Dress Code: Garden Formal

Let's be honest for a second. The way most wedding guests dress-up could be awfully boring. And for sure a lot of people will be defensive about this. There's no time, there's more important things to do and think of, there's more pressing things we need to spend on, and the wedding is a bride's day, no need to steal her thunder and wear something that's attention-grabbing.

And yet somehow other people manage to dress better without necessarily spending a lot on an outfit. They just simply have more fun and are more confident with it.  Being invited to a wedding is an honor. Some couples (and even parents) take the guest list very seriously, carefully selecting each person that will receive an invite, weighing out pros and cons, and calculating and re-calculating the cost to invite each person.   So when you show-up wearing jeans, looking disheveled, or donning a recycled entourage gown, it can feel like you took the invite for granted. That you can't even be bothered to make an effort.

But on the other hand, the reason why some guests don't make an effort is because they just don't know what else to wear to a wedding or they think there's only one kind of gown or suit that's appropriate for a wedding. But that's not necessarily the case.

So we've partnered with fashion stylist KC Leyco-Mempin (Miss Kayce) to conceptualize wedding outfit ideas that go beyond the usual entourage looking gowns, the usual infinity dress, and typical menswear. This is going to be a 5-part series and the first one we have here are tips on what to wear to a garden wedding.

Styling Tips from Miss Kayce:

No need to go full-on floral unless the dress code specifies. Some brides want their wedding guests to go full floral on their outfits because it livens up the venue and their photos. But if it isn't required, what do you wear to a garden formal wedding? I suggest choosing a long gown or evening dress in a soft, flowy fabric, with subtle garden prints like minimal abstract florals or water color florals.

As for the gentlemen, I know not all men would like to wear floral prints on their shirts-- much more on their suits. Only the very few brave and fashion adventurous would do so. So I recommend the use of accessories with floral or tropical hints. Take for example in this photo set, a grey suit with white mandarin collar shirt looks garden fresh yet still formal and polished. The floral accent was through the use of a pocket square. If your shirt has a collar you can go for a floral tie or bow tie. Use the floral or tropical print as the highlight or accent of your whole ensemble.

UP NEXT: What to wear to a Black Tie Wedding

On KC: Printed feathers long gown by Christine Lam; Nudist heels with tassel black from Kara Zapatos

On Jmie: Custom grey suit from MLCK and white mandarin collar dress shirt model's own; Floral pocket square from OTAA; black captoe oxford from Black Wing


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Venue: Hotel 1925, Lipa (IG: hotel1925lipa)

Styling by Miss Kayce (IG: misskayce)

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Christine Lam
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