Wedding guest outfits 2017

Find out all you need to know on wedding guest outfits 2018, summer dresses to wear to a wedding, beautiful dresses to wear to a wedding. Also gain more insights on beautiful dresses to wear to a wedding 2017 options like wedding guest dresses by reading our article below.

Wedding guest outfits 2017



There never seems to be an end to wedding season does there? Just when the summer finishes and everyone has tied the knot, along come the winter weddings. Knowing what to wear for weddings as a guest can be a nightmare at the best of times, but when you factor in the different seasons, things get complicated.

Life and Style are on hand to provide support in your hunt for the perfect wedding guest outfit as we have a useful guide of how to approach buying dresses for each season.

 Spring Wedding Outfits

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When taking to the Spring weddings, be aware that although the weather is starting to get warmer, you might not be able to get away with short sleeves and skirts. Not to sound like your mum, but it might also be a good idea to bring a jacket with you too. You might be outside for a good portion of the day.

With weather getting warmer, so does the colour scheme. Warm light colours like lilac and peach are always a good option for spring-time weddings. With styles like lace remaining a dependable choice.

Our Lace Overlay Dress is perfect for a spring, and even summer wedding. It shows its versatility because the classic shape is flattering for your curves and radiates elegance that could be worn in the office with a blazer on top, or for a special night out. We’ve all been in the situation where you buy a nice dress for the event, but it just sits in the wardrobe for the rest of eternity. Thankfully this one won’t be.

Summer Wedding Outfits

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It wouldn’t be a summer wedding without pastel colours. We all know that summer weddings are the time for these gorgeous summer colours to come out in force. In Britain the weather could change at a moment’s notice, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking your absolute best.

As the weather is warmer, the length of your dress or skirt can be a little shorter so you can show off skin that exudes elegance. But be sure not to go too far. Nobody wants to be the girl who looks like they’re trying to upstage the bride.

You can’t go wrong with floral prints and brighter colours. Again, light pinks and purples will usually go over well as a summer wedding guest outfit.

Autumn Wedding Outfits

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The nice thing about autumn weddings is that you don’t have to worry about the weather being too warm or too cold, which gives you a bit more flexibility with the outfit that you choose for it.

Solid colours are useful in some circumstances, but at an Autumn wedding you could opt for a nice print on your dress. Try a design like flowers, with an autumn hue, which will add flow and lightness to your outfit.

Autumnal colours are the obvious choice for your dress, think rich hues, beautiful prints and delicious fabrics. Aside from here you can always go for nice rich blues and purples. Remember to think carefully about what jacket to wear and complete the look.


Winter Wedding Outfits

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Much like the seasons themselves, there is a lot of overlap in the clothes you can wear for winter weddings. You certainly won’t get funny looks for turning up in a more traditionally autumnal outfit.

For winter wedding wear, you can go for colours like silvers, golds and greys, colours which just scream cold weather. You’re in luck if there is a “winter wonderland” theme, we can’t think of a more fitting colour to match the scheme.

This is a great occasion to get a shimmery, flowy dress that will turn heads the moment you step into the room. George has a gorgeous Shimmer Dress which is complimenting for the winter as well flatter your figure when you wear it. The two-tone design of the plissé will attract attention to your waist to create a stunning silhouette.


Wedding Guest Style for Her

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These days, women have a lot of freedom and almost innumerable options available to them for wedding guest attire. The most important guideline for women is not to wear white, off-white or ivory. This is an old-school rule but it still applies, as you don’t want to outshine the bride on her special day. (The only exception here is when the invite specifically states that it is a “white wedding,” in which case guests are encouraged to wear all-white as well.)

For daytime weddings, remember not to wear black or sequins, as those are colors and details best reserved for evening occasions. (The sparkle will make you look overdressed.)

Even if you’re attending the wedding of a young friend, remember how many wedding guests are older, including the families of the bride and groom — especially those who paid for it. Out of respect for the occasion and those closest to the couple, overly sexy, low-cut, revealing or high-hemmed outfits should be avoided. That’s not to say you can’t look feminine and attractive — just be reasonable. If you have any doubts, consult other guests, friends or your mom for advice. (Most likely, if you have to ask, there’s your answer.)   03 of 08

When Dress Code Is Not Specified

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If the invite does not give a dress code, use your best judgement. A cocktail dress, little black dress or even a full-length jumpsuit will work just about anywhere. High heeled pumps or sandals are always a good bet as well. Your shoes have the ability to dress your look way up or way down, so choose a pair of shoes based on the formality of your dress and you’ll achieve the right balance.

Do not bring a large purse to a wedding. Carry a small clutch or a small cross-body bag. Mini bags are on-trend right now, but a classic metallic or satin clutch will never do you wrong. All you need to bring is keys, a credit card and ID, your phone and lipstick — no tote bag required.

No matter what time of day or the vagueness of an invitation, it’s safe to say that jeans or shorts are never appropriate. This is a special occasion and often a religious ceremony, so show respect for the couple by putting in some effort. The venue, time of day and character of the hosts should give you all the clues you need to show up looking fantastic and appropriate.   04 of 08

Wedding Guest Style for Him

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Lucky for you, men, dressing for weddings isn’t particularly difficult. You will always look appropriate in a suit and tie, no matter what. How easy is that?

If you want to get into specifics though, there are some guidelines that men should follow in order to look their best at a wedding. For example, a summer or spring wedding means you can wear a suit (or shirt and chinos for informal daytime) in lighter fabrics and colors. (Think linen and cotton blends.) For fall or winter weddings, you may want to wear a wool or wool-blend suit in a dark color like grey or charcoal.

If the wedding is strictly black tie, stick to a traditional tuxedo and avoid “getting cute” with it. A black bowtie and polished black dress shoes are a must. You may get an invite that suggests “creative black tie” or even something like “Texas Formal,” in which case switch out your dress shoes for black cowboy boots or wear a playful vest under your jacket.

Unless it is a black tie or formal wedding, a navy blue suit is the most tasteful and appropriate option there is. (Do not wear a black suit, as they are reserved for very formal occasions and funerals.) Just make sure it is tailored, and your accessories fit the occasion.

A white shirt and tastefully patterned tie (think subtle stripes or swiss dots) will work for any occasion. Don’t be afraid to add a pocket square or unique cufflinks to add some personality to your look. 05 of 08

Informal Weddings, Daytime and Evening

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Informal, Daytime: For her, an informal daytime or morning wedding means a sundress, skirt and top or even pants (but no jeans), and no high heels required. For men, slacks or chinos and a shirt (tucked in) works great. Avoid sneakers and opt for oxfords or loafers.

Informal, Evening: For her, an informal evening wedding suggests a dress, and allows for a lot of flexibility. You could wear a maxi dress and flat shoes, or a little black dress and heels. For men, the dress requirements are the same as informal daytime, but you may want to add a jacket; no tie needed. 06 of 08

Semi-Formal Weddings, Daytime and Evening

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Semi-Formal, Daytime: For women, a semi-formal daytime wedding suggests a cocktail dress and heels or dressy separates. For men, a suit and dress shoes; tie is optional but always looks smart. In the summer months, a light-color or linen suit will work, but go with a heavier fabric for a fall or winter wedding.

Semi-Formal, Evening: For women, a semi-formal daytime wedding suggests a cocktail dress and heels or dressy separates; an LBD is an excellent option. For men, a suit and dress shoes; tie is optional but always looks smart. (If the wedding begins after 6 p.m., definitely wear a tie.) 07 of 08

Formal Weddings: Black Tie and White Tie

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Black Tie Optional: For women, black tie optional weddings mean you can wear either a cocktail dress and heels or a formal dress. (Trendier dressers may opt for a jumpsuit as well.) For men, you have the option of a tuxedo or a dark suit and tie, with black dress shoes.

Black Tie: A black tie wedding requires a formal dress for women, or your dressiest cocktail attire. For men, a tuxedo (or black suit with a black tie) is required.

White Tie: A white tie occasion is the dressiest of them all, and women will want to wear a long, floor-length gown and their best jewelry. White tie attire for men means a tuxedo worn with a white bow tie and vest, the jacket may have tails. Dress shoes should be black patent leather. (Don’t worry, this formal dress is usually reserved for royal ceremonies and debutante balls.) 08 of 08

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