With wedding season underway, chances are you might be invited to one (or more) weddings and you’ll be looking for something to wear.
So what if you find the perfect summer dress and it happens to be white? Is the old rule about not wearing white to a wedding outdated?
According to a survey last year by UK retailer ASDA, three out of five women said they would happily upstage the bride by wearing white.
But the same survey found that wearing white as a guest is the fourth biggest wedding faux pas that can be committed.
Most wedding etiquette experts agree that wearing white to a wedding as a guest is a big no-no.
It’s generally thought that if you wear white, you are trying to upstage the bride. Especially if the dress you are wearing is a bridal style gown or made from lace, satin, tulle or other fabrics traditionally associated with a wedding dress.
It’s a hotly contested topic and brides embracing the trend of bridesmaids wearing white in recent years since Kate Middleton made it look chic have only stirred the pot.
When Cara Delevingne wore white to her sister Poppy’s wedding in 2014 as part of the bridal party, the bible of all things fashion, Vogue, declared that it is now officially okay to wear white to weddings as a guest.
But this ignores that teensy little fact that bridesmaids are part of the official wedding party and the bride has decided and dictated that she wants them to wear that shade.
That doesn’t mean she wants all her guests to wear white, unless she’s specifically requested it – think Solange Knowles.
Even if you ask the bride if it’s cool for you to wear white (and she might only say that she’s okay with it because she doesn’t want to look like a raging Bridezilla!) chances are there will be guests at the wedding giving you the side-eye, talking about you in hushed tones and accusing you of being an ASW.
So it’s best to play it safe and stay away from wearing entirely white dresses – or anything that looks like something a bride would wear – if you are a guest, unless you are invited to do otherwise by the bride herself.