The moment that envelope slides through the letterbox, thoughts almost-instantly deviate from the romantic union you’ve been invited to celebrate, to ‘what the hell am I going to wear?’. With weddings, in all their love and fashion glory – hopefully – back on the agenda for June, we’ve rounded up the wedding guest dresses to have and to hold, now.
For some reason, when it comes to weddings, the pressure to find ‘The One’ (sartorially speaking) peaks. This season is no exception. If you add a year of on-and-off lockdown to the prospect of bumping into an ex, making small talk with really, really old school friends, or trying to reassure family members that you’re truly happy single – then confidence-evoking style, comfort and composure (at least initially) are key.
The brief requires something beautiful and considered but not too attention-grabbing. Something unequivocally stylish that makes you feel your absolute best. Ideally, something you could wear again, and definitely something that no one else is wearing.
*Make a mental note to check the colour scheme to avoid matching the bridal party.
Fortunately spring fashion is currently throwing up endless possibilities, and we’ve searched far and wide to round up the ultimate list of wedding guest dresses that will stand the test of time. From prints and florals, to ruffles, sherbet shades and classics, there’s something for everyone. We’ve even included a smattering of metallics, because, you know… 2021 is the new ’20s (and you could wear it again at Christmas?!).
Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best wedding guest dresses.
This Les Rêveries dress has a flatter-all fit. It's also demure in length, pretty in print, and playful by means of the peek-a-boo neckline. What's not to love?!
Les Rêveries Ruffled Floral-Print Silk-Satin Midi Dress, £189, www.theoutnet.com
This dress looks way more expensive that it actually is. The pretty ballerina pink hue is offset by the clever use of proportions - the plunging neckline, volume and drama.
Voluminous Midi Dress, £49.95, www.zara.com
This buttery lemon Ganni dress is so chic and effortless. Plus by renting this, instead of buying it new and wearing it once, you are saving the equivalent CO2e of 12 trees or 1824 miles in a car.
Ganni Striped Silk Midi Dress, UK 12, Rent from £58 at www.hurrcollective.com
This midi dress is cut from a delicate check pleated fabric, which also happens to be recycled. The top fits neatly while the flare skirt gives a feminine silhouette. We love combo of the classic cut and print, with girly details.
Monochrome Check Midi Dress, £340 at www.self-portrait-studio.com