Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding (Part 3)

After planning ahead and decoding the formality or probably the theme of the event, putting together the perfect wedding guest outfit also requires smart decision to make sure you’re dressed appropriate for the wedding’s look and feel while still looking classy and weather or season appropriate. Unlike seasons, temperatures are iffy to gauge, but even harder so is windiness and sun exposure. So think about where the wedding is set, what season and how the temperature is

All weddings can be very beautiful whether they are held in spring, summer, fall, or winter, or even under sun exposure or during windy days, inside or outdoors. Just make sure you understand what best to wear for those occasions. Follow these fashion tips to help choose the perfect outfit to wear.

Following the last article Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding (Part 2) and (Part 1). Here are some ideas and a few things to bear in mind:

Windy or Hot Outdoor Location  

Outdoor Guest DressesFor an outdoor location – whether it’s a beach or garden party – avoid high heeled shoes that will sink in the sand or in the grass. Loose fitting clothing made of natural fibers will be your friend to strike the right balance between comfort, formality, and stylishness. A wedge heel will be far more comfortable, or, you can go for the very trendy ballerina shoes or flats.

Outdoor Wedding Guest OutfitIf the ceremony is outside in a blustery locale, be sure you wear a longer or tighter fitting skirt (without pleats or gust catching layers). Wear wrap but avoid anything that will get caught in the wind – you won’t want a battle of wills between the wind and your modesty. If it’s in a hot location avoid the suit and go for a breezy dress to help you keep your cool. Don’t forget pack sunscreen if needed so you’re not a lobster after the ceremony.

Outdoor Wedding Guest Outfit IdeaAdding a wide brim hat to your outfit will not only shield your face, but it will enhance some European classy punch to your ensemble. Also don’t forget to have sunglasses for an eye protection. Moreover, if you’re traveling to another city, make sure you pack a cardigan or jacket that coordinates with the outfit you plan to wear to the wedding. Notice that even on a warmer day, a light sweater will keep the sun off of your shoulders, preventing sun damage. And if it’s indoors at the country club or fancy restaurant, make your outfit slightly more tailored and dressy.

The Season of the Wedding
Just like many other seasonal fashion trends, finding the perfect wedding guest outfits also follows the same rule regarding to each season, for example, colorful and bright outfits for spring and summer, or warm and cozy ones for fall and winter. Choose prints and colors according to the season such as garden flower prints in pastel and bright shades for spring and summer, or autumnal prints in earthy or jewel tones for fall and winter.

Spring Summer Guest AttireSpring Summer Green Wedding Guest Dress IdeaFall Winter Wedding Attire for GuestFall Winter Green Wedding Guest Dress Idea

Credit: Dress for The Wedding (find more fabulous outfit ideas of these two dresses here and here)

Moreover, you also have to opt for a dress that simultaneously fits the dress code. For spring and summer weddings, nothing works better than pretty colorful floral prints for outdoorsy receptions and garden drinks. You also need to wear something light and breezy to help you keep your cool. For fall and winter weddings, not only you have to look stylish and elegant, but you also need to stay warm. So wear outerwear or tights, or choose outfits made of warm fabrics. Think jewel tones, brocades, moody floral prints, and rich textures for a seasonally appropriate and festive look. Here are some suggestions of wedding guest attires best for each season.

Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Guest Dresses for Spring

Romance and femininity scream exactly the spring season. Feminine outfits with subtle hues and girly details are perfect for many occasions during this season. Just take a look at the beautiful assortment of fresh and new spring pastel collections. And if you go for shopping, there are tons of wedding guest dresses around right now that scream this refreshing season.

Wedding Guest Attire for SpringOutfits in pastel shades along with subtle prints and fabrics are best to wear at an Informal or Casual Morning Spring Wedding party

Wedding Guest Outfits for SpringOpt for bolder and brighter pastel shade to your Afternoon Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

Bright, colorful, and breezy outfits are specially designed for summer. There are plenty options out there, or just take a look at the gallery of these “Wedding Guest Attire” articles for various dresses dedicated for summer weddings from morning till evening. Take a look at the entire gallery of these articles (part 1 to 3) for numerous ideas of wedding guest dresses for spring and summer

Summer Dress IdeasAt a formal wedding during Spring Summer season, although cocktail dresses are most common, the floor-length ones in bright colors can also be your best options. 

Guest Dresses for SummerWhether in solid tone or with prints, whether it’s mini, midi, or maxi (long) dress, these cheerful ideas of Wedding Guest Dresses are suitable style for spring and summer.

Wedding Guest Dresses for Fall

For the autumn season, if you’re headed to a black tie fall wedding, obviously you should pick formal gowns, preferably in earthy or stones colors. While if you are invited to a more casual party, try a dressy cocktail dress in autumnal shades and prints. Drape an outerwear over your shoulders for a polished look, and complete the outfit with antique-inspired jewels.

Semi formal Dress for Fall SeasonVariety of chic shift and sheath dresses with simple, yet stylish cuts are best options for those who attend some informal weddings. Pick earthy tones for a fabulous autumnal look.  

Informal Wedding Guest Attire for Fall SeasonMoody floral prints definitely scream the autumn season. Opt for nowadays trend peplum sheath, tube dress, or the classic sheaths and shifts to flatter your look as a wedding guest

Guest Dresses for Fall SeasonPrints don’t have to be florals. Pair these gorgeous printed dresses with pumps, heeled sandals, or flats. But also consider where the wedding is set for you to wear the pairing accessories accordingly.

Formal Wedding Guest Outfits for AutumnTo achieve a classier, feminine look, knee-length dresses are always be your best friend for a Wedding Guest Attire

Wedding Guest Attire for WinterDepending on the formality and the dress code of the wedding, you can as well opt for dresses with dark and vibrant prints. Whether it’s in hot velvety scarlet tone, tribal exotic prints, or very busy patterns, just make your own judgment of the ideal outfit for a daytime or evening reception.

Wedding Guest Dresses for Winter

Dress in rich jewel hues and dark floral prints, faux fur jackets and pumps, don’t forget your tights to achieve a more polished look. The right winter wedding outfit not only keeps you warm through the ceremony, but also strikes the perfect balance between style and appropriateness to looking and feeling fabulous on the day.

Formal Winter Guest DressesThese stunning gowns are an effortlessly luxe choice for your next black-tie wedding. Extra style points if you pair the gown with a matching printed pashmina and double gold cuffs.

Evening Dresses for Winter - Wedding GuestEmbroideries and laces always look flattering, incredibly glamorous and elegant. Opt for these embellished gowns to a formal, black-tie reception for winter, and put your hair in an updo

Formal Dresses for Winter - Wedding GuestShines and shimmers of sequined or satin dresses are also the best bet for a formal wedding reception. Just do the perfect balance between your shining dress and its accessories to achieve an elegant look. Sparkling dress means dainty jewelries and accessories

Winter Wedding Guest Outfit IdeasWinter doesn’t always synonymous  with dark shades and gloomy look. You can as well wear chic dresses in bright hues like pink, but make sure the brightness of your look is shown accordingly to the theme and the nuance of the wedding. Play simple and modest. Don’t fashion something much brighter than the bride.

Winter Dress Ideas for Wedding GuestIf you want to establish something dark and classy during the chilly days. Try bronze or copper shades, instead of gold or silver to tone down the shines. Or you may opt for the timeless combination of black and white for an effortless look.  

Wedding Guest Accessories

Speaking of accessories you must always think about balance. Nothing more elegant and sophisticated than donning an outfit with well-coordinated accessories like jewelries, clutches, heels, and other accessories like wrap and tights. Especially for cold days, tights are a necessary accessory depending on where you live, but instead of a solid dark opaque pair, opt for a sheer black pantyhose or skin-colored stockings. The results? A slightly seductive yet season-appropriate look. Leather pumps are a timeless choice, while satin and silk pairs enhance a more festive tone.

Wedding Guest Accessories Ideas for Fall and Winter

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Black Wedding Guest Dresses and Accessories for Fall and Winter
question by Lauren

Black Guest Dress for Winter Wedding Guest Little Black Dress for winter Black Wedding Guest Outfit for WinterTypes of black dress you choose basically depend on the formality of the event. Long dresses or gowns suggest elegant and glamour look for formal Black Tie, while short ones give a simpler and easier style perfect for a cocktail party. People says black dress is a big no no for a wedding, but you can obviously toss it away as long as the host is fine with it, and the dress feels festive. Show some sparks and glamour with sequins or details, or dress up the classic one with stylish accessories. Think of wraps to stay warm if it’s held in winter.

Wedding Guest Accessories Ideas for Spring and Summer

Spring Summer Wedding Guest Accessories 04Spring Summer Wedding Guest Accessories 08

Spring Summer Wedding Guest Accessories 07

Credit: DRESS FOR THE WEDDING

Floral Wedding Guest Dress for Spring and Summer – Afternoon and Evening
question by Brandy

Spring Guest Dress Afternoon and EveningWinter Wedding Guest Dresses with Coat
question by Anita

Outerwer for Winter Wedding GuessOuterwear for Winter Wedding Guess
Floral Pleated Dress / Leila Fur Bolero / Pale Pink Waterfall Blazer / Simply Be Lilac Duster Coat

Winter Guest Dress with CoatWinter Wedding Guest Dress with Coat
Credit : pink peonies / we inspire us / flowerona

All in all, choose sparkling jewelries between earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets or cuffs. But don’t wear them all to avoid an overwhelming look. Combine jewelries accordingly between its sizes and sparks. Wearing too many bold jewelries will only make your appearance looks tiring. If your jewelries are the center point of your look, choose subtler pumps and clutches to tone down the brightness. Take a sneak peak at some suggestions of wedding guest outfits with accessories. Just write down on the comment section, if you want to ask each item.

Last but not least, don’t forget to find more and more ideas of Wedding Guest Dresses via :
What to Wear to a Wedding Spring Summer 2014 Guest Dresses for Wedding
What to Wear to a Wedding : Shoes, Clutches and Jewelries
Style Ideas: Guest Dresses and Attires For All Seasons
What to Wear to a Wedding Fall Winter 2014 from Various Labels
15 Beautiful Fall Winter Guest Dress – Outfit Ideas

or check out Wedding Guest Dresses tags

76 comments on «Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding (Part 3)»

  1. Game Yildiz says:

    Hey,

    I was wonder where I could find the blue dress under Wedding Guest Accessories Ideas for Fall and Winter or something similar to it I have a wedding next month and that would be perfect.

    Thank youu

    1. dee-nee says:

      The dress is from Monsoon
      I honestly can’t find anything similar to it … but basically it’s a trapeze party dress and made of chiffon. So maybe you can google for those keywords, including blue chiffon shift dresses or pleated chiffon dresses
      Here are some choices – really has nothing similar … but hope it helps

      Neiman Marcus
      Asos
      Macys

      =)

  2. Rachel says:

    Hey! I was just wondering where the aqua/light blue sleeveless dress above wedding guest dresses for summer is from?!

    1. dee-nee says:

      I found the dress at ASOS
      but I guess it’s already sold out
      It’s CHANTEL – Light blue bodycon dress from forever unique
      just google the item … there are some online stores have it including amazon

  3. Jayden says:

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit
    my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

  4. Elle says:

    Hi! I love all of these dresses. Where did you find the dresses in the third row down fifth column over, specifically the purple and white one with the black trim! thanks 🙂

    1. dee-nee says:

      🙂 If what you meant is the purple dress with black trim in “Fall and Winter Wedding Guest Dress Ideas” picture. It’s Julie Tweed Dress from L.K.Bennett. You can look for the dress at John Lewis
      I’m sorry if my template is inconvenient for you to tell the exact dress, thank you very much for asking

  5. Lauren says:

    I’m going to a winter wedding in which I was requested to wear black. It’s in the evening. Do you suggest long or short? Sleeveless? Strapless? One shoulder? Any help would be appreciated.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi, Lauren

      It depends. If you care what other people are wearing, ask and see what the majority thinks. Whether the wedding is semi-formal or black tie, long dress or LBD are actually best for winter evening occasion. But I personally would go with a midi to long dress.

      Types of dress you pick also depend on the formality of the event. Long dresses or gowns suggest elegant and glamour look for formal Black Tie, while short ones give a simpler and easier style perfect for a cocktail party. Generally, as long as a black dress feels festive, it’s fine for a wedding. Just show sparks and glamour, and dress it up with your accessories. Think of wraps to stay warm since it’s held in winter evening. Check out our gallery under title “Black Wedding Guest Dresses and Accessories for Fall and Winter” for some outfit inspirations in winter wedding:

      1st picture: If you want to wear long dress with sequins or sparkling details, ensure that accessories or jewelries are chic, luxe but simple (a simple bracelet or charm, jeweled watch, and drop earrings are most suggested). For warmth and comfort you can pick either evening wraps or stoles with luxurious fabrics like fur (faux ones) or satin.

      2nd picture: If you choose sleeveless LBD, a silk chiffon wrap as well as tights or stockings are a good bet for winter wedding. Opt for simple accessories, yet elegant and feels glamour – jewelries such as gold or silver, stones or pearl can be an option. There are so many ways to dress an LBD up or down with shoes, a fancy clutch, and jewelries, or you can also add a splash to it. Combine LBD with a softer color during the day (like white or pale pink, even silver) and swap the look for an evening one by going with a bold color or gold.

      3rd picture: Either strapless or one-shoulder, fit and flare dress, shifts or sheaths, LBD always gives an instant modern classic, both for winter or summer. If you wish to add layer for cozier look, opt for a chic wrap or style the dress with a sheer top for a nod to the retro look. Play up with color splash for a bolder look, or go simply with neutral shades for understated elegance. Statement necklace is a good bet to pair with strapless or one-shoulder dress, but only for bare shoulders and arms style – without top underneath.

      That’s all Lauren, hope my suggestion helps you.
      🙂

  6. Brandy says:

    I picked up the Pennsylvania Polka dress in Floral from Modcloth for a Spring wedding on March 29th and after looking at your GORGEOUS suggestions I am worried that my choice is not Spring at all. I was going to pair it with red wedges and since there is a bow (which I may modify and remove) I was going to wear only my wedding ring and maybe a simple gold bracelet with gold stud earrings. Is the dress completely wrong? I thought the floral pattern made it Springy. Help! :o)

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Brandy

      Nope, the dress is not wrong, and I think it still screams the springy look – although comes in dark and bold shades. So, you are fine with the dress. But, if the wedding is held in the daytime, I would probably go with shoes or sandals in subtler and subdued shades instead of red. Just to tone down the vibrant look and to give a more refreshing touch. There are some pastels in the dress (white and beige) that you can pair with accessories in the same tones. Simple and dainty jewelries are also good to minimize the boldness and this also goes for makeup and hairstyles

      Moreover if you still want to go with your red wedges, I guess it’s OK if the wedding is in the evening or night, even you can try bigger jewelries (instead of simple and small ones). Basically, afternoon wedding asks for a softer look, while the evening goes bolder. Since the dress is already bold, play more in soft colors to achieve the springy effect. Tone it down with pastels in the afternoon, and dress it up with stylish accessories (such as red wedges and baby pink clutch, or drop earrings) for the evening.

      I give you two outfit ideas with the same dress – for afternoon and evening look – in the picture under “Floral Wedding Guest Dress for Spring and Summer – Afternoon and Evening”. Hope you like it =)

      Then again, it’s all my personal suggestions, and I believe your personal taste is the best style for you. Just do your own judgment for the event, and the dress is still perfect for spring.

      Have a great day 🙂

  7. Grant says:

    This web site certainly has all of the information and facts I wanted concerning this subject and didn’t know who
    to ask.

  8. anna says:

    where is the hot pink and light pink dress from?

    1. dee-nee says:

      I’m sorry Anna

      Could you please tell me the exact dress specifically? I’m so sorry for that
      You could give me link or title of the pictures after clicking it.

      Thank you so much for your understanding 🙂

  9. Thanks for making those credit updates to Dress for the Wedding! I truly appreciate it!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Thanks to you too Mrs. Sukey 🙂

      I’m glad that I received message from you

  10. Anita says:

    Hi Dee-Nee
    This information is so pratical and useful!
    I am hoping to turn this dress into the part of a fall wedding guest outfit.
    Any suggestion re: color of coat/ blazer/jacket?
    Thanks heaps 🙂

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Anita,

      Thanks much for liking the article 🙂

      I don’t have article that specifically talks about blazer for wedding guest outfits, but I do have this article “What to Wear with Blazer for All Different Occasions” for some styling inspirations

      As for color of coat/blazer/jacket, neutral colors like black or white are the most versatile ones for every season, while velvety, jewel tones are great for fall and winter. For an evening venue, metallic and shiny texture also looks good as long as it looks balanced and elegant with the dress (meaning the shines don’t look too overwhelmed, heavy, and busy)

      But I personally think, to match color of coat/blazer/jacket with the dress pretty much depends on colors and prints of the dress itself, I don’t mind wearing pastel coat or blazer in fall or winter season if it looks good on my dress 🙂

      Hope you like my suggestion Anita, have a lovely day 🙂

  11. jenna says:

    Really helpful blog! Keep it up!

  12. Anita says:

    Hi Dee-Née
    Thx for the reply 🙂

    This is the dress I am talking about. Would you go for a pale color blazer with it for a autumn wedding?

    Regards
    Anita

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Anita

      I’ve posted outfit ideas of your dress with coat or other layer (bolero or blazer).
      I personally think the dress looks great with pale or light colored outerwear
      Besides, winter pastel is beautiful and this color trend will be wearable in the Winter too

      I also put street style images featuring ladies with outerwear (either in bright pink, jewel tone or pastel)
      All are beautiful and perfect for winter. It all depends on your personal choice which color best suited to you.

      Have a great day Anita, I hope this helps you 🙂

  13. Sarah says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering where a dress if from, it’s under the summer guest outfits and it’s the first little picture with a number of dresses on, it’s the second on in, a very light pinky coloured one.
    Thanks

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Sarah,

      The dress is Ted Baker Kipp Pleated Dress, Nude Pink, and it’s already sold out in many stores.

      Actually Ebay has this dress, but I don’t know whether you’re interested in buying items from ebay or not, I’m not sure Ted Baker Kipp Dress in Ebay is new.

      Thanks for asking Sarah, and I’m very sorry to have caused you such inconvenience, giving you such difficulty to describe the dress 🙁

      have a great day 🙂

  14. Lindsay says:

    Hi, where can I find that floor-length blue dress? Or the green one? (For summer). Thanks!!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Lindsay,

      The blue dress is from Lipsy called Lipsy Ruched Maxi Dress with Lace Detail.
      I found it at ASOS but it’s now sold out
      Ebay has the item here, while Stylechi has it here

      As for the green one, it’s Yigal Azrouël One Shoulder Matte Crepe Jersey Gown, I found it at Shopbob (also sold out)
      I can’t find it anywhere else, but you can rent it here for a cheaper price (Well … just an idea :))

      Hope it helps Lindsay, and have a great day 🙂

      1. Lindsay says:

        Thank you so much! 🙂

  15. Lindsay says:

    Sorry, I don’t know how to direct message and don’t know your email. Since you really seem to know your stuff, do you happen to know where I could find anything like this summery gown, but in a very pretty blue or green color? With the lighter fabric as well and floor length? Any help is so greatly appreciated!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Well, the dress you mentioned is basically called One Shoulder Draped Long Dress. You could google it up with similar keyword.
      Or use keyword One Shoulder Gown to search at online stores.

      Here at SHOPSTYLE, they provide you number of similar dresses in blue and green
      As for some dresses I found :
      Blue Dresses : Donna Karan Draped Ruched One-Shoulder Gown, Aidan Mattox Single-Shoulder Silk Grecian Gown, Matthew Williamson Spring Chiffon One-Shoulder Embellished Gown, Badgley Mischka Beaded One-Shoulder Ruched-Waist Gown, Halston Heritage Asymmetric Dress, Halston Heritage Halterneck Gown, and Elise Ryan Maxi Dress With One Shoulder

      Green Dresses : Laundry by Shelli Segal One-Shoulder Gown, Aloe Vera , Loverly , and Chiffon Floor-length Zipper-Side Draped

      Sorry, if some of them aren’t exactly similar to the dress you want. I chose those dresses only because they come in pretty designs and colors 🙂

      Thanks for asking Lindsay,
      Have a great day 🙂

      1. Lindsay says:

        So many fun ideas! Ok, thanks again! 🙂

  16. Lu says:

    Can i wear sparkle dress in a 6pm semi formal wedding?

      1. dee-nee says:

        Hi Lu,

        Yes, I think it’s okay to wear a cocktail dress at semi formal evening wedding, even if it comes with sequins
        As long as the dress is not a gown (floor-length) and you pair the dress with dainty, simple jewelries, clutch and heels.
        Make everything subtle and let the sparks featured only from the dress.

        Have a great day Lu 🙂

  17. Lu says:

    Can i share some of your posts in pinterest? Great for take notes and keep your advices in mind

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Lu,

      I didn’t realize you wrote another comment here 🙂
      Yes, of course, you can share some of my posts

      And thank you so much 🙂

  18. Kelsey hawes says:

    Hiya,
    We’re are the “Luxe choice dress for black tie wedding” from?
    Thanks!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Kelsey 🙂

      If you meant is this picture
      Well … all of them are actually sold out.
      I checked the store and they aren’t available anymore

      The three dresses (Left to Right) are dresses from John Lewis Ghost
      1st picture (Lilac) : pinterest
      2nd picture (Emerald) : pinterest
      3rd picture (Maroon) : I can’t find any picture that features the dress

      The three dresses are basically long dress collection from John Lewis Ghost
      check out John Lewis for other alternative from the same Ghpst collection (I must say most designs and silhouette are almost similar one to another)

      4th picture is Phase Eight Donna dress (also sold out)

      Thanks much for your question Kelsey

      Have a great day 🙂

  19. Anne says:

    Hi,

    Please could you let me know where the black and white long sleeve printed dress is from (2nd set of pictures). Think it will be perfect for a wedding I have coming up.

    Many thanks
    Anne

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Anne.

      Hopefully if I’m not mistaken about the dress you mentioned, the dress is “Black and White Paisley Print Dress by Wallis” (please check the link to make sure if it’s the right dress)
      The dress isn’t available anymore at Wallis but Debenhams still has the dress which also on sale
      Or, maybe you would like to see other alternatives from Wallis’ printed dress, you can check here (some dresses also come in similar look as the first dress)

      I hope it helps you Anne
      Have a great day 🙂

  20. Becky says:

    Hi…can you tell me where the second dress under Moody florals for fall is from. Looks purple with florals. Thx!

  21. Gayle says:

    Hello,
    Just wondering if you could give me an idea of what to wear to my nieces wedding. It is a 5:00 outdoor wedding at a country club in NC next month. I’m 64 so not sure what is appropriate.

    Thanks!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Gayle

      Maybe I could suggest you to look for dresses in the classic styles that flatter over 50 women. A good quality dress in a classic style – such as V-necks, simple sheaths, A-lines and wraps – that is well cared for will last for years.

      Look for a garment in a solid color or with a simple abstract or geometric design. Rich, earthy colors (ie, emerald, sapphire, berry) can be your best option.

      I don’t know your personal style, but here I give some options to choose (hopefully you would like one of them)

      Light In the Box
      Sheath/Column V-neck Knee-length Chiffon Mother Of The Bride Dress With A Wrap
      A-line Square Knee-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress
      Sheath/Column Cowl Knee-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dresses
      Sheath/Column Scoop Knee-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress
      Sheath/Column Jewel Knee-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dresses
      Sheath/Column Square Knee-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress With A Wrap

      Nordstrom
      Ruched Lace Sheath Dress (Regular & Petite)
      ‘Crocus Cove’ Print Faux Wrap Dress
      Lace Sheath Dress
      Lace Sheath Dress & Bolero
      Tea Length Dress & Jacket

      Thank you so much for your comment, I hope my answer helps
      and wish you a wonderful day 🙂

  22. Margarita says:

    I have a evening wedding in south Florida long gown, In November 22. Can I wear a coral dress?

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Margarita,

      Although Coral is more in the spring palette, but I consider it one of the universal colors.
      Besides, spring-summery bright hues including coral have also been really popular this year. Plus, it will give a little break from all the darker wintry styles
      So yes, I think you can wear coral for a November wedding.

      However, since the wedding is in the evening, to keep the dress tasteful and elegant for autumn, you probably need to combine it with some luxe accessories (bracelet, earrings, clutch, pumps, and wrap) in black and gold colors. Don’t forget to keep everything in good balance 🙂

      Hopefully my answer helps you, Margarita
      and wish you a wonderful day 🙂

  23. Hi! Dee-nee I will attend a wedding at 2pm afternoon my built is plus size can you recomend a dress fit for the occasion and time. Thank you!
    More power!!!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Josephine

      Actually there are lots of plus size wedding guest dress ideas in this blog
      You can check these four articles, and see if you can find something beautiful for the wedding
      please check :
      15 Plus Size Fall Winter Wedding Guest Dress – Outfit Ideas
      What to Wear to a Wedding Fall Winter 2014 Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses
      What to Wear to a Wedding Spring Summer 2014 Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses
      Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses and Accessories Ideas

      For afternoon wedding, I recommend knee-length dress – whether sheath dress or fit and flare – but obviously it depends of the formality of the wedding
      If you look at the articles I mentioned above, there’s also some tips and ideas for afternoon wedding

      Thanks much for the comment Josephine
      And have a lovely day 🙂

  24. Fleur says:

    Thanks for the fabulous articles.

    Is a pearl brocade short sleeve knee length straight dress appropriate for a 3.30pm wedding. I am worried that the colour may clash with the bride? I would love your thoughts.

    Thanks

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Fleur,

      I’m so sorry for the very late reply.

      Yes I think pearl brocade is still appropriate for weddings scheduled before 6:00 p.m as long as it’s not a gown. So your knee-length dress is fine.

      About the color, it basically depends on :
      – how formal the wedding is >> if it’s an informal wedding, you probably need to tone down the pearly effect by wearing accessories in neutral and dark shade – nothing shimmering or bright. But if it’s a formal wedding, something sparkling is ok as long you keep everything in balance and elegance.
      – how “white” the bride is going to wear her wedding dress >> If she wears brocade wedding dress with white colors even similar to your dress, yes you probably need to avoid wearing the dress. Or you could add more contrasting colors to your outfit to avoid looking “bride-y”
      – how pearly your dress is >> if your dress has pearly tone in darker side or colored (such as greyish, bluish or pinky pearl). Yes, it’s definitely ok

      Basically, your dress is fine as long as you keep everything simple and subtle, less sparkling, so that you won’t outshine the bride. Mix your pearl dress with colors besides silver or white. And your overall look should be festive enough to blend in with the surroundings and other guests, and let the bride shine.

      Thanks for the comment Fleur
      Wish you a wonderful day 🙂

  25. Emma says:

    I’ve not seen a page with so many stylish and classy outfits for a while, and such lovely varied colours too! Some great inspiration here.

  26. Kathy brown says:

    What would you wear to a winter wedding/reception in a barn? Guests have been told that sturdy boots, wool, cashmere, leather, velvet, fur, codoroy would be appropriate as would be Viking or Midieval inspired outfits.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Yes Kathy,

      I think those fabrics (wool, cashmere, leather, velvet, fur, corduroy) are great for wedding guest at a barn
      Just make sure to keep everything in balance. Looking simple but elegant is a great idea to attend someone’s wedding.

      Here I have style ideas of wedding guest outfits for western-styled theme.
      You can think of your own personal style, mix-and-match with your wardrobe outfit, and use good judgment for climate and weather appropriate

      Thank you so much for the comment Kathy
      I’m very sorry for the very late reply
      Wish you have a wonderful day 🙂

  27. Nicole says:

    Hello,
    Wondering where I could find the rose colored dress that is under Dress for Fall section, 4th set down, 2nd dress in.
    A lot of great resources here. Thanks!!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Nicole

      Please check this link to make sure it’s the dress you mentioned

      Thank you so much 🙂

  28. Tracy says:

    Hello- I was hoping you could advise me on what to wear for a December wedding, it is at 3pm the wedding & reception/dance are all at the same location, a reception hall in a hotel in
    downtown minneapolis. I am leaning towards a dark grey sleeveless dress knee length with a black sweater & heels. Just to be on the safer side. But everyone I ask seems to lean towards the more formal attire, black or red dresses not gowns but more formal than I was thinking. I don’t know the couple well they are friends with my boyfriend. Any suggestions would help greatly!
    Thanks!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Tracy

      Sorry for the late reply,

      I think your dress is fine – as long as the invite doesn’t say “black tie”.
      Maybe it’s the black sweater that makes your outfit looks too casual, especially for the evening reception.

      I don’t know the look of your sweater, is it a sweet, dressy sweater? But if it was me, I would choose a more stylish cover-up. It can be a bolero, shrug, cropped jacket or scarf. Something similar to this shrug by Monsoon. You could also check this link for elegant cover-up

      Or, you could add more statement with accessories such as bolder jewelry, dressy shoes, clutch, etc., to make the outfit looks more glamour. Here are some examples of the look : Silver Brocade Cocktail Dress, Gray Wedding Guest Dress, Gray Silk Dress

      Hopefully you like my suggestion
      Thank you so much for giving comment Tracy,
      And have a wonderful day 🙂

  29. Alyson says:

    Hi, I’m going to my brother’s summer wedding in July. The venue is a large country house but I’ve just been told it’s a BBQ. I had planned to wear a phase height lace dress(belinda, marine colour) but I’m worried it will look too much. Please could you advise me.
    Many thanks

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Alyson,

      For a day or afternoon wedding, yes I think lace dress in marine wouldn’t be suitable for the venue – especially if it’s a rustic wedding style.
      You could choose semi-casual dress in lighter shade – best made of cotton. Add the dress with low heels or wedges
      But for an evening wedding, I think your dress is fine. Just add simple and subtle accessories then you’ll look perfect

      Thank you so much for the question, hopefully you like my suggestion
      Have a wonderful day Alyson 🙂

  30. Kellie says:

    I have a wedding to attend in a couple of weeks. It is on a Sunday afternoon at 3:30. I have an emerald green 3/4 length sweater dress with black boots I can wear. Will that work? Any suggestions?

    1. dee-nee says:

      I’m very sorry for the late reply Kellie, I’ve been busy preparing my son’s b’day this month 🙂

      About your question,
      Well it surely depends on the formality of the event (wedding).
      If it’s semi-formal, I think a sweater dress is fine – especially because it’s held in the afternoon.
      It also depends on the boots. If it’s a dressy one or is festive enough for a wedding party, yes, your outfit will work for the wedding

      Thank you so much for your question
      And wish you a wonderful day Kellie 🙂

  31. Victoria says:

    If someone could help me out, that would be GREATLY appreciated! I was invited as a guest to a wedding that’s taking place this weekend. My date has been absolutely no help with figuring out the proper attire (typical guy). The wedding is taking place at a country club (we live in Florida) at 5 PM, with dinner and reception following. That would lead me to think that the attire is more on the formal side… However, my date has repeatedly mentioned that it’s a small wedding, it’s not a “big deal” (possibly his way of saying casual), and he himself (he’s a groomsman) will only be wearing suit pants, shirt, and a vest (no jacket). I’m completely panicking about finding something appropriate, especially as I only have a few days left. PLEASE HELP! Thank you!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Victoria, sorry for the late reply

      I think you could opt for a semi-formal dress such as sheath or cocktail dress.
      Pick a dress in soft or light colors, such as pastel, neutral colors, or feminine prints.
      Avoid sparkling embellishments, heavy prints, and also choose dainty jewelry.
      Basically, just dress in the most subtle way.

      You may check “Real Weddings” website (especially this wedding) for ideas of guest dress – which I think might similar to the wedding you are going to attend.

      I hope you can find some inspirations among the pictures shown
      Thank you so much for your comment Victoria
      And wish you for a wonderful day 🙂

  32. Briah says:

    Hello! I too am going to a wedding the 20th of March. I want to wear this Allison Parris dress that’s a light blue with white circles. The wedding will be at a ranch at 5 and reception will follow. Would a light blue dress work? Or should I go darker? The dress is called float on dress if anyone wants to google it.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Briah,

      Well, although I agree that the dress would look more perfect for afternoon wedding, I think it still works for the evening one.
      You can pair the dress with darker accessories including shoes, clutch, and jewelries along with makeup for evening wedding.

      I hope my suggestion would be helpful,
      Thank you so much for your question Briah
      and wish you a wonderful day 🙂

  33. dominick says:

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    1. dee-nee says:

      Thank you so much for your appreciation Dominick
      Your words really make me happy 🙂

      Wish you a great wonderful day 🙂

  34. Caroline says:

    So…have a evening wedding to go to in Texas that will be outdoors (in the heat of June). The wedding starts at 6:30 pm and I would say is “semi formal.” I am the girlfrirend of the groom’s father. What do I wear?

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Caroline,

      You could check article “Semi Formal or Dressy Casual Wedding Dress Code” for ideas and tips of your dress.
      And because you are close to the groom’s father, you could pick a dress for Mother of the Brides

      I don’t know your personal styles, but here I found some dress ideas which I think really pretty for the wedding :
      Adrianna Papell Boatneck Lace Sheath Dress, Lipstick/White
      Tadashi Shoji Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress, Marina/Ivory
      JS Collections Soutache Overlay Gown, Fuchsia
      Jigsaw Floral Dress, Blue
      Planet Embellished Dress, Dark Purple
      Sleeveless Twill Dress with Beaded Neckline
      Sleeveless Printed Tea Length Dress with V Back

      I hope it helps Caroline
      Wish you a wonderful day 🙂

  35. Linda Wright says:

    I could use some help in deciding if I should wear hose or not. Wedding is at 6:30,outside, with a semi formal reception inside afterwards I am planning on wearing a navy knee length dress with a navy lace over cream bodice and chiffon flowy skirt. My shoes are dressy navy short heal with a peep toe. I am 61 years old.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Linda,

      It depends on your need and comfort. For me, not only that fashion is about looking good, but also about comfort.
      Reading all notes you mentioned – semi formal, indoor reception, stylish chiffon flowy skirt, and a dressy peep-toe heel – In my opinion it’s not necessary for you to wear stockings (or hose) especially if the weather is warm.

      But If you are not going to be comfortable not wearing hose, or if there is a need, than I would suggest a nude pair.

      I hope it can help Linda
      Wish you a wonderful day 🙂

  36. judie says:

    I am, in general, unsure these days about whether or not to wear hose when wearing a knee kength dress to any rather dressy affair. I am in my early 70’s and feel my legs would look better in hose but it seems not to be the fashion these days. If the occasion is during the winter I would wear dark hose but in San Francisco in the summertime, not to sure whether to go bare or nude hose. What would you recommend?

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Judie,

      I personally would recommend to go bare, BUT … it obviously depends on your need and comfort. Yes, they are not in style these days, but if you feel your legs look better with them, then wear them. Plus, hose actually give you a more polished look. You could also opt for sheer or barely there color that are as close to your natural skin tone as possible and steer clear of anything too shiny. If you wear very sheer, good quality hose, it looks very natural, yet still covers up your legs very well.

      I hope it helps Judie
      Wish you a wonderful, beautiful day 🙂

  37. Karen Allen says:

    I need an idea on what to wear to my bff’s early evening wedding. I am a plus size lady with fat upper arms I always cover

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Karen,

      You may take a look at some plus size wedding guest ideas at “Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses Fall Winter 2015 – 2016 Shopping Ideas” or other ideas at Tag Archives: Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses

      As for your upper arms, why don’t try wearing a sleeveless sometimes, and be confident with your look
      Many plus size women do that and they still look fabulous
      Or, you may go to sleeves2go for a little solution

      Thanks for your comment,
      Have a wonderful day 🙂

  38. sharon wekesa namubuya says:

    thanks for the tips. nyc fashion. i was insecure with my body since am skinny let me try the tips and see.

  39. Trish McCarthy says:

    I am wearing a bronze Fitted shoestring dress with a bolero top with elbow length sleeves and have chosen champagne coloured wedge shoes with a bronze inset up the foot do you think this is. fitting for an afternoon wedding in a vineyard in New Zealand

  40. Lauren says:

    I am looking for ideas for a ‘semi-formal vintage beach chic’ wedding that will be in Mexico! Wedding at 5 on beach, reception to follow (outdoors, but in cement patio area). It will be young and fairly trendy. I have a pretty modest budget!

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