With the excitement of a wedding invitation so comes the challenge of planning your perfect wedding guest outfit. Knowing what to wear as a bride is simple but what to wear as a wedding guest? There are so many options for wedding goers it can be hard to know where to start. Well, you’re in the right place, here’s what you need to know to style your best wedding outfit.
Wedding Outfit Planning - Wedding Guest Dress Code First
The first place to start is with the wedding invitation itself. Here you will find the key points to keep in mind when you start shopping for your wedding outfit. The invitation will state if the wedding has a dress code. It might specify cocktail attire for example, and then you know to focus your search on cocktail dresses to wear to your wedding.
Next, take a look at the location of the wedding. Is it an outdoor wedding or an indoor wedding? A wedding on a beach is likely to be more informal than a church ceremony or a wedding held in a luxury hotel. This will impact the formality of your wedding guest dress code. It also helps you to keep in mind the practicalities of your wedding outfit like for example, if you need to wear shoes that are easy to walk in on sand, if you’ll need a cover up to keep the sun off your shoulders, or a jacket to save against the evening chill.
Timely Wedding Guest Clothes
The time of the wedding too, will influence your choice of wedding outfit. Late afternoon and evening weddings will naturally have more of a cocktail party/soiree feel so even if a cocktail or evening dress code is not defined, it would still be appropriate.
Let’s take a look at more specific wedding guest outfit inspiration…
Nothing says happiness like flowers. From the bouquet to buttonholes and table decorations, floral displays are plentiful at weddings so get into the spirit with a floral print wedding guest dress or floral print separates. It really is the quickest and easiest way to style a wedding appropriate outfit.
Even if you’re not used to wearing floral patterns there is a floral print for every wedding guest outfit. If you prefer plain colours or usually go for graphic prints, then craft your wedding outfit with oversized floral prints in bold colours. The bigger the flowers, the more abstract and contemporary they become.
Also, floral prints are a great way to inject colour into your wedding outfit. Typically, floral patterns feature leafy greens and pretty petals which help to widen colour palettes. This season the look is bold and beautiful with tropical-inspired florid prints like Navy Iris and its lush jungle palette.
If you're looking for dresses to wear to a wedding as a wedding guest, go for luxuriously draped volume as seen in full skirted wrap dresses like the Delaney or Bibi Dresses. Cowl necklines like that of the Daryl Top meanwhile, accentuate the femininity of floral separates.
Feminine details work well for wedding outfits and combine perfectly with floral prints. Think ruffle hemlines and flutter sleeves to really fulfil your flower power.
Taking inspiration from the location of the wedding is the best way to ensure that as a wedding guest, you arrive looking en pointe. For outdoor garden weddings, take florals as your inspiration.
Micro florals or maxi blooms, florals of all sizes work in outdoor settings. Whether they are bold and bright or pretty in pastels, choose florals for wedding guest outfits in a palette that compliments your personality.
The relaxed mood of outdoor weddings allow for more casual wedding guest outfits so don't be afraid to try something different, like a jumpsuit or wide leg pants to create your pretty-as-a-picture wedding outfit.
For a wedding on the sand, it's best to go for a beach wedding guest dress with a midi-length hemline or above. Maxi dresses may look boho and lovely, but as the sand kicks up and falls into the turn up of the hemline, you've got extra weight you'll be carrying around all day.
If you're searching for plus size wedding guest outfits and are feeling disappointed with what you're seeing, change up your search. Try shopping for 'size inclusive' wedding guest dresses or outfits instead. Often this turns up more sophisticated results.
At L&F for example, we don't talk about our clothing as being 'plus size,' we have one inclusive size range of 8-24. Regardless of your body's curves, we treat women as people and not figures on a plus or minus scale. And our clothes actually fit! You can read more about our size inclusive vs. plus size fashion here, but if you're simply shopping for wedding guest dresses for curvy figures then our Event Dresses are a great place to start.
What To Wear For A Cocktail Wedding
When day becomes evening - cocktail wear is typically a blend of day wear styles and evening wear colours and textures. Think rich velvety fabrics in opulent shades; midi to knee length hemlines and slinky tops that shimmer and sparkle. The cocktail pant suit is also de rigueur so strut out in full wedding guest style.
For a formal wedding dress code, drop your hemline and go for a calf to full length dress. Keep the look modern by choosing a clean, refined silhouette. A wedding guest dress with a fitted bodice and a full skirt will create elegance that moves like Ginger Rogers on the dance floor.
If you're over 50 and looking for a wedding guest outfit, it can be challenging to find outfits that are less mother-of-the-bride and more guest appropriate. Wrap dresses like the Carys Dress with long sleeves are a great alternative to the more structured, formal styles designed for the wedding matriarch.
Flattering through the bodice and with contouring, modest necklines, wrap dresses like are elegant and comfortable for the duration of the wedding day. With short, 3/4 and long sleeve options, and knee-length, midi or maxi hemlines, with a wrap dress you can select your style to suit the season, location or time of the wedding.
I love my matching top and pants
So comfortable and perfect length.
I’m a well rounded size 10 157cm and I feel comfortable and elegant in this ensemble.
Hoping for more in a new colour:)
Lovely “throw over” to wear on cooler summer days. Material is slinky with some stretch. Feels lovely to wear.
I love my brown flutter top.
Easy to wear and comfortable .
My favourite top is Emily but I thought I would give Daryl a chance and I love it .. I can see more Daryl tops in my wardrobe in the near future!
Sizing is a little on the small size. Nice jacket. Material gives some stretch. Looks good
This is not my first Jaime as I love the style. The bamboo fabric feels fabulous.
Bought in size 14 to fit my hips rather than my waist (16) and still comfortable. On my 163cm height they are just off the ground in flat shoes. They are beautifully flowy and very flattering.
Bought in a size 20. I find the open style allows for a larger bust, and it gives a good vertical line. Fabric is firm but soft and sits well. Very happy with the slimmer lapel, would buy again.
These are lovely. I’m not traditionally a shorts person, but these sit right on the knee for me ( I’m 155cm) and are comfortable and cool in this hot weather. I’m very happy with them!
Wore this for the first time to my work Christmas party and have never had so many complements in my life! Total strangers coming up to tell me how amazing it looked, am now thinking about buying the sapphire too! It is comfy and stylish, and way more sparkly in real life than the website photos suggest.
I absolutely love the Sumi print. I had to have Lila in Sumi to go with my navy danys and white pants. Such a great addition to my wardrobe. You can never have too many Lila’s in your wardrobe! Highly recommend!
Love this print and the slinky fabric. It’s so cool in hot weather. Lila is my go to top for work and play. Navy white and pink are my favourite colours so I had to have this one. It pairs beautifully with my navy Danys and white pants too. Highly recommend!
Very good quality denim, I’m sure I will get plenty of wear once the weather s cooler, very flattering 🙂
I picked up these culottes in a sale last year because I love my Jamie in Machu. This the first time I’ve worn them and my first Dany. Perfect length for my 162cm height and lovely fabric for this hot summer day. Looks lovely with navy Emily. More Danys please!
Just so wearable! Washes well, and the Evan style suits my shape (boobs and tummy!)