Say “Yes” to This Dress: Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas – Dressbarn

Say “Yes” to This Dress: Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

Say “Yes” to This Dress: Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas - Dressbarn


With wedding invitations piling up, finding the perfect outfit can be daunting and stressful. How do you understand the difference between semi-formal, cocktail, black tie, and smart casual? The options are a bit ambiguous, making things more confusing and complicated than they actually are. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you sort through all the dress codes.

One of the best ways to decide on your wedding attire is to learn about the venue because that sets the tone. Is it an indoor wedding, a beach wedding, or a themed wedding? The list could go on and on, but now you know that researching the location beforehand is key to nailing that wedding outfit.

If you’re still undecided on which style to go for, we got it covered. We’ve gathered different wedding guest outfit ideas so that you’re appropriately and stylishly dressed for the occasion.


Bright Colors

There’s often a theme for weddings that have bright palettes in their dress code. If you’re given the go-ahead to be playful with your color choices, don’t be afraid to go for eye-catching pinks and sunny yellows. Play around with accessories, then complete your look with heels or dressy flats.

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Known as the second most formal wedding dress code (next to white-tie), this usually means the wedding is held in the evening. Floor-length gowns are more commonly worn, but a sophisticated cocktail dress is acceptable if the wedding is slightly less formal. Opt for chiffon or silk-like fabrics that flow beautifully for a more elegant feel. Also, look for details like ruffles and asymmetrical shoulders to give your dress a unique look.

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Daytime Florals

Many outdoor weddings require a more casual attire, meaning prints and touches of color are on the table. You also have the option to wear something more comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be chic! Think puff sleeves and pleated skirts, details that add a feminine touch to your dress. When it comes to footwear, keep it laid-back with low wedges or kitten-heel sandals.

Styles you might like:


Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are usually held at a tropical or sunny location, so you have to dress accordingly. Opt for cotton-blend or linen dresses, which are breathable and more forgiving in warmer climates. Upgrade your look with accessories, such as a sunhat or statement accessories, to make sure you’re dressy enough for the celebration.

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Casual and Unique

Some couples don’t have dress codes, so if you’re given the freedom to come as you are, take this opportunity to express your style without looking under- or overdressed. For example, jumpsuits are a chic alternative to dresses—they’re easy to throw on, comfortable, and take minimal effort to style.

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Elegant Two-Piece Sets

A smart way to dress for weddings is opting for a two-piece set. You can wear it on multiple occasions, and you can even mix and match. Pair your top with tailored trousers and stilettos to transform your outfit for nighttime events. Complete your look with statement jewels to amp up the sophistication.

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Dreamy Pastels

Pastels are perfect for spring/summer weddings because they radiate happiness. They leave you with many outfit options without trying too hard. From wrap dresses to more casual silhouettes like halter styles, you can have fun with your outfit (as long as it meets the dress code, of course)

Wear your pastel number with stilettos for a semi-formal attire, or kickback in espadrille wedges for a more casual look.

Styles you might like:


Something Sexy

Channel the romantic wedding vibes through your outfit. Think dramatic ruffles, short lengths, and fringes. Wear a tailored blazer over your dress to make it look more polished, then don a pair of ankle-strap heels to finish your ensemble.

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Look Great, Feel Great

Wedding dress codes aside, the most important factor to consider when deciding on an outfit is how you’ll feel and look while wearing your dress (or pantsuit). Regardless of how many nuptials you have lined up, nailing the perfect wedding guest outfit is less stressful with our personally curated style tips. Cheers!


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