Cocktail: This attire stands for suit, shirt, and tie, but you shouldn’t look like you just got out of the office. Combine your jacket with a different color of pants. Always choose a lighter color for your pants than for your jacket.
Black Tie: This dress code is the most common form of all formal evening wear. You should wear a tuxedo, which isn’t the same as a black suit. Black Tie means a black bow tie, not a tie that is black. Your tuxedo jacket can be dark blue. In the evening, midnight blue looks darker than black. The pants should always be black.
Bohemian Chic: Sometimes called boho-chic, it implies casual, with the possibility of playing with accessories. So yes, a hat is also allowed. Combine it with nice loafers. A tie doesn’t suit a bohemian, but why not a scarf? A pastel-colored shirt is fine, but make sure the outer layer of your clothing is the darkest.
Summer Chic: As its name suggests, this dress code is summery. You should wear light colors and summer fabrics. A knitted polo shirt is fine. And although linen is a good choice, never wear a linen suit with a linen shirt.