Sure, weddings are technically about the two people getting married, but as guests of the happy couple, we also see it as a chance to get a little fancy ourselves. Throughout the summer, we reached for sundresses and heeled sandals for such occasions — AKA an easy, no-fail option. But now that things have cooled down a bit? We’re stumped. What the heck do we wear to a fall or winter wedding? How do we stay warm, but still look cute at the same time?
The answer, it seems, lies in a few key tricks: lot of layering, adding suits and pants to the mix, and remembering trusty cold-weather staples, such as a decent pair of tights.
Aside from an elegant, long-sleeved maxi dress, we’ve rounded up 22 wedding guest outfit ideas that will work for any type of reception, be it black tie or dressy-casual. If you don’t own the exact pieces, hopefully these looks can serve as inspiration, and you can probably create something similar from what’s in your closet.
Knowing what to wear to a wedding isn’t always easy, so we’re here to help wedding guests with our pick of the best wedding guest dresses and outfits. There’s just one rule to wedding guest fashion: never wear white to a wedding.
Best Wedding Guest Dresses and Outfits
If you’re wondering what a wedding guest should wear to a wedding in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, these are our pick of the best wedding guest dresses and outfits for the wedding season.
What to wear to a Spring wedding
If you’ve been invited to a Summer Wedding, think soft silk and romantic lace for your wedding guest outfit.
Whilst pretty pastels are a firm favourite for the Spring months, soft shades are taking a tropical turn with bolder block colours reminiscent of paradise waters and warmer climes.
Online fashion retailer Chi Chi London offers a range of feminine and floaty wedding guest dresses designed to refresh your spring wardrobe with renaissance style florals and sophisticated block pastels colours to suit Spring, as well as doubling up as the perfect occasion wear with flare.
Showcasing pretty prints, delicate detail, elegant embroidery and stunning silhouettes. Chi chi’s dresses, skirts and tops in soft pastel hues set the perfect balance between glamour and effortless boho in style and shape for Spring.
Coast also offer a range of elegant wedding guest dresses and outfits that can be worn again. Think Bardot tops, culottes jumpsuits and fluid striped palazzo pants this Spring.
For Spring weddings, opt for an outfit with stunning florals and vibrant jacquards in an intense palette of green, orange and yellow. New shapes can be seen this season with cold shoulder tops, fluid trousers and sculptured dresses.
Or what about this floral sweetheart maxi dress by Kelsey Rose below – it makes the cutest Spring wedding guest outfit.
If pastels are not your colour, why not try a darker base with a colourful floral pattern. This works well with culottes jumpsuits like style this from Warehouse.