Looks like it’s shaping up to be a big summer of weddings. Big Wedding Summer, if you will. Many couples have waited for the toughest times of Covid to get married and now (knock on wood) is their time.
You may have been invited to one of these weddings, which leaves you with an important question: what is [redacted] are you wearing? We’ve rounded up a selection of dresses for wedding guests of just about every taste – from print peacocks to minimalists, and even those who don’t like dresses at all.
For a bright spark
Nothing says “fun-loving wedding guest” more than a cheery dress in an eye-catching pop of color — except maybe whipping the slits on the dance floor. There are many bright, wedding-appropriate dresses that don’t require gym flexibility to wear; by Kate Sylvester Esther dress (coming soon) comes in a pretty coral hue and is made from lightweight cotton with puff sleeves, a tie-tie at the neckline and an optional belt to cinch in the waist. Maggie Marilyn is well known for her durable and luxurious evening dresses – the It’s yours dress is made of elegant turquoise silk cut on the bias, while the Moment of my life dress added ruffles in a vibrant ocean blue. You can go for a two-tone look with Hansen & Gretel’s Jewel Green Aggy wrap skirtassociated with the charming pink of the brand Lettie Top. Aje combines a love of color with graphic prints on its high-impact orange and floral Tulip Monument long dressand the same print is available on the ultra-fun Gretta Knot Back Mini Dress with oversized sleeves and a train in the back.
For a fan of neutrals
Luckily for those of us who shy away from bright tones, wearing black to a wedding isn’t really considered a faux pas anymore. This Ganni bustier-style midi dress strikes the sweet spot between dressy and effortless, and again you’re bound to wear it layered over a T-shirt or under a leather jacket. For those who love black, but have an enigma when the summer forecast calls for something cool to wear, Marle’s silk Addis dress hangs elegantly on the body, has a wide neckline that can be worn over one shoulder and a slit on one side. You might be attracted to everyday beige or cream, but if that’s to be avoided for a more traditional wedding, the pale khaki hue of this Lee Mathews silk-satin slip dress is a nice neutral alternative. Beak & Bridge has a heavy section of his website dedicated to wedding guest dresses; one of them is The Dreamer wrap dress, which is available in a beautiful warm golden color among other things. Don’t forget the option to combine a top and a skirt, like Maara Collective’s sand pink Narelda silk skirt. He goes all the way down to the floor with a split leg and a gathered waist.
For a print lover
Sydney-based Sir the Label wins a clever print, as seen on blue and white silk Esme halter dress – perfect for swaying in a summer breeze. For the print-loving minimalist (yes, they do), Sunset Lover’s punchy oversized cashmere Dali dress in silk with long sleeves is foiled by its sleek silhouette. Lee Mathews does a painterly impression as well, with the linen blend Ava long dress which has sleeves covering the shoulders to prevent sunburn. For a hint of 90s grunge, Realization Par’s Mary Dress will accompany you all day with strappy sandals, and with sneakers or boots forever. If you like to feel covered but not limited, this bohemian dress by Shona Joy is cut from airy chiffon with plunging balloon sleeves in a pretty abstract print. His sleeveless sister dress is another romantic option that sits on the subtle end of the print spectrum.
For when a dress just won’t do
Wearing a classy suit to a wedding is a big cry; for summer, you can pair it with a crop top or dressy bustier and ditch the jacket for dancing. Melbourne designer and musician Anna Cordelle is inspired by the music of the 70s to create its unique costumes, such as this two piece in an unsold striped silk fabric. You can also contact her to create your dream costume from scratch – keep in mind this is a 10 week process, but the result will be something you will love for life. Paris Georgia does effortless, slightly left-centered elegance better than most, and the Top Christopher is a great alternative dress to pair with your favorite skirt or pants. There are silky pants options at Dissh, like the Simone pants in golden satin which are cut on the bias, and chocolate brown, 100% silk Evans Pants. A wide leg jumpsuit is basically a dress – but for activities. This one from The Fifth Label has festive ruffled sleeves and comes in a pretty cinnamon hue that you’ll keep long after its debut.