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What Do You Wear to a Quinceañera as a Guest?

What to Wear to a Quinceañera – Are you stuck trying to figure out what to wear to a quinceañera? (Quinceañeras are also simply called Quinces). As certified wedding/event planners, we often work with many families to help them plan their events.

Besides the timeline, ceremonies, picking the right songs for each moment, and announcements, we often get asked about what females (and males) should wear to a quinceañera.

We also get many people who ask, “what do guests wear to quinceañeras? Are they very formal? Do we need to dress up in cocktail dresses or tuxedos?”

We’re going to cover all this in our ultimate guide! First, however, let’s explain what a quinceanera is.

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What to Wear to a Quinceañera, as a Female or Male Guest - Austin's Best DJs

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What is a Quinceañera?

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The other very popular question we get asked by many people, is “what is a quinceañera?” Basically, a Quinceanera is Spanish for a young girl who is turning 15. Quinceaneras are a big deal in the Hispanic & Latin cultures!

It’s more than just a party, it’s a cultural rite of passage that marks the transition from a girl into a young woman. For a more in-depth look at Quinceaneras (and Quinceañeros – the boy/male’s 15th birthday celebration) be sure to check out our article “What is a Quinceañera.” We included tons of info to help you learn about the history of quinceañeras, traditions, and more.

Quinces are a Big Deal

If you have never been to a Quinceañera, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16, or haven’t been, lately, then you wouldn’t know that they’re more and more becoming like “mini-weddings!”

The planning and preparation, the decor, the food, the outfits, and many other things, often take just as much time and effort as a wedding. With that being said, the “rules” for attire are similar to weddings. Let us explain.

General Quinceañera Guest Attire Rules

Generally speaking, anything you’d wear to a wedding is suitable to wear to a quinceanera or sweet. Here are some tips for females and males.

  • Don’t underdress! Leave the chanclas (flip flops) at home. 🙂
  • Don’t wear jeans, shorts, or tennis shoes (unless it’s an outdoor quinceanera, then you may be able to)
  • Try to not wear the same color(s) as the court dresses or the guest of honor (la Quinceañera).
  • Wear comfortable shoes ( or at least bring a pair of comfy shoes, since you may be dancing all night)

Okay, let’s get to some more specific Quinceanera attire for females and males!

What to Wear to a Quinceañera as a Female Guest?

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What to wear to a quince - females

Many people, both men, and women, often don’t know what to wear to a Quinceañera or a sweet 15/16. Many younger women will ask “what should I wear to a friend’s quinceañera?” Again, a quince and/or sweet 15/16 is similar to a wedding, so it’s a formal event. Here are some quince attire tips for females.

  • Formal dress (think fancy dress)
  • Cocktail dress
  • Maxi dress
  • Summer dress (if it’s the right season or it’s an outdoor event)
  • A Pencil Skirt (or a nice skirt) and a blouse
  • If you’re not into dresses, dressy/colored jeans should be okay

Again, consider the location, season, and whether it will be indoors or outdoors.

What to Wear to a Quinceañera as a Male Guest?

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what to wear to quince - males

Typically, conventional suggestions for men are to wear formal attire, as well. Let’s get into some suggestions on what to wear to a quinceanera as a male guest, now.

  • 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
  • If you absolutely have to wear a hat, make sure it’s a hat (fedora or similar) and not a baseball cap
  • Be sure to not wear the same exact colors as the court or guest of honor
  • 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.

That’s basically it for the male guests. We have seen males wear jeans or colored jeans, especially if it’s a western-themed Quince!

Next, let’s talk about our final guests, the kids!

What Should Kids Wear to a Quinceañera?

When it comes to kids, answering the question of “what to wear to a quinceanera” can be tricky. Remember, quinceaneras 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.

  • Comfortable clothes (they’ll be running around and dancing)
  • Nice jeans and a dress shirt
  • A nice dress
  • Slacks and a dress shirt

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. Every time we do a quince, at least one or two kids drop tea, punch, or get BBQ sauce stains on their clothes. haha

Overall Quince Suggestions

Remember, deciding what to wear to a quinceañera is not too complicated. There’s no need to go out and buy a fancy suit or tuxedo. Just dress up as you would dress to a wedding, or perhaps going to church. If you follow this rule, you’ll certainly be dressed appropriately.

If you’re looking for what to wear to your quinceanera, read our article the perfect dress for a quinceanera!

We’re Austin’s #1 Quinceañera DJs!

When it comes to Quinceañera, we’ve got Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas covered. We are the #1 Sweet 15, Sweet 16, and Quinceañera DJs in the Austin area. As certified wedding/event planners, we’ll also gladly help you plan your quince, sweet 15, or Sweet 16.

We have also created our helpful forms to make planning your quinceañera or Sweet, (as well as weddings and any event) easy for you to do! We cover every key moment from the beginning of the day (starting with hair and makeup, and decorations), until the last song of the night.

Check out our quinceañera planning timeline article and free, downloadable form, to help you plan the big day! We hope this article has been helpful. Now, you know exactly what to wear to a quinceanera! 🙂 As always, contact us with any questions and we’ll be happy to help!

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Jason Alexander Rubio

Jason has a Master's of Education (MEd), and a Master's of Public Affairs (MPAff). and has been in the DJ field for over 2 decades as a DJ, nightclub owner, radio show DJ/host, bar/club DJ, concert & festival organizer/promoter, and is the co-founder and owner of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Radio DJ Drops, Rent Letters Now, and Quince Expos.Jason is also a certified wedding/event planner and has written articles/been featured in The NY Times, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Bustle, Disc Jockey News, DJ Times, DJNTV, The DJ Insider, Mobile Beat, My Wedding Songs, Fox Business News, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, and Wedding Planner Magazine.Jason also published his book "Succeeding in the Wedding Business," in January of 2023. He currently writes all of the wedding/event planning tips and blogs to help everyone plan their event, successfully!