Decoding Wedding Dress Codes: Casual

There are two seasons in my life, football season and wedding season. Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings, oh my! My spring and summer calendar is full of wedding celebrations. Though I enjoy reuniting with old friends, sharing memories, and celebrating the unity of marriage, my bank account takes a hit from my wedding season wardrobe. This inspired me to create looks for popular wedding dress codes, with the help of Goodwill of course. Without further ado, here’s the Part 5 of Decoding Wedding Dress Codes: Festive (Check out earlier posts on  Black TieBlack Tie OptionalSemiformal, and Festive!)

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Shirt: Nordstrom (Halogen) via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save) ; Culottes: Violet Flower Boutique (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Claire Flowers; Bag: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar on Etsy); Earrings: C. Wonder, old (Similar Here); Ring: Kendra Scott

Casual, schmasual. Anything goes for a casual wedding?! With that said, absolutely no jorts and tanks unless it’s for an episode of My Big Redneck Wedding. Steer clear of denim unless specifically noted on the invitation, think more business casual than “casual.” Casual attire can be all over the map. For the guys, dress pants and a button-up or polo are appropriate for the occasion. My ladies have it a little harder because there is a lot of room for interpretation with this dress code. Depending on time of the year and venue, a floral midi dress paired with wedges  or a culotte jumpsuit with a swoon worthy mule would be perfect for the occasion.. You probably have whatever you need in your closet.

There aren’t many events where I can wear my beloved fuchsia culottes, but why not casual wedding? Though a bold color, the texture paired with a wine-hued blouse and neutral shoes gives off the “I tried, but not too hard” vibe. As for the birdcage purse, I snagged it at Goodwill a couple of months ago. I think I was drawn to it because it’s quirky, yet functional…like me. After researching online, I have found similar styles from the 50’s an 60’s which led me to conjure an image of its former owner(s) vacationing on a tropical island while carrying around her beach essentials, cigarettes, and a flask inside. For now, it will only carry memories of past owners, my essentials, and maybe a mini Bota Box! 🙂

With the fifth and final post of Decoding Wedding Dress Codes, which dress code is the easiest to dress for? Which is the hardest? Do you like to see brides in classical dresses like at Katherine’s Bridal Boutique? Or you prefer not traditional weddings? Have you ever been invited to a wedding with a unique dress code, i.e. mountain chic or redneck riviera? Leave me a comment on Facebook, Instagram, or below, and tell me about it!

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9 Comments

  1. June 16, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    This is so adorable! Mass wedding season has somewhat passed us by at this stage in our life but I remember the summers after college where it felt like every weekend was filled with another wedding activity. All fun but having enough outfits was stressful!

    • June 16, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      I hope my wedding marathon will only last a couple more summers. It’s usually the same group of friends so wearing a repeat outfit is taboo! Not to mention, Instagram pics live FOREVER! 🙂

  2. June 16, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    You make everything look good! I love that bag!!! I can’t believe it’s a Goodwill steal!!

  3. June 17, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    What a cute outfit! It really is perfect for the casual wedding. Thank you for sharing all of these helps for different wedding dress codes.

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