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    Tadashi Shoji Blog

    What to Wear to a Wedding With Fashion Influencer Samantha Lauren

    So you open your mailbox to find a wedding invitation addressed to yourself (and let’s be real, hopefully, a plus one). The excitement starts sinking in and if you’re anything like me, “what am I going to wear?!” is one of the first questions that pops into your head.

    Being part of someone’s special day is such an exciting moment!  But I feel like there are so many rules when it comes to wedding guest etiquette. Today I’m going to help alleviate one of them so you can enjoy the event as much as possible and that is what to wear to a wedding.

    Deciding what to wear to a wedding can sometimes be overwhelming so I’m going to try to keep things simple and focus on the three things to consider when shopping for your wedding guest look. These might seem like common sense but we’re going to look at them from a different point of view!

    1. What is the dress code?
    2. Where is the wedding?
    3. What is the personal style of the couple?


    What is the dress code?

    The couple chose the dress code for a reason so it’s important to be respectful and to stick to the dress code that they put on the invitation. If you aren’t sure what the dress code actually means, there are so many “cheat sheets” online to help clarify. I would also check with the maid of honor or possibly the bride if you have a close enough relationship to do so without stressing her out.

    Tadashi Shoji has a wide range of wedding guest dresses that check the list from black tie to beach formal and everything in between. The Blanca Floral Print Maxi Dress is a perfect example of a beach formal look. The floral pattern dresses it down, as does the tie front.

    Another thing I love about Tadashi Shoji is the attention to detail. While this is a beach formal dress, it’s really black tie quality. The saying “it’s all in the details” really is true. The Lyrah Gown is more of a formal look for a black tie or cocktail attire affair.

    Where is the wedding?

    The time of year definitely comes into play when shopping for your wedding guest look. If it’s a winter wedding, you have to take into consideration what jackets and materials are seasonally appropriate. The Amanda Gown is perfect for a fall/winter evening wedding and would look great with a faux fur stole. The color and length work perfectly with the colder temperatures too. I feel like the more formal the dress code gets, the darker your dress can get so this gown would even work for a black tie wedding in the spring or summer.

    The Tegan Floret Lace Dress is perfect for a cocktail attire, afternoon wedding in the spring or summer. The combination of the blue and white makes it more appropriate for the spring and the tea length is perfect for a day or early afternoon wedding.


    What is the personal style of the couple?

    The third thing to take into consideration is the personal style of the couple getting married. It’s important to wear something that reflects your personal style while still being in keeping with the couples style and aesthetic of the wedding. If your friend getting married is more on the conservative side or has a very conservative family, then it probably wouldn’t be best to show up in a plunging neckline or a really high slit. It really just comes down to thinking about the couple and being a respectful guest on their special day.

    I hope this helps streamline the process of selecting the perfect wedding guest dress so you can go off and enjoy the wedding in style!


    Currently residing in Los Angeles, Samantha is the creator of What Would Kiki Wear, an online source for young, fashion forward women to visit for daily outfit inspiration, styling tips, beauty advice and more.