Weddings are more diverse than ever these days and all the stringent customs and traditions have become quite relaxed. Ceremonies can be held virtually anywhere, bridesmaids are often given the freedom to select their own gowns and some couples are even vetoing a traditional bridal party altogether. With all this change, it can be hard to know exactly what to wear to a wedding. What’s appropriate guest attire these days?
The truth is, you can pretty much wear anything to a wedding, so long as you obey the basics: don’t wear too much white (no stealing the bride’s thunder on her big day!) and make a little effort, OK? No jeans, no sneaks, not too much skin, iron that shirt and have a little class. Pro tip: Weddings are not a time to #freethenipple.
A wedding is the perfect occasion to get all dressed up and a great excuse to buy a gorgeous outfit. Lucky for us, retailers are keen to help us out during this difficult time. Many department stores have designated sections for wedding guest dresses and some of your favourite labels have dedicated wedding guest collections (here’s looking at you Reformation).
If you’re going to a festival style wedding with the wedding reception in tipi tents and bales of hay to sit on then we suggest a boho chic floral print dress. This floaty look will keep you cool but also make you look effortlessly stylish. If it’s an inner city wedding then we would opt for a trouser suit. This is a bit of curveball but tailored suits are so on trend at the moment that you would steal the show (just try not to upstage the bride and don’t buy a white suit under any circumstances). We suggest opting for a pastel colour such as lilac or powder blue. You could even go all out and go for the colour of the moment…Kelly green (kermit green for us mere fashion mortals). This would look fantastic in the Summer. All the other wedding guests would be green with envy (sorry, not sorry, for the pun haha).