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If the dress code calls for “festive attire,” expect to see at least one guest in shorts. Of course, we’re not talking about cutoffs or Daisy Dukes, but rather a formal, tailored pair like Dior version.
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Modern etiquette dictates it’s okay to show up to your friend’s big day in something like Jordana Brewster’s Camilla and Marc dress, but we have to wonder if the bride would consider you an ex-friend after that.
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A CROP TOP
Why bring a plus-one when you can bring plus-four or six in the form of your abs? Ashley Tisdale proves that showing a sliver of skin can look classy if the pieces are sophisticated (both her top and maxi are by The Hellers).
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A SUUUUPER-SHORT MINI
Wear a skirt like Balmain one and instead of everyone saying, “Look at the adorable couple,” it’ll be, “Look at the hot couple … of legs.”
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A CRAZY-BOLD PRINT
Bridesmaids tend to get stuck with monochromatic ensembles right down to the shoes, but one of the many benefits of not being in the wedding party is getting to show up in a look as out-there as Bella Thorne’s patterned Kate Ermilio two-piece.
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Let’s just put it this way: If you end up in the chair during the Horah or breakdancing at the after-party, it’s probably preferable to be wearing pants (Gabrielle Union’s onesie is Bec & Bridge) as opposed to a flowy gown or mini.
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When you’re slow dancing with your date, all everyone’s going to see is your rear view, not the front of your dress. Which is what makes a gown similar to Olivia Wilde’s Valentino design so appealing.
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A PLUNGING NECKLINE
Sure, the single woman who catches the bouquet may get hitched that year, but the single woman who wears a dress like Lena Dunham’s Saint Laurent halter will probably get a boyfriend that night.
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Guys wear tuxedos to weddings so why can’t ladies? We love that Carey Mulligan bends the rules by donning a Victoria Beckham pantsuit (with a cape!) to a formal event.