How to Be the Best Dressed Wedding Guest (Without Upstaging the Bride)

Summer is here as well as the expected moments like bachelorette parties, garden parties, and of course, summer weddings. While we can’t condone stealing attention from the bride on her big day, there’s no reason why you can’t look fantastic. So, keep on reading for some style tricks on how to be the best dressed wedding guest without upstaging the bride.

Pick a flattering color and fit.

cobalt blue and turquoise dress

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Apart from avoiding white on your outfits, be wary of wearing flashy shades like neon or vengeful shade of red. In some traditions, wearing red isn’t etiquette as it evokes opposition to the ceremony. Though black may sometimes be appropriate, if you go for a black dress, make sure it’s a stunner. Though backless or sleeveless style on your outfits may be acceptable, avoid plunging necklines and legs-baring hemlines to keep the decency of the occasion. Going for pastel shades like lavender, peach, pink, and such can be flattering and safe.

Wear statement accessories.

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Whether you opt for statement footwear or a killer clutch, always keep the balance on your outfit so you wouldn’t look like a birthday celebrant or a guest heading to the Fashion Week. If you opt for a plain dress with a free-flowing silhouette, dress it up a bit with gold jewelry. On the other hand, if you’re wearing printed or statement dress, keep your accessories simple yet elegant. This way, you’ll look polished and chic without upstaging the bride.

Add a modern edge to feminine outfits.

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Wearing modern and masculine tuxedos may be edgy, but be wary that you’re going to resemble some of the gentlemen’s outfit on the occasion. Tuxedo dresses are a lot safer, as well as leather dresses and skirts. If you wish to go for an all-black outfit, opt for a pair of edgy shoes or sandals that will add some flair to your wedding looks. Like fashion stylist Liz Uy, you may think of wearing your sexy tube dress with a black outfit to keep your looks decent yet edgy on the occasion, especially in chilly seasons. Though wearing sequins are not encouraged, you can still go for glittery or sequin dresses in muted shades and decent silhouettes.

Play with texture and embellishments.

embellished floral dress with gladiator sandals sheer black top with lace skirt embellished tank with peach skirt embellished lavender dress with white pumps

If you wish to give some romantic vibe to your looks, play with textures and embellishments. Whether you wish to wear a lace skirt or opt for an embellished floral dress, keep everything balanced so you won’t upstage the bride in her all-white outfit. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, you may opt for a floral embellished cocktail dress in a pastel shade that will keep your style feminine and chic.

Wear catchy but not flashy prints.

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Wearing prints and patterns on the occasion can be great to add some flair to your style. However, skip those flashy patterns, quirky prints, and novelty ones that won’t look decent on the solemn occasion. Classic prints like leopard, stripes, checks, floral and such can be safe enough. By following these styling tricks, you’ll be able to be the best-dressed wedding guest without upstaging the bride.

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