What to Wear to a Wedding Reception

‘Tis the season of weddings! Actually, that’s every season, from the perfect summery ceremony to a winter wonderland, which means it’s never too soon to plan your wedding reception/ceremony look. Early planning means less stress once the date rolls around and more time to focus your attention on finding the couple the perfect gift. But, figuring out what to wear to a wedding reception can leave you standing in front of your closet for hours on end—and that’s where we come in.

Finding the perfect reception look depends, of course, on the location and time of year of the event. Is it outdoors? Is it indoors? And will it take place in the summer, spring, fall, or winter? Once you narrow that down, you’ll feel less overwhelmed with your options. And while each season/occasion calls for slightly different pieces, there are a handful of things to always keep in mind: Don’t wear a white dress, stick with sleek and comfortable shoes, and opt for a compact clutch. Ahead, shop our roundup of wedding-reception essentials for women.