Dress for a Spring Wedding

Dressing appropriately for a spring wedding requires you to consider the formality of the event as well as the often-fluctuating spring temperatures. Strike the right balance and select a venue-appropriate look that keeps you comfortably cool on warm spring afternoons and sufficiently warm on crisp spring nights. Both men and women can find suitable spring wedding attire that leaves them feeling comfortable, confident and celebratory.

Several factors will dictate the type of outfit you should wear to a spring wedding. Check out the wedding invitation or couple’s wedding website for these details.

Event time An earlier event time calls for more casual attire. Casual spring attire is more appropriate for an afternoon wedding than an evening affair.

Venue The wedding location can also give you insight into the event’s formality. For example, guests can dress more casually for an afternoon wedding on the beach than a country club wedding in the evening.

Dress code Check the invitation for a dress code. Black-tie required or optional, for example, calls for men to wear a tuxedo and women to wear floor-length or cocktail dresses. The dress code can clue you in to the formality of the occasion.

While black-tie and formal spring weddings do not give men much flexibility in their wardrobe choices, semi-formal and casual events give men many attire options. Wear soft pastel colors, offering a seasonal twist on the classic suit. For instance, you may opt for a light suit paired with a pastel shirt — think yellow, pink or light blue. A gingham or plaid coordinating tie in pastels completes this springtime look.

At more casual spring weddings, select a pair of khaki pants, a white or pastel button-down shirt and a comfortable pair of topsides for a seasonally appropriate look. A classic navy blazer can add warmth when spring temperatures dip.

Women have an array of choices when dressing for spring weddings. **At black-tie and formal occasions, choose floor-length gowns or cocktail dresses that hit around the knees.

Embrace color for spring weddings, choosing hues of aqua, powder pink or seafoam green. Showcasing these colors is most appropriate for daytime spring weddings, as evening affairs are often decidedly more formal. For these occasions, go with a deep lavender, navy or wine-colored dress.

Semi-formal and casual spring weddings call for a flattering cocktail dress, such as a shift dress. A floral or abstract pattern that is rich in soft pastels is appropriate for both the formality of the occasion and the season. For casual occasions, cotton dresses are ideal, as is the maxi dress, which covers the legs when cool spring breezes blow in.

Women attending spring weddings should bring a layer to prepare for potentially changing temperatures. Drape a soft pashmina over the shoulders after the sun sets. Simple cardigans also pair well with spring dresses and deliver the extra warmth you need on crisp evenings. Men can layer with lightweight blazers.

While men will wear classic close-toed shoes in neutral shades of black and brown, women have more options for spring weddings. Again, consider temperatures when selecting shoes. A pair of classic black or nude pumps complement many spring dresses and keep the toes warm. On a warm spring day, open-toe heels and sandals are perfectly appropriate for more casual affairs.

What Do You Wear on the First Day of Spring

The first day of spring, between March 19 and 23, has always been an opportunity to unveil a new look. Wear something adaptable to the notoriously fickle March weather and be sure to turn heads on a sunny day or a rainy one.

Color Palette

Bright colors are perennially popular to wear on the first day of spring; according to fashion color guru Pantone, stylish new colors include turquoise, light coral, yellow and violet.

Dress Types

Floral prints are always suitable for spring. Try a gorgeous printed chiffon mini-dress in complimentary colors like turquoise or dark blue, paired with a neutral-colored short jacket. Or try an ombre-dyed, flowy maxi dress with a slouchy sweater.

Shoe Options

Let your winter boots do double duty by swinging into spring with them; pair tall leather boots with a short dress or a pair of neutral-colored shorts. Or if you want to go bare-legged, cutout wedges or cage heels let just enough skin peek through.

Potential for Neutrals

White is popular in warmer weather, but be sure it doesn’t look too harsh. Try a white, textured jacket with cropped cotton pants in another neutral. Pink champagne is a new neutral that can take the place of gray or tan. Add a pop of a bright color in a belt or set of bangles.


The first day of spring is a time to celebrate; so put on an elegant wide-brimmed hat in felt or straw. And don’t forget a turquoise, tomato-red or yellow cotton trench coat to keep you stylish no matter what spring throws at you.