The Ultimate Seasonal Guide to Wedding Outfits for Women
If your fridge is covered in ‘Save the Dates’ and your bank account has taken a serious beating thanks to numerous hen dos then you’ll already know…wedding season is officially here! After a couple of years of postponements (thanks Rona) and lockdown engagements it’s fair to say we’re in for a jam-packed wedding season. Wedding outfits for women can be a minefield of major no-nos and faux pas so we have created the ultimate seasonal guide for wedding outfits to get you through every month, temperature, and weather forecast. We cover everything from how to layer up for a winter wedding to how to dress for your next spring wedding and how to ensure no outfit repeats. Make sure you’re the best dressed guest no matter the season with our wedding guest outfit collection.
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WHY SEASONAL WEDDING GUEST SHOPPING IS STRESSFUL
Unless you’re jetting off to a destination wedding somewhere fabulous like St Lucia or the Maldives you just can never be sure of the good old British weather which makes shopping for weddings stressful af. Our advice? Make sure you have a solid plan b and be prepared for any weather.
Match your hemline to the temperature - opt for longer dresses or trousers for winter and play with mini and midis for spring and summer. Invest in good staples: a smart tailored coat for any winter weddings, a comfortable pair of heels that will see you own the dancefloor all night and a classic bag for all your essentials including an umbrella. Save your pennies and rotate outfits, you don’t have to buy multiple wedding guest outfits for women this year, just be very very selective. We’re talking investing in one good midi dress or women’s suit and then playing around with your accessories. From clashing shoes to a statement bag - that’s how you repeat outfits like a pro!
SPRING WEDDING OUTFITS
Let’s talk Spring weddings. It’s no wonder that your calendar is filling up with weddings from March with the warmer weather and flowers starting to bloom it makes for the perfect wedding conditions but be prepped for those pesky April showers and chillier evenings. If you’re heading off to watch your bestie say ‘I do’ in April you can be pretty sure of some rain. This means opting for a chunky heel ready for the mud over some slinky barely-theres, steering clear of any chiffon (unless you want to accidentally flash the congregation) and taking a bag big enough for an emergency umbrella. Layers are your BFF here - make sure you invest in a light tailored coat or blazer to chuck on over your dress.
SPRING WEDDING GUEST DRESSES
If you’re looking for a spring wedding guest dress then look no further. There’s no rules against wearing champagne to a wedding are there? We love this double layered (extra warmth) one shoulder midi dress. It is super flattering and will hug you in all the right places. Simply style with a shawl or a blazer ready for those cooler evenings. If you’re looking for a dress that is sure to grab the best man’s attention or you’re on the hunt for a simple bridesmaid dress a satin dress is always a winner. This sage green maxi dress is a real showstopper. The floaty fabric means it is super flattering and easy to dance in! The cowl neck gives just a hint of sexy and we are here for it. What's even better? It comes in this dreamy orange hue too!
SPRING WEDDING GUEST JUMPSUITS
If warmth is a worry then a jumpsuit could be the perfect choice. Spring can be tricky in terms of weather so be prepared for any temperature in a long sleeved jumpsuit. This gold shirt style jumpsuit with a tie waist will flatter you in all the right places and styled with some green heels and a matching bag has a very expensive feel minus the price tag! Still feeling the chill? Stay cosy in this faux shearling coat or opt for something a little more tailored with this camel wool coat. If the weather is looking promising and there’s no rain on the horizon bare a little more skin with a one shoulder jumpsuit or embrace those spring pastels with a linen number like this pink puff sleeve one.
SPRING WEDDING GUEST SUITS AND TWO-PIECES
Looking for a chic alternative to a dress? A suit co-ord is a great investment, will keep you warm and will give you countless more outfit options. What’s not to like? We’re all about pastels for spring and we are loving this baby blue suit. The blazer is nice and oversized and the high waist trousers are tailored and will flatter any figure. If you’re looking to heat things up leave a top at home and just rock the blazer done up. Alternatively, opt for a simple bodysuit or corset top. The best part? You get multiple outfits in one! Post wedding season style the blazer with jeans or rock the suit with trainers for a laidback look.
Psst: planning your wedding outfit but still got the real big day to go - the hen do? Check out this piece on Outfit Ideas For a Hen Do that are fun, flirty, and on-theme.
SUMMER WEDDING GUEST OUTFITS
Let’s talk summer wedding guest outfits. With the weather getting warmer (hopefully) you can forget panicking about layers and put all your time and energy into one heart-stopping, speech-worthy dress. Aiming too high? No way. Pastels are still a vibe but move on to brighter hues come the summer months, especially with a tan. We’re talking cobalt blues, raspberry pinks and high-octane orange. The brighter the better. Style with perspex heels, strappy stilettos or chunky sandals.
SUMMER WEDDING GUEST DRESSES
A summer dress for a wedding is a match made in heaven. Let’s keep things cool with floatier silhouettes, shorter sleeves and cut out details. Our tip? Avoid a bodycon dress. The clingy fabric can have you feeling all kinds of claustrophobic not to mention the risk of sweat patches!
A milkmaid midi dress is a fail-safe option - a really flattering shape and neckline without being too revealing. Opt for something bright and floral like this lilac midi dress. Maybe you’ve jetted off to watch your BFF say ‘I do’ on the beach? We love an off the shoulder dress to show off a tan and this blue floral one with orange accessories is just perfection.
Maybe you’re looking for a mini dress that’s still wedding-friendly? This blue puff sleeve smock dress is breathable and looks expensive…what’s not to like? Last but not least you just cannot go wrong with a maxi dress. Perfect for a beach wedding or even a summer garden wedding. Style this rose pink slinky maxi dress with a bouncy blow dry and a sunkissed tan for a simple yet sexy outfit.
SUMMER WEDDING GUEST JUMPSUITS
Not keen on showing off your pins? Had a fake tan disaster and need an outfit fix asap? Consider a jumpsuit your wedding saviour. Forget the sleeves and show off those shoulders in a bardot, halterneck or even bandeau shape. If you’re off to a destination wedding these will take you from beach ceremony to beach bar effortlessly. For ultimate comfort opt for a wide leg style like this red strappy cowl neck jumpsuit.
Now time to really amp up the summer vibes. We are loving bold retro prints, florals and brights. This halterneck jumpsuit will have you unleashing your inner 70s goddess. Style simply and let the jumpsuit do the talking! If you’re opting for a bandeau or bardot style make sure you’re laying the right foundations with the right underwear. This push-up stick-on bra is comfortable and will give you the cleavage of dreams!
SUMMER WEDDING GUEST SUITS AND TWO-PIECES
We love a matching look and a co-ord or summer suit is a must for wedding season. Not only are they v on-trend, they make your wardrobe work harder and give you multiple outfits in one. Keep things airy and breathable for a summer wedding and have fun with colour and prints. The summer is your chance to go a little bit wild. If you’re going for a summer suit make sure you’re styling with a light camisole or bodysuit underneath. We both know you’ll be throwing some mad shapes at the reception and you want to avoid getting too hot and flustered. If you’re wearing a light coloured suit or two-piece, make sure you’re wearing light or neutral underwear too. No VPL here to show through!
Make an entrance in this gorgeous cobalt blue puff sleeve top and matching mini skirt, style with hot pink heels and get ready to soak in the stares! Looking for some dreamy soft tailoring in perfect pastels? This lilac co-ord is everything. Finally if you’re looking for something to flash the flesh in this white floral co-ord is super cute. The ruched skirt is really flattering and perfect for showing off those sunkissed pins! Looking to cover up a little more? Style the crop top with some wide leg trousers instead.
WINTER WEDDING GUEST OUTFITS
Dressing for winter is hard enough but getting it right for a winter occasion or wedding is straight up tricky. You can’t simply rely on a slip dress and heels like you would in the summer. How do you ensure warmth without bulky layers? What about shoes? You can’t wear UGG boots to a wedding but warmth and comfort is the aim of the game here. Ok, let’s talk about what you can do. For a winter wedding you can embrace heavier fabrics like velvet, opt for long sleeves and go for deeper colours like rich emerald and berry red. From wrap dresses you can layer to long jumpsuits and of course suits there are so many options for a winter wedding and we’re here to talk you through them!
WINTER WEDDING GUEST DRESSES
Got a Christmas wedding and just no clue where to start looking for the perfect wedding guest outfit? We got you. Let’s start with dresses.
Keep the materials thick and the hemlines long. Go for something long sleeved to ensure some warmth, so long sleeve dresses will be your faithful companions. This green floral midi is such a good option. The emerald green is warm and rich and the split gives you a little sexy edge - hello best man! Another gorgeous long sleeved option is this red midi dress with cut out details. Velvet screams winter wedding and a midi cami dress is always a winner. Super flattering on any figure, comfortable and oh so easy to wear again and again.
WINTER WEDDING GUEST JUMPSUITS
This is the season where jumpsuits really come into their own. Keep your sleeves long but give the congregation something to gossip about with a plunging neckline or bare shoulder! Winter is the time to go against tradition so you can totally browse the black jumpsuits. Do it in style in this one shoulder jumpsuit - so simple but packs a real punch! Style with a red lip and gold accessories. Perfection! Need a coat? This dogtooth tailored coat is giving Cruella at a wedding vibes and we LOVE it!
WINTER WEDDING GUEST SUITS AND TWO-PIECES
Suits are a godsend in colder, wetter months and are such a chic option for a winter wedding. Forget your boring workwear in 50 shades of black and opt for jewel-toned separates in women’s tailoring and suits instead. Go for emerald green or get inspired by your fave Christmas chocolate and choose a Quality Street purple. Speaking of Christmas a bright red suit isn’t only for Santa. Looking for something slightly more neutral that you know you’ll wear again? Earthy shades are sure to stick around from season to season and this chocolate oversized blazer is a great investment. Style with minimal accessories and a faux fur coat.
TOP TIPS & HACKS - WEDDING OUTFITS FOR WOMEN
Here’s our top tips on all things wedding outfits for women in a socially jam-packed year:
- Keep it simple. Invest in a slip dress that fits you like a glove. Then play round with accessories for each event.
- Spend your money on a comfortable pair of heels and your feet will thank you for it!
- Get yourself a smart tailored coat for winter weddings. Most venues will have a cloakroom so don’t go without just because you cba to carry your coat.
- Secure the bag and be prepped for the weather. Can you fit an umbrella in there? Pack your sunnies for potential british sunshine (wow) and of course the tears!
So there you have it - our ultimate seasonal guide to wedding outfits for women! We hope we’ve helped you take the drama out of the dress code for you for you no matter the season. Lucky enough to be jetting off for a destination wedding? If you’re heading to the White Isle check out our Guide to Packing for Ibiza. If you’re looking for more party dresses for the festive season check out Our Favourite Party Dresses.