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What to wear to a wedding of a different culture

Wedding style can be difficult to nail at the best of times, but we've got your back.

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There are already so many rules about what you can and can't wear to a wedding in Australia. So when we tell you to throw all those rules out the window when it comes to dressing for weddings from other cultures, we bet you're going to have your concerns.

Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our top picks for what to wear to different cultural weddings.

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Japanese wedding outfit ideas

The most important advice for what to wear to a Japanese wedding is to avoid the colour white, as that is strictly reserved for the bride and groom.

Dresses should hit just below the knee in a midi length, and should not expose your shoulders. If you've got a perfect dress that does expose your shoulders, wearing a scarf or shawl around them is sufficient. Besides, it may dress it up a bit!

Colour-wise you'll want to stick to plain block colours rather than prints, and shoes should be closed in and preferably black. It's recommended you wear stockings matching your natural skin tone if you wear a dress.

Unlike a lot of countries, it's not frowned upon for women to wear black to a Japanese wedding, however there are plenty of options if you'd rather explore with colour.

Where to buy: THE ICONIC, ASOS and Missguided.


Indian wedding outfit ideas

Indian weddings are some of the brightest and most colourful weddings around, so feel free to go bold with your colour scheme. All you need to ensure is that you avoid three key colours: white, black and red.

White and black are traditionally mourning colours and are worn to funerals, so wearing them to a wedding is inappropriate, while red is generally a colour that the bride wears.

Other notes are to avoid baring your shoulders, and where possible try to wear traditional dress like saris, especially during the ceremony itself.

When choosing shoes and accessories, the two are polar opposites. Try not to worry too much about your shoes as you likely won't be wearing them for long, but jewellery is a must and you can have a bit of fun with layers.

Where to buy: Showpo, ASOS and Forever New.


Chinese wedding outfit ideas

Good news for all those with a complexion that suits warmer tones, because pinks, oranges and peach colours are all highly recommended when choosing an outfit for a Chinese wedding.

Similarly to Indian weddings, the main colours to avoid are red (don't upstage the bride!), black and white.

Black and white are colours of mourning so it would be considered impolite and bad luck to wear them to a Chinese wedding.

If you're looking to accessorise with jewellery, gold is best as it symbolic of wealth and fortune, and is a typical Chinese accent colour.

Length-wise you should be fine with a midi-length dress, however it's best to check with the individual couple as some weddings may be more traditional than others and could require longer lengths.

Where to buy: Showpo, Missguided and Net-a-Porter.


Greek wedding outfit ideas

We've all seen the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but when attending a Greek Orthodox wedding it's actually best to err on the side of conservative when choosing your dress or attire.

Most Greek Orthodox weddings are held in a church, so it's important to be respectful in your outfit choice with the understanding that you should look modest without too much skin showing.

If you're tossing up over a dress or pant suit, opt for the former. It's considered inappropriate for women to wear pants within church and would be regarded as a sign of disrespect.

Colour-wise there are fewer restrictions than a lot of other cultures. Experiment with colour in a longer, flowing dress and keep your makeup simple and neutral without going overboard.

A muted colour palette is easiest to wear and is guaranteed to impress.

Where to buy: Showpo, ASOS and BNKR.


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