I have two weddings to attend this year in Italy, so I thought it would be a good idea to remember some basic guidelines about outfits and colours.
Wearing block white is never recommended for female guests – unless the bride is OK with it and explicitly lets you know. There is also a debate over red, purple or black.
I would solve the matter as follows:
- A red dress is ok if not too eccentric or sexy in cut or length
- Black looks more appropriate if accessorised with colour, or if it’s a matt fabric for a day wedding (a black linen ensemble, for example)
- Purple is a lovely colour if it suits your skin tone – I don’t think any bride is going to point at you and go, “How dare you wearing the colour of Lent?!”
I would personally avoid diamante or paillettes on dresses, but I do like sparkling jewellery for an evening wedding.
As a style exercise, I’ve put together twelve looks that would suit a summer evening wedding, everything from Yoox.com.