So, you’ve been invited to a wedding. Wonderful. Lovely. We love LOVE, and, who doesn’t?! The only problem is you don’t know how to decode the dress code. Unlike a night out with your girlfriends, the infamous ‘jeans and a nice top’ probably won’t cut it. Never fear, OIP is here to help. We’ve not only created a cheat sheet, but even given you some outfit inspo!

White Tie

Congratulations! You have some fancy friends. When you think White Tie, think the Academy Awards.

Gals: A formal, floor-length evening gown.

Alexis Mabille /Temperly London

Guys: A tuxedo, black jacket with tails, white vest and bow tie, gloves and black shoes.

Black Tie

This means your friends are still pretty fancy! Get ready for a super chic and sophisticated evening.

Gals: A formal, floor-length evening gown or short, cocktail dress.

Self-Portrait/Zimmermann/Alice + Olivia

Guys: A tuxedo, black bow tie, black vest or cummerbund, patent leather shoes.

Formal/Black Tie Optional

You can get away with something slightly less formal for this event.

Gals: A long dress, short/midi cocktail dress or a swish skirt and top

Temperly London/Asilio/Needle & Thread

Guys: A suit and tie.


Time to get creative!

Gals: A short/midi cocktail dress (you can be a bit fun here).

Milly/Rebecca Vallance/Caroline Constas

Guys: A suit and tie. Maybe even try a pocket square.

Smart Casual

Ah, smart casual. The bane of everyone’s existence. This is NOT jeans and a nice top, unless otherwise specified.

Gals: A lovely dress, skirt or pants with a nice blouse.

Collage Vintage

Guys: Dress pants and a button-down shirt.

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