Wedding Guest Outfits 

Heather Kuplast // Writer & Editor

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Find the Perfect Wedding Guest Outfit

Choosing what to wear as a wedding guest can be stressful. If you’re looking for the answers you’ve come to the right place. If you are looking for a formal, informal, or backyard wedding outfit we can help. There’s no rules on what to wear, but there are some standards. Always remember you’ll feel less embarrassed being overdressed than underdressed. Hopefully, these helpful tips can keep you from those awkward moments.

What should I wear to a wedding?

Formal weddings will have a different standard on what to wear. If this is a church wedding or the couple has explicitly said it is a formal wedding, and it has formal attire, then you will want to match the dress code. For a feminine look a nice long or mid-length dress, paint suit, or jumpsuit will be perfect. One thing to remember at formal weddings is to dress more modestly or with your shoulders covered. The best option is to wear something over the outfit, so if it does get hot or after the ceremony, you can have a way to take the layers off. For a more masculin look, you’ll want a nice suit, or tux depending on what style you like best. Never wear shorts, even if it’s a casual wedding. If you bring a plus one then a little matching with the colors is going to be cute. If you’re going alone then wear whatever you want, as long as it’s not white or close to white.

For casual weddings you can forget the stiff looks and go with something more comfortable. Summer dresses, prints, and nice flats will work just fine. You have a little more freedom in what you want to wear. You can ditch the suit and go for a nice button up tucked into dress pants. You still want to look nice, so if the summer dress is what you’re going for then make it a long one and if you want a short dress go for one that looks more formal. Dress according to the weather, and it’s okay to be festive or dress for the season.

What to wear to a winter wedding

Winter wedding outfits are a little harder to find, but so beautiful. For this you’ll want to find a rich color like dark greens, dark reds, silvers, and golds. These colors are great for winter time, and if you want they’ll be good to wear again for a work holiday party. You want to look for heavier fabrics if you know the weather is going to be cold, and prepare to layer up. Don’t be shy to wear a long sleeve dress, or wear tights under, but stay away from boots because they tend to look too casual. You can find nice closed-toe heels that are classy and will keep you warm. A nice velvet blazer will keep you warm and look festive. Suits generally stay pretty warm, but if you’re going to be outside then be prepared. A nice scarf with a suit is such an iconic look that looks classy. There are so many options you can play with for a winter wedding outfit. 

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

 Fall weddings are where layering up is the most important because of how unpredictable the weather can be. You can always bring a sweater and take it off, but you don’t want to be blindsided by the cold nights. Fall colors are usually browns, oranges, and reds. You can find a nice print in these colors, or go for a pop of color to add a bit of spice. Since fall colors are so muted finding a print will keep it from looking boring. Your heels can also be that pop of color that matches the accent colors in your outfit. For suits a nice mix of fabrics will look really good. You can try a silk tie and a wool jacket for that little mix.

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Summer weddings always have perfect weather, but if you live in a hot area you know that the sweat will be dripping down your back. Find light fabrics that are breathable and wont trap the heat in, and also light colored fabric to keep the sun off you a little more. Don’t forget to find a color that won’t show sweat stains just to be safe. You want to stay away from sandals and flip-flops, but nice flats or open toed heels are great for summer weddings. If you’re in a full suit, summer weddings will be miserable. As long as their invitation doesn’t say black tie attire, feel free to leave the tie at home and just wear the button down and jacket. A short-mid length summer dress is perfect for summer weddings. Be safe and go for comfort that looks good, and get there early to find a spot in the shade or next to the air conditioning vent.

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Spring weddings are the perfect time to try out new colors. Spring weather can still be a little unpredictable, and could have some surprise rain showers. Stay away from long dresses that could get damaged from dragging in water or mud. The one thing about spring weddings attire is to come prepared. You might need that jacket for the night time, or an umbrella for random rain. Stay away from heels that will sink into grass, and bring some extra shoes just in case. For suits this is the best time to go with a bold print or pattern, and try to use lighter colors to stay cool.

Where to Find Wedding Guest Outfits Online

Nordstrom

Leading Fashion Retailer

An incredible eye for what’s next in fashion. A passionate drive to exceed expectations.

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom has everything from formal to informal, and they have the perfect accessories too. You can find more mainstream items at Nordstroms, so if you’re looking for a pant suit or a jumper you can find classy ones here. They have everything for casual suits and a good selection of ties.

Davids Bridal

Beautifully Crafted, Perfectly Priced

From hand-beaded gowns to customizable bridesmaid styles, to fun party looks, there’s something gorgeous for every celebration.

About Davids Bridal

Davids Bridal is a must. You can go here and try on dresses meant to be worn for a wedding, and if you have dress code questions the staff can be super helpful. They are also very size inclusive which is hard to find, and they can help with alterations. You will find great quality at Davids Bridal.

Lulus

Sophisticated, Chic and Modern Styles

Lulus invest in superior construction and high-end finishes to make your Lulus purchase a true representation of affordable luxury.

About Lulus

Lulus dresses and jumpsuits are all stunning and perfect for weddings. They have a large selection that you can choose from. They have very modern and chic outfits that will keep you from looking like a grandma. You can find formal and informal wedding outfits from Lulus. Lulus sizes go from XXS to XL or 4-31. They have great styles, but not made for all sizes. 

Todd Snyder

Style Expert for the Modern Gentleman

Offering signature essentials, statement pieces, custom suiting, and iconic accessories reflective of quintessential american style

About Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder has the perfect vibe for nice and casual suits. They have patterns that will keep you from being boring in a plain black suit. They also have a great selection of button ups. This is perfect for anyone looking for a suit with style. 

Mens Wearhouse

Helping Men Like the Way They Look

Your satisfaction is the highest priority at the Men’s Wearhouse.

About Mens Wearhouse

Mens Wearhouse is also a must go to for suits. They have a large selection to try one, and their staff are also extremely helpful with finding you the perfect look. They also have rental suits if you’re not ready to commit to spending on a suit. This is a great place to start if you need to know your sizing, and they are also size inclusive.

Closing Thoughts

Don’t let the dress code on the wedding invitation scare you. The perfect wedding outfit is out there. After this you should know exactly what you’re looking for. If it’s a summer, winter, fall, or spring wedding you will be prepared. Always bring extra stuff to be prepared for the worst, and you will be fine. Stand out, respectfully, and look good doing it. You can always grab that little black dress, or black suit that looks great on you. Many people think you shouldn’t wear black to a wedding, but nowadays it is totally socially acceptable. It’s always good to have a fall back option. 

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