Q&A: What to Wear to a Casual Wedding in the South

May 4th, 2007

Q:  I am attending a wedding in South Carolina in May. The wedding is supposed to take place outside and it was requested that the dress be casual. Help!

Playa Tank Dress at J CrewA:  Even though the requested dress is "casual," we’d still recommend wearing a dress or a skirt-blouse combination. We have three casual wedding style tips for you:

1. Because the wedding is both casual and outdoors, we’d recommend wearing a short dress–but no overtly sexy styles, since it is a wedding.  Try strappy or halter styles instead. 

2. Since the wedding is in May, bright colors are not only on-trend but also seasonally appropriate.

3. Lastly, since the South tends to be a bit more formal, we’d recommend bringing a cardigan for some extra coverage.

Here’s three dresses to get you started:

(Pictured) Playa Tank Dress | $250 at J Crew
A figure flattering empire-waist dress is dressed up with a seasonally appropriate bright yellow color.

BCBG Max Azria ‘Penny Dot’ Dress | $158 at Nordstrom 
A bright graphic dotted print spices up a matte jersey babydoll dress.

Generra Tie Back Dress | $161 at Shopbop
This halter dress features figure flattering ruching at the (empire) waistline and a comfortable above-the-knee hemline.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rachel  |  May 4th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Anthropologie also has a lot of cool, colorful dresses under $250 this season!

  • 2. Trisha  |  May 4th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Rachel!

  • 3. Merrylyn  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I’m the mother of the bride to be. What should I wear to a very small, simple outdoor wedding to take place about 11:00 am in April? It will be held at a pricey restaurant, so I don’t want to be too casual, but not too dressy either?

    Thanks, I appreciate your help.

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