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Wedding Guest Dress Guide

Fashion writers Isabelle O'Carroll and Jen Barton have compiled the perfect style guidefor wedding guests showing you
what to wear to a wedding. From formal city weddings to casual beach dos, they’ve got the perfect outfit for you.

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THE COUNTRY WEDDING

THE CITY WEDDING

THE BEACH WEDDING

THE EVENING RECEPTION

The Country Wedding

An idyllic country setting is the perfect place for a wedding. Put together a relaxed outfit to
harmonise with the pastoral, outdoorsy vibe

China
doll

This long-sleeved shift boasts a fresh blue and white colour palette that looks great in the sun. Mid-heel pumps are a perfect match for the youthful shape and make for a carefree wedding outfit

"The elegant china-print motif on the dress is an on-trend way to do pattern and lends itself to a harmonious look"

Hippy
chic

Go boho in a floaty maxi dress. The pretty palm print is an interesting alternative to florals. Dress it down with some chic sandals that have a sturdy, lawn-proof heel

“Bypass the traditional fascinator and add some pretty sunglasses, perfect for an outdoor ceremony. This translucent pair pick up the watercolour print of the dress”

White
out

White is no longer just for the bride; a white dress is a summer staple and the ideal choice for special occasions. This lace midi dress makes a perfect wedding outfit – just add some colourful accessories to make it summery rather than bridal

“The paisley-print scarf
necklace does double duty,
adding a pop of colour
and also providing a bit
of protection from
afternoon breezes”

The City Wedding

City weddings are the perfect opportunity to team smart tailoring with bold accessories. It’s all about
formal sophistication and easy elegance: think clean lines, high heels and statement headgear

Contrast
brights

Cover up with a bright blazer to add a pop of colour to this flirty polka dot dress. A netted headband offers a more casual take on the fascinator

“The classic peep-toe sandal gets reworked with an of-the-moment geometric heel and ankle strap for a trendy-yet-timeless addition to your look”

Monochrome
medley

The classic combination of black and white is perennially chic and this delicate lace dress is a wonderfully feminine piece for a wedding. Add a bright bag to liven things up

“Turn heads in this polka dot fascinator, which adds drama and picks up the lace detail in the dress”

Graphic
florals

With its graphic update on classic florals, this black, grey and white sheath dress is a fashion-forward choice for your local town hall wedding. Choose block heels, a pretty clutch and a bold sparkling cocktail ring to finish off the look

“In go-with-everything black, these minimalist sandals will keep a floral frock from looking too saccharine-sweet. The chunky heels make them dance-floor friendly, too”

The Beach Wedding

The secret to beach dressing is choosing floaty silhouettes and light fabrics. Go bold with colours
– pieces in ocean-inspired hues or dramatic shades will take you from sunrise to sunset

Maximum
impact

Casual occasionwear works for beach weddings just amp up the wow factor with bold hues, standout silhouettes and killer accessories. A vibrantly hued maxi dress with side splits, like this pink per una design, teams a celebratory colour with after-hours appeal

“Pack a scarf or stylish wrap to keep you warm as day turns to night. Nature-inspired prints work beautifully for outdoor events”

Fun &
floaty

Tropical destinations call for floaty frocks. The fern print maxi dress is a gentle nod to the outdoor backdrop of a ceremony on the coast

“Embrace the natural surroundings with ocean-themed jewellery for a colourful and coordinated finish to your outfit”

Laid-back
chic

Floaty doesn’t have to mean boho. This lovely pleated camisole dress looks sharp and stylish without being stuffy. Finish off the look with some fresh accessories, like these chunky-heeled sandals, and a freshwater pearl necklace that pays homage to the shoreline setting

“Glam up your beach-wedding style with a sunny day must-have: statement shades. These cat-eye sunglasses add an elegant, retro finish to any look”

The Evening Reception

An evening wedding is a great chance to go all out with a stunning dress and high heels. Try
eye-catching prints and sparkling finishes that will look great after dark

Leather
luxe

A leather panelled dress is a great option for an evening celebration. This fabric-mix shift is easily dressed up with a sparkling choker necklace and some simple earrings

“Simple high heels complement the sophisticated look. A discreet platform will help to keep you on the dancefloor for longer”

Retro
cool

Go for a dancefloor-ready dress with this cute shift: the simple shape is a perfect foil for a retro print. Elegant peep-toe sandals complete the graphic silhouette and the block heel will keep you dancing all night long

“Ditch the traditional box clutch in favour of a cute cross-body bag just big enough for all your essentials. The bright colour makes it the perfect accessory”

Bold &
beautiful

Contrast this delicate coral dress with black ankle-strap heels and an ivory blazer for a striking yet feminine wedding outfit. A pretty pearl-effect bracelet makes the ideal finishing touch

“This monochrome woven clutch bag will add texture to your look and an all-important pop of graphic pattern”