Although as I type this, it has been raining for seven solid hours, the British wedding season is now in full bountiful swing. Whether 2017 is your year of weddings – we’ll all experience those, together with the corresponding hen dos – or you’re only planning to attend one or two evening receptions, the high street and high end stores are showering us with wedding guest outfit ideas.
Gone are the days where these decisions were not only costly, but limited, often containing bright, unflattering florals and overbearing matching hats. Wedding season has become big business, especially with the added watchful eye of social media now so prominent. Guests want originality and flair, so choice and suitability is of paramount importance to avoid that dreaded situation of two girls and one dress!
Aside from the most obvious no-no of adorning yourself in white, there aren’t many other rules when it comes to wedding guest dressing. Despite the myth, you certainly don’t have to spend a lot of money on your outfit, particularly if you’re of the disposition of only wearing items once. Accessories are your best friend and they can also help to distinguish you from the other guests with similar sartorial taste.
I’ve put together a small collection of wedding guest-appropriate dresses – ranging from affordable high street to more luxury high end but with a reasonable price tag. From florals and lace to frills and embellishment, not only are they perfect for celebrating someone’s big day, but also to rewear throughout the summer months; dressed down for family BBQs and summer evening birthday celebrations spent with friends.
Lace Skater Dress | £68 | Oasis
Yellow is a big colour this season and the simplicity of this dress means you can get away with much bolder accessories!
Confetti Tea Dress | £46 | Topshop
Perfect for a more relaxed wedding, team with lace up espadrilles and a vintage basket bag.
Floral Frills Print Dress | £79 | & Other Stories
A real statement, this & Other Stories masterpiece embraces many of the popular trends this season: ruffles, dramatic sleeves and the colour pink.
Dragonfly Garden Midi Dress | £325 | Needle & Thread
With beautiful embellishment and intricate detailing, this is a perfect choice for a sophisticated evening reception.
Azaelea Dress Cobalt | £260 | Self Portrait
A true classic and great investment piece, this Self Portrait strap dress is one which will undoubtedly be worn over and over for many years to come.