Here's Exactly What to Wear to a Casual Wedding

Buh-bye confusion, hello outfit inspiration.
by Emily Platt

Your wedding invitation just came in the mail and the dress code line says "casual." Now, you're left with one of three reactions: "Score! I can wear whatever I want," "Wait… I can't dress up?" or "Huh? What the heck does that mean?" Whatever the case, it's time to take a pause and figure out exactly what casual wedding attire for guests entails. The answer might surprise you—and totally transform what you plan to put on for the special day.

So, what do you wear to a casual wedding? Think along the lines of "business casual." Generally, that means clothing items like jeans, shorts, tank tops and flip flops are off limits. Otherwise, you have a lot of options. 

But just as the workplace dress code has a different definition depending on the office, casual wedding attire varies based on factors like the season, time of day and venue. (A daytime summer celebration on the beach may be extra informal.) It's up to employees and wedding guests alike to use context clues and ask if they're uncertain. If you're close to the couple, go to them directly. Otherwise, confer with fellow attendees—wedding party members usually make great sources.

Read on for more specific outfit guidelines for a casual dress code, as well as examples of casual wedding attire for guests broken out by gender.

Casual Wedding Attire for Men

There's no need to suit up, but a sport coat or blazer sans tie is okay. You're also welcome to wear a button down shirt (or polo) with slacks. Loafers and even dressy boots are acceptable footwear. Ready to shop? Check out the casual wedding attire for men below.

Plaid suit casual wedding attire for men

Really love the look of a suit? Try a casual set in a fun pattern. Wear the coat open and don't forget to skip the tie.

Noak slim SB2 notch suit jacket in Check, $158,; Noak slim cropped suit pants in Check, $64, 

Knit blazer casual wedding attire for men

A knit or sweater blazer works well for a colder wedding. Pair it with a turtleneck to look extra dapper.

ASOS DESIGN super skinny blazer in Charcoal Jersey, $64,

Short sleeve button down casual wedding attire for men

You can't go wrong with a regular button down dress shirt. But a short sleeve button down (AKA an SSBD) also suits warmer weather.

BadRhino Big short sleeve button down oxford shirt in 100 percent cotton in Blue, 

Tan chinos casual wedding attire for men

Slacks or chinos are go-to pants when it comes to casual wedding attire for men. This pair comes in a wide range of colors to match whatever top you've got.

Bonobos tailored fit washed stretch cotton chinos, $88, 

Green polo casual wedding attire for men

Keep things classy with a simple polo tucked into pants with a belt.

ASOS DESIGN polo in pique with button down collar in Green, $19,

Casual Wedding Attire for Women

Feel free to wear a one-piece look (like a sundress or chic jumpsuit) or separates (think: a nice blouse with a skirt or pants). Sandals and flats are also approved. Keep scrolling to shop our favorite casual wedding attire for women.

Floral dress for casual dress code

This beautiful floral dress with a playful asymmetrical hemline is the perfect casual wedding attire for a springtime event.

Adrianna Papell plus size gauzy crepe floral fit and flare dress, $179, 

Polka dot dress for casual wedding dress code

Meanwhile, this patterned dress screams fall wedding. A midi hemline is a safe choice but the slit adds some sass.

Reformation Zelda slit dress, $218, 

Black tuxedo dress for casual wedding guest attire

Go ahead and try something trendy—a casual dress code gives you plenty of flexibility. This dress may be tux-inspired, but the length tones down the formality.

Topshop black tuxedo dress, $100, 

Floral skirt for casual dress code

Coordinate a stylish skirt with a simple shirt or sweater depending on the weather.

Ulla Jonhson Auveline skirt, $475, 

Floral jumpsuit for casual wedding dress code

Are pants more your style? Put on separates or a jumpsuit. We like this plus size one's festive print, which would fit right in at a tropical destination wedding.

City Chic print off the shoulder jumpsuit, $119,

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