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Summer might be peak wedding season, but the real romance comes in the fall. Crisp autumn afternoons, chilly fall evenings, a stunning, natural backdrop of changing leaves. A fall wedding is perfect because this season, the smells of love and pumpkin spice are in the air.

 

When we think of weddings, we usually think of them as black tie affairs. But, one of the refreshing things about a calm fall wedding is that many of them are more casual affair, giving off a relaxed take on the classic idea of a wedding. Bright skies, comforting scents of crunchy leaves, and the sound of a calming fall breeze gives any fall wedding a more relaxed feel, which allows attendees to get more creative with their ensembles.

 

But, that doesn’t mean getting dressed for a fall wedding is easy. First off, the key concept to attending a fall wedding is that you have to find that fine line between underdressing and overdressing. Even for a black tie event, you need to play things right and still keep that laidback feel we love so much about the fall season.

 

For those not in the wedding party, this gives a lot of freedom in what to wear to a fall wedding. Of course we have to always follow the dress code, but for anyone still unsure on what you’re wearing to your friend’s or family’s fall wedding, we’ll break things down for you a bit.

 

This is how we’re dressing for a fall wedding this season:

 

White Tie

 

White tie weddings typically mean you should wear a full-length ballgown and a long-tail tuxedo for your date. How does that fit into your fall routine? Try a ball gown with a floral pattern or done in a deep, autumnal hue.

 


THEIA

V-Neck Digital Print Ballgown

$895



NINE WEST

'Tatiana' Pointy Toe Pump, Size 9 M - Black

$78.95



CARMEN MARC VALVO INFUSION

One-Shoulder Ballgown

$445



TED BAKER

Savio nude patent leather pointed pumps - Beige

$222


 

For the boys, add a touch of color to your look by opting for a maroon jacket or gray bowtie.

 


LANVIN

Shawl Lapel Wool Blend Tuxedo

$2,490



MEZLAN

'Concerto' Oxford, Size 10.5 EE - Black

$295



LUBIAM

Diamond-Print Tuxedo Jacket

$1,195 $799.99



MAGNANNI

Toecap Oxford Shoe

$331.92


 

Black Tie

 

A step less formal than a white tie wedding, the black tie attire still calls for a formal evening gown for the ladies and a tuxedo for the gentlemen. To make this style right for a fall wedding, we suggest a gown with a little bit of flair to it. Find something with an intricate texture or ruffles.

 


PARKER BLACK

Miranda Tiered Sequin Tulle Formal Gown Dress

$798



HEAD OVER HEELS

Pumps

$99 $67



RICKIE FREEMAN FOR TERI JON

3D Floral Popover Lace Gazar Trumpet Gown

$895 $447



TRUE DECADENCE

Satin Pearl Detail May Jane Heeled Shoes - Pink

$64 $23


 

For men, make your look a bit more relaxed by opting for evening slippers rather than Oxfords or Brogues.

 


BURBERRY

Millbank Tuxedo

$2,295 $1,899.99



LANVIN

Patent Leather Evening Slippers

$625



ARMANI

Classic Tuxedo

$1,895



MAGNANNI

Toecap Oxford Shoe

$331.92


 

Black Tie Optional

 

Possibly one of the most confusing wedding dress codes, if not THE most confusing, when you see the words “black tie optional” on a wedding invite for the first time, it raises a few questions. Does this mean I can wear black tie attire if I want, but I don’t need to? If I choose not to wear black tie, does that mean I can just go with a cocktail dress? Not quite.

 

Despite it’s unclear wording, black tie optional just means another step down in the formal dressing tiers. You should still go for a floor length dress, but a T-length is also appropriate. Nowadays, you can also wear a formal jumpsuit to a black tie optional fall wedding.

 

For men, a tuxedo is still appropriate, but you can also opt for a dark colored suit for a black tie optional event.

 

With this attire, bring seasonal tones into your look. Use a fall wedding as an excuse to buy red heels. Also, high-low lengths are an excellent choice with black tie optional.

 


CHI CHI LONDON

Lace Yoke High/low Cocktail Dress

$98



VALENTINO GARAVANI

Tonal Rockstud Three-Strap Heels

$1,095



LIKELY

Cabrera Gown

$398 $207



UNITED NUDE

block heel pumps - Neutrals

$335


 

And then in menswear, consider a navy instead of a black. Also, deeply colored brown shoes can work great for a fall wedding.

 


ASOS DESIGN

skinny suit jacket in navy - Navy

$95



RALPH LAUREN

Alesky Calfskin Oxford Shoe Dark Brown 7.5

$295



HUGO BOSS

Alerius Suit Jacket

$545 $199.97



O'KEEFFE

Algy Polished-Leather Wingtip Brogues - Black

$615


 

Semi-Formal

 

Semi-formal attire is just like it sounds: half formal, halfway to black tie. While you can pick a floor length dress, you are by no means limited to that. We love a knee or mid-length. For fall, play around with warm tones. Deep red always works, but also try out a neutral beige. Men should wear suits and ties, but a tuxedo is definitely not necessary.

 


ZIMMERMANN

Silk Cold-Shoulder Dress

$530 $211.99



JIMMY CHOO

Romy 100 Suede Pumps - Womens - Nude

$650



HALSTON HERITAGE

Cowlneck Floral Dress

$295 $94.99



ASOS DESIGN

Wide Fit Paris pointed high heels - Beige

$40


 

Try a subtle stripe detailing and play around with colors for a semi-formal dress code.

 


THEORY

Malcolm Slim-Fit Pinstriped Suit Jacket

$795 $317.99



TED BAKER LONDON

Senapen Wingtip Derby, Size 13 M - Beige

$250



STRELLSON

Long-Sleeve Heathered Suit Jacket

$498 $349.99



ZANZARA

Monticello Perforated Plain Toe Derby, Size 10.5 M - Brown

$195 $129.9


 

Cocktail Attire

 

The next step down, cocktail attire is a fun one to prep for, especially in fall. Pick a fun color on your cocktail dress, and stay around knee-length or just a bit higher for a daytime affair. Men should still wear a suit and tie, but can get more playful in jacket patterns and tie colors.

 


DRESS THE POPULATION

Marcella Cap-Sleeve Sequin Cocktail Dress

$253 $179



CUSHNIE ET OCHS

Adrian Suede Slingback Heels

$625 $319.99



JOIE

Mahesa Colorblock Cocktail Wrap Dress

$328



COS

BALLERINA HEELS

$175


 

A check pattern is a fun one to bring into your look for a fall wedding. Also try out gray or brown shoes.

 


TOPMAN

Skinny Fit Check Suit Jacket

$220 $109.99



MAGNANNI

Gerardo Medallion Toe Derby, Size 9.5 M - Grey

$350 $233.9



TOPMAN

Skinny Fit Suit Jacket

$240



GORDON RUSH

Percy Wingtip, Size 10 M - Black

$395


 

Casual

 

Casual dressing is the most easiest attire to plan for, especially for a fall wedding. With this laidback dress code, you can even opt for ankle boots if you pick a pair with a pointed toe and small heel. For fall weddings, definitely go for a long sleeve dress. In menswear, you do need to wear a blazer, but you can usually get away without a tie.

 


THE KOOPLES

Long Sleeve Crepe Dress

$325 $109.97



NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD

Casati Pearl Heeled Leather Loafers - Womens - Nude

$750



LIKELY

Victoria Smocked Bell-Sleeve Cocktail Dress

$198



SPLENDID

Nettie Pointed Toe Leather Kitten Heel Booties

$158 $110.6


 

We love a crisp black blazer over a clean-lined white shirt. Light gray is another good choice for casual wear.

 


COS

SLIM-FIT LINEN BLAZER

$250



LLOYD

Marian Wingtip, Size 13.5 M - Black

$325



CIVIL SOCIETY

Two-Button Knit Blazer, Gray

$98 $69



MEPHISTO

'Cooper' Plain Toe Derby, Size 11 M - Black

$289


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