So, you’ve scored an invitation to a Quinceañera, but if it’s your first time attending one, you might be wondering what’s in store and what to wear to a Quinceañera to blend in with the rest of the partygoers.
Let’s dive into the exciting world of Quinceañeras and figure out your outfit game plan!
If you don’t know what a quinceañera is, it’s a Latin tradition for teenage girls very similar to a sweet sixteen party in American culture but instead of the birthday girl turning sixteen, she’s turning fifteen.
There will be plenty of dancing, food, and in general, a huge celebratory party.
Quinceañeras also tend to be very family-oriented with people of all age groups present to celebrate the birthday girl’s passage into adulthood.
There will often be live music, speeches, and surprise dances performed by the Quinceañera and her closest friends.
If you’re not sure what to wear to a Quinceañera, we’ve got you covered with all the details.
Quinceañera celebrations aren’t your average birthday party. So, the dress code is usually formal attire.
You could wear a long evening gown, a shorter cocktail dress, a two-piece dress, trousers or a skirt with a nice blouse to dress for the occasion.
When choosing your outfit, it may be helpful to ask about the dress code. We recommend keeping your hemline and neckline a bit more modest if you’re attending the religious ceremony before the reception.
What to wear to a Quinceañera? If the quinceañera you’re going to is taking place in someone’s home, you could dress a little more casually, like semi-formal.
A nice pair of skinny jeans, wedges or heels, and a pretty top should be enough or a boho-chic dress will also be appropriate without going overboard.
If the quinceañera is hosted at a reception hall, the keyword for fashion is “classy.” Rarely are Quinceañeras white-tie affairs, so there is no need for a floor-length, formal gown.
A dress nice enough to wear to an afternoon wedding would be appropriate to wear to the Quinceañera.
But, if the quinceañera is occurring during the late afternoon or evening, dressing up a bit more is recommended.
A knee-length or modest mini-dress and a pair of cute (yet comfortable) heels make an ideal ensemble.
Keep in mind that a quinceañeara is a birthday party, not a nightclub event. Showing off your legs is appropriate, but baring your midriff and cleavage is inappropriate.
Again if the quinceañeara is taking place in someone’s home, a nice pair of slacks, casual shoes (not sneakers) with a freshly pressed dress shirt are perfect for young men.
And if the quinceañera is hosted at a reception hall, men should be dressed in a sports coat, tie, dress pants, and freshly polished dress shoes.
So basically when it comes to men and young men it’s pretty simple, here are a few more suggestions.
You could wear a nice, darker colored suit and tie (or bowtie), a light-colored suit, if it’s the season, or if it’s just your thing!
Nice slacks or khakis & a button-down dress shirt is perfect for a semi-formal dress code.
If you absolutely have to wear a hat, make sure it’s a hat (fedora or similar) and not a baseball cap, and make sure not to wear the same exact colors as the court or guest of honor.
Also, don’t wear a tie that’s the same color as what the Chambelan (person who escorts the guest of honor) or members of the court will be wearing.
When it comes to children, it can be a little tricky. Remember, quinceañeras are family events.
Your kids will definitely see their cousins and you bet they’ll want to play and run around with them. So here are suggestions on what to wear to a quinceanera for kids.
They have to be comfortable clothes. Nice jeans and a dress shirt or slacks and a dress shirt is a perfect choice for boys. And a nice cute dress for the girls.
Overall, formal dress clothes work best, but if formal clothing isn’t available, just dress up as you see fit.
You may also want to bring extra clothes for the kids in case of any type of emergency like dropping tea, punch, or getting any type of sauce stain on their clothes.
When it comes to footwear, you have to stay comfortable, or wear your favorite heels and make sure to get a comfortable pair of shoes just in case.
Basically be prepared for a long night, and to stay focused on celebrating with the birthday girl.
If you’re wearing heels or wedges, you can choose whatever you want, but you have to be careful not to have them be too high.
To create a winning look, you can’t forget about the smaller details, like your accessories and hair.
Regarding your hairstyle, you can never go wrong with a chic updo.
Colorful and bold jewelry are great picks for a quinceañera!
Without drawing much attention away from the guest of honor, accessories can be fun ways of adding color.
This includes colorful jewelry like pearl necklaces, big earrings with gemstones, bracelets made out of beads or silver charm bracelets, and cute hair clips matching your dress’ color scheme if you’re wearing your hair down.
While you’re expected to dress to impress, here are a few things you should steer clear off.
Try not to wear an outfit that will compete with the birthday girl.
Most people wear ball gowns, but maybe the birthday girl will go for something simpler.
You can always ask her or her parents what she’s wearing to make sure you’ve dialed down your look.
On this day, all eyes should be on her.
Also, quinceañeras usually have a color theme. It may be white (to signify purity), or it may be very colorful.
We’ve seen all sorts of themes, from Monte Carlo to Under the Sea.
And each has a set of colors that guide the decorations, the court’s outfits, and perhaps even the birthday girl’s dress.
If you don’t know the theme, you should definitely ask! You want to avoid these colors.
Don’t worry, you have many others to choose from.
We hope you got inspired as to what to wear to a Quinceanera!
In the end, quinceañeras are a beautiful celebration, and it’s nice to have an event to dress up for.
You should definitely have fun with what you’re wearing, while letting the birthday girl have her moment, and remember to have fun!