Hands up if you have more than one wedding this year? Assuming your hand is aloft, I feel your pain. I have four weddings dotted across my social calendar this year. Thankfully, I'm a bridesmaid for one of them, which means I don't have to worry about what I'm wearing to that one (we've already picked out our bridesmaid dresses from ASOS), but of the other three? I already find myself mentally planning my outfits. Or, I should say, outfit, as I intend on wearing the same look to all three.
As a high-street girl through and through, that's precisely where I'm turning to find the perfect wedding ensemble. And honestly, it seems I'm spoilt for choice. New-in sections are flooded with fancy dresses, gorgeous shoes, and statement-making arm candy—not to mention sleek suiting and elegant skirts. As such, curating an expensive-looking wedding guest outfit on the high street has never been easier.
Below, I've re-created some of the ensembles I've bookmarked with affordable pieces to give you an idea of the high-street wedding guest outfits you can create for yourself. I'm pretty taken with the puff-sleeve dress and thong sandals. Keep scrolling to see them, and then shop the high-street buys you need to complete each respective outfit.
Style Notes: We all know that pastel shades make for excellent wedding attire, but previously I would've avoided wearing them together at risk of looking too much like a sugared almond. However, a powdery dress paired with simple heeled shoes in contrasting pastels makes for a cool take on the trend.
Style Notes: Dresses are always my first thought when it comes to assembling occasionwear, but I find skirts make for a pleasant change. Chances are you'll be the only one not in a frock or a suit, which is guaranteed to make you subtly stand out.
Style Notes: If dresses and skirts just aren't your thing, suiting always has your back. For springtime, search for cropped-trouser styles to show off impressive shoes or anklets.
Style Notes: While white clothing might be largely off-limits for wedding guests, white accessories are completely acceptable for ceremonies and evening invitations alike. I'll be wearing them with a puff-sleeve dress for trend-ticking purposes.
Style Notes: Slip dresses often feel too lacking in coverage for weddings, particularly if you know it's going to be a religious ceremony. Cover up the cool-girl way with a blazer in a matching hue, which you can then ditch along with your shoes and bag when the party kicks off at nighttime.
Style Notes: Minidresses are completely fine to wear to a wedding, but might we suggest giving a bit more thought to your shoes if you choose to go short? Instead of towering stilettos, opt for grown-up kitten or midi heels for a polished look.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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