(Closed) What to wear as a guest

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Straw hats.  And vintage hats for the vintage themes.  Just meet the theme, and don’t be too showy with the hat.

Post # 5
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Go to a hat store!  Even if you don’t find something, you went to a hat store!

Post # 6
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Duncan:  +1 

i wish I had an excuse to wear a hat! Have fun with it. As long as it’s not so obnoxiously huge that it will block someone’s view. Sears used to have some great ones, maybe they still sell them. 

Post # 7
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@Duncan:  LOL

@nibbler: Do not show up in a straw hat (unless the wedding is super casual). Look for garden party hats, lowkey Kentucky Derby hats, and other similar styles:

As long as you keep the decor to a minimum and go for coverage over height, you have plenty of styles to choose from!

Post # 8
4692 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I would personally say stick with sunblock. There are tons of kinds that don’t smell or leave residue. Hats are nice but they are very showy for weddings.

Post # 9
1696 posts
Bumble bee

@nibbler:  Hats are perfectly proper (more so than bare heads, in fact) and are a lovely nod to a bride’s “vintage” theme. Of course, they are only for daytime weddings and would never be worn after six o’clock or with any sort of evening dress. And please, avoid anything that looks like a felt replica of a female reproductive system perched on top of your head, as Princess Beatrice wore to her cousin’s wedding two years ago! Use taste and a sense of style. Using your sense of style, you will discern that even some straw hats can be quite appropriate — this one for example, but not this one  which is too casual. I would avoid anything soft and floppy, or with a very large brim. Here is a nice one that shades the face without taking the brim too far, whereas this one goes too far.


Those are classic wedding styles, but there is nothing wrong with something more modern and cute like this except for the fact that it won’t save your ears from sunburn, or something more striking like this.

Wearing hats requires a bit of savoir faire. You need to put it on and adjust it to its best angle, and then step out knowing that you may be the only person wearing one, but confident that you look great and are capable of setting style instead of just following it. And then you have to relax completely about it and forget that you even have it on. You will look fabulous.

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