Wedding season rolls around like clockwork and all of a sudden you’re facing a calendar full of weekends up and down the country. Fast forward to Friday and you’ve overpacked and are squashed up against the window of a Virgin cross-country train, armed with a suitcase full of potential outfit options.
Trust me I know, it’s easy to feel blinded by far too much choice. Personally, I find it far easier to pile everything but the kitchen sink into my suitcase, lest I forget a single thing. While it feels inviting to succumb to the idea that you need brand spanking new wedding guest outfits for each one you’re attending, it’s best to put that to one side. For the best (and most economically-friendly) outcome you should take it upon yourself to purchase a few classic looks that will work for any kind of countryside nuptials.
The most seasoned of attendees know that preparation is key, work out your surroundings and a chic outfit will come easily. Farmyard romps and high heels are destined to never work out, some countryside churches require a hat, whilst crumbling, chilly country piles usually mean you’ll need to make room for a warm cardigan. From a bucolic, floral Richard Curtis movie fantasy, to the sharp-suited modern wedding guest, the outfit opportunities are honestly endless.
For 7 stylish outfits you can wear to a countryside wedding, keep reading…
A zingy co-ord
Looking for something in place of a dress? A zesty co-ordinating outfit could be the one for you. A vibrant look will do most of the sartorial work for you, but here’s your reminder to keep accessories simple and jewellery minimal but sculptural.
Yes, a slither of stomach is acceptable for weddings, it’s 2022 after all. Don’t be put off by the criss-crossed ties: they’re flattering on the waist and pull the whole look together (literally). With a seemingly simple look, take a risk with your bag. Polka dots, pastels or a black-and-white print will work surprisingly well.
A shorts suit
For an update on the traditional tailored look, swap out your wide-leg trousers for a tailored pair of shorts. It’s a little out-there, sure, but on hot days you’ll thank yourself continually. On most occasions, shorts are a great option so long as the remainder of your look feels elevated and formal. Heels and OTT jewellery will ensure your outfit is fitting to watch anyone tie the knot.
A classic floral dress
You’ll find nothing screams countryside wedding outfits more than classic floral dresses, and if you’re willing to up your splurge slightly then Reformation do the best. Their extensive (and sustainable) range comes covered in glorious garden prints. This & Other Stories dress is a great high street option, and will see you through any summer occasion – when paired with trainers or sandals, it looks gloriously casual. Slide into a snug, cropped cardigan when the evening chill sets in.
Bright shades can be complemented with out-there accessories. By pairing this hot pink suit with statement shoes and a contrasting clutch bag, you’re adding a new and unexpected element to your wedding look. Appreciate the added comfort that comes with wearing a loose-fit tailored trouser suit, you’ll notice it most when you’re tearing up the dance floor.
Tone down colour blocking with a relaxed linen blazer. Stocked in Selfridges and online, Pretty Lavish is a one-stop-shop for any wedding outfit needs, from silky slip dresses in glowing jewelled tones to pretty patterned options, I’m certain you’ll find a winner. A neutral-toned linen blazer is a wardrobe must-have – you’ll find yourself reaching for it occasion after occasion.
The easiest way to execute a graphic printed wedding guest look? Tone down graphic prints with woven accessories and neutral detailing. Ensure your graphic pieces are the centre of sartorial attention by keeping everything else clean and unfussy. Kitri’s price tag might seem a little higher, but its prints feel luxurious and won’t date.
A slinky jumpsuit
You’re not a dress person, I get it. That does not mean you’re resigned to sacrifice pretty frills and bright colours. Swap out tailoring for a citrus-toned jumpsuit exuding sunshine energy. Sculptural cuffs are an instant mood, plus to expertly nail the cool-girl vibe it’s time to reach for the skinny shades. Find a plethora of options at ASOS.