Recently, I’ve had a few requests for a round-up of wedding guest outfit ideas (such a mouthful…) The past few years have been consumed by weddings for Nick and I. We’re now at that age where everyone we know is getting married and have attended upwards of 5-6 weddings per year. Not that I’m complaining, ya girl loves weddings and celebrations of all kinds. If you’re looking for versatile outfits that can transition to different seasons and suit various venues, read on. Disclaimer: The following options are all dresses I’d wear myself and I understand they are quite feminine and not to every women’s taste or style.
Repeating outfits is absolutely acceptable, necessary even, in my books given our current climate crisis and crazy levels of consumerism. That said, if you’re looking for a one-off piece for a special occasion, (maybe you’re a bridesmaid or the occasion calls for black tie…) I’d highly recommend renting an outfit. I work with Designer Wardrobe here in New Zealand and I love picking out dresses that are a bit more exciting than my usual (often boring) every day uniform. You should see my watch list, it’s three pages long. If hiring isn’t an option or you’d prefer to invest in a beautifully-made, high quality, and versatile piece, these are a few of my favourite looks:
1. AJE Overture Blouson Midi Dress
Cool, calm and collected, this shade of blue is relaxed enough for a beachside wedding, but can be dressed up to suit any occasion. It’s made of linen and silk, which means it’s both breathable and understated. The price point is high, but I think it’s one of those dresses you’d reach for in many different situations (especially if you live in Australasia).
2. Shona Joy Desi Plunged Ruffle Mini Dress
It’s true, mini dresses are back on the scene for 2020 and I’m in love with this minty number by Shona Joy. It’s got the wow factor while remaining perfectly pastel for more formal occasions. I think it’d fit a restaurant wedding as much as a winery wedding.
3. Shona Joy La Lune Flutter Midi Dress
If you’re a more casual bride, this dress would be perfect. It could also work as a bridesmaid dress, if you’re into the white/neutral trend for your maids. It also comes in champagne, sage and blush – all gorgeous. Either way, I’m all for a silk midi dress.
4. Aritzia Rosalyn Dress
Winter weddings are sometimes a thing, so having one or two long sleeve dresses is an absolute must. I’m also in love with Aritzia’s wrap dresses for summer. They’re perfect for more casual settings.
5. Bec & Bridge Fleurette Off-Shoulder Dress
100% cotton, this dress is my pick for more casual beach or barn summer weddings. If you’re in a place like New Zealand or Australia, you’re probably looking for something a bit more low-key and I think this dress is a wonderful option.
6. ASOS Several options
If you’re a curvier gal, I highly recommend checking out the gorgeous curve range at ASOS. They’ve got heaps of beautiful options including this nude number. I’m also in love with this Vero Moda sage dress and this smock dress in periwinkle blue.
7. The Iconic Delilah Dress
This dress is trans-seasonal, flattering and makes a statement. Wrap dresses work well on so many different shapes and sizes and this versatile dress is one you could dress up and down. Pair it with boots and a trench coat for weekend errands and lunch.
8. Reformation Winslow Dress and Farrow Dress
As I mentioned above, Reformation is my go-to for tops and dresses. They offer up heaps of information regarding their carbon footprint, where fabric is sourced from and garments are made. I think this level of transparency needs to become the norm among fashion retailers and I seriously applaud their efforts. I’m not so secretly eyeing up the dress on the right for my sister’s wedding…
Whatever you wear, it’s ultimately about feeling comfortable and confident. Remember, casual dresses can be styled to look more formal. Dressing for the venue is also a key factor to consider. I like to do a bit of research before each wedding I attend; looking at the venue and thinking about the couple’s own style to make sure my outfit is appropriate.
I didn’t wear either of these dresses to weddings, but both are fun, girly options depending on the venue and the couple in question.