Posted on April 16th, 2010 by
What shall I wear for an italian wedding? Long or short dress? What colour?
I’m not quite sure about you, but when I receive an invitation for a wedding it is always the same dilemma! Especially pastel if I am going to a wedding abroad where culture and traditions are different from the Italian ones!
For this reason I would like to give how to wear: pastel coloured shoes my piece of advice to the girls who will be attending an Italian wedding. I am not an expert and these tips are not absolute –it is just something I know from my own experience, from what my mum and granny told me since I was a little girl.
LONG DRESSES OR SHORT DRESS. I would say Italian weddings do not generally require long dresses but if the wedding would be a really elegant and formal one or if it would take place in the evening, long dress is a perfect choice. Italian female guests are usually quite elegant – you know Italians are famous for being fashion addicted! – so if you’re wearing a short dress you need to think carefully to the accessorises, especially the shoes!
AN ALTERNATIVE TO A DRESS. If you’re not the dress-skirt type you don’t need to panic! I would go for a nice jumpsuit made with a loose fabric, an alternative to the classic dress that is at the same time elegant and comfortable.
HATS. Hats are seldom used, especially during evening weddings. If you are considering to wear an English style hat it could be quite unusual for Italians – you will be able to tell by the odd looks you get from them. However the custom is changing and always more female guest are using hats or headband with application like flowers or gems.
COLOURS. I would avoid the white, which remain exclusive for the bride. If you don’t want to steal the attention to the bride I will go for a pastel colour or some unique printed fabrics. Wearing a black dress to a wedding is no longer consider a taboo, and it is an evergreen elegant clothing, easy to spice up with some colourful accessorise. In addition, I would also say to check the bride’s dress colour (you can not take for granted it would be white or ivory), so you will avoid to turn up with the same one!
BE YOURSELF. If you don’t know the spouses very well and you have no chance to get in touch with one of the bride’s friends I would go for something you feel comfortable with: if you have found a long dress which suits you I would go for that, but if you better like a short dress you can go for a simple one. You can always go for a nice hairstyle which could give an elegant touch to your look. Also, if you choose a simple dress you can play with accessories (like necklaces, bracelets and earrings). I would say try to be yourself, it seems obvious but it is something we often forget. The worse thing is to go to a party and feel uncomfortable because of what you chose to put on!
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