What to Wear to a Cocktail Wedding

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Fall is quickly becoming the height of wedding season and if hand-calligraphed envelopes have graced your mailbox, you’ve already started stressing about what to wear to each fête.

“Dressing the part” is a key element to being a great wedding guest and it’s important to properly coordinate your attire to the host’s specified dress code.

But don’t stress! I’m going to teach you ladies (and men) what to wear to a black tie, black tie optional and cocktail wedding in a three-part series with Rent the Runway starting right now!

All photos were shot by the talented Jennifer Kathryn Photography at the Chicago History Museum.

Red Lace Dress (rent it) (buy it) c/o, Tear Drop Earrings c/o, Nude Pumps,  Red Lipstick, Clutch (vintage)

Part 1: What to Wear to a Cocktail Wedding

If a wedding invitation does not specify black tie, black tie optional or a “location-specific” attire like beach casual, it is safe to assume the dress code is ‘cocktail.’

For men, this means a dark suit and tie. For women, this means a short, party dress with heels and jewels.

Easy, right? Sure…but if you’re like me then you’ll want a new party dress for each and every wedding which can be a costly endeavor.

Cue Rent the Runway offering thousands of dresses, jewels and bags for a flawless look from head-to-toe at a fraction of the cost. You can rent items from 4 to 8 days, get a backup size and even have them delivered straight to your door.

Ladies living in Chicago, New York, D.C. or Vegas also have the opportunity to visit showrooms in their respective city to try on dresses prior to renting. In Chicago, make sure to ask for Asia who helped select my looks for this series and has some killer style!

Keep scrolling to see more of my outfit details and what my better half wears to a cocktail wedding! Then, make sure to come back to the blog to see what to wear to a black tie and black optional wedding.

On Me:Red Lace Dress (rent it) (buy it) c/o, Tear Drop Earrings c/o, Nude Pumps,  Red Lipstick, Clutch (vintage)

On Michael: Suit Coat, Suit Pants, Gingham Shirt, Tie, Watch, Paisley Pocket Square, Shoes, Blue Shoe Laces

All photos were shot by the talented Jennifer Kathryn Photography at the Chicago History Museum.

8 COMMENTS

  1. What a gorgeous dress and color on you! Your jewelry compliments it well too. Love the tips about what to wear to a wedding – I can be so clueless on those things. I bet that was a lovely wedding, at a museum!

    • Thank you so much Jenn! I have always shied away from the color red, but in the past year I have been adding more and more of it to my wardrobe. I am also glad you like the style tips, I will be sharing more this week!

  2. Okay, stop. Why are you two the cutest. LOVE this look for both of you as well!

  3. Wow your dress is just gorgeous, glad to run across your blog, Love it!

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