Lucy Morris | Fashion and Beauty Editor | Wednesday, 5 July 2017

10 Wedding Guest Dresses That Don’t Suck And Aren’t Floral

10 Wedding Guest Dresses That Don’t Suck And Aren’t Floral

The Debrief: Be the second best dressed at the event

he instant you’re invited to a couple’s nuptials you know the best you can hope for is wearing the second most memorable frock of the day. But, finding that dress is an absolute headache. 

Weddings are a high-pressure sartorial occasion that will, no doubt, be avidly captured by both professional and amateur photographers. Between the Pinterest boards and the months of planning, the bride/s and her maids will already have their outfits in lockdown, so the only thing you really need to worry about is not picking anything that looks the slightest like theirs. That said, use it as a chance to dress up and wear something fabulous. Find a romantic frock, something that’s sultry and striking or chose something edgy that will make you stand out. Sometimes the answer is a jumpsuit, other events it’s a dramatic, floor-sweeping gown that swishes as you walk, no matter what ticks your personal style’s boxes just make sure it’s something you feel comfortable and happy to wear from dusk to dawn.

1. What to wear when the dress code says…white tie 

Off Shoulder Ruffle Dress, £310, Edit; Camera Bag, £155, Pop & Suki; Van Outen Neon Pink, £235, Lucy Choi

2. What to wear when the dress code says…black tie 

Face Earings, £4.99, Mango; 100% Silk Dress, £99.99, Mango; Metropolis Oxygen Bag, £96, Furla; Verde Multi Buckle Sandal, £80, Whistles 

3. What to wear when the dress code says…formal 

Sphere Oval Hoop Earring, £30, Whistles; Cara Clean Crop Jacket, £330, Whistles; Mia Floris Jumpsuit, £155, Whistles, John LewisCamera Bag, £155, Pop & SukiAmberley Mid Block Heel Mule, £139, Whistles

4. What to wear when the dress code says…smart casual

Sleeveless Dress With Open Back, £69, COS; Glitzy Palm Tree Clutch Bag, £24.50, Accessorize; Van Outen Neon Pink, £235, Lucy Choi 

5. What to wear when the dress code says…garden party 

Bead Hoop Earrings, £8.99, Mango; Sleeveless Dress With Pleated Waist, £79, COS; Pico Stripe Straw Clutch, £35, Whistles; REAL Frill Sandals, £30, Topshop

6. What to wear when the dress code says…abroad 

Chunky Diamante Wide Set Choker, £6, Nasty Gal; Ruffle Dress, £406.59, Edit, Shopbop; Ariana Sequin Across Body Bag, £12.50, Accessorize;  Nike Air Max LD-Zero, £135, Nike

7. What to wear when the dress code says…lunchtime reception 

Sphere Oval Hoop Earring, £20, Whistles; Cara Clean Embossed Leather, £395, Whistles; Harlem Paradise Bird Dress, £130, Whistles; RAPHAEL Sandals, £42, Topshop

8. What to wear when the dress code says…city rooftop

Simple Pearl Pendant Necklace, £3, Accessorize; 100% Silk Dress, £99.99, Mango; Oksana Crackle Leather Clutch Bag, £29, Accessorize; Nike Air Force 1 07, £72, Nike

9. What to wear when the dress code says…festive attire

Square Drop Resin Earring, £40, Whistles; Faye Crochet Lace Dress, £50, Nasty Gal; Walk On By High-Top Sneaker, £20, Nasty Gal; Oksana Crackle Leather Clutch Bag, £29, Accessorize

10. What to wear when the dress code says…cocktail attire 

Chunky Diamante Wide Set Choker, £6, Nasty Gal; Faux Leather Biker Jacket, £59, Warehouse; Eyelash Frill Dress, £40, Warehouse; Sock It 2 Me Fishnet Pump, £35, Nasty Gal; Sparkle Clipframe Pouch Bag, £35, Accessorize

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