Chic Modern Wedding Looks

Weddings are becoming less about the attire and more about the party. But that doesn’t mean you can just show up wearing whatever you want. You still want to be respectful to the couple and the ceremony they’re having, so when figuring out what to wear to a wedding consider these quick tips:

  • Don’t wear white
  • Don’t wear a short dress or skirt
  • Don’t wear sweat pants
  • Don’t wear denim (unless it’s a themed wedding)
  • Don’t wear sheer materials
  • Don’t wear flip flops
  • Don’t wear plunging necklines

Basically, don’t wear anything that could outshine the bride and groom or their special day. With that being said, I’ve put some looks that may help you figure out what to wear to a wedding as the guest.

1. Cushnie

A great piece to highlight your natural curves. A beautiful latte hue is such a chic tone and is very versatile to style around. A even better look is with gold accessories.

It’s cut in a sharp wrap effect silhouette shows the influence in the sweeping lines of this gown. The colour and design is chic and elegant.

2. Brandon Maxwell

This beautiful bright orange gown is striking and bold. The slim silhouette is flattering and the deep slit eases movement. Pair this with bold accessories.

3. Christopher Esber

A vibrant abstract print. Such a lovely lightweight, silk piece with a twisted halterneck and alluring open back.

4. Brock Collection

The dainty wildflowers, corseted bodice and voluminous ruffled peplum has such a Victorian feel to it with the unfinished edges that gives it a contemporary feel. This is perfect for a Spring/Summer wedding.

5. Deveaux

This is honestly such a flattering silhouette. I know personally that I’m likely to wear a piece like this to a wedding. It’s not fancy but it’s also not ‘plain Jane’. The gathering in the mid section is such a beautiful detail. This look will definitely look good with statement accessories and strappy sandals. It comes in both black and green.

6. The Attico

Tasseled cotton blend midi dress. One thing to get out of the way, the dramatic tassels will definitely move beautifully and dramatically as you walk. If you’re big on such details keep that in mind. So, definitely opt for heels.


These are ideas of accessories to style up your outfit.

Paco Rabanne
The Attico
Gianvito Rossi
Anita Ko
The Sant

In conclusion:

– The last thing you want to do is literally outshine the bride. If the dress code is formal and you want a little sparkle, keep it minimal. Anything that is too bright/shiny/metallic will literally take eyes off the bride and put them on you. Don’t be that kind of guest.

– Simple rule, unless the dress code calls for an all-white wedding, rule out anything that could remotely be confused with a wedding dress (even if it’s a short white dress, don’t do it).

– We’re all for showing a little skin, but a wedding is not the place to wear your shortest or lowest cut look. Plus many weddings take place in a house of worship, where covering up is more appropriate. Keep that sexiest look for any other night out on the town.

– This one can be tough to avoid, but if you know what color the bridesmaids are wearing in advance it would be fairly tacky to show up in the same hue. You don’t want it to look like you’re upset you didn’t make the bridal party, do you? That being said, if you’re not that close to the bride this can be an impossible one to sidestep.

– Black is a very sophisticated color choice. But some associate it with “what you wear to a funeral.” Don’t bring any sadness with you to your friend’s happiest day. If you must wear black, try a dress or separates with a print on a black background.

In case you are the bride and found yourself checking out these rules, check out some minimal bridal looks I’ve put together (Read here:)

As always let’s chat! Let me know of brands that do specialize in all things wedding styling and I’ll check them.

These are just inspirational images I keep on file from social media platforms including Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook ,Who What Wear, NET-A-PORTER and from the brands site as referenced. I do not own any of these images.