Post # 1
Help! I’m going to a wedding in Sonoma, CA in a few weeks and I don’t know what to wear. The couple is first-generation Indian, and will have lots of guests from India wearing saris and traditional attire. But the wedding is on a Sunday night at a vineyard, and will also have lots of american-born friends in their 20s and 30s who will be wearing dresses and suits. Their invitation did not include a dress code and their website says : “Dress to impress… on the dance floor!” I have NO CLUE what that means?!
Anyone have suggestions? Bonus if I can order it online 🙂 I’ve gained some weight recently, so don’t have anything in my new size that would fit. I’m now a size 12/14 but short and large chested. I don’t know the bride at all (DH is college friends with the groom), so I can’t really ask her.
Post # 2
I don’t have any specific suggestions, but if you’re not Indian yourself I would avoid wearing traditional Indian garments unless you are specifically invited to. I would say semi-formal/formal falls under the ‘dress to impress’ so something between what you wear on a night out and a cocktail dress ?
Post # 3
CarlyPalmer: Thanks! I probably wouldn’t wear a sari because I have no clue where I would get one! I’ve also heard not to wear red to indian weddings because that’s what the bride normally wears?
Post # 4
Wear a a nice semi conservative cocktail dress. I say semi conservative because it shouldn’t be too tight or too short, keep the cheast away. Maybe something like this?
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Post # 6
I agree with going with vibrant color.
Post # 7
I think it is perfectly acceptable to wear a sari to an Indian wedding, even if you are not Indian. I didn’t wear one to my Indian friend’s wedding, and I was definitely in the minority. I wish I had gone for it! If you go to an Indian or sari shop, someone will help show you how to wrap it and put it on.
If you’re not comfortable with that, Rent the Runway has a TON of options you can rent for the evening. Keep in mind black, white, and definitely red are not colors a guest should wear. Also, bring a shawl/keep modesty in mind.
Maybe something like this
https://www.renttherunway.com/shop/designers/nhakhanh_dresses/sweettalkdress (this looks black but it’s actually navy)