These days, it’s not just the bride and groom who are tasked with making drastic preparations in the build-up to a wedding. Of course you don’t have to worry about choosing flowers, booking venues or getting caterers in, but you still have to sort out a brand new wedding outfit whilst avoiding the numerous wedding fashion faux pas that you’re constantly being reminded of. If you’re a bridesmaid you’ll probably be assigned a dress to wear – or at least a dress from a certain collection or in a certain colour – which takes some of the stress out of the whole process, but not when the bride wants you to wear something that’s miles out of your price range! If you’re a guest, you’ll have to avoid the usual pitfalls: wearing the same colour as the bridesmaid, wearing white, dressing in skimpy clothes, etc. So, with all these restrictions in place, what options are you left with?

Floral dress

Floral dresses are perhaps the most common attire for female wedding guests, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. It’s probably best to aim for knee length and a neckline that doesn’t show off any cleavage, but aside from that, the rest of the style, pattern and colour is entirely your own choice. Patterned dresses ensure that you won’t accidentally mirror the single colour dresses of the bridesmaids, and even if you want to wear a lighter coloured (or white) dress to he wedding, a colourful floral pattern on a white background will ensure that you don’t break the cardinal rule of wedding outfits! Pair with a shrug for chillier days, or if you want to hide your arms, plus some smart wedges to ensure the entire outfit is suitably summery.

Shift dress

You might normally associate shift dresses with work, but a colourful or patterned shift dress is a great option for a wedding. They’re smart and not too showy, so you won’t accidentally take any attention away from the bride. What’s more, shift dresses are incredibly versatile – go sleeveless, or wear with a blazer, cardigan, shrug or jacket, depending on the weather and how smart you want to feel. Cute heels work well with shift dresses, but don’t go for stilettos if you’re planning to dance into the night...

A tailored suit

If the wedding is being held on the fringes of wedding season, you may wish to go for a slightly warmer outfit. A well tailored, made-to-measure suit will fit fantastically and ensure you’re one of the most stylish guests attending the event. Additionally, tailored suits are built to last, giving you an ultra-smart high quality outfit for work, everyday wear, or perhaps more weddings in the future. If you’re wearing a tailored skirt rather than trousers, wear tights and modest heels. Don’t forget your clutch bag!

Hemingway Tailors make high quality bespoke and made-to-measure suits and coats for both men and women. If you’re looking for the perfect wedding guest outfit, give us a call and book an appointment with one of our expert tailors.

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