4 Fashion Stylists on Their Tips for Being the Best-Dressed Wedding Guest




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For fashion-focused wedding guests, the thought of what to wear is typically the first to strike after receiving a save the date. From unique silhouettes to modern prints and eye-catching accessories, there are a lot of ways to make a statement with wedding guest attire, though, earning the title of best-dressed doesn’t always equate to an outfit full of flashy pieces. Oftentimes, it’s the way in which you pair pieces together, even if they skew minimalist or classic. And no one knows the ins and outs of assembling extraordinary ensembles better than fashion stylists. They’re pros at putting together eye-catching wedding guest outfits with a twist — there’s always something about a stylist-made look that you would have never thought of yourself whether it involves a mix of unexpected colors, distinctive accessories to set off a classic silhouette, or unique proportions you might not have considered for yourself.

For a fashion insider approach to piecing together sartorially winning wedding guests outfits, we tapped four fashions stylists — Sissy Sainte-Marie, Rachael Wang, Rebecca Dennett, and Doria Santlofer — for their tips and tricks. From their favorite labels for wedding guest dresses to the coolest dress alternatives and chicest accessories, scroll on for their expert advice and shop their picks for your next wedding — there’s something for every style, size, and price point.




Ciao Lucia Allegra Top Sea Metallic and Carlotta Skirt Sea Metallic

Courtesy of Ciao Lucia

Sissy Sainte-Marie

“When friends ask for recommendations for wedding guest attire, my go-to recommendation is this top and skirt set from Ciao Lucia,” Sainte-Marie says.

Ciao Lucia Allegra Top Sea Metallic and Carlotta Skirt Sea Metallic

Ciao Lucia and Ciao Lucia

Cult Gaia Artemisia Dress

Courtesy of Cult Gaia

“If I were young and fabulous and attending a wedding, I would be dying to wear a dress, shoes, and bag from the current Cult Gaia collection,” Sainte-Marie says.

Cult Gaia Artemisia Dress

Cult Gaia




Rachel Comey Orbit Top and Gyre Skirt

Courtesy of Rachel Comey

“I know one of the rules is to not upstage the bride, but also I think your soon-to-be-married friend would appreciate her guests really bring it on her wedding day — prints, ruffles, color pops would surely be welcome,” Sainte-Marie says.

Rachel Comey Orbit Top and Gyre Skirt

Rachel Comey and Rachel Comey

Christine Alcalay Ruffle Neck Mini Dress

Courtesy of Christine Alcalay

Christine Alcalay Ruffle Neck Mini Dress

Christine Alcalay

Rejina Pyo Lily Dress Linen

Courtesy of Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo Lily Dress Linen

Rejina Pyo

Batsheva Floral Print Midi Dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

Batsheva Floral Print Midi Dress

Farfetch

Nanushka Opium Satin Wrap-Front Top and Caribe Satin Pant

Courtesy of Need Supply

“If you prefer something more understated or less girly, black, jumpsuits, pants, suits, and sets are not forbidden these days,” says Sainte-Marie.

Nanushka Opium Satin Wrap-Front Top and Caribe Satin Pant

Need Supply and Need Supply

Mara Hoffman Nina Dress

Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman Nina Dress

Mara Hoffman

Christine Alcalay Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Christine Alcalay

Christine Alcalay Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Christine Alcalay

Tibi Tablier Plainweave Blazer Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Tibi Tablier Plainweave Blazer Jumpsuit

Bergdorf Goodman

“If you're looking for something in a larger size run, [ModCloth](https://www.modcloth.com/) has tons of wedding guest attire that doesn't break the bank and ranges from XS to 4X," says Sainte-Marie. "If you're modest but still want to make a statement, look for details such as bell sleeves or an asymmetrical shoulder.” ##Collectif x Modcloth Expressive Essence Wide-Leg Jumpsuit SHOP NOW: [Modcloth](https://www.modcloth.com/shop/bottoms/collectif-collectif-x-mc-expressive-essence-wide-leg-jumpsuit-in-green-floral/163015.html), $109

Courtesy of Modcloth

“If you’re looking for something in a larger size run, ModCloth has tons of wedding guest attire that doesn’t break the bank and ranges from XS to 4X,” says Sainte-Marie. “If you’re modest but still want to make a statement, look for details such as bell sleeves or an asymmetrical shoulder.”

Collectif x Modcloth Expressive Essence Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

Modcloth

Staud Birdie Dress

Courtesy of Staud

“It’s also nice to buy something practical that you would want to get more wear out of that could be dressed down or dressed up for special occasions like dresses from Staud,” says Sainte-Marie.

Staud Birdie Dress

Staud

Loéil Elvissa Knit and Khalifa Skirt

Courtesy of Loéil

Loéil and The Frankie Shop are two of Sainte-Marie’s favorite retailers for less pricey but very fashion-forward wedding guest attire.

Loéil Elvissa Knit and Khalifa Skirt

 Loéil and Loéil

SVNR Boca Paila Earrings

Courtesy of SVNR

Rachael Wang

“I think the best way to approach weddings is to find something in your closet and spice it up with fresh accessories like statement earrings and colorful sandals.”

SVNR Boca Paila Earrings

SVNR

SVNR Anhui Lifesaver Earrings

Courtesy of SVNR

SVNR Anhui Lifesaver Earrings

SVNR

Rafa The Simple Sandal

Courtesy of Rafa

Rafa The Simple Sandal

Rafa

Mara Hoffman Moon Top and Roshini Skirt

Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

“Alternately, I love the idea of investing in a matching top and skirt that can be worn together as a dress for a more formal occasion like a wedding but can also be worn separately,” says Wang. “The top can be worn casually with jeans, for example, and the skirt can be topped with a sweater for work. This way your price per wear is much more affordable, not to mention finding ways to wear things over and over again is the best way to make your closet more sustainable.”

Mara Hoffman Moon Top and Roshini Skirt

Mara Hoffman and Mara Hoffman

Rotate Pleat Detail Waist Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

Rebecca Dennett

“My rule of thumb is, unless it’s a black-tie evening wedding, wear color,” Dennett says. “If you’re a guest, steer away of column or floor-length dresses as you don’t want to be confused for a bridesmaid or best woman.”

Rotate Pleat Detail Waist Maxi Dress

Farfetch

Self-Portrait Sleeveless Lace Dress

Courtesy of The RealReal

“When I want to stick to a certain budget, I’ll search by keeping my setting to a max I”m comfortable with so I don’t get downtrodden with $3,000+ Givenchy numbers I can’t afford,” says Dennett.

The stylist also recommends shopping sites like The RealReal for designer wedding guest options at a lower price — it’s also a more sustainable way to shop instead of buying a brand-new item.

Self-Portrait Sleeveless Lace Dress

The RealReal

Prabal Gurung Sleeveless Tiered Midi Dress

Courtesy of The RealReal

Prabal Gurung Sleeveless Tiered Midi Dress

The RealReal

Rixo Ariel Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

Some of Dennett’s favorite brands for fashion-forward wedding guest dresses include Saloni, Veronica Beard, Rixo, Self-Portrait, Nanushka, and Les Reveries.

Rixo Ariel Dress

Shopbop

Les Reveries Pink Sunflower Print Midi Dress

Courtesy of Intermix

Les Reveries Pink Sunflower Print Midi Dress

Intermix

Nanushka Kalila Satin Sleeveless Knot Front Dress

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

“I love this pop of color — you could also re-wear this for a smart summer work day,” says Dennett.

Nanushka Kalila Satin Sleeveless Knot Front Dress

Saks Fifth Avenue

Eloquii Fringe Midi Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

For curvy women, Dennett recommends printed dresses, styles that are full of color, and silhouettes that nip in at the wait for a defined shape.

Eloquii Fringe Midi Dress

Eloquii

Parker Reina Combo Dress

Courtesy of 11 Honoré

Parker Reina Combo Dress

11 Honoré

Alex Evenings Short V-Neck Sequin Shift Dress with Capelet Sleeve

Courtesy of Alex Evenings

“This is also a great option for curvy ladies and a great price point for an evening wedding. I love metallic as an alternative to black,” Dennett says.

Alex Evenings Short V-Neck Sequin Shift Dress with Capelet Sleeve

Alex Evenings

Carel Soraya Pumps

Courtesy of Farfetch

“For shoes, I find the Mary Jane style super-chic and extremely comfortable for hours of standing up due to the block heel and being strapped in the front of the shoe for support,” says Dennett.

Carel Soraya Pumps

Farfetch

##Loeffler Randall Juliette Low-Heel Metallic Mary Jane Bow Pumps SHOP NOW: [Bergdorf Goodman](https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/p/loeffler-randall-juliette-low-heel-metallic-mary-jane-bow-pumps-prod142120003?eVar6=BGS19+X4CQY+), $350

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Loeffler Randall Juliette Low-Heel Metallic Mary Jane Bow Pumps

Bergdorf Goodman

Repetto Black Glitter Electra Mary-Jane Heels

Courtesy of Ssense

Repetto Black Glitter Electra Mary-Jane Heels

Ssense

Polly Plume Bonnie Bow Mary Jane Flats

Courtesy of Shopbop

“In the evening for dancing I switch to my Miu Miu silver flats,” says Dennett. “I’ve worn them for dancing at weddings multiple times, but they are also great with jeans and a pretty blouse for a smart-casual work event.”

Polly Plume Bonnie Bow Mary Jane Flats

Shopbop

Malone Souliers Robyn Flats Ballerinas

Courtesy of Farfetch

Malone Souliers Robyn Flats Ballerinas

Farfetch

Miu Miu Double-Buckle Cap-Toe Vinyl Flats

Courtesy of Barneys New York

Miu Miu Double-Buckle Cap-Toe Vinyl Flats

Barneys New York

Red Dress Wayward Fun Navy Gingham Two Piece Set

Courtesy of Red Dress

Doria Santlofer

“For a summer wedding, it’s fun and unexpected to wear matched sets. Pairing a skirt or pant with a little top in the same print looks super fresh,” says Santlofer.

Red Dress Wayward Fun Navy Gingham Two Piece Set

Red Dress

Zara Tie-Dye Printed Top and Tie-Dye Printed Skirt

Courtesy of Zara

Zara Tie-Dye Printed Top and Tie-Dye Printed Skirt

Zara and Zara

Reformation Reign Top

Courtesy of Reformation

Reformation Reign Top

Reformation

Reformation Bea Skirt

Courtesy of Reformation

Reformation Bea Skirt

Reformation

Free People Go For Drama Set

Courtesy of Free People

Free People Go For Drama Set

Free People

Kenneth Cole Bryanna Strappy Dress Sandal

Courtesy of Amazon

“Prints like gingham or plaid look very cute for spring and can be dressed up with a heeled sandal in a fun color,” Santlofer says. “I love Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s block heeled sandals in mesh!”

Kenneth Cole Bryanna Strappy Dress Sandal

Amazon

Stella Luna Cigarette 85 Sandals

Courtesy of Shopbop

Stella Luna Cigarette 85 Sandals

Shopbop

Stuart Weitzman The Nudist Sandal

Courtesy of Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman The Nudist Sandal

Stuart Weitzman

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Martina Mesh Slide in Moon Crinkle

Courtesy of Need Supply

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Martina Mesh Slide in Moon Crinkle

Need Supply

By Far Brigette Orange Patent Leather Sandals

Courtesy of By Far

By Far Brigette Orange Patent Leather Sandals

By Far

Gray Matters Neon Sandals Lavanda

Courtesy of Gray Matters

Gray Matters Neon Sandals Lavanda

Gray Matters

Zimmermann Sculptural Bow Heel Sandals

Courtesy of Shopbop

Zimmermann Sculptural Bow Heel Sandals

Shopbop