Dressing up for a wedding is always fun, but it’s easy to fall into a rut with your go-to outfit formula. This is especially true for those who stick to black or always gravitate toward timeless silhouettes (both scenarios we totally understand, by the way). However, at one point or another, it’s refreshing to experiment with your look, whether it’s with a simple change in the neckline, a bolder print or an asymmetrical hem. Either way, you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and into new wedding-guest dress territory. Besides, who doesn’t want to earn the title of best-dressed guest?
In order to achieve said title (with minimal effort, we might add), we’re spotlighting a handful of brands that always deliver on occasion style. While these labels offer more than elegant dresses within their collections, you can count on each one of them for eye-catching silhouettes, vibrant prints and festive colors the minute you receive your next save the date. From the emerging London-based line we’re sweet on to an eco-friendly label we know you’re familiar with, ahead, peruse the brands we highly recommend when building your wedding-guest wardrobe this season and beyond.
Wedding Season Must-Haves
If you’re a fan of emerging labels, London-based RIXO is for you. Founded in 2015 by Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McClosky (the duo combined their names to create the brand name), look to this line for vintage-inspired dresses with a modern twist. That means tons of color, bold-but-never-crazy prints and playful silhouettes.
We know you’re familiar with the eco-friendly brand, Reformation, meaning you’re aware of how perfect the label's lineup of dresses is for a wedding. From garden-party midis to gowns for black-tie affairs, options abound for every type of wedding (and now include plus sizes—finally!).
Isadora Orchid-Print Ruffle-Trimmed Crepe Dress
Borgo de Nor
Borgo De Nor
Romantic silhouettes, vibrant colors and bold prints define Borgo De Nor’s range of polished yet playful dresses. From cocktail silhouettes to full-length gowns, you can count on this brand for a spirited look that’s sophisticated for any venue.
Fuchsia Plumetis Paneled Midi Dress
With a cult following, Self-Portrait has become synonymous with weddings. From bridal gowns to wedding-guest attire, every season, designer Han Chong thinks up new and innovative designs in ultra-feminine flourishes and fashion-forward silhouettes. Each dress feels like a work of art.
Look to Tanya Taylor for shape-enhancing dresses in enchanting prints, vivid hues and mixed prints, whether you’re one for an abbreviated hem or ankle-grazing silhouette. The line offers extended sizing, too!
Clark Ruffled Stretch-Crepe Maxi Dress
Copenhagen-based brand Ganni has taken the fashion world by storm (literally every It girl dons pieces from this collection) and it’s no wonder. The contemporary brand serves up a range of innovative pieces from frilled high-neck prairie dresses to figure-skimming midi skirts with flounced hems. Dressier variations in silk, lace and crepe are just right for the wedding circuit, whether you go for one of the label’s poppy prints or a pretty solid.
Ainsley Floral-Print Dress
Cinq à Sept
Cinq à Sept
Cinq à Sept captures a sophisticated and easy spirit that feels very French-girl chic. Boasting a modern-feminine aesthetic, every dress is striking and romantic, whether it’s with a sweet floral print or bold splash of color.
The Zurich Dress
Fame and Partners
Fame & Partners
Fame & Partners celebrates the individuality of modern women with made-to-order dresses for every body shape and size. If you’re the type who often loves a dress but feels as though the length isn’t quite right or a different neckline would suit you better, this is the customizable brand for you. Options abound from formal gowns to dresses fit for backyard nuptials.
Bias Midi Satin Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane Von Furstenberg
You know DVF. You grew up with DVF. You live for DVF. Right? We sure do. As fail-safe as the label’s iconic wrap dress is for work, the occasion dresses are even better for a wedding. The brand's most recent collections deliver on clean lines and bold prints in effortless-looking silhouettes. What’s not to love about that?