One of the key signs that I’m an ~adult – or am successfully pretending to be one – is that my summer diary is full of weddings, engagements, hen parties or other similar occasions. Alas, it doesn’t include an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s star-studded wedding at the weekend! My May weekends have been packed with bridesmaids’ duties and I’ve been loving the added excuse to hang out with my best friend and try on beautiful dresses! And with a social calendar like this, the questions always begs, ‘what on earth will I wear?’
The conundrum here is that you’ll rarely wear a wedding guest outfit time and time again. And you also can’t really get away with one dress for every wedding for a whole summer, especially if you love Instagram as much as I do. On top of that you have to bear in mind the wedding colour palette, the location… It’s often a complete nightmare.
If you’re anything like me (which I’d imagine you are, lovely reader), then you love fashion but don’t necessarily indulge all the time in frivolous purchases. You enjoy investing in beautiful pieces that you’ll not only look great in online and off, but that you’ll treasure for several seasons. The trends will dictate about 15% of your new-in buys, but you’re mostly interested in looking good while you spend your hard-earned cash on experiences. And yes, that does loosely translate to: several gin and tonics at your best pal’s wedding and a gorgeous gift for the happy couple.
Behold, the Daisybutter guide to nailing a wedding guest wardrobe for this summer and beyond. 4 looks, 10 pieces and just 2 pairs of shoes. Designed to see you through at least 4 weddings.
I, for one, am over the moon that yellow has captivated everybody’s attention this summer. The sunshine hue instantly perks up any day and it’ll be a winning shade for a wedding. And the intricacies of this lace appliqué dress from Mango are perfect! The V-neck and straight-cut skirt of this piece create an elegant look that’ll see you through the entire day — just add bold tasselled earrings, a bold lip colour and these Perspex flower-filled heels to complete the look.
A fresher take on guest attire is of course the jumpsuit. Personally I’m all about sporting a one-piece for a wedding, because it’s so easy to style once the occasion is over! You already know that I begrudge only wearing a piece once, and this one looks just as good styled with V-throat heels as it does with an all-white trainer. Complete the ensemble by adding this stunning flower-appliqué strap bag.
When it comes to a more classic option, this beautiful lace dress from H&M puts a new take on modern femininity. From the delicate shoulder straps to the stunning lace detail, this midi skater-style dress is a flattering choice for most body shapes. It’s available in several colours, in case raspberry red is more your jam, and I think it’d look great teamed with those flower-heel sandals by Mango. Style your hair into a sleek low bun.
Already got a plethora of dresses in your arsenal? Then this separates option is for you! Team this one-shoulder jumper (the fine rib-knit is everything) with a printed midi skirt for a high-fashion take on wedding guest dressing. It’ll instantly elevate your style credentials — how many other people do you see choosing to mix and match instead of wear an easy all-in-one dress? — and means you can create infinite ensembles throughout the year. A band tee tucked into the skirt, for instance, or let-down hem jeans with the knit. Add these ballerina-esque Foxglove heels and a mini crossbody to complete the look.
Shop the entire edit:
(Blond-lace applique dress, £69.99, Mango;
Floral spotted bow back jumpsuit, £42, Topshop;
Lace dress, £59.99, H&M – other colours available;
Ribbed asymmetric sweater, £29.99, Mango;
Slit crepe skirt, £69, And Other Stories;
Tasselled earrings, £8.99, H&M – other colours available;
Foxglove suede kitten heels, £60, ASOS White;
Flowered heel leather sandals, £69.99, Mango;
Priscilla mini crossbody bag, £20, Accessorize;
Flowers handle bag, £35.99, Mango.)
- Try on! I’m a fiend for not trying clothes on in-store, but you’ll want to make sure your outfit fits perfectly on this occasion. ‘A little baggy’ won’t cut it when it comes to occasionwear and you’ll want to look and feel polished.
- Accessorise your look. Let’s not beat around the bush here: it’s fairly likely that somebody else at this event will be wearing the same ASOS dress as you. So, accessorise! A belt will beautifully enhance your waist, while a statement necklace often changes an ensemble completely.
- Keep it low maintenance. OK, so a jumpsuit looks great… But will you be able to easily use the bathroom without the help of your plus one?
- Don’t ask the bride what to wear, she has plenty on her plate. When my best friend got married, I genuinely thought she was going to behead me when I was still Without Outfit two days before her wedding.
- Of course, don’t wear white! Or if the bride is planning on wearing a particular style of dress or other non-traditional colour, avoid anything too similar. I’d personally avoid anything maxi length as this will lend too similar to the bride’s all-important look.
- Force yourself to wear something uncomfortable. Whether it’s shoes that are a smidge too high or a dress that isn’t easy to stand/sit in, etc. it’s important to feel comfortable. Often weddings are tiring, you’ll be at the church or ceremony, travelling to the reception, eating a three-course meal and dancing on top of that!