Your Fall Wedding Outfit Cheat Sheet

Whether you're attending backyard nuptials or a City Hall ceremony.

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If you've got several save the dates—or, more likely, change of dates—stuck to your fridge, you're not alone: Fall wedding season is just around the corner. It's finally time to rekindle with family and friends IRL—in a fab fall-appropriate dress (opens in new tab) and a long-neglected pair of comfortable but chic heels, (opens in new tab) nonetheless. From colorful maxi gowns (opens in new tab) to shorter, dance-the-night-away outfits, try one of these wedding guest ensembles with elements that can be mixed and matched as you please.


The Dress Code: Black Tie Optional

Taking some liberties with a black tie dress code is a-OK in our style book. Opt for a fluttery maxi length gown that can be dressed up with sophisticated jewels and gold-flecked accessories.

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Chanel Couture Fall 2021

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The Dress Code: Tropical Destination Wedding

If you've traveled a long way to watch your friends tie the knot, you might as well look great doing so. Go for a whimsical print that will lend itself to the view. Accessorize with fun silhouettes and bold pops of color you can wear throughout the trip.

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Luisa Beccaria Fall 2021 Couture

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The Dress Code: Outdoor Soirée

Consider this your permission to show off some skin before the winter months have us swaddled in sweats (opens in new tab) again. For an outdoor wedding, lean into floral motifs and natural fabrics like linens and straw.

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Giambattista Valli Fall 2021 Couture

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The Dress Code: Courthouse Cool


Spend your afternoon at City Hall in a sophisticated separates look that you can incorporate into your wardrobe again and again. Get away with a darker hue by incorporating fun fabrics and florals that will read smart, yet celebratory.

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Fendi Couture Fall 2021

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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to.