7 Things I'd Never Wear to a Wedding

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At this very moment, I'm packing a suitcase and getting ready for a wedding out of town (yes, I'm writing to procrastinate). Figuring out how to dress for a big celebration is nuanced to say the least. Depending on the time of year, location, type of wedding, and even the couple's sense of style, the right outfit can be completely different. But after years of attending as a friend, cousin, and even as a plus one, I've figured out a number of things not to wear to a wedding.

Below I've distilled a list of seven things I'd never wear to a wedding (trust me—I've learned the hard way). My rule of thumb: If it's uncomfortable or distracting, skip it. If I'm planning to spend an evening eating, drinking, and dancing, I want to make sure my outfit of choice allows me to enjoy the event stress-free. Read on for the pieces I avoid, along with suggestions for what to wear instead.

Don't: An Outfit That Requires Constant Adjusting

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Do: A look you're already comfortable in.

 It's always best to do a mini test before knowing you'll have to wear a look all day or night. If it's strapless and won't stay up or if the slit is just a bit higher than you remember, you'll want to fix it first or avoid it altogether.

Don't: Heavy Earrings or Tricky Jewelry

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Do: Try dainty jewelry that won't get in the way.

Your ears will thank you when you forgo painful, heavy styles for something simple. The same goes for other jewelry that might get tangled or in the way.

Don't: Wear White

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Do: Try color instead.

 White is reserved for the bride. Instead go for playful colors that don't take attention away from the newlyweds.

Don't: Sky-High Stilettos

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Do: Comfortable heels

It only takes one bad experience trying to dance in uncomfortable heels to learn the lesson: Stick to shoes you can survive an entire day and night in.

Don't: Anything That Shows Sweat

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Do: Go for fabrics that can survive heat, wear, and tear.

Instead stick to styles that are breathable and allow you to be comfortable with a flex in temperatures.

Don't: Large Bag

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Do: A smaller evening bag.

An oversize bag doesn't fit the mood of a celebration, so leave the tote at home and go for a small clutch or should bag instead.

Don't: A Look That Doesn't Fit the Invite

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Do: An outfit that fits the occasion.

Weddings run the gamut from ultra-casual to black tie. One key is to make sure your look fits the invite and won't leave you feeling uncomfortable once it's all done.

Available in sizes 14 to 18. 

Now you know what to wear to the next wedding on your calendar.