Wedding season has returned this summer with a bang, and wondering what you should wear to a wedding is back on the agenda. Our guide on wedding guest outfits will take the stress out of wardrobe planning, and ensure you have a great day with your loved ones, feeling both comfortable and confident.
Explore our top tips for wedding guest outfits below, whether you’re attending an ultra-formal soiree, a relaxed wedding abroad or a chic city shindig with maximum party vibes.
The Perfect Formal Dress
For ladies, nothing says ‘wedding ready’ than a beautiful, flattering dress that can be worn time and time again. Choosing the perfect dress as a wedding guest can be tricky, but the right piece can be dressed up or down, re-styled and will remain comfortable no matter what.
Our Ted Baker Harriet Raglan sleeved tea dress in dusty pink satin is the perfect, playful choice for both daytime and dancing, and will complement almost any shape or skin tone with its feminine rosy hue.
You can never go wrong with floral prints at a summer wedding, or pastel tones in the spring. The quirky and colourful Eloise Midi-Dress from French Connection captures both looks in one with its eye-catching print and delicate lightweight fabric.
Colour doesn’t have to be reserved for the summer either; rich jewel tones in luxurious fabrics like velvet or satin, with a hint of sparkle can brighten up cosy winter nuptials. We love this Joseph Ribkoff Monochrome Flare Dress with its timeless silhouette, demure colour-way and eye-catching print that’s sure to stand the test of time, so you can wear it again and again. Layer with accessories to bring your look to life in the colder months.
Contemporary Combos and Co-Ords
If dresses aren’t your thing, you can liven up your look with a wedding co-ord or combination that will turn heads. Embrace the ‘something new’ tradition for yourself by mixing-and-matching your existing pieces with sophisticated trousers, stylish skirts and tasteful tops for a refreshed wedding guest look.
The Ted Baker Miiah Maxi Skirt boasts a contemporary and colourful pattern that can be paired with a blouse or camisole to bring this piece new lease of life each time it's worn.
Meanwhile the Great Plains Milos Linen Trousers boast a classic silhouette with their flared style, which remains cool yet casual in warmer weather thanks to their lightweight linen blend. Couple with a lightweight blouse in luxe satin or a crisp linen shirt for elegant grown-up style, and complement with a statement necklace or scarf.
Alternatively, go all in one with a stylish Rimini Ruffle jumpsuit by Great Plains, coupled with killer heels or sandals, or transform an old favourite with a beautiful tailored jacket like our Oui Boucle Tweed jacket.
Stylish Men’s Suits
You can never steer wrong with a sharp, tailored suit and our men’s collection at Robert Goddard has styles for every occasion. Suits are the perfect wedding guest outfit due to the fact that they’re so effortlessly versatile and timeless.
The Remus Palucci Check suit in charcoal brings a modern flair to formal wedding dressing with it’s contemporary check print, while the Farah Henderson jacket in red ochre will make a real statement with its vivid hue. The Guide London Tapered tweed-style jacket oozes vintage sophistication while the Ted Baker Endurance Two-Piece suit echoes classic men’s style with it’s rich blue colour.
Get more longevity from your look by switching things up with different coloured shirts, ties and accessories.
Dance Floor Ready-Shoes
Our selection of shoes for men and women feature options for every type of wedding guest so you can complete your look, add the ultimate finishing touches and stay comfortable throughout the day.
A finely-crafted pair of men’s designer formal shoes are sure to turn heads; from stylish brogues to lace-up styles. Meanwhile, our collection also boasts women’s shoes to elevate your wedding wardrobe. Dance the night away in strappy sandals, or go for comfort all day long with a chic pair of sandals or flats.
Top 3 Tips For Dressing For A Wedding
Our top three tips will help you choose the perfect wedding guest outfit, so you never have to stress about what to wear to a wedding ever again.
Stick with the dress code
Couples may outline their dress code on their invitations which will help you to tailor your look to the event. From ‘Black Tie’ to ‘Formal’ or ‘Casual’, take your style cues from the wishes of the couple. If in doubt of what the invitation means, it is always wise to dress formally, while also taking into account the weather, the location and the venue.
Only the bride should be in white
The number one rule for wedding guest outfits is always to avoid wearing white! Instead choose a colour, print or fabric that shows off your personal style, or choose something that fits with the overall theme of the day.
Aim for style and comfort
Pick classic cuts that flatter your shape. Women’s wrap-style dresses and A-lie shapes will flatter curvier frames, while tall and lean figures will be enhanced by a fitted, sleeveless silhouette.
This also applies to men’s attire too, so if you’re wearing a suit, make sure you choose a style you feel relaxed in, rather than anything too attention grabbing or trend-led. Apply these rules to your accessories also - a jacket or shawl for chilly evenings, or a spare pair of shoes for the dancefloor will not go amiss!
Welcome back wedding season in 2021 with an outfit that makes a real statement at Robert Goddard.