I need help! My boyfriend’s best friend is getting married in June and it’ll be the first time I meet the bride. I’m dreading the whole thing as she wants the guests to all complement each other for the photos. It’s in the Cotswolds and her bridesmaids are wearing pale blue floral gowns with frilled sleeves. I never wear dresses or prints, and typically dress quite minimally but I really want to be polite and don’t want to stand out or offend. What on earth do I wear?Amelia from Leeds
I know the feeling so well, Amelia! I’m not a dress gal either. I always find myself tempted to try one for a wedding but I just know I won’t feel comfortable, which means sitting at the table all evening to avoid pictures and the dancefloor, which is what weddings are all about.
It’s for that reason I’d actually advise against leaving your comfort zone on this occasion (sorry, bride!) but it’s just not worth it. Don’t worry though as there are so many chic options around now that are just as dressy but will suit your signature style much more.
The trouser suit
The minimalist in you will love a trouser suit, which is ideal when the sun sets and everyone else is looking for their bulky coats to keep warm. Zara do good ones year-round that come in at under £100 for the set – this floral one is stunning and will sit nicely with the sea of equally floral frocks.
Do consider what you’ll wear underneath: personally, I was always go for a metallic cami top. ASOS do the best ones, and it means that if you get too warm on the dancefloor, you can happily remove your blazer knowing your top is just as fabulous.
The dressy two-piece
A silk top and wide-leg trousers is an underrated event combo, in my humble opinion. They just look so luxe, and with statement earrings and embellished heels, it’s a perfect day-to-night look.
These Zara trousers are a statement, but you could pair them with a cream blouse to dial them down. Similarly, I love this brown Cos pair: they’re super chic and perfect for a summer wedding. It looks like you’ve made maximum effort which is all any bride would want her guests to do so it’s a safe bet.
The party jumpsuit
A jumpsuit is another great alternative and an easy all-in-one look just like the dreaded dress. Mango always does pretty ones this time of year, and this v-neck option is sure to wow. River Island has this tailored option which would look so good with silver embellished hair slides.
If you can spend a bit more, I love Reiss’ Emilia jumpsuit – the linen is super breathable and you’re sure to get so many compliments. Pair it with strappy gold mules and a clutch.
Whatever you choose to wear, the important thing is that you’re comfortable in it.
Have the best time!
For more wedding guest outfit ideas, visit Eliza’s ultimate guide to what to wear for a wedding this summer.
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