Overwhelmed to get a better organized mindset? This will help.
Grab my #1 Tool to Organize your finances, habits, and more to Elevate your self-care.
October brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and a number of wedding invitations. If you’re looking for style inspiration or help picking out the perfect outfit, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together some tips on what to wear to an October wedding so that you know exactly how to get ready for the big day. Read on for our best advice on what styles will keep your look classy, elegant, and comfortable from beginning to end.
- When it comes to style, one of the most important things to consider is the weather. Even if a place would normally be balmy this time of year (such as San Diego), October is in autumn and therefore unpredictable. Look up recent weather patterns in the location where the wedding will be held so that you’ll have a better idea of what temperatures to expect—and choose your outfit accordingly!
- Pay attention to any instructions included on the invitation. No matter how formal or informal an event may be, if there are dress code guidelines listed then guests should follow them strictly. For example: “Formal attire” means that guests should dress more formally than they would at an average office; “Casual” means they can wear whatever they’d usually wear during their free time; and “Business Casual” is somewhere in between (“dressy casual,” as some refer to it). If there’s no instruction given whatsoever, then go with whatever feels most appropriate—but keep reading before making a decision!
The first thing to consider when figuring out what to wear to an October wedding is the weather.
Figuring out what to wear to an October wedding can feel like a challenge, because the weather is so unpredictable. The first thing to consider is the time of year, which is also when you should be sending your RSVP. September and October are known for being some of the warmer months of fall, but it’s always good to check out the local forecast and be prepared for chilly temperatures.
You should keep in mind that even if you’re not in a big city or you’re heading out into the countryside, cold weather isn’t going to go away just because there aren’t a million people huddled together on a subway platform. If anything, it’s likely that there will be colder temperatures in rural areas where weather patterns are more intense and concentrated than they are in metropolitan areas.
The next step is deciding what kind of dress will suit the wedding venue. Will you be outside or inside? You’ve probably completed at least one or two steps toward planning your outfit by now—you’ve gotten your hair done, found those perfect heels and even figured out how to mix metals with your jewelry—so make sure that it won’t all come tumbling down once you arrive at the venue and have to figure out whether you’ll be sitting or standing, too hot or too cold!
As with any other clothing event where outdoor time might trump indoor activities (like football games!), start with something long sleeve over short sleeve: A sleeveless dress could leave your bare arms exposed while everyone else around them shivers; likewise if it’s standing room only—a short-sleeved shirt may get wrinkled quickly as guests shift their weight from foot to foot during dinner service; finally we recommend layering up before leaving home just in case temperatures dip unexpectedly when night falls!
Consider any wedding style instructions you may have received in the invitation.
While planning your trip to the wedding, consider any wedding style instructions you may have received in the invitation. This style guidance should be taken into account when selecting your outfit for an October wedding. It will not only help you to make a good first impression on the bride and groom, but it will also take some of the stress out of picking an outfit for this occasion.
You don’t want to stand out from everyone else at the event—for all the wrong reasons. Avoid wearing anything that could be offensive to the bride and groom, such as clothing with a logo or slogan. If you aren’t sure what is acceptable attire, stick with simple outfits without loud prints or patterns. Don’t wear anything that shows too much skin: no bare midriffs or plunging necklines for women and no sleeveless shirts for men (unless it’s a casual wedding).
Figure out where the wedding is being held and if your dress will fit with this location.
One of the main things you’ll want to figure out before you start shopping is where exactly your friend’s wedding will be held. The venue has a huge influence on the dress code, which in turn has an influence on what kind of dress you should wear.
A vineyard ceremony is going to have a different vibe than an at-home wedding reception, and that difference might also mean that it’s appropriate to wear an eye-catching dress at one but not the other. Garden weddings will have plenty of lush greenery and probably some pretty flowers too, while outdoor barn weddings could be more rustic. If there isn’t much decoration at all (say, if it’s just a simple set up with chairs), it might be better to choose something with some detail or texture in order to avoid looking overdressed.
If the wedding is being held somewhere outside—like a garden or beach—you’ll also want to take into account how warm it’ll likely be during that time of year. Choose something breathable for sunny days and warm temperatures, but keep in mind that chilly weather can sneak up on you even when the sun is out! Having a lightweight sweater or shawl handy will help keep you comfortable whatever happens with Mother Nature.
And finally, think about how late into the night your celebration will go: some people party until dawn, while others are winding down by 10 PM. It doesn’t necessarily have to affect your clothing choice as much as your shoe choice: do you need high heels if they’re going to come off after only a few hours?
If you’re going to be sitting during the ceremony and dancing at the reception, look for a pair of shoes that will allow you to do all these things comfortably.
- Look for a pair of shoes that will allow you to do all these things comfortably.
- Choose a heel height that will let you stand for extended periods of time (i.e. standing on your feet during the ceremony).
- Try flats if you are going to be sitting on the ground or dancing at the reception, but beware that they could get wet in case it rains.
- Consider wedges if heels aren’t an option; they may not be as comfortable as flats, but they’re still better than heels.
- You can wear boots with dresses and skirts too! Just make sure they’re not too tall or heavy-looking so they don’t overpower whatever else is going on in your outfit (like leather jackets).
Evening weddings are perfect for long gowns, but cocktail dresses can also work well if they suit the occasion.
For evening weddings that start around 6 p.m., a cocktail dress is almost always appropriate, especially if the invitation states “semi-formal” or “casual attire.” Cocktail dresses are versatile and can be worn to different formal events (whereas long dresses may only be appropriate for black-tie affairs). If you aren’t sure what type of dress to buy, opt for a cocktail dress—it’s safer than buying a long gown that may not meet the occasion.
Heavier fabrics like wool and velvet are great for winter weddings and can give your look an extra dose of sophistication. If you aren’t sure what length of cocktail dress to wear, knee-length tends to be the most popular choice; however, it can sometimes appear too juvenile or casual in nature. One option is purchasing two cocktail dresses: one with a shorter length and one with a longer length (midi-length). The shorter will work well at casual affairs while the longer will work well at fancier/more upscale events such as charity galas or wedding receptions. You can also purchase two different lengths so that you have options depending on what type of event you want to attend!
Accessories should complement your outfit rather than overpowering it—think simple jewelry pieces like stud earrings or an elegant necklace instead of bold patterns on clothing items like scarves. A clutch purse works well when carrying just essentials such as cash/credit cards but does not offer enough room for large items like cameras or cell phones so plan accordingly by bringing along one bag per person during travel time between venues!
If you’re planning on attending an evening wedding with friends and family members who are also attending this type of affair, keep in mind that everyone should wear their best outfits without overdressing themselves inappropriately for each other’s tastes; it’s important to think about how others might react before making any decisions about what clothes are acceptable during these types of occasions because people don’t want
If you’re not sure what kind of dress would be appropriate for an October wedding, you can’t go wrong with choosing a dress that’s comfortable and elegant.
If you’re not sure what kind of dress would be appropriate for an October wedding, you can’t go wrong with choosing a dress that’s comfortable and elegant. A chiffon-style halter dress would be ideal since it isn’t as heavy or restrictive as other fabrics. This style of dress is also widely available in various colors, so you have the option to choose from light pastels to dark jewel tones.
As we transition into fall, the weather gradually becomes cooler and wetter—so avoid linen and other lightweight materials like silk that don’t hold up well when dampened by dew or rain. If it rains on your wedding day and your chosen outfit is ruined, you’ll have nothing to wear and no way to dry it out quickly enough to save your look. Aim for dresses made with heavier fabrics (like cotton or wool) that are more water-resistant and won’t stain as easily if exposed to wet weather conditions.
Unless your favorite color happens to be black, this hue isn’t the best choice for autumnal weddings because of its association with death, mourning, and other negative customs. For a warmer alternative that still has a touch of elegance, consider burgundy or navy blue instead; these two shades both complement fall foliage while providing a chic contrast against vibrant autumn hues like orange and yellow.
When selecting accessories for an October wedding ensemble, remember: less is more! A bright scarf can add warmth without being too flashy—and if it gets chilly later in the evening, you’ll be glad you chose something lightweight instead of tightening up around yourself with bulky coats or sweaters (which are unsightly over dresses). Likewise for shoes: make sure whatever heels or flats match perfectly before leaving home so guests will focus their attention elsewhere during those all-important first dances.”
Let me be clear about this: I can’t tell you what to wear. I can’t dictate the color or cut of your dress, or what fabric it’s made from. What I do know is that, when attending a wedding as a guest, you should follow certain guidelines. Make sure your shoes will keep you comfortable throughout the day and night—no one wants to dance with someone stumbling around in stilettos because she’s more worried about how her feet look than how they feel. And make sure that jewelry matches the occasion—you don’t want people saying the bride was outshone by a diamond necklace (yes, this happened). In short: dress for comfort and elegance, not attention-grabbing intricacy or eye-popping extravagance.