Dressing for a wedding can be tricky. How formal should you be? Should you dress more conservatively? Is there a colour you should avoid? Follow this easy to be find a wedding guest outfit that you can dance the night away in, while looking stylish and appropriate.
Think about the venue. Different outfits will be suited to different styles of wedding and venue. A traditional wedding in a converted barn is more suited to a classic tea dress, whereas for a city wedding in a funky restaurant, you can get away with a funkier look, like a cool jumpsuit. Check if the venue itself has a dress code. Consider the kind of ceremony your friends are having too. If it’s more religious, choose a more conservative outfit, with a longer skirt and your shoulders covered. For a wedding on the beach with a casual ceremony, you can choose a more casual look.
Remember it’s a wedding, not a nightclub. Leave the more flesh-flashing outfits for nights out, and try and keep things appropriate. If you’re struggling to work out if your outfit is suitable for a wedding, imagine showing it to your grandmother. Would she send you home to change?
Don’t wear white. Unless your invite specifically says to wear white, stay away from anything the bride might wear like white, cream or ivory. Be careful with blush tones too, as many brides now choose blush toned wedding dresses.
You can wear black. Older generations think you can’t wear black to a wedding, but there’s no reason a black outfit can’t look chic and wedding appropriate. To stop it looking like funeral look, choose a pop of colour to brighten it up, like colourful shoes or a bright handbag.
Choose your shoes carefully. Where will you be during the wedding? If you’ll be walking on a beach or having drinks on a lawn, choose chunkier heels instead of stilettos so you don’t sink. Make sure any shoe you choose is comfortable to be worn all day and to be stood in for long periods. You might be standing for a while during a drinks reception, so make sure you can stand around without your shoes killing you. Choose a shoe you can dance in too, so you can enjoy the evening reception carefree.
Take a small clutch bag and only carry the essentials, like a small purse, a lipstick and your phone. A large bag will look out of place at a wedding, and be annoying to carry all day. Don’t be hindered by a large bag, and keep it compact.
Consider who’s going to be there. Are the other guests your friend’s very conservative family, or their fashionista friends? Are you going to bump into an ex who’ll be there with a new partner? Are you hoping to impress the best man? Choose your outfit to suit the crowd who’ll be attending.
Does wearing the same outfit as another guest bother you? If so, don’t buy formal dresses on the high street, and instead choose lesser known brands or shop online to find something a little different.
Be careful not to look like you’re trying to upstage the bride. Obviously you want to look great, but stay away from anything that screams ‘Look at me’. Stay classic and classy, and dodge anything too showy. Even if you’re not wearing white, you can end up looking like you’re trying too hard if you do much with added sequins or beading, or choose a prom dress style, or other over the top choice.
If you’re attending a lot of weddings and don’t mind outfit repeating, invest in one really great dress, and then switch up the accessories. You can create very different looks by changing out the shoes and jewellery for different weddings.
If you won’t wear a dress again, buy great separates. A midi skirt, smart trousers and a pretty blouse can look just as smart as a dress, and you’ll get more wear out of the pieces afterwards by combining them with different items you already own.
Don’t buy a too small outfit with a plan to diet into it. If you fail, you’ll feel horrible and have to cough up for a second outfit. Buy something fits you well and that you feel good and comfortable in.
Plan for the unpredictable British weather, and take some sort of coverup. A light cardigan, a structured blazer or a pretty wrap can all work well if the evening turns cool and you need something to put on over your dress but still want to look good.