What To Wear To Your Engagement Party

January 21, 2016 by Linda DiProperzio
shefinds | Weddings

The first chance you’ll have to celebrate your upcoming nuptials is the engagement party. And since you’ll be center of attention, you want to make sure you pick the right outfit that will wow both your guests and your groom. Whether you’re buying a new dress or going through what you already own, here are some tips to make sure your ring isn’t the only thing sparkling at this event.

Determine your party style. Most engagement celebrations have a cocktail party vibe, but you and your fiancé might decide to do something a bit more laid-back, like a backyard barbeque. Or maybe you want something very formal, like a sit-down dinner at a country club. So before you start shopping, figure out what kind of soiree you want.

Showcase your personal love of fashion. You likely haven’t planned anything for the wedding yet, so you don’t have to worry about your dress fitting in with a particular theme or color scheme. Feel free to let the dress express your personal style. Whether it’s vintage, boho or ultra-glam, choose an outfit that works for you. And you don’t even have to wear a dress–Amal Clooney wore floral shorts to her super casual engagement party.

Pick a color. If you want to follow tradition, opt for a white, ivory or cream frock–it is customary for the bride to wear those hues to the engagement party. But if you want to save that for the wedding day, feel free to choose any color or print that suits your style. For a daytime event, a floral or bold-colored dress would look pretty, while a simple black sheath always works well for an evening affair. You can then dress it up with some colorful jewels or shoes.

Take a knee. You can’t go wrong with a dress that hits right above or at the knee. A mini dress might be too uncomfortable to move in during the event, and you’ll probably want to save the long, dramatic gown for the wedding reception.

Feel free to get fitted. Since you’ll probably want to go with more ladylike silhouettes for the wedding weekend, the engagement party is the perfect time to wear something a bit more fitted to show off your curves. Just remember to keep it classy since your in-laws and older relatives will be in attendance.

Keep it comfortable. You don’t want the dress to be so tight that you can’t move in it. You’ll need to mix and mingle with guests, and maybe even dance, so make sure it’s an outfit you feel comfortable in.

Don’t over accessorize. The most important accessory is on your left ring finger, so there’s no need to overdo it with a lot of accessories. Choose one other statement piece (a necklaces, earrings, etc.) and then keep the rest of your look simple.

Try some embellishments. Instead of finding the perfect accessories, let the dress do all the work for you. Choose a frock with embellishments, embroidery or even a cool design so that you can keep your jewelry to the bare minimum (some small earrings and your engagement ring).

Wear neutral nail polish. You don’t want anything to distract from your new sparkler, so keep your nails simple. This is not the time for crazy designs and neon colors.

For more wedding tips, check out what to wear to the rehearsal dinner and 11 items every newlywed couple should have in their home.

[Photo: Cheetah Is The New Black]


Linda DiProperzio is a weddings expert and freelance writer based in New York.

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