Rat & Boa is our go-to for wedding guest dresses—these are the founders’ top 10 picks

We want them all

woman wearing one of the best rat & boa wedding guest dresses
(Image credit: Courtesy of Rat & Boa)

If you have a few weddings on the horizon this spring/summer, then you’re probably on the hunt for the best wedding guest dresses. Luckily, there’s one brand that always delivers when it comes to ethereal and on-trend occasionwear: Rat & Boa.

Founded in 2015 by Valentina Muntoni and Stephanie Bennett, the brand excels at creating elevated dresses with a designer feel at surprisingly attainable prices—sitting comfortably around the £150-£300 mark. So, whether you’re after a floral showstopper, a classic black dress or a petite-friendly style, Rat & Boa has you covered.

With Rat & Boa dresses, one thing’s for certain, they’re unlikely to date. This is thanks to how the brand effortlessly blends timeless and on-trend style. The designs are classic but never fail to make a statement—whether through bold print, eye-catching colour or a striking silhouette.

Rat & Boa is one of the most popular brands on rental platforms like By Rotation and Hurr, which comes as no surprise, seeing as a Klarna study has recently found that 16.4% of people are choosing to rent their wedding attire rather than buying brand new pieces. This means you can make your investment purchase stretch further than a few special occasions by choosing to rent or resell your piece afterwards - bonus.

With so many beautiful dresses to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down your choice. So I asked Stephanie and Valentina for their top picks from the collection, along with why they adore these particular styles—because who better to advise than the founders themselves?

From sultry silhouettes and on-trend ruffle designs to achingly elegant styles that you’ll want to re-wear year after year, here are the best picks from Rat & Boa to shop right now, as chosen by the brand’s founders.

Shop the founders' top 10 Rat & Boa wedding guest dresses:

Valeza Bakolli
Junior Shopping Editor

Valeza Bakolli is Marie Claire’s Junior Shopping Editor. She previously worked at BuzzFeed, where she honed her skills in all things shopping - from gift guide curation to being first on the scene to feature the latest fashion and beauty drops. She’s made it her mission to encourage people to shop mindfully and with purpose. That’s why she dedicates hours of her time every day to finding the best products online so you don’t have to - from small and sustainable businesses wherever possible, of course.