What to Wear
to a Wedding

Wedding dress codes, decoded

Putting together the perfect wedding guest outfit is an art form in and of itself. There are so many things to consider: venue, time of year, type of celebration, the list goes on. An important thing to remember is not to steal the spotlight from the wedding party. The idea is to step out in a guest look that seems effortless, but has been strategically styled to appear so. So how do you make sure you look the part, whatever the style of the nuptials? It is all about expressing your personal style within the parameters of the wedding’s dress code. Scroll down to read our ‘What to Wear to a Wedding’ guide, including wedding outfits for men and women, and some useful tips for all wedding guests to follow.

Spring weddings

The allure of a spring wedding is universal, but dressing for one can be a challenge. The key is to find a look that lends itself to all types of weather conditions. For women, a lightweight trench coat over a long-sleeved shift dress is an excellent option. For men, a mid-weight suit in navy, blue or grey is the perfect spring wedding attire. Spring is also the ideal time to experiment with print and colour – male wedding guests may want to explore the option of a pastel-coloured suit, depending on the dress code, and florals are flattering on dresses and skirts alike. 

Summer weddings

When the weather heats up, breathability takes precedence over style. Lightweight materials like linen or cotton are ideal for high summer, and merino wool or cotton blends work well in cooler temperatures. For men, it’s perfectly acceptable to forgo a tie during the summer months, rather opting for a casual look like a blazer and loose button-down shirt. Women, on the other hand, can ensure they look effortlessly cool in a maxi or midi length dress made from an airy fabric like silk or chiffon. Ceremonies on the beach call for more sensible footwear, so swap your formal dress shoes for sandals or sneakers.

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Accessories

Men

Accessories are a great way to subtly express your personal style. While we would advise to keep your tie simple, a complementary pocket square can elevate the entire look. Find out how to fold your pocket square here. For shoes, keep it refined unless the occasion calls for a more practical option. 

Women

Less is more when it comes to wedding accessories for women. Bags should be small and sophisticated, so as not to overshadow the rest of your look. Shoes should be stylish and comfortable, especially if the wedding is an all-day affair. Nude or metallic-coloured heels are the most versatile, but if you want to make a statement in shoes that standout, opt for coloured pair to match your look. 

 

Women's accessories

Helpful tips

  • It's important to consider what time of year the wedding you’ve been invited to will take place. For example, a summer or spring wedding requires a look in lighter fabrics and colours. Whereas for cold-weather weddings, it’s better to opt for a suit or dress in a heavy fabric and richer, more opulent colour. 
  • It is better to be overdressed than underdressed for a wedding. If comfort is a concern, choose a suit or dress made from a soft, natural fibre like cotton. 
  • Women - never wear white, unless you’re part of the bridal party and asked to do so. Just to be safe, it is best to avoid off-whites, creams and pale blues as well.
  • Men - if the invitation says “black tie”, stick to a sleek tuxedo and polished dress shoes. If the invitation tells you to get creative, add a fresh twist with playful accessories and bold footwear.