It's her party and you can't wear what you want to—just kidding! In most cases, you totally can rock what you want at your BFF's bachelorette party (within reason, of course). However, oftentimes there are some bachelorette party dress code rules, like being required to sport those matching tees the maid of honor bought. So for brides, guests, and hostesses, here are a few style rules to take into consideration when planning or attending your next bachelorette party.
Avoid All-White Everything
Remember that it's customary for the bride to wear white at her bachelorette, so do everyone a solid and leave your white-on-white outfits at home, urges Jessica Janik, founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid. A little black dress, on the other hand, is the perfect party style pick.
Meet the Expert
- Jessica Janik is the founder and owner of the bridal concierge company The Invisible Bridesmaid, where she assists brides with everything pre-wedding.
- Jen Glantz is the founder of Bridesmaids For Hire and the author of "All My Friends Are Engaged" and "Always a Bridesmaid for Hire."
Don't Try to Get All Matchy-Matchy
Professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz of Bridesmaid For Hire tells us her number one bachelorette party style rule is that you shouldn't try to match each other head to toe. "Instead, have one matching item between the crew, whether it's t-shirts/headbands or even tote bags and then let each bridesmaid style the rest of her outfit to fit her personality," she says.
Dressing up in coordinated outfits or getting the same shirt for everyone to wear during the bach with the couple's wedding hashtag on it can be a blast, but be sure to keep in mind any guest limitations, advises Janik. "Not everyone is the same size or feels comfortable in the same type of clothing. So most importantly, whoever is planning the party should talk to the bride and see what she is most comfortable in and what she thinks everyone would be most comfy with since she knows her girls best, and you might not know everyone as well as she does."
Go With the Flow
As a guest of the bachelorette party, it's important to go with the flow and wear that silly hat or bachelorette party-themed t-shirt without pouting about it. Now, if you have major issues with the "dress code" or are completely uncomfortable with it, feel free to say something to the host.
Keep It Classy
You don't have to dress in the tightest, skimpiest outfit just because it's a bachelorette, says Janik. If anything, because this is a wedding-related event, there's going to be more attention paid from the bride's family members and older wedding attendees on social media, and you really don't want the groom's grandmother judging you for that itsy, bitsy bandage dress. "While it may be tempting to rock that too-short skirt, think twice before you go out in an outfit you might regret the next day or in pictures."