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What To Wear For a Wedding

Hannah Needham
Writer and expert28 days ago
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With wedding season in full swing, the age-old question of "what to wear for a wedding?" is on the minds of guests everywhere. Whether you're attending a formal black-tie affair or a more casual outdoor celebration, navigating the dress code and finding the perfect wedding guest outfit can be a daunting task.  

We've got you covered with our comprehensive guide on what to wear for a wedding this season. From timeless dresses to stylish jumpsuits and jackets, explore must-have men’s and women’s pieces to ensure you look and feel your best as you celebrate the happy couple. 

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 Women's Wedding Guest Outfits

Wedding Guest Dresses

hope and ivy dress

When it comes to wedding guest dresses, the options are endless. From flowing maxi dresses to classic midi styles that strike the perfect balance of style and comfort, there's a style to suit every personal aesthetic. Pair a vibrant Hope & Ivy floral-printed dress with strappy heels and a sleek clutch for a romantic, garden-inspired look, or opt for a stylish Never Fully Dressed wrap dress in a rich jewel-toned colour and accessorise with statement earrings for a polished, evening-ready outfit. 


Wedding Guest Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits have emerged as a stylish and versatile option for those seeking a unique alternative to dresses at weddings. For a formal affair, opt for a sleek, Barbour jumpsuit in a neutral colour, and elevate the look with statement heels and delicate accessories. Or opt for a Ted Baker flowy, wide-leg jumpsuit in a vibrant floral print can be the perfect choice for a more relaxed, outdoor wedding, especially when paired with sandals and a denim jacket for a touch of laid-back style. 


Wedding Guest Skirts

ted baker midi skirt

Wedding guest skirts are a versatile option for those seeking an alternative to traditional dresses. A Nobody’s Child maxi skirt in a neutral shade can be effortlessly dressed up with a tucked-in blouse and delicate jewellery for a smart-casual vibe. Alternatively, a Ted Baker midi skirt in a bold, eye-catching colour can be paired with a simple top and strappy sandals for a modern, fashion-forward look. 


Wedding Guest Bags

If you're wondering what to wear to a wedding when it comes to bags, the options are endless in terms of both style and functionality. A structured Sister Jane top-handle clutch in a colourful shade can effortlessly elevate a midi dress and heels, while a roomy Dune tote bag can be the perfect companion for a casual, outdoor wedding, allowing you to carry all your essentials with ease. For a touch of whimsy, a mini bag adorned with playful embellishments, such as feathers or crystals, can add a playful finishing touch to a jumpsuit or maxi dress. 


Wedding Guest Shoes

alias mae heels

Wedding guest shoes are the perfect opportunity to showcase your personal style while ensuring comfort throughout the celebration. A classic pair of Alias Mae heeled sandals in a metallic or neutral tone can instantly elevate a simple dress or midi skirt, while a block-heeled shoe in a vibrant hue can add a pop of colour to a floral-printed jumpsuit or maxi dress. For a more casual outdoor wedding, a stylish pair of embellished flats or Barbour espadrilles can provide both comfort and a touch of style to your outfit. 


Wedding Guest Jewellery

The perfect wedding guest jewellery can be the perfect finishing touch, allowing you to elevate your look and express your personal style. A statement Sister Jane necklace in a bold, eye-catching design can instantly transform a simple slip dress or jumpsuit, while delicate, layered necklaces can add a touch of elegance to a midi skirt and blouse combination. For a more minimalist approach, a pair of oversized anna + nina hoop earrings or a sleek, modern bracelet can effortlessly complement a gown or tailored pantsuit. 


Men's Wedding Guest Outfits

Wedding Guest Shirts

polo ralph lauren shirts

When it comes to wedding guest attire for men, a well-chosen shirt can make all the difference. A crisp, white Polo Ralph Lauren button-down shirt paired with a slim-fit suit and dress shoes is a timeless look that works for both formal and semi-formal weddings. Alternatively, a patterned or textured Wax London shirt in a subtle hue, such as a soft blue or sage green, can add a touch of personality when worn with chinos and a blazer for a more relaxed, yet stylish look. 


Wedding Guest Trousers

For the men who are wondering what to wear to a wedding, a well-tailored pair of trousers can be the foundation for a stylish look. For a formal affair, opt for a classic pair of BOSS dark-coloured trousers, such as navy or charcoal, and pair them with a crisp white shirt, a coordinating tie, and a well-fitted blazer for a timeless, polished ensemble. Alternatively, a pair of lightweight Tommy Hilfiger trousers in a neutral tone can be the perfect choice for a more relaxed, outdoor wedding, especially when combined with a short-sleeved button-down and a pair of loafers or boat shoes for a laid-back, yet refined look. 


Wedding Guest Shoes

dr martens shoes

For wedding guest shoes there’s a variety of options you can choose from. For a formal theme, a sleek pair of black or brown leather dress shoes, such as Walk London oxfords or brogues, can instantly elevate a suit or tailored trousers and shirt combination. For a more casual outdoor wedding, a pair of suede or canvas Dune loafers in a neutral tone can provide a stylish and comfortable option, especially when paired with a pair of chinos and a linen button-down. Alternatively, a pair of leather Dr. Martens derby shoes in a rich tan colour can add a touch of modern flair to a wedding guest outfit, seamlessly transitioning from the ceremony to the reception. 


Wedding Guest Accessories

The right wedding guest accessories can elevate a simple look and is a great way to showcase your personal style. A well-chosen Polo Ralph Lauren leather belt in a complementary colour can effortlessly tie together a tailored look. For a more casual outfit, a pair of statement Vivienne Westwood sunglasses can be the perfect finishing touch to a button-down shirt and chinos combination, adding a modern touch. 


By Hannah Needham

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