Last-Minute Wedding Invite? You Already Own These 4 Easy Outfit Ideas

There will be times when finding a suitable and exciting wedding guest outfit can feel Everest-level challenging. A look that complements the venue, mood, bride and the many itinerary-related obstacles that get thrown one's way is difficult enough, but when you've also got an ever-changing diary and event dates shifting faster than you can say "Pass me the Prosecco," things get even harder. Last-minute weddings are springing up all over the place, and invitees need to be prepared. 


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What I want to tell you is this: You've got this. No, literally—you've already got the clothes for this. Whether you've got 24 hours or 24 days to prep, odds are your wardrobe already contains a handful of tried-and-tested wedding guest outfit options you can lean on. And it's not like this year has provided many opportunities for other people to see your best clothes, so there's even more reason to shop from your own closet and feel inspired all over again. I've had a long, hard think about those classic combinations that work for all kinds of weddings—city or countryside, abroad or down the local pub—and a few stood out. So if you haven't already dabbled in renting your latest wedding guest ensemble or snapped up a gorgeous dress, I'd suggest having a root around to see if any of these four last-minute wedding guest outfits are hiding in plain sight. Oh, and I've added shopping options just in case because you never know when the mood might strike.



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Style Notes: Pajamas have been trending for about four or five years now, so it's very likely you'll have a fancy pair lurking somewhere. Add earrings, heels, some makeup, and you'll be far, far away from bedtime attire!


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Style Notes: Perhaps you already own a matching set that is more tailored and formfitting. In that case, they're great for weddings too. I like the addition of a chain belt and mismatched accessories for extra pizzazz (and less pressure to be perfectly matched).



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Style Notes: Tale as old as time: Cute floral dress + heels that highlight a hue in said dress = win!


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Style Notes: You don't have to go for a printed dress, though. A plain style with tonal shoes will look chic and understated.



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Style Notes: Co-ords extend to skirt-and-top combinations, too. And although these examples here are matchy-matchy, you could easily wear a fancy skirt with a more casual top and jewellery. This tiered one would look very Jenna Lyons with a white T-shirt.


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Style Notes: You'll get extra formalwear brownie points if you can add a little satin into the mix—that fabric just says party.



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Style Notes: There's something so elegant and subtle about slip dresses, and they do look great with very minimal styling.


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Style Notes: If you want to add personality, try wearing unusual heels and carrying a quirky bag.

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.