What to wear to a formal-themed wedding

What to wear to a formal-themed wedding

So you receive a wedding invitation that reads ‘formal’, but you don’t have a clue how to dress accordingly. You don’t want to be under or overdressed, so what’s a guest to do? The formal attire sits between semi-formal and black tie, but still denotes an elegant appearance. Luckily, the Wedding Etc style team and Zando are here to help:

For the ladies

You can never go wrong with a beautiful long dress where the hem ranges from knee, mid-calf or ankle, a jumpsuit, or dressy separates like suit pants and a jacket.
Formal cocktail dresses are suited for a day wedding look, whereas a longer evening dress is suited perfectly for an evening wedding.

D’Azure Red Jumpsuit R750, Zando
Mareth & Colleen Black Stash Dress R1 590, Zando
Princess Lola Boutique A Sparkle In Time Sequin Wrap Dress R1 300, Zando
Anouk Off-Shoulder Burgundy Dress R995, Zando

Pairing can make or break your entire ensemble, so complete the look with a gorgeous make-up look, a pair of statement earrings and a little clutch.

All Heart Hammered Drop Earrings R109, Zando
Jewels and Lace Bead Drop Earrings R29, Zando
Lily & Rose Gold Weave Knot Stud Earrings R69, Zando
Miss Black Maxima Clutch Bag R449, Zando

Finally, slip on a pair of stunning, yet comfortable, heels in which you can dance the night away. Keep the tones muted if the rest of the outfit is louder in patterns, colour or style.

Jerayclya Black Heels R1 199, Zando
Madison Andi Diamante Detail Block Heel R499, Zando
Utopia Barely There Nude Heels R299, Zando

For the men

A simple black or navy suit is classic for a reason. It’s a timeless ensemble you can wear over and over again.

JCrew 2 Button Black Jacket R1 449, Zando
Nines Oliver Black Shirt R699, Zando
Brave Soul Classic Long Sleeve White Shirt R229, Zando
Ice Men 2 Button Electric Blue Suit R1 499, Zando
Jonathan D Flat Front Tailored Fit Navy Formal Trousers R499, Zando

With the formal dress code, ditching the tie or bow tie is completely acceptable, although, the option is yours. If you do opt for one of the two, keep them simple and clean. Alternatively, keep the shirt buttoned to the top and add little pops of detail like cuff links, a time piece, tie clips or lapel clips and a classic formal black shoe.

Steve Madden Easton Leather Formal Lace Up Shoes R1 499, Zando
Joy Collectables Rectangular Silver Toned Cuff Links R149, Zando
Joy Collectables Plain Twill Tie R129, Zando
Joy Collectables Silver Dot Tie Slide R79, Zando
Non-European Black Bow Tie R350, Zando

By Amy-lee Steenkamp

All images courtesy of Zando

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