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What to wear to every fall wedding

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After a few years of postponements and cancellations, wedding invitations for IRL gatherings are likely coming. But when you’ve been out of the game for so long, you might not know what to wear to a fall wedding, especially when dress codes seem to have relaxed. Still, there are some strict rules: never wear white; don’t try to upstage the bride or groom; and make sure you’re comfortable in your outfit – you don’t want to worry about a dress riding up the dance floor or finding yourself hobbling in shoes before the reception even begins.

Still, the best way to decide what to wear to a wedding is to glean what you can from the wedding invitation: your outfit will look very different if the ceremony is during the day on a Sunday at a country club or restaurant, rather than in a mansion or banquet hall on a Saturday night. In addition, the exact time of fall is also important: instead of just considering the location and the dress code, consider the weather on the big day. Fall temperatures can vary greatly depending on location and time of year: I’m going to a wedding in late October in Georgia, where it will be at least 20 degrees warmer than most places in the Pacific Northwest . Guest outfits should reflect this.

Coming soon, what to wear to every fall wedding based on dress code (and more).

Casual/Day

If the mood is casual, you’re ready to wear something shorter in a lightweight fabric like cotton or jersey rather than silk or viscose.

Hill House Ellie Nap Dress, $150

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Mango fluid shirt dress, $79.99

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Asta Resort Dolce Dress, $124

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where it will be hot

If the wedding is in the south around early fall, be sure to factor that in with the material or length.

TOVE Studio Ceres Organic Cotton Midi Dress, $574

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Reformation Kosta silk dress, $218

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Mango Belted Pleated Dress, $79.99

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where it will be cold

If it’s later in the fall in a place known for erratic weather, be prepared: something with sleeves is always a great option for staying warm.

Ronny Kobo wrap-effect mini dress, $274 (Orig. $498)

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Zara asymmetric satin-effect dress, $119

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Reform Registry Dress, $278

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Cocktail/Semi-Formal

Cocktail attire is the most common wedding dress code, so it’s probably the one you’re most familiar with. A short or midi dress or a dark-colored pantsuit will usually do the trick.

KSUBI Black suspenseful mini dress, $220

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& Other Stories One-Shoulder Satin Dress, $129

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Two-tone Dissh Seren dress, $141

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Formal: optional black tie

The optional black tie dress codes always strike me as a bit odd: it’s a bit of an in-between code that accepts long dresses and tuxedos, but doesn’t exactly require it. I like to respect the ambiguity of the code by opting for a long dress without really touching the ground.

BEC&BRIDGE Annika Cowl Maxi Dress, $280

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Reformation Barrow Silk Dress, $378

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Sir The Label Lucelia Cutout Dress, $460

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black tie

There’s not much room for interpretation here: a black tie usually means a long dress, so take advantage of this to bring out all the stops.

Katie May in Mood Dress, $298

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NBD Maracuya Dress, $288

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Bec & Bridge Kehlani V Dress, $300

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