My Friends Always Ask Me What to Wear to Weddings—I Tell Them This

To some of you, my big piece of advice might seem obvious, and to others, it may be groundbreaking. From my point of view, I am just speaking the wise words that are hidden in plain sight. Too many times at formal events, people are taken a little bit too far out of their comfort zone, whether it’s because of a skirt hem that’s so heavily beaded it’s difficult to walk in or a bust that is squeezing them in too tightly. There’s a time and a place to make a true fashion statement, but a wedding just isn’t it. In most cases, you will be wearing your dress all day and night, transitioning from the ceremony venue to the reception. For this reason, I tell all of my friends to prioritize wearing something that makes them feel comfortable and confident. After all, the spotlight should really be on the couple.

If you have a lot of weddings on your calendar in the upcoming years, don’t be afraid of the toxic term “outfit repeater.” When you find something that really suits you, it deserves to make several appearances. Shopping for dresses you can wear again with different accessories will truly guarantee you’ll find comfort in whatever you choose to wear for the special day. Below, I am sharing a few different ways to style your favorite wedding guest dress so you can wear it again and again.

What to wear to a wedding reception

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@cocobassey

The slip dress holds so much power. Elegant simplicity never ever goes out of style. What more could you need from a dress? If you wear a slip to the next wedding you attend, that's a look you know you can count on over and over again.

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The fringe makes it feel even more like occassionwear.

A pop of color will be the perfect finishing touch.

But let's not forget some gold jewelry.

What to wear to a wedding reception

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@cassdimicco

I've never seen a dress that looked more like it belonged on a yacht in the south of France than this one. A floral midi is a great wedding look and will pair well with the flowers. 

A modern heel pairs well with a vintage-inspired dress.

These earrings require no convincing.

I think one of the greatest colors you can wear to a wedding is yellow. Its bright and sunny hue will radiate happiness as you celebrate the lovely couple.

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Who doesn't love a twist bandeau top?

Orange low-key goes with almost everything.

I like to keep sunglasses in my bag, just in case.

What to wear to a wedding reception

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@nitsanraiter

Strapless is another trend that all wedding guests should get behind. Since supermodel bridesmaids walked down the aisle in this Bec + Bridge dress the world was never the same.

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This will instantly replace your favorite clutch.

What to wear to a wedding reception

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@scoutthecity

You would not have to ask me twice if I'd like to buy this dress. The answer is a strong yes. The asymmetry and plissé are a modern approach to the classic midi dress.

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I'm obsessed with this bold orange.

Save this for a more risqué wedding due to the cutouts, but isn't it divine? 

You can never go wrong with a wrap dress.

Match the Aperol spritz you'll be dancing with all night.

You'll be able to wear a dress like this to many special events to come.

This shade of blue will be big this wedding season.

Every little detail on this dress has won me over.

I hear halter-neck dresses are trending.

I'm all about the ruffles up top.

The perfect dress for a barn wedding.

You can wear this dress to a formal affair or simply Sunday brunch.

I'd pick this for the mother of the bride.

This shade of orange is a winner.

I've had my eyes on this dress since it came out.

All about the asymmetrical slit on this one.

This dress looks like a watercolor painting.

The most formal wedding on your calendar requires this dress.

Wearing something sheer is such a 2022 move.

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