What should a female guest wear to a wedding?

Your wedding invitation has arrived in the post and your first thought is what should I wear?  

I think we have all been in a situation where we have struggled to find the perfect wedding guest attire. However, the general aesthetic of a wedding can help guide you in the right direction to finding you the perfect outfit.

First of all, the dont’s, the general need to know ‘do nots.’ Do not wear white or off white (unless stated otherwise) this is for the bride herself.  Do not wear something too casual, were it looks like no effort has been made.  Do not wear something too short or revealing, this can look disrespectful.

Alternatively, the appropriate clothing need to be considered depending on the location and time of year the wedding is placed. For example, stiletto heels worn to a country side wedding – no thanks, sinking shoes all night! Once these general rules have been applied, you can be on your way to finding the perfect wedding guest attire.

Floral Dresses

Floral dresses are perfect for all year round.  Darker florals can be worn during A/W, whereas lighter florals can be worn through S/S. A floral print can be fun, bold and easy to style.  Pick a block colour from the floral print of your choice and apply this colour when choosing your bag and shoes.


Maxi dresses can be perfect for a day time, warm weather venue. The maxi style dress creates a perfect silhouette without clinging. This allows you to feel more at ease throughout the day without feeling stuffy and warm.

Evening Gowns

Gowns are perfect for evening attire, especially if you are only invited to the night do! They are elegant, super flattering and perfect for an evening full of champagne  

Little Black Dress

Don’t be afraid to wear black to a wedding, especially in the evenings. If you feel like it can be too harsh, then it can easily be styled with lighter coloured accessories.  Additionally, if you feel this is too boring then try finding different styles of a little black dress, perhaps with a dramatic sleeve to add volume.

It’s still not okay to wear white

Despite the shift in formal dressing, wearing white or cream is still a no-no.  This doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to wear white add-ons or lighter coloured shades. If you want to wear white or light colours, try wearing printed fabrics to make it less noticeable, also accessories with different colour shades to take away the noticeable white colour. However, if in doubt do not wear it out! Or simply ask the bride.

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