What to wear to a fall wedding?

AUTUMN can be the perfect time for a wedding: it’s not too hot, not yet freezing, and your dress choices are all extremely flattering.

We’ve rounded up the ultimate guide to what to wear to a fall wedding below, along with some tips on fashion mistakes to avoid.


Fall weddings are usually the perfect temperature for indoor or outdoor ceremoniesCredit: Getty

What to wear to a fall wedding?

What to wear to a fall wedding depends on several factors.

First, there is the climate in which you will attend the wedding.

Then there is the place itself.

You also need to consider the mood of the couple getting married.

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Finally, there is the wedding dress code.

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Regardless of these factors, however, here are the ways to pull off the fall wedding look:

  • Wear jewel tones: think fuchsia, emerald, teal and plum
  • Vibrate with nature: take inspiration from the evolution of leaves and opt for burnt orange, yellow or a brown color
  • Play with patterns: Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean there aren’t patterns you can optimize
  • Accessorize: Unless your dress is already busy with patterns, you’ll want to accessorize a plain dress with some fun and funky jewelry.
  • Wear the right shoes: If the wedding you’re attending is indoors or fancier, consider slingback heels or stilettos to pull together your look; whether it’s outdoors or casual, consider fashionable boots
  • Play with textures: Whether it’s an unexpected leather jacket over a satin dress or a fur wrap around a patterned dress, playing with textures can be a fun way to mix them up this season.
  • Wear layers: tights or stockings are usually a good choice, as are shawls and jackets

In addition to nailing the fall look, here are some wedding guest don’ts:

  • Don’t just throw a jacket over a sundress and assume it’ll be fine
  • Don’t wear off-white just because it’s trendy; it’s still white
  • Do not wear pastels or other spring or summer colors
  • Do not wear open-toed sandals if you are going to wear tights or stockings
  • Don’t wear a denim jacket unless it’s a casual wedding

What are the different wedding dress codes?

Black or formal tie: Men should wear tuxedos and women should wear their fanciest dresses

Optional black tie: Dark suits for men and women must wear cocktail dresses (long dresses are acceptable)

A good example of an optional black toe outfit for a woman


A good example of an optional black toe outfit for a womanCredit: Getty

Semi-formal or cocktail: Men must wear suits with jackets and ties, and women must wear cocktail dresses

Casual: Always dressed but without all the rules of the looks above; think church attire or slightly nicer.

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