I’m proud to announce that I’ve finally mastered Spanish wedding attire. On the other hand, I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me so long. With a closet full of American dresses, I suppose I’ve been in denial that my guiri gear just isn’t up to Spanish wedding snuff. Clearly it’s not, and mostly I’ve spent a few years looking like a foolish foreigner.
Awhile back, Jamie posted a handy survival guide for Spanish weddings to, among other things, help us avoid mid-fiesta fatigue and overdoing it on alcohol. But because I’m a slave to la moda española, I thought it might also be helpful to spread the wedding-garb gospel. So with that, a list of do’s and don’ts so that you, my fellow extranjeras, don’t commit a fashion faux pas at your next Spanish boda:
Do wear long dresses during fall and winter weddings or to night weddings if it will be fresquito.
Don’t wear short dresses during cooler months without nylons or tights. If you do, be prepared to address a barrage of Spaniards interrogating you about how cold you must be.
Do rock a fascinator, but be sure to take into consideration what time of day the wedding is. Daytime weddings call for larger fascinators or even hats, while smaller tocados are appropriate for evening events. At some weddings the look is a fashion staple, while at others hardly anyone embraces the trend – in the end, it’s perfectly acceptable to go fascinator-free.
Don’t wear a dress that could easily double for church-wear or dinner out with friends. While some dresses do have cross-over potential, in general, it’s safe to assume if your dress is casual enough to wear to Sunday brunch, it’s too casual for a Spanish wedding.
Do bring a shawl to cover up or keep warm because it’s going to be a lonnnggg night.
Don’t use just any old handbag. Make sure you have an outfit-appropriate clutch or cocktail purse.
GG Tip: Old bridesmaids dresses make for the perfect Spanish wedding attire. Style up the look with a tocado, and no one will even know you’re a guiri (unless you’re blonde and apparently have “I’m an American tattooed on your forehead” like me).
Now who’s getting married? I’ve got all the gear and need some weddings to go to.