5 Trends That Will Dominate Wedding Guest Dressing This Year

Wedding season is in full swing. If you haven't already attended your first nuptials of the year, you're probably hoping to kick things off with a bang by wearing something special. But where to begin?

There's already a lot to consider when selecting a wedding guest outfit. It has to be comfortable enough to wear all day, flowy enough to dance in, and suitable for the dress code or wedding theme, where there is one. For example, if the bridesmaid colours have been specified, you might want to steer clear of this palette. 

But that's not all you'll need to keep in mind, because it just so happens that a handful of 2023's top trends have permeated the world of weddings. In our eyes, this is a huge positive, because it gives some direction to the outfit-choosing process. By instinctively eliminating the trends that aren't for you, and embracing the ones that feel exciting and fresh, you'll suddenly have heaps of time to spare. Or to start planning for the next wedding...

With that in mind, we've rounded up the key trends to be aware of below, plus a selection of relevant pieces we think you'll love. 

1. Halter Necklines


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Style Notes: Been invited to a destination wedding? Lucky you. Let the sun hit your shoulders in a halter dress. Check out our guide on which bras to wear with this tricky neckline here.


2. Dressy Co-Ords


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Style Notes: I love a co-ord, mostly because I can mix and match the pieces to create so many different looks. This season, super-crop tops and longline skirts will be a popular outfit choice for all kinds of nuptials.


3. Maxi Hemlines


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Style Notes: Floor-sweeping frocks don't just look the part; they're also a lot of fun to float around in. And as an added bonus, you can hide a practical pair of shoes under the hemline and hit the dancefloor pain-free.


4. Asymmetric Details


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Style Notes: Whether it's the neckline or the hemline (or both), asymmetric detailing makes a dress feel decidedly modern.


5. Tailored Suiting


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Style Notes: Just because it's a wedding, you certainly don't have to wear a dress. Personally, I can't wait to try out the waistcoat trend at one of this year's weddings, styled with matching tailored trousers.


This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.