Wedding guest dresses can be a nightmare to shop for, so we've edited the best styles for you to shop now.
This season, sophisticated prints, AW florals and rich velvets are filling the rails, meaning there are plenty of wedding guest dresses in the shops to choose from.
Winter wedding guest dresses
You might argue that wedding guest dressing in autumn and winter is a bit more of a challenge. There are fewer options, and yes, you do have to think a little more carefully about the entire look, including a smart cover-up, rather than just the dress in summer.
However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done, and thanks to a host of fabulous new season dresses, it can be fun too.
Long-sleeved lace dresses are always a safe choice for winter weddings, and as always, Reiss, L.K.Bennett and Coast have a great selection. But for the more fashion-forward of you, AW17’s crushed velvet trend – as seen on the catwalk at Tibi, Jason Wu and Max Mara – is one worth embracing.
Reserved, the Polish brand fronted by Kate Moss and freshly launched in the UK, has a beautiful khaki ombre pleated dress with black lace detailing, that you can pair with metallic ankle boots or a velvet 70s platform shoe.
And if you think a black cocktail dress is your only option, think again. Millenial pink shows no sign of dying out, and long-sleeved pink dresses (preferably with OTT sleeves) are the hero pieces you need to be seen in – as seen at Emilia Wickstead and H&M – and if you dare, with a splash of red à la Valentino.
But if you really want to go all out, then bold trends like Dynasty-esque metallic dresses, 80s sequin suits and bold ruffles are all trends that will easily make you stand out on that dance floor. The choice is yours.
Summer wedding guest dresses
I’ll be honest, for me, spring and summer are the best seasons to dress for a wedding. There are more dress options, and you can be a bit more daring with your sartorial choices.
Think slinky Ghost slip dresses, Rosie Assoulin ruffle dresses or Dolce & Gabbana fruity prints – that lemon dress was THE dress to be seen in for SS17, especially if it was a destination wedding.
The point is, the more fun the better. Ditch dark colours and long sleeves in favour of floatier fabrics and more colourful prints.
Going to a boho wedding? Opt for an embroidered Needle & Thread dress or a retro blouse and skirt from the Boden Icons collection.
For a stricter dress code, a midi or maxi length dress is your safest bet. You won’t go wrong with something from Cos or & Other Stories on the high street, and if you’re splashing out, Givenchy, Lanvin and Oscar de la Renta all have great smart options.
Of course, there’s still room for those pretty lace dresses, so feel free to add those into your wedding guest wardrobe too. Just pick a style that has shorter sleeves and experiment with brighter hues: lace doesn’t have to be mumsy.
With dresses like these, you don’t really need to worry about accessories. That said, a pair of elegant AW17 high heels and a new season designer handbags will pull your outfit together very nicely indeed. If you’re also looking to make your money stretch a little further, it’s worth giving our edit of the best Black Friday dresses and Black Friday clothing deals a look – you never know what you’re going to find. Our sister site InStyle UK Black Friday fashion dealsis also doing an edit of their best , so there’s endless inspiration…
So, your hunt for the perfect dress ends here. Without further ado, scroll on to shop Marie Claire’s edit of the best wedding guest dresses.
Give this floral dress an update by wearing it with white ankle boots.
This unfussy LBD is perfect for those with a more minimal aesthetic. The devil’s in the details though, the scalloped edge layers bring a degree of flirtiness to the outfit.
Illusion necklines are still a wedding guest favourite.
Wear this tunic with a pair of retro metallic heels.
This blogger favourite is incredibly flattering on.
Galaxy prints are everywhere at the moment, so might as well embrace it.
The royal blue shade of this simple midi dress from Uterque speaks for itself. The unique ruffle details on the sleeves are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – and we’re definitely feeling it.
The floaty dress of dreams.
Team this glittering dress with silver heels.
A subtle nod to the 80s.
This figure flattering wraparound dress is bang on trend, bringing bell sleeves and subdued florals to the party.
Team this soft velvet dress with metallic ankle boots.
Playing on this season’s crushed velvet trend, this pussybow dress is a sophisticated take that’ll have heads turning from ten pews down the aisle.
While you might not be able to see it quite so clearly, this dress has a plunge V neck front if you’re keen on showing a bit of skin. Who knows who’s going to be in the bridal party?
This deep red number by AllSaints brings the ruffle trend to the forefront. Belted for a figure flattering fit, this shimmery rust dress is one you’ll be reaching for again and again.
The delicate neckline makes this pleated dress feminine and on trend.
Ticking all the autumnal shade boxes.
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