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Sure, our invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding hasn’t arrived in the mail (yet), but that doesn’t mean we can’t break out our poshest fascinator and A-line dress. (That’s all we’ll need, right?)

Wrong. In fact, the couple’s invitations instruct attendees to follow a strict dress code: “Dress: uniform, morning coat or lounge suit / day dress with hat.”

It might as well be written in a foreign language, considering it’s the vaguest description, like, ever. So if you need a breakdown on what you can and cannot wear to Prince Harry and Markle’s royal wedding on May 19 (you know, just in case), keep reading for details on what the dress code actually means. 

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The Uniform

If you’re a military man, like Prince Harry, then feel free to flaunt your polished medals and assorted aiguillettes (Google it).

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The Morning Coat

You know, the fancy one with the tails that the penguins wear in Mary Poppins. Top hat is optional (but strongly encouraged).

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The Lounge Suit

Apparently, “lounge” doesn’t have the same definition in the U.K. as it does stateside. Lounge attire calls for a finely tailored suit that’s dark in color. If you’d wear it to a job interview (or a meeting with the queen), then you’re good to go.

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Day Dress with Hat

“With hat” is the key phrase here. Ladies should wear a modest midi dress and accessorize with a feathery fascinator or cute felt pillbox—ya know, those chic AF hats you always see royals wearing. Oh, and closed-toe shoes are a must.

If your royal wedding invite never arrives, you can catch all the festivities starting at 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 19. Regardless of the time difference, we’re in it to win it.

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