Whether you’re an old fashioned romantic or someone who cringes at the words ‘love at first sight’, sooner or later you’ll end up at a wedding. You might be a bridesmaid, family or even someone else’s plus one – whatever the situation is, there is no better excuse than a wedding when it comes to treating yourself to a new outfit. Wedding guest dresses come in all kinds of colours and styles – just because it isn’t your special day doesn’t mean you can’t feel amazing.
You need something special enough to stand out, but not so out there that you upstage the bride (unless you live for drama). Your outfit needs to pass the ‘would I wear this in front of grandma’ test and potentially the ‘would I wear this in front of a vicar’ test too. The ideal outfit is comfy enough to wear all day long and won’t split in half when you throw shapes on the dancefloor after your third (let’s be honest, sixth) glass of prosecco.
Whether you plan to spend the event dancing, drinking or having a little cry (or all three), we have what you need to be the best dressed wedding guest.
Wedding Guest Dresses For Summer
Midi Wedding Guest Dresses: You Can’t Go Wrong with a Midi
When it comes to length, the majority of weddings are not the place for your favourite mini dress. You might have a cracking pair of legs, but save them for your next girls night out. Knee length, midi and maxi styles are the most universally appropriate for weddings, whether you’re at registry office, a beach or a place of worship. Some people may feel uncomfortable wearing a maxi dress – this is a style traditionally associated with brides – which is why a midi dress is such a good option. This navy midi dress is a great example something which is both classy and special. The colour and length are smart enough for a formal event, but the sheer lace sleeves and bodycon fit make it a great piece to dance the night away in too.
Midi dresses also make great wardrobe staples because they work well at weddings all year round, regardless of the weather. Not too cold in winter and not too warm for summer, midi dresses will see you through the year – perfect if you don’t fancy buying a new dress for every special occasion you’re attending.
Patterned Wedding Guest Dresses: Don’t Be Afraid Of Prints
Dresses for wedding guests don’t have to be boring – weddings are the perfect time to express yourself (within reason). Prints are a great way to stand out amongst other guests and mean that you don’t need to worry about buying loads of accessories – the dress does all the talking. That said, what’s a wedding without a fascinator?
Florals look pretty and are particularly suitable for spring and summer weddings, however, florals with a darker base colour also look lovely in the colder months. Prints such as these are effortlessly feminine and need only minimal extras – barely there heels, plain jewellery and simple clutch bags.
Think animal print is only appropriate for a night out on the town? Think again! Subtle animal prints in neutral colours look special but aren’t visually overwhelming. In fact, a understated animal print is perfect for looking on-trend without being attention grabbing. As with floral prints, pair animal print dresses with neutral colours and/or simple styles of accessory.
Bold Wedding Guest Dresses: Colour Is Your Best Friend
Hot weather and bright colours are a match made in heaven – so embrace them! If you’re heading to a wedding abroad it’s a great chance to experiment with shades that you might usually consider a tad too bright.
No colour is off limits so try something you wouldn’t usually and surprise yourself. Bright colours also mean that you don’t run the risk of matching the bride! Styles that are sleeveless as well as colourful are great for summer weddings, whether you’re in the UK or chasing the sun abroad.
If you’re not a lover of colour and more comfortable in black, then consider navy dress your knight in shining armour. It’s a shade that never goes out of style and is effortlessly chic.
Wedding Guest Dresses For Winter
Long Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses: Sleeves are Lifesavers
Imagine the scenario: a winter wedding in an ancient church, country house or registry office. The high ceilings, the drafts, the chilly pews – it makes you feel cold just thinking about it. Whilst you can pile on layer of coats and shawls, there is nothing like feeling warm in the first place. Weddings also generally involve a lot of standing and waiting – how can you hold your prosecco with your arms crossed to keep warm? Goose bumps are never a good look, especially when pictures are being taken.
Wedding guest dresses with long sleeves are a must-have if you’re planning on attending a ceremony between September and April. Whilst full length sleeves are ideal, three quarter length sleeves are better than nothing. Save spaghetti straps and Bardot necklines for the summer heat – they look great until you start shivering.
If you have a dress that just can’t wait to be worn until summer, make sure you have a good quality pashmina wrap in a coordinating colour to keep you cosy – or steal someones suit jacket!
Wedding Guest Jumpsuit: Your Outfit Doesn’t Have To Involve A Dress
Whilst wearing dresses for weddings might be traditional, you don’t have to wear one! If you’re not a lover of dresses in any form, ditch them completely and get yourself a jumpsuit. You can never truly shine in an outfit that you feel uncomfortable wearing, so if you’d rather give dresses a pass, pick a jumpsuit that is just as chic and smart.
Jumpsuits have loads of benefits; warm legs, lots of movement and comfort to name a few. Long sleeved jumpsuits will keep you warm in winter and floaty ones will mean you’re comfortable in the heat too. Plus, given the coverage of jumpsuits, you don’t risk flashing anyone when you decide to show off some of your bolder moves on the dancefloor.
Wherever and whenever your next wedding is, make sure you’re dressed for the occasion (and the weather) with a style that you love. Whether you’re on a beach or in a church, there is always a dress that’ll work.