How to be the best dressed wedding guest

With so many differing wedding themes it can be difficult to know exactly what to wear and how to do it well. From day weddings barefoot at the beach to night time cocktail nuptials in the city, the dress code can change significantly.

It goes without saying that you should pay particular attention to the wedding invite. For a beach or ‘great outdoors’ wedding you know you can get away with something a little more casual, but if it’s a black tie formal affair, then it’s your chance to dress up to the nines.

For dress code cred, look at key trends for the season and try to include  them into your outfit, whether you’re investing on a new head to toe look in the season’s “it” colour or just adding a new accessory to an old favourite.

This season covers the spectrum of the colour wheel from vibrant brights to candy coloured pastels and crisp whites, so the choice is yours. Whatever you decide on make sure it fits you well and that you’ll feel comfortable wearing it the whole day long.

City Wedding

City Weddings, from left, Asos, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop & Coast

Coast always has some great occasion wear outfits. I love this black broderie dress as it’s a great versatile option for evening weddings. For a chic, sophisticated look, a tailored jacket always looks smart. This Dorothy Perkins jacket ticks the peplum trend that is a big look for this season. Add these killer heels from Topshop and this cute clutch from Asos.

Beach Wedding

From left: Mint Velvet, Phase Eight, Dune

Beach weddings are extremely popular nowadays and you’ll want to dress down your outfit for this type of casual affair. This season’s maxi dress is ideal, there are lots to choose from both on the high street and designer. Personally I like Phase Eight’s maxi with its eye catching print. Cover up from cool sea breezes in this cardigan from Mint Velvet and team with these metallic flats from Dune.

Garden or Rural Wedding

Clockwise from left, M&Co, Faith and Marks & Spencer

Compliment the traditional country idyll in a floral print 50s style like this one from M&Co. Team with some girlie kitten heels from Faith and finally add some sparkle with this clutch from Marks and Spencer’s Autograph range.

Cocktail Wedding

Clockwise from left: New Look, Next, Temperley, Ted Baker

Go for a vibrant style and colour to make an entrance. I like this fushia one from Alice Temperley or you could try a more graphic detail like on this New Look dress. Team with Next heels and add a chic black clutch like this one from Ted Baker.