At weddings we get to toast our beloveds as they start a new chapter of their lives. In case you need reminding, the dress code is important: this is one day where you don’t want to commit a fashion faux pas. Here are some simple dos and don’ts to get you on the right track.

Traditional weddings

Traditional weddings are usually very conservative. In many cultures in Africa, celebratory attire is worn with embellishments, particularly beads, that speak to the event at hand. The worst thing you can do is show up wearing no beads, nor any form of, or reference to, traditional clothes. For example, Xhosa people are known for wearing white Imibhaco with black detailing and beads. As a guest the most respectful thing you can do is wear traditional beads that are associated with the clan, or have something made in the traditional material.

Don’t ignore the dress code

This is something people tend to take very lightly, but the point of a dress code is to set a specific ambience and tone that the bride and groom want. Whether or not you agree with the dress code, you should show up in what is expected.

Avoid loungewear

Sweats, flip-flops, slides and hoodies are not meant to leave your house!  Surprisingly, some people are brave enough to bring them out to weddings. Wearing loungewear to a black tie event or to someone’s wedding is a sign of disrespect and lack of interest. And if it happens that you just don’t have an appropriately formal outfit, stick to minimalism – a simple dress and a pair of plain heels or sandals should do.

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Wearing white

This is a no-brainer! Wearing white or anything close to the colour is a big no-no. This would be a very shady move; it’s the bride’s time to shine.

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