Five Wedding Guest Dress Styles for Summer 2019

As summer fast approaches, so too does wedding season. You may already have received your invites and be wondering what to wear. The venue will no doubt play into this, as will your budget. However, to help you on your way, we’ve come up with this season’s five top styles when it comes to the perfect wedding guest dress.

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1. The Pleated Dress

The pleated dress is one of those dresses that never seems to go out of style. There are lots of options available on the high street right now, with pleats including box, knife, accordion and cartridge. Cartridge pleats are among our favourites when it comes to dresses for weddings because they can look really dramatic and work really well in silk or chiffon.

2. The Two-Tone Dress

Two-tone dresses let you choose from bright and bold or subtle and sophisticated (in part, this might depend on the tone of the wedding). This trend has been picked up by any number of celebrities as well as royalty in recent months so is bound to be popular with wedding guests.

3. Gathered Waist Dress

The gathered waist dress works well whether you choose to wear them as midi or maxi dresses such as those sold by There is bound to be a style that suits your shape, meaning you’ll look good as you watch the bride walk down the aisle.

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4. The Slip Dress

The slip dress is simple but stylish, letting you go from a daytime wedding to the evening reception without having to change. Silk is a popular fabric when it comes to slip dresses. The most you’ll need to do is add a dash of colour to your lips or a piece of statement jewellery.

5. The Ruffled Hem Dress

This is another style of dress popular with celebrities at the moment because of how versatile it is. It works just as well in a pattern as it does in plain colours and with simple tops or ones with a bit more detail – a blouson sleeve or plunging neckline, for example.

Whichever style you go for, what is most important is you are comfortable in the dress you’ve chosen and it flatters your silhouette, making you look good – though not so good you upstage the bride.