Wedding Fashion, Best-Dressed Guest

Absolutely’s guide to putting together the perfect designer wedding-guest outfit. 

As wedding season approaches, many guests find themselves navigating the challenges of dressing for a nuptial. The politics of wedding guest fashion are complicated and full of potential faux pas, thankfully Absolutely is here to give you all the dos and don’ts of putting together the perfect designer wedding guest look. 


This one seems fairly self-explanatory, and the most egregious thing you can do at a wedding is being confused for the bride. White dresses are usually, and understandably, off-limits, except for those rare instances where the bride specifically requests it. This logic also extends to other shades of cream, champagne, and ivory as well as lighter shades of gold, tan and pink, especially as more and more brides deviate from the traditional white dress. If you prefer a more muted colour palette, you can opt for darker versions of these neutral colours or incorporate patterns and florals, this beautiful mid-length dress from Zimmerman is a perfect example. 


Whilst weddings are a great opportunity to dress up and wear something you would normally never get a chance to, it’s important to not go overboard and pull focus from the bride. It’s a good idea not to go too bold and it is best to avoid anything that involves too many sequins, embellishments and loud patterns. Approach anything too revealing with caution, like plunging necklines, sheer fabrics and cutaways, after all, weddings are a family affair. A great middle-ground is this maxi dress from Dolce & Gabbana which is perfect for the guest that wants to make a statement, but not an overly shocking one. 


It’s always better to be overdressed than undressed at a wedding, and even with the more casual celebrations, it’s still important to look formal. If dresses aren’t your thing there are lots of other avenues you can go down instead, that will still have you looking elegant and photo-ready. Jumpsuits and pantsuits are a fun, comfortable alternative, otherwise, nothing looks more put-together than a well-tailored suit. We’re particularly big fans of this stunning off-the-the-shoulder jacket from Dior


Spring and Summer weddings are the perfect opportunities for wedding guests to wear something bright and fun, but choosing which colour to wear can sometimes be tricky. It could be worth gauging the general colour scheme of the wedding or what the other guests might be wearing before making any decisions. You also don’t want to be confused for a bridesmaid, so it’s always a good idea to inquire about what the wedding party is wearing beforehand. Bright colours can look amazing, but it’s best to avoid anything too fluorescent, this beautiful floral number from Celine is just the ticket. 


Considering weddings are often an all-day affair, you want to think carefully about your footwear beforehand. As beautiful as that pair of stilettos may look, they can take a toll on your feet, especially after you’ve been standing for a few hours. For those looking for a more comfortable alternative, there are plenty of fashionable flat shoes and sandals. These classic flats from CHLOÉ, are a sophisticated option that will allow you to dance the night away with the bride and groom. 


The last thing you want to be doing is shivering or sweating your way through the ceremony, so it’s also a good idea to look at the weather forecast for the day and be prepared for whatever mother nature may bring. Helpful things to consider are whether you are going to be outdoors or indoors, for how long and during what time of day. If it’s an outdoor wedding on a sunny day you’re going to want a pair of sunglasses so you don’t have to squint to see the first kiss and this pair from Louis Vuitton would be an elegant addition to any outfit. 

Ultimately, a wedding invite is a perfect excuse to finally add that high-end piece you’ve been lasting after to your wardrobe and the perfect wedding outfit can be reused for multiple celebrations, so it’s worth splurging a little on. If you’re not in the market for a dress, another alternative is to purchase a new accessory and the addition of a piece of designer jewellery, a headband, or a handbag is a great way of elevating a simpler dress. What you can be sure of is that the right luxury purchase will carry you through the wedding season and beyond. 

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