Look of the Week: Is wearing all-white to a wedding ever acceptable, a la Lana Del Rey?

Few social situations will generate a more passionate discussion than wedding guest etiquette. Should dresses always reach the floor? Do people think plunging necklines to be inappropriate? The most frequent query, arguably, is: Do you ever wear white?

Since 2014, Google queries concerning whether or not to wear white as a wedding guest have climbed by 46% on average per June. Numerous opinion pieces on the contentious attire choice have appeared online, some written by enraged brides who felt upstaged and others by vanguard attendants who defended their choice.


The controversy erupted over the weekend when singer Lana Del Rey showed up in a white and pink minidress to the celebrated wedding of actress Margaret Qualley and Rey’s music producer Jack Antonoff. Rey arrived at the Long Island Beach wedding on Saturday wearing a LoveShackFancy white halter-neck dress with a pink flower motif and white lace trim. Zoe Kravitz, Taylor Swift, and Cara Delevigne were also in attendance. Along with a white cardigan, a baby blue Prada Re-Edition 2005 Nylon micro bag, and blush-hued LemonJelly platform slides, she accessorized the outfit.

Although I adore you, Lana, you must not wear white to a wedding. One user on X, formerly known as Twitter, wrote this. Another person added in, “Wearing white to her friend’s wedding she truly doesn’t give a damn.” Although many people were upset, others liked Rey’s brazen disregard for conservative clothing codes: “She doesn’t give a f***, love her.”

Weddings are one of the remaining occasions in our mainly secular western society where ancient customs and superstitions still flourish. Some people believe wearing all-red clothing to a wedding ceremony and triangulation between the groom and bride, while others say wearing black to a wedding symbolizes bringing ill luck to the newlyweds.

Some couples opt to capitalize on the raging controversy, as was the case with Tish Cyrus, the mother of singer-songwriters Miley and Noah Cyrus, who wed Australian actor Dominic Purcell in Malibu on Saturday. The bridesmaids wore floor-length light blue gowns that were just a few shades darker than Cyrus’ bridal attire, while the groomsmen matched Purcell’s suit in similar white button-down shirts.

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