All weddings are not created equal. And we’re not just talking how great the DJ is or whether the catered chicken is as rubbery as the slime your nephew smuggled into the reception. A certain dress code comes with the venue and whatever vibe the betrothed are working up. Here’s our cheat sheet for the warm-weather wedding attire you’ll want to wear to the church/bistro/organic farm and beyond.
9 Dresses for Every L.A. Wedding You Have on Your Calendar
1. For A Groovy Organic Farm Wedding In Topanga
When the vibe is a bit retro hippie cool and casual, a tiered flutter of tie-dye is both on trend and festive.
2. For A Gathering At A West Adams Gallery
This couple is hip to the city’s emerging artist neighborhood, so wear a quirky mini that’s equal parts creative (pair it with heavy brogues or heels with sheer socks) and sexy. (Pro tip: It will look super cute with Chuck Taylors and a leather jacket at your next ladies’ lunch.)
3. For A Malibu Beach Ceremony
Those onshore breezes can get chilly, but a loose, long-sleeved linen-blend number (worn with a neck and wrist full of blingy jewels) will keep you cozy and chic.
4. For Rooftop Nuptials At The Nomad Hotel
Both sophisticated and sexy: Gathers of shimmery jacquard fabric fall mid-calf, and the deep V will show off your lovely neckline (or the girls). Cue “Lady in Red,” DJ.
5. For A Wedding At The Natural History Museum
All the single ladies, listen up. This jumpsuit says “I love a good spin on the dance floor” as well as “I won’t be drinking too much Champagne, because I don’t want to strip down to use the ladies’ room.”
6. For A Destination Wedding In Cabo
It’s hard to know just how froufrou fancy a destination wedding is going to be, so take a lightweight crepe wrap dress that’s weather appropriate but can be dressed up with strappy nude heels or down with something as casual as flip-flops.
7. For An Evening Wedding At A Deconsecrated Church Downtown
Wear it with heeled Mary Janes for a look that straddles that L.A. line of dressed up but not stuffy. (And the statement sleeves—in taffeta!—are extra in the best way.)
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8. For A Las Vegas Elopement
If you’re lucky enough to be the happy couple’s plus one at the Elvis Wedding Chapel, shouldn’t your dress be as over-the-top as the King himself? This animal-print sequined maxi dress is your best bet.
9. For An Afternoon Wedding At Descanso Gardens
It’s floral but dramatic enough to stand out from whatever brilliant greens nature tries to upstage you with. Plus, who doesn’t want to look like a person-sized butterfly?