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How to Choose the Right Wedding Guest Outfit

by Goddiva Account 21 Jul 2023

Attending a wedding is a joyful occasion, and it's important to dress appropriately to celebrate the couple's special day. Choosing the right wedding guest outfit can be a daunting task, but with a few guidelines, you can ensure that you look stylish, respectful, and comfortable. In this blog post, we will explore some key factors to consider when selecting the perfect wedding guest attire.

The first step in choosing the right wedding guest outfit is to understand and respect the dress code specified on the invitation. Traditional dress codes such as black tie, formal, semi-formal, or casual provide a clear indication of the expected attire. Adhering to the dress code is a way to show respect for the couple and the overall tone of the event.

*Style Tip* If you are not part of the wedding party, try and avoid dresses which may look like a bridesmaid’s dress, especially styles in the same colour or fabric as the bridesmaids. A sleek and chic midi dress is always a great option, or if you want to go for a maxi, then dressing up a printed long dress could be the path you want to take.

Goddiva Waterfall Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress - Red

Goddiva Waterfall Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress - Red

The venue and season can play a significant role in determining the appropriate wedding guest outfit. If the wedding is taking place at a beach or garden, opt for lighter fabrics and flowy dresses. For indoor or evening weddings, you may lean towards more formal attire. Additionally, consider the season and choose colours and fabrics that are suitable. Lighter shades and breathable fabrics are ideal for summer, while darker tones and heavier materials work well for winter weddings. As we are approaching Autumn, it is wise to opt for more earthy but warm colours like burnt orange, emerald greens, and navy blues, however as we are still in the heat of the summer, then brighter more vibrant colours like Kerry green, hot pink and royal blues are a winning pick.

Goddiva Sequin & Satin Dipped Hem Midi - Hot Pink

Goddiva Sequin & Satin Dipped Hem Midi - Hot Pink

While it's essential to dress elegantly, comfort should not be compromised. Weddings often involve long hours of standing, dancing, and socializing. Choose an outfit that allows you to move freely and feel at ease throughout the event. Go for breathable fabrics, well-fitted garments, and shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. Remember, confidence and comfort go hand in hand, and feeling great in your outfit will make a positive impression.

*Style Tip* Jumpsuits are a great idea for wedding guest outfits. Jumpsuits can be dressed up and down and styled in different ways. The best thing about a jumpsuit is that you can move freely when dancing, ensuring you can dance the night away with no woes about your dress being in the way.

Liquorish Purple Floral Asymmetrical Jumpsuit

Liquorish Purple Floral Asymmetrical Jumpsuit

When selecting your wedding guest outfit, it's crucial to be mindful of the colours and patterns you choose. Avoid wearing white or ivory, as these shades are typically reserved for the bride. It's also wise to avoid wearing black, as it can be associated with mourning or funerals, although as of recent wearing black is becoming more acceptable as it can be a very chic look if accessorised correctly. Instead, opt for vibrant and cheerful colours that align with the wedding theme. Floral prints, pastels, and jewel tones are popular choices that exude happiness and celebration.

Double Second Pink Strappy Wrap Front Frill Detail Dress

Double Second Pink Strappy Wrap Front Frill Detail Dress

The time of day the wedding is being held can help guide your outfit selection. For daytime weddings, choose lighter and more casual attire, such as a sundress or a suit in a light colour. Evening weddings call for more formal and sophisticated options, such as a cocktail dress for women or a dark-coloured suit for men. Paying attention to the time of day will ensure you are dressed appropriately and blend in seamlessly with the ambiance.

Accessorize with Elegance can elevate your wedding guest outfit and add a personal touch. Choose accessories that complement your attire and enhance your overall look. For example, statement jewellery, a stylish clutch, or a fashionable hat can make a simple outfit more sophisticated. However, be careful not to overdo it. Go for a few key accessories that accentuate your style without overpowering your outfit.

Rubyrocks Corona Facinator - Grey

Rubyrocks Corona Facinator - Grey

Choosing the right wedding guest outfit requires careful consideration of factors such as the dress code, venue, season, comfort, colours, patterns, time of day, and accessories. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you are dressed appropriately for the occasion while looking stylish and feeling comfortable. Remember, the focus should always be on celebrating the couple's special day and creating lasting memories.


Written By: Lauren Khan 

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