Wedding Guest Dresses for Any Occasion

May 1, 2015

wedding guest dresses

Judging by the mass of preciously packaged invitations piling up in my mailbox, I can say with confidence that wedding season is near. And while so many of my dear friends prepare to say “I do,” I plan on stepping up my wedding guest style game.

What to Wear to a Wedding

It’s the question that crosses all of our minds at one point or another: “What do I wear to that wedding?” While choosing an appropriate look is challenging, there are some solid rules that ease the process.

Rule One: Don’t wear white. Unless you’re invited to a Puff Daddy-esque party where guests are specifically asked to wear the color, skip white. Let the bride be the center of attention–it is her day after all.

Rule Two: Don’t wear anything too revealing. Speaking of letting the bride be the center of attention, don’t draw eyes to your look for the wrong reasons. A wedding is not the place to show off all your assets. Instead, accentuate your favorite. Yes, you can wear a form-fitting dress, a low neckline, or even a chic slit if you promise to flaunt just one of these sexy elements at a time.

Rule Three: Read the invitation. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. From a casual beach ceremony, to a formal city celebration, different events come with different dress codes. Choose your outfit according to the style guidelines of the invitation.

With so many special occasions on the horizon, I’ve been scouring the stores for fabulous finds. Here are a few fashion tips and wedding guest dresses (which you can click on to shop!) to suit any situation:

Beach Wedding Guest Dresses

Stylish, yet relaxed dresses are best for beach weddings. Opt for a slightly loose-fitting frock in a breathable fabric. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than sweating in a tight, heavy dress in extreme heat. Shades of blue and green compliment the surroundings, while tropical prints playfully pop against a beach background. *Note: I wore the first dress to my sister-in-law’s Costa Rica destination wedding!

Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

A formal event is the perfect occasion to flaunt a long, elegant gown. Longer dresses look especially glamorous when fitted with lace details or pretty beaded embellishments. Not on the market for a gown? For a fun take on formal wear, try a midi dress or chic jumpsuit.

Rustic Wedding Guest Dresses

Rustic wedding venues like a winery, barn, or an outdoor setting pair nicely with casual, yet feminine and sophisticated styles. Warm tones and floral prints look beautiful in a countryside setting, while skater dresses flatter any figure.

If I had my way, I’d wear them all. Which look is your favorite?

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