The invites have landed, now it's time to find the dress...
Spring is almost upon us, which means that there's another time of year fast approaching: wedding season. While we're ready to admit that the bride and members of the wedding party have the most stressful outfit decisions to make, being a guest isn't all champagne toasts with your closest mates. If you have a few weddings in a row and find yourself without any classic options in your closet ready to be re-worn, than the thought of shopping for a whole new batch of dresses can be daunting, to say the least.
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This year, members of the InStyle team are headed to see couples tie the knot in everywhere from Seville to Upstate New York - so we know a thing or two about creating the perfect photo-friendly look for a special event.
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There were plenty of spring/summer couture dresses on the catwalks that were the stuff of wedding dreams, but if you can't afford Dior or Marchesa, than the key is to snap up frocks that are versatile enough that you'll actually want to wear them again. Our tip? Go for slips or dresses that are slightly more casual and then dress them up with your most elegant shoes, statement jewelry, and a clutch for the big day.
Dresses For A Formal Wedding
If you're attending a dressier city ceremony, then the exaggerated sleeve trend is ideal for adding drama to your look while still keeping it elegant. We love Roksanda's pale pink ruched take on the trend. Add a pair of open heels and a sleek box clutch for a polished and pretty finish. Another stylish bet is the classic silky slip dress. Top our favourite lilac version by Alice and Olivia with a chic blazer and an embellished pair of heels for a fully glamorous look.
Dresses For A Casual Wedding
If the wedding you’re shopping for has a more boho theme, or (lucky you) is on a beach, then a breezy maxi style will fit the bill. Our best bet is Topshop's floral version with off the shoulder sleeves, at just £79. Add loose waves and barely-there strappy heels for a look that would make Sienna Miller at Glastonbury envious.
High Street Wedding Guest Dresses
Given that the cost of attending a wedding is a pretty steep price to pay (no matter how much you love the couple), it never hurts to go bargain hunting for your outfit. You'll be pleased to know that the pretty sheer details, embroidery and frills that were trending on the runways have filtered down to the high street. From fit and flare lace at H&M to abstract prints at Mango, there loads of options to get you looking (almost) as fabulous as the bride herself without draining your pay check.
Below, we’ve edited our dream wedding guest dresses for you to shop now…