Ready to embrace the return of wedding season? For a calendar full of invites, here’s our edit of the very best wedding guest dresses from Little Mistress’s latest collection. Plus, see our tips on how to style them
The floral-print dress that’s a fashion failsafe
A floral-print dress is a pretty choice for a spring or summer wedding, perfect for country house, marquee or beach settings. When selecting a patterned dress, consider options that will work beyond the big day for maximum cost-per-wear value. Tap into the wedding season’s whimsical mood in a flattering wrap dress with puff sleeves, like this one modelled by TV presenter Vogue Williams, and add a pair of sleek sandals to ground the look. (Wedges and flatforms work well for lawn receptions.) Alternatively, keep things classic with a tailored shift dress – take your pick from bold blooms and ditsy floral prints and team with a smart blazer and heeled pumps for an outfit that will stand the test of time. Where frills and ruffles are concerned, keep accessories understated: minimal jewellery and a sleek clutch bag add the final flourish.
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The hot-in-the-city sleeveless dress
Stand out from the crowd in a figure-hugging strappy dress that bucks the trend for oversized sleeves. Ideal for petite women who feel overwhelmed in voluminous dresses, fitted designs look just as smart when styled with court shoes or kitten heels. City weddings are the perfect opportunity to showcase your style credentials – plus, shorter dresses have the bonus of passing as civvy clothes when dashing about on public transport to reach your destination. Throw a pretty cardigan or trench coat on top to keep warm when hobnobbing outside the register office, and stash a pair of ballet pumps in your shoulder bag in case walking is required.
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The feminine, vintage-inspired tea dress
Pastels for spring/summer weddings? Groundbreaking. Well, yes, they can be! Whether you go traditional in delicate lace or give pastels a twist in a graphic printed dress, you can elevate your look with an unexpected accessory or double-take-worthy shoes (see-through sandals bring sugary shades into 2022 territory). A tea dress is a great way to make July and August weddings outfits heatwave-proof – team it with a wide-brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses to up the glamour. You’ll be glad to have avoided any pesky tan lines after spending an afternoon sipping champagne in the midday sun – just don’t forget the sun cream.
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The cocktail dress that’s perfect for evening weddings
If your invite is for the evening do only and not the official ceremony, the dress code could go either way, so check if the hosts are expecting you to rock up in a black-tie or smart-casual look before committing to your outfit. A failsafe midi dress is comfy, flattering and effortlessly dressed up or down. Whether you choose a formal dress, a wrap dress or a shirt dress, a midi style will easily earn its bread and butter in your post-wedding party wardrobe. Pick a vibrant shade to express your personality; blush pink, tangerine and sage green are key wedding-theme shades for spring/summer 2022 and bound to start a conversation in the queue for the bar – a godsend when you don’t know many faces in the crowd.
Words: Dulcie Emerson and Sophie Hines