It's that time of year again—wedding season. The warmer months ahead mean that your calendar is probably jam-packed with upcoming nuptials (I myself already have four on the calendar this year). As exciting as these ceremonies are, they can also be a bit stressful when it comes to picking out a wedding guest outfit.
Think about it—there are so many elements to consider: What's the dress code? Is it on grass? What won't make me sweat in the 90-degree heat? Will this look good with my date's outfit? It's enough to make your head spin. Luckily, though, I've found a few brands that always come through with chic styles to choose from, plus a range of formality options to boot. From the label with the absolute best wedding shoes for every type of ceremony terrain to the new brand guaranteed to earn you compliments, below are the eight best brands for wedding guest outfits.
Retrofête is a newer label on the scene (it just launched last May) but has already amassed an impressive It-girl following. Having been spotted on everyone from Danielle Bernstein to Julie Sariñana, the brand makes party-ready pieces that are perfect for everything from ballroom weddings to birthday parties. I even sent my girlfriend this one-shoulder white number for her rehearsal dinner dress. Now I just need a fancy reason to wear one of their pieces.
There's a reason half of your friends show up in Reformation pieces at every event—the brand has the best options. With new arrivals every single week, and an entire wedding/parties section, the scrolling is endless. Its pieces really do check all the boxes: pretty, accessible, sustainable—the list just goes on. Reformation also just added an extended sizes collection, giving us even more reason to turn to Ref for all of our event needs.
IRO is one of those brands that always manages to create feminine yet slightly edgy dresses. They also make killer heels so if stilettos don't intimidate you, definitely consider this brand for your next set of nuptials.
I already ordered this one for a ranch wedding in May.
You could wear this dress for so many events after, too.
Garden wedding, but make it fashion.
I also ordered these for the same wedding, and I'm counting down the days until I can wear them.
Australian label Alice McCall is known for its intricate detailing, experimentation with color, and unique silhouettes. Each piece is guaranteed to make you stand out (in a good way!).
I must confess I actually only recently discovered this brand on Instagram (it launched in 2018), so I haven't had a chance to try it personally yet, but I'm already eyeing quite a few styles for upcoming ceremonies I've been invited to. Everything about the line feels quintessentially summer wedding–appropriate—from the bright colors to the delicate details.
This one is currently sold out, but the brand confirmed it's coming back in May (in new colors, too!).
This was basically made for a garden ceremony.
FLEUR DU MAL
The perfect slip dress does exist—and it's made by NYC brand Fleur du Mal. With a range of luxe fabrics, colors, and lengths, these dresses are begging to be worn to a wedding. You can even style them under a blazer long after the ceremony to get even more wear out of them. Pro tip: This brand also makes the chicest lingerie (maybe for under your slip dress?).
Meet said perfect slip dress.
For a fancy ceremony.
Self-Portrait is a label that's been on our radar for years now, and it never fails to introduce event-worthy pieces. The brand is known for its intricate details and feminine silhouettes, but I especially love its unique prints.
How fun would this be for a ballroom wedding?
If outdoor ceremonies are more of your thing.
Consider this your go-to brand for all of your wedding accessory needs. By Far has the best low-heeled sandals perfect for dancing the night away without pain. It also has multiple styles that feature a wider block heel, so if your wedding is on grass, you won't have to worry about sinking into the ground. The brand just introduced handbags a few months ago as well, and the below black satin clutch is just begging to be on your arm for a ceremony.
Note the low heel to save your feet from late-night pain.
These are clutch if your ceremony is on grass.
One word: Chic.