White dresses are a traditional no-no at weddings for everyone but the bride.


Pippa Middleton and Naomi Campbell are probably the only people who can get away with these dresses.

This is what weddingchannel.com says about wearing white: “since the popularization of the white wedding dress in the mid-19th century, women have avoided wearing white to a wedding, so that the bride might uniquely shine in her white wedding gown. While this rule, like the ‘no black dresses’ rule, has since been rejected, a female guest should select carefully if she opts to wear white.”

To make white work on a wedding guest, it should be sufficiently different from a wedding gown. Avoid bridal details such as lace and ruffles (and absolutely no train), and spice it up with either tougher accessories, such as a worn leather belt, or colorful accents (either on the dress or the add-ons).

Here are a few of my favorite non-bridal, wedding-appropriate white dresses.


Vivienne Westwood, BCBGeneration, and  Marc by Marc Jacobs

Would you wear white to someone else’s wedding? Would you care if someone wore white to yours?