Finding the perfect dress to wear to a wedding as a guest is hard. Someone had to say it!
There are so many rules and guidelines to follow: What colour are the bridesmaid dresses? Will the ceremony or reception be outside? . Sometimes the couple will request their guests wear certain colours, or will specify how formal the event is (No matter what, the #1 unspoken rule is: don't wear white).
There's lots to take into consideration for your own personal comfort as well. Are you going to be packing your dress in a suitcase? How tall can your heels be for maximum comfort and dance-ability? How trendy can you be without straying from formal dress?
We've got you covered with 5 classic options for wedding guest dresses for 2019, and how to style them! Keep reading to see our favourite picks from some of our favourite ethical clothing and accessory brands.
A maxi-dress with a floral pattern is the perfect go-to for a destination wedding. Made from Modal and Tencel, both of these dresses are super breezy for an outdoor ceremony. Opting for a fabric with a stretch, like Modal, will help if you have to pack your dress in a suitcase for air travel since it’s less crinkly than some other traditional luxury fabrics (like silk!).
Pair with: A strappy sandal with a low heel, or an espadrille for the ultimate beach look. Keep the heels blocky if you're anywhere near the sand!
Accessorize with: Dainty jewelry to not compete with the boldness of the pattern. Pull a colour from the dress and wear a ring in a matching tone. Keep the beach theme going with subtle shell earrings.
If you're seeking a balance between being dressy and being comfy, look no further than the shift dress. With a flattering and loose drape, the shift dress is a very forgiving style that will give you the freedom to shimmy and shake. A shift dress is also very wearable for other occasions, as it can be dressed up and down with layers and different accessories. Choose between patterned and solid colour options, as bold or as neutral as you feel comfortable with.
Pair with: The lace-up sandal balances out the hemline of the dress, and the block heel is another level of comfort in this look.
Accessorize with: A bold pendant and matching gold jewelry to dress up the simple silhouette.
When the opportunity presents to wear a full-length gown, it's hard to resist. These dresses are perfect for a formal, black-tie dress code. Stick to a neutral colour like navy or rose if you want a simple look, or opt for a small floral pattern if you want to be a bit bolder, but just as elegant.
Pair with: A stiletto heel, in whatever height feels the most comfortable to you. We love the kitten mule heels just as much as we love the taller sandals!
Accessorize with: Simple stud earrings, or a delicate chain drop pearl. (Or both, if you're wearing Jewels and Aces)
Sometimes the best dress isn't even a dress at all. Two piece sets are still trendy as ever, and totally appropriate for a wedding. Better than a romper in terms of convenience, but equally as funky. If you're hitting up more than one wedding this summer, switch it up at one and try a two-piece set!
Pair with: a bold heel either in shape or pattern, to go with this already funky look. Finding a cheetah print that goes with the orange in the top + skirt matches without matching.
Accessorize with: Stay trendy with the jewelry too, and go for some stacked gold rings, and oval "hoops".
Midi-dresses are a great balance between the over-done cocktail dress, and the formality of a full-length gown. Stack trends and go for an eyelet lace dress with ruffles, or try out a trendy colour of the season (or all three, like the Mauve dress from St. Roche).
Pair with: Since your dress isn't covering your shoes, go for ones in a matching tone, or something that comes higher up on your leg (like the lace up stilettos). The matching shoes will elongate your look to the floor, even though the silhouette of the dress stops mid-shin. Very flattering!
Accessorize with: Go for a bolder earring in a length that is dependant on the neckline of your dress. Higher/more detailed neckline, go for a shorter earring and vice-versa.
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