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Style SOS: What do I wear to a Zoom wedding?

Style SOS: What do I wear to a Zoom wedding?

"I'm attending a Zoom wedding next month, and I’m at a complete loss as to what to wear. Any tips?" Samuel via Facebook

Remember when wedding season meant driving or flying or boating to some taffeta-adorned venue and doing the Electric Slide into the wee hours? You might not have been able to predict if rain would ruin the outdoor nuptials or if some distant relative would say something cringe-worthy, but you could depend on wearing a suit and tie or a tuxedo and looking the part. Oh how times have changed. Weddings in recent months have been about walking to your sofa, turning on your computer, and becoming one of many guests in a tiny square on a Zoom screen. Suddenly wedding dress codes have been turned upside down. 

If you've scored an invite to this very 2020 event, you might be thinking that people will barely be able to see what you’re wearing, so no need to make an effort, right? Unfortunately, no. For the sake of the bride and groom (and your personal pride), you’ll want to put some thought into what you log on to your Zoom wedding in. The good news is you don’t have to fuss with your smart shoes and socks – or even put on smart trousers if you position the Zoom camera strategically, but you will want to make an effort on the upper half of your look. 

If the couple have given you any wardrobe guidelines, feel free to adhere to those, otherwise, we suggest going with a shirt and tie. When choosing yours, try and avoid your standard work attire and dip into your special occasion assortment. As it’s summer, why not opt for a pastel tie or a fun paisley or dotted pattern? It’ll show the bride and groom you put in effort for their big day and be a welcome flash of colour on the Zoom screen. If you’re nervous about looking underdressed, have a suit jacket or blazer at the ready and throw it on if that seems to be the vibe. And just because you’re on a remote call, doesn’t give you the excuse not to iron or press your outfit – the discerning eye can spot a wrinkle even on a video call. (Especially if your mum is invited.) 

Words: Allison Pavlick
Illustration: Ryan Gillett