When attending an engagement party, make sure that you check the dress code. You can usually find this on the invitation, but if not, consider asking your host. Dress codes make it easier to decipher what to wear to the occasion and help give you an idea of what others will be wearing, so you don’t feel out of place. If you choose to ignore a dress code, you may be insulting your host, so it’s always best to dress accordingly. Most engagements typically have a cocktail dress code, calling for dresses at, or slightly above, knee-length and high heels. If your party states a different dress code, however, such as semi-formal or dressy-casual, you may need to dress up or down accordingly. Use this helpful dress code guide to find out the general styles that you should be wearing.
Deciding what dresses best for an engagement really depends on the location, time of year and weather, and how formal it will be. Most engagement parties typically adhere to a cocktail dress code, which means men usually opt for suits and dress shirts or smart pants with a button-down shirt. Women can wear a tea-length dress, a midi dress, or a short but well-fitted dress. You are also not as restricted in colors and patterns as you are for a wedding.
Most engagement parties have a cocktail dress code, and although you want to look amazing, try not to overdress, as this may make you feel awkward or out of place. You do not want to wear anything too short or too revealing and do not pick shoes that are uncomfortable and that you cannot walk in. Always pay attention to the dress code and consider the weather.
Engagement Party Outfit Ideas for the Bride.
When the engagement party is your own, it can be both easier and harder to plan your outfit. On one hand, you’re the one choosing the venue, theme and dress code, and can choose whatever you want to wear. On the other hand, what you wear will set the tone for what others will wear, and people will be expecting your outfit to be the best of the night.
Our advice is to pick something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Choose an outfit that reflects your personality and the personality of your engagement party. Whether you want traditional white or something with a little more colour, if the dress feels right to you, go for it. It’s your engagement after all!
Engagement Party Outfit Ideas for Guests.
As an engagement party guest, you want to look amazing, but not quite as amazing as you will on the actual wedding day. As most engagements specify cocktail attire, choose a fun dress, that is equal parts polish and party. Try to steer away from white unless you know for a fact that the bride-to-be isn’t wearing it. Black, on the other hand, is fair game and can make an elegant choice for an evening event. Just remember, it’s a celebration, not a business conference, so try to have some fun with your outfit. Prints, bold block colours and playful accessories can all be great choices for injecting some energy into your party outfit. Speaking of energy, make sure yours doesn’t drain too quickly with painful shoes. Plan for a long night (or day) of circulating the room and dancing your heart out with comfortable yet fashionable footwear.