7 Types of Wedding Guest Outfits That Never Fail

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So you’ve received a wedding invitation, and you know this is your chance to dress up—or at the very least, wear something other than your leggings or joggers. The big question is what?

With the types of weddings you can attend becoming increasingly diverse, so is the scope of your outfit. Many couples are now opting for smaller, more intimate celebrations, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your wedding guest outfit any less consideration than you would if the guest list were in the triple figures.

On the flip side, with restrictions hopefully remaining lifted, others see it as an opportunity to plan full-blown black-tie events oozing glamour and to wear something exceptional.

Whatever the aesthetic, venue or location of the soirée, we’ve found seven types of wedding guest outfits that cover all bases. Scroll on to see them, and you’ll have the dress code cracked in seconds.

1. BLACK-TIE BASH

Style Notes: Not many occasions call for gorgeous, floor-length gowns, but black-tie weddings are one of them, so we suggest making the absolute most of any such invitation you receive with a statement floor-sweeper and fabulous accessories. Consider Kellie Brown your muse.

Shop the look:

ASOS Curve Wrap Waist Batwing Sleeve Maxi (£50)

Thomas Sabo Star Drop Earrings (£179)

Gianvito Rossi Gold Georgina 105 Metallic Leather Sandals (£640)

2. ALL-DAY ATTENDEE

Style Notes: It’s always lovely to be invited to every element of a wedding day celebration, but perfecting a look that can take you from meal to last-call drinks isn’t the easiest sartorial endeavour. Follow Monikh Dale’s lead with a stylish, not-too-tight midi dress and chunky heels you won’t feel crippled in, and you’ve got wedding guest outfit nirvana.

Shop the look:

Rixo Lucile Dress in Pearl Shell Print (£275)

Nanushka Jen Large Vegan Leather Clutch Bag (£240)

Prada Burgundy Velvet Platform Sandals (£645)

3. EVENING INVITATION

Style Notes: An evening invite presents the opportunity to dress fancifully but cooly in one swoop. While trouser looks are absolutely acceptable for day invites (more on that later), offbeat tuxedo trousers and a printed blouse will ensure you look the stylish part when you join the party.

Shop the look:

Johanna Ortiz The Big Dream Polka-Dot Satin Blouse (£375)

Ted Baker Wide Leg Trousers (£129)

Russell & Bromley 85Pump Stilettos (£225)

4. COUNTRYSIDE BACKDROP

Style Notes: It’s hard not to be inspired by a beautiful countryside venue, so embrace your surroundings by wearing an elegant dress in a timeless and versatile floral print. You can switch up your hue depending on the time of year, but right now, sage green is proving to be all the rage.

Shop the look:

Loud Bodies Sofia Dress in Green Cotton (£150)

Shrimps Antonia Headband in Cream (£150)

Zara High-Heel Sandals (£30)

5. CITY SURROUNDINGS

Style Notes: As we’ve already touched on, a trouser suit works for just about every wedding celebration you could be invited to, though perhaps none more so than the city wedding. Whether it’s a registry-office ceremony or a wedding breakfast in a fancy restaurant, a tailored suit will ensure you look just as elegant as you would in any dress.

Shop the look:

Bella Freud Bianca Cotton-Corduroy Suit Jacket (£675)

Bella Freud Kim Flared Cotton-Corduroy Suit Trousers (£345)

Zara Heeled Slingback Metallic Shoes (£50)

6. LOW-KEY GATHERING

Style Notes: Perhaps your wedding invite spans more than one night, or you’ve already confirmed the vibe will be laid-back. This is your chance to show off a look that’s effortless but directional. Camille gets the assignment with her bright-green satin shirt dress, the exact match of which we’ve sourced for you below.

Shop the look:

Christopher Esber Silk-Satin Midi Shirt Dress (£660)

Charles & Keith Chalk Double Handle Sculptural Tote Bag (£59)

ASOS Loyal Pointed Ballet Flats in Clear (£28)

7. AND THE LOOK THAT NEVER FAILS…

Style Notes: Wearing black to a wedding may have once been considered a faux pas, but that couldn’t be further from the case nowadays, as long as you opt for glamour. Bettina Looney’s chic and classic black midi dress and jewel-encrusted shoes are a combination you can rely on for any type of wedding.

Shop the look:

Self-Portrait Self Dot Mesh Midi Dress (£350)

CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Hair Slides (£34)

Uterqüe Fabric Court Shoes With Diamanté Detail (£125)

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