Stylish Wedding-Guest Outfits

It can be hard to dress well for summer weddings. They look beautiful, but you can’t rely on your trusty summer dress and open-toed shoes without anything to keep warm. Getting the balance right between staying warm and looking stylish is a tricky one, but with the new season comes a whole host of new fashionable possibilities – and we can’t wait to get stuck in!

Mother and bride hugging

This season picks up on the drama of black lace, mixed with icy whites and pops of pastels to create the perfect background for a summer wedding guest outfit. It’s also a great time to have a little fun with your outfit, thanks to the influx of textures. Invest in something a little unusual and you’ll instantly up the glam-factor.

Our fashion experts have even more advice on how to mix those looks with muted metallic, touchable fabrics and nude hues to make sure you stand out from the crowd at every summer wedding. And you won’t have to wrap up in that cosy but not-so-cool coat. Instead, you’ll be able to embrace the season with flattering sleeves and cool hues.

Oscar worthy 

Up the glam stakes in a dress that guarantees you’ll make a grand entrance. This flowy sequined dress from Mango is perfect for a garden wedding.

Sequined dress, R2 549, XS to XL, Mango

Mango, dress

Low-key luxe 

Swap evening pants for an edgy jumpsuit and wear it with a pair of statement shoes. Don’t want to show your arms? A silk scarf will add to the wow-factor of this look and keep you covered!

Nude jumpsuit, R549, S to L, A-list

Neutral Jumpsuit, R525 A-list

Sculpted to fit 

Find a party-perfect metallic sequin dress that fits in all the right places. The cinched-in waist is perfect for a bigger bottom half.

Black sequin dress, R782, 6 to 14, Next Direct



Make a statement in a bright coloured maxi dress. The clever ruching will cover a rounder middle and you can keep accessories to a minimum – let the dress do the talking!

Twist Maxi Dress, R1 400, 32 to 38, Gert-Johan Coetzee

Gert Johan Coetzee

Cult classic 

A lace mid-calf dress suits most figures and is dressy enough for a formal wedding. Pair with some diamante earrings and high-as-you-can-handle heels.

Lace dress, R652, 6 to 20, Next Direct

Lace dress, next

Simply elegant 

If you prefer a more paired down look, then opt for a classic LBD. Keep it modern with interesting details like a chic waist-band or sheer panels. Pop on
a big bold neckpiece and sexy black stilettos and you’ll be wedding ready!

Tie Waist Rib Dress, R999, XXS to XL, Country Road

Country road Dress

Go with the flow 

If you prefer to cover up, look for flowing fabrics that will keep you cool on a hot summer’s day. A printed silk maxi is on trend and will hide a multitude of sins.

Printed gown, R1 949, XS to XL, Mango

Printed gown Mango


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