What to Wear to Every Type of Fall Wedding

July 18, 2019 by Rebecca Carhart

If you thought you’d stop attending weddings as soon as the weather starts to cool down, think again. Autumn weddings are now just as popular, if not more than their summertime counterparts, thanks to the beautiful fall foliage and more comfortable temperatures. However, a new season brings a whole new wedding guest wardrobe.

Since the key to finding the perfect wedding guest look is by dressing for the occasion, we’re breaking down what to wear to every type of fall ceremonies. From casual daytime weddings to formal black tie receptions, keep reading to find out what to wear to a fall wedding. stylish, seasonally-appropriate looks that not only fit the dress code but will ensure you’re the best-dressed guest on the fall wedding circuit.

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Evening Black Tie Dress Code

DRESS: STYLESTALKER, DRESS: JILL JILL STUART, DRESS: LM COLLECTION

When it comes to evening black tie weddings, the easiest way to fit the dress code would be to rent a floor length gown. Stick with sleek and form-fitting silhouettes in warm autumnal colors for a classic and chic look. If you decide to don a strapless dress, avoid looking too summery by choosing an option in a luxe fabrics like a jacquard. Since black tie events are as fancy as it gets, accessorize with some showstopping jewels, strappy stilettos, and don’t forget to rent one of our stylish clutches.

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Semi-Formal Dress Code

DRESS: MARCHESA NOTTE, DRESS: HUTCH, DRESS: JILL JILL STUART

At semi-formal weddings everything from floor dusting gowns to short cocktail dresses is acceptable. So why not meet in the middle and reach for a sleek midi length option to ensure you don’t look too casual or too formal. Add interest with crystal embellishments pretty brocade fabrics, or asymmetric hemlines. Since your shoes will be on full display, throw on a killer pair of heels. But just make sure they are comfortable enough to hit the dance floor in.

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Formal Daytime Dress Code

DRESS: JILL JILL STUART, DRESS: MARCHESA NOTTE, DRESS: CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

Daytime weddings are typically more relaxed, but if the invite says the dress code is formal you need to find a balance between the two. For example, if you want to show off your legs and wear a mini dress, be sure to choose a silhouette with long sleeves. Ditch your summery maxi dress for a chic slip dress for the same relaxed feel. Since it’s a daytime event, avoid dark colors like navy or black and instead reach for each for options in rich jewel tones like emerald, amethyst, and midnight to really blend in with your autumnal surroundings.

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Late-Afternoon/Evening Ceremony

DRESS: SHOSHANNA, DRESS: JAY GODFREY, DRESS: ALEXIA ADMOR

Many people panic when they are invited to a wedding with the ceremony taking place in the afternoon and the reception in the evening. The key is to find a dress that looks appropriate in both daytime and nighttime settings. Stick with sleek and simple options that can easily be dressed up with the right accessories. For the ceremony, keep things more casual with dainty jewelry and comfortable shoes, then as you are headed to the reception, elevate up your look with a great pair of eye catching earrings and your favorite pair of high heels.

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Daytime Outdoor Ceremony

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Just because you are headed to an outdoor, casual wedding during the day, doesn’t mean you should be nonchalant about your look. Play off the scenery and don a flirty frock in pretty autumnal tones or fall florals. Since it can still be quite warm out during the day in the fall, stick with easy silhouettes that won’t cling or weigh you down. Bring along a stylish wrap or shawl to throw on once the temperature starts to cool down.

Navigating through the tricky world of dress codes can be tough, especially as the seasons change. But these stylish and seasonally-appropriate looks will ensure you’re ready for every kind of fall wedding. What are you waiting for? Rent them now!