Wedding guest dresses for every shape, style and budget

Wedding guest dresses for every shape, style and budget

Wedding guest dresses can be a nightmare to shop for, so we’ve edited the best styles for you to shop now.

wedding guest dresses

With wedding season in full swing, the quest for the perfect guest dress has begun. Do you go long? Short? Floaty or fitted? This season, sophisticated prints, florals and rich velvets are filling the rails, meaning there are plenty of wedding guest dresses in the shops to choose from.

Summer wedding guest dresses

I’ll be honest, for me, spring and summer are the best seasons to dress for a wedding. There are more dress options, and you can be a bit more daring with your sartorial choices.

For a destination wedding where heat is a big factor, going slinky will ensure you keep your cool all day. Look to Ghost, Halston Heritage, La Ligne and the Row for minimal slip dresses.

The maximalist fans will be glad to hear that our love affair with print has been revived for the new season, whether that’s polka dots, tropicals, florals or deck chair stripes. Look to GANNI, STAUD, Rixo, Kitri for some vintage-inspired buys, and Dodo Bar Or, Rosie Assoulin, Zimmermann and Needle & Thread for modern classics with a twist.

If you’re going to a black tie wedding, stick to a midi or maxi length dress for maximum elegance. You won’t go wrong with something from Givenchy, Lanvin and Oscar de la Renta if you’re looking to splash out a bit.

Of course, the high street is a great go-to if you’re struggling, with & Other Stories, H&M, Zara, New Look, Topshop and Arket all offering everything from pretty floral dresses to elegant jumpsuits.

To bring your look up to date for summer 2018, accessorise with a basket bag and a sculptural heel.

Winter wedding guest dresses

You might argue that wedding guest dressing in autumn and winter is a bit more of a challenge. Wind is bitterly cold and heels on an icy path are never a good idea. Plus, it doesn’t seem ideal if you have to sit through the church service or reception wrapped up in a coat and scarf either.

Long-sleeved lace dresses are always a safe choice for winter weddings, and as always, Reiss, L.K.Bennett and Coast have a great selection. But for the more fashion-forward of you, AW17’s crushed velvet trend – as seen on the catwalk at Tibi, Jason Wu and Max Mara – is one worth embracing.

Reserved, the Polish brand fronted by Kate Moss and freshly launched in the UK, has a beautiful khaki ombre pleated dress with black lace detailing, that you can pair with metallic ankle boots or a velvet 70s platform shoe.

And if you think a black cocktail dress is your only option, think again. Millennial pink shows no sign of dying out, and long-sleeved pink dresses (preferably with OTT sleeves) are the hero pieces you need to be seen in – as seen at Emilia Wickstead and H&M – and if you dare, with a splash of red à la Valentino.

But if you really want to go all out, then bold trends like Dynasty-esque metallic dresses, 80s sequin suits and bold ruffles are all trends that will easily make you stand out on that dance floor (and promise to keep you gloriously warm during the winter wedding).

So, your hunt for the perfect dress ends here. Without further ado, scroll on to shop Marie Claire’s edit of the best wedding guest dresses.

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This season’s prettiest maxi dresses to fall in love with

This season’s prettiest maxi dresses to fall in love with

Maxi dresses are this season’s go-to dress length for parties, weekends and work. Shop our favourite styles…

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Not one for mini or midi dresses this summer? You’ll be pleased to hear maxi dresses are still the original new season-ready item, but there’s nothing classic about this season’s take on the wardrobe essential. With luxurious textures clashes, 70s bohemian and minimal 90s styles hitting the rails, there’s never been a better time to update your dress collection.

Maxi dress trends

Are you feeling this season’s minimalist mood? Then references the 90s with silk and velvet slip dresses, strapless column dresses and everyday-ready jumper dresses.

Alternatively, are you into all things boho and feminine? We’ve got a feeling you’ll love a floaty printed floor-sweeper. Complete your throwback look with an oh-so-chic fringed bag and denim jacket.

If you like a pop of colour, then colour blocking has never been so chic. Think chiffon gowns in neon shades of pink, yellow or purple. Wallflowers, abstain.

Wedding guest outfit ideas

If the invites are racking up for this summer’s weddings, bag yourself a versatile floor-skimmer that can be reworked throughout the season. Maxi dresses are a great choice for formal occasions when complemented with a statement clutch and strappy heels – Needle & Thread, Adam Lippes and The Row are among our go-to brands when it comes to choosing something special.

If you want to try your hand at one of this season’s more daring trends, consider shopping for maxi dresses with a lace insert or cut-out detail. Team with statement sandals for a striking new season look. We love high street brands Boden, Zara, & Other Stories and Bershka for trendier pieces.

From cosy weekend knitted staples to workwear-appropriate long shirts,or even a summer-holiday ready off-the-shoulder chambray number, there’s a dress for all shapes, styles and budgets right here.

Where to buy maxi dresses

We’ve scoured the high street and designer fashion stores to find the best maxi dresses in the shops right now. Click through to shop our edit.

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Meghan Markle wore this Diana memento on her wedding day

Meghan Markle wore this Diana memento on her wedding day


Photo: Getty

It was pretty much a given that Meghan Markle would pay tribute to Princess Diana on her wedding day. She already carried forget-me-nots in her bouquet, which were Diana’s favourite flowers, but many thought she would also wear the same tiara that the late Royal wore on her wedding day.

In the end, she borrowed one of the Queen’s jewels, which used to be Queen Mary’s, to hold her beautiful Givenchy veil in place.

However, the bride paid another homage to the People’s Princess later on in the day, when she changed into her second wedding dress, designed by Stella McCartney.

As she waived to the crowds, you could spot a gorgeous emerald cut Aquamarine ring on her right-hand wedding finger, and you’ve definitely seen it before, as it belonged to (you guessed it) Princess Diana.

Photo: Getty

It’s symbolic in many ways. First, it was Diana’s, and it’s likely to have been a present from Prince Harry to his new wife.

Diana wore back in 1997 at an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s, which was prompted by Prince William in aid of charity.

Secondly, it is her something blue on her wedding day, and could also count as her something old.

At the time of her engagement, the Duchess of Sussex was asked about honouring Diana on the big day, and she replied, ‘It’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.’

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FIRST PICS: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has FINALLY been revealed

FIRST PICS: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has FINALLY been revealed

All the pics here

Photo: Rex

After months of speculation about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer, the wait is finally over. The actress has just arrived to marry Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, and the Palace has released the wedding dress info. Here’s everything we know so far, and we’ll update you as soon as more details come in…

Meghan Markle wedding dress designer

For months there have been rumours going around about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer, with the hot favourites being Erdem and Ralph & Russo. But you know what? We were all wrong! She picked Givenchy.

The Palace revealed in a statement: ‘Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.’

Photo: Rex

And just like that, Meghan follows in Kate’s footsteps in empowering women by picking one of the few female designers.

Meghan Markle wedding dress style

Meghan opted for a traditional wedding gown in the end, very reminiscent to Audrey Hepburn’s. It is slightly off the shoulder, made of pure white silk cady, and a full skirt.

Givenchy explained, ‘True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.’

Photo: Rex

Meghan Markle wedding veil

The veil is five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Meghan wanted to have all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony.

As such, Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. This was also Meghan’s way to show her gratitude at being able to support the work of the Commonwealth.

Photo: Rex

As well as the Commonwealth blooms, Meghan wanted to add two personal favourites: Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy, the State flower from her place of birth, California.

The veil took workers  hundreds of hours to sew, and they had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.

Meghan Markle wedding tiara

The bride kept her cathedral length veil in place with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to her by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893.

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Kensington Palace announced, ‘The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds.  The centre is set with a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds.’

The centre brooch was given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York.  The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953.

The bride’s earrings and bracelet made by Cartier.

Meghan Markle wedding shoes

Meghan also chose Givenchy for her shoes, opting for a pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.

Why did Meghan Markle pick Givenchy?

After meeting Claire Waight Keller earlier this year, Meghan ‘chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour.’

Keller previously worked at Pringle of Scotland and Chloé, before heading up Givenchy.

Meghan Markle wedding dress cost

Kate Middleton’s dress cost around £250,000, and according to Royal experts, Meghan’s wasn’t likely to cost as much as she wouldn’t want to upstage the future Queen.

Meghan Markle evening wedding dress

Kate Middleton change into an evening gown after the wedding breakfast. The strapless ballgown, also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, featured a jewell-encrusted belt, and the Duchess covered up with a cashmere cardigan.

Meghan Markle wedding dress replica

As with Kate Middleton’s dress, there will no doubt be plenty of replicas of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress to buy on the high street. While we wait for those to hit the rails, here are very similar styles you can buy now.

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Met Gala 2018: The most outrageous outfits on the red carpet

Met Gala 2018: The most outrageous outfits on the red carpet

Including the one that tried to shut down RiRi

met gala 2018

So let’s be real, the Met Gala 2018 was all about Rihanna dressing as the Pope and shutting down the red carpet. However, there were some other strong looks on the night, so here’s a little breakdown for you ICYMI.

The Queens

Headpieces were the accessory of choice last night. There was of course Rihanna and her Papal hat, but there were also plenty of regal crowns, thanks to their religious symbols (when a Royal ascends the thrown, a religious figure often puts the crown on the monarch’s head, and then there are crowns of stars and halos). Solange, Emilia Clarkle and Blake Lively were just a few of the celebrities sporting the trend, with Sarah Jessica Parker going one step further with a Nativity Scene on her head.

The cross-bearers

On the slightly more subtle side of things, the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian went for dresses adorned with the Christian crosses. J Lo’s showstopper of a Balmain dress featured a jewel-encrusted crown and a feather skirt, while Kim’s gold Versace dress was simply embroidered with crosses. Meanwhile, Ruby Rose was all about cardinal chic.

The sinners

Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins and Bella Hadid were just a few of the celebs that went over to the dark side, opting for black, a colour often associated with the devil and fallen angels. Cara dramatically accessorised her Christian Dior gown with a black veil and beaded crown, while Lily opted for a sheer Givenchy gown and spiked halo. Bella Hadid was vampy in Chrome Hearts.

The saints

You can’t have the sinners without the Saints, who were led by Katy Perry, who really did her best to upstage Rihanna with her Angel wings. Lana del Ray also turned heads with her blue wings headpiece, which incidentally went very well with Jared Leto’s Gucci Jesus get-up.

The Virgin Marys

Kate Bosworth painted a virginal picture in her gold-flecked Oscar de la Renta gown with matching veil, though Cardi B had a slight advantage in being pregnant, making the Virgin Mary portrayal a little more convincing. Her gem-encrusted gown came courtesy of Moschino, while Ariana Grande was a dream in Vera Wang.

The red brigade

Finally, another big trend on the red carpet was, well, red. Amber Heard (Carolina Herrera), Anne Hathaway (Valentino) and Priyanka Chopra (Ralph Lauren) all wore vibrant red dresses and accessorised with gold crowns and halos.

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the autumn/winter 2017 wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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