What to wear to a wedding? That’s the big question after the proposal’s been accepted, the wedding party’s confirmed and the RSVPs start to come in. Everyone wants to be best dressed from the blushing bride to the guests and it’s true what they say, the early bird does catch the worm and the same applies to brilliant wedding outfits. The expert edit of designer clothes on Avenue 32 right now are very wedding worthy indeed, featuring glorious gowns, awesome accessories and more, which can be worn well beyond the said event. Shopping luxury fashion online also ensures you’re much less likely to turn up in the same pieces as someone else due to our mix of exciting emerging and established brands. Here are our tips and tricks to help you sail through the season in style.
The pressure’s on to be the most beautiful bride ever during this (ideally) once-in-a-lifetime experience. How many wedding dresses you wear depends on the scale of your celebrations. Separate engagement party, ceremony and reception looks may be too much, or not enough if you’re going down the Solange route- the stylish singer wowed in a standout jumpsuit and bespoke wedding clothes across her big weekend. And how traditional do you want to be? Floor length or higher? Are you sticking to white or are you open to a little colour- nude, blush or bolder?
The Go-to Brands: Alessandra Rich, Antonio Berardi, Natasha Zinko, Maticevski
It’s almost as if this waist-defining dress was full length then cut to hit that sweet spot mid-calf. Much better for showing off your shoes we say, and that voluminous skirt will look gorgeous when you take it for a spin on the dancefloor.
Perfect for a warm weather and/or laid-back affair, this shoulder exposing neckline and billowing sleeves makes this wear-again style more interesting than standard strapless or sweetheart. Plus it ticks the ‘something new’ and ‘something blue’ boxes thanks to the pretty floral embroidery.
This dress’ vintage vibes may be strong thanks to the lace and ’80s like form but the overall effect is very modern. The lining is optional so you can reveal and conceal to taste beyond the plunging neckline and the colour is nude not white.
Age-appropriate dressing is key for the M.O.B but what does that even mean anymore? The lines are more blurred than ever and the skirt suit or dress, coat and hat combo that immediately spring to mind when thinking about wedding outfits for mothers seem wildly out-of-date. Furthermore, if you’ve got great legs- why shouldn’t you flaunt them? Ditto your arms or any other feature in statement-making mother of the bride dresses. Ultimately you need to be chic but comfortable, as you’ll be on show the whole day greeting guests and toasting the couple.
The Go-to Brands: Roksanda,A.W.A.K.E., Rochas, Rosetta Getty, Temperley London, Peter Pilotto, Alessandra Rich
Style inspiration: Bianca Jagger, Ivanka Trump, Jane Fonda in Monster in Law, Jerry Hall
Styling tip: Swap a hat or fascinator with a sleek headband to crown your hairdo.
Monochrome is a smart way to wear white without upsetting the bride and this long, lean number also has flashes of the colour du jour: yellow. You’ll also stand out in the inevitable flurry of florals with this painterly motif.
Little tweaks and details push this simple dress into head-turning territory. Namely the texture of the straw weave, the asymmetric waterfall hem, the nipped in waist and the controlled volume. Those detachable rosette brooches are an unexpected flourish.
The all-over pleats and texture of this dreamy dress catch the eye as just as much as the vibrant colour. High necked and midi hemmed, it strikes the perfect balance between ‘formal’ and ‘black tie’ and streamlines your figure. You’ll float along.
In this sartorial situation, the bride says ‘jump’ and you say ‘how high’ putting your own preferences aside. She might not be ok with having your Pippa Middleton moment at her wedding so, whether she pays for the bridesmaid dresses or not, follow her lead on style and colour. But don’t be afraid to communicate which details flatter you the most and your budget as there are wonderful wedding style options at every price point. In an ideal world, you’d coordinate with the other bridesmaids in your own special way and be able to re-wear the dress.
For more pizzazz walking up the aisle and in the wedding photos, opt for a simple silhouette decorated with breathtaking embroidery like this. The colours are at the bride’s discretion but these punchy hues are uplifting and can reflect the bouquets and interior design.
This romantic dress also comes in mint if you’re allowed to mix and match colours, and this shape looks fantastic on everyone. Lace at a wedding is a given but it’s been magnified here so the handcraftsmanship can be admired and skin can playfully peek through.
Steer the bride towards this off-white dress if she’d like you all to match because this ’50s silhouette flatters all shapes and sizes. But as ultra-feminine as it looks, it’s anything but twee thanks to the asymmetric pink plasticised frills.
You can essentially wear whatever you want after deciphering the dress-code in relation to the location. It’s usually formal but a beach wedding and a city registry office are worlds apart, so you couldn’t necessarily wear the same designer clothing for wedding guests, well not without some clever accessorising. And which part of the wedding are you actually invited to? The ceremony, the party or both? Just stay true to your style- the goal is to steal the spotlight without upstaging the bride or looking like you’ve made too much effort.
The Go-to Brands: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Haider Ackermann, Racil, Alessandra Rich, Emilio de la Morena, Alice McCall, Zimmermann.
Shake things up with a trouser suit instead of dress as they’re big news this season. Nonchalantly dressy and leg lengthening, this silver brocade will shimmer beautifully from day to night. Best of all, you can break it up without ruining the effect.
Everything about this gown is show-stopping from the vivid orange hue to the plunging neckline and plissé surface. Making it better suited to the wedding party, after the bride has had her moment of glory. We’d recommend a shawl if wearing to a church.
At once flirty and glamorous, this entrance-maker both taps into and transcends the hottest trends. Showing of your shoulders via a genius single shouldered neckline above an asymmetric ruffled skirt, the tie-dye print is topped with braiding and beading.