What To Wear To Your Next Wedding If You Want To Skip The Dress


It's true that any wedding is really about the two people who are tying the knot, but everyone still wants to nail their wedding guest look — no shame in that. After all, when there's a professional photographer in the vicinity and the chance of running into an ex or long-forgotten friend, you want to put your best-heeled foot forward. The first item most look toward when preparing to attend a wedding is a flowy, floral dress. But what if you threw tradition out the window and skipped the dress altogether? Yes, you can wear pants to a wedding if dresses aren't your thing.

“As bridal wear is evolving, so is what guests are wearing,” Lein Founder and Designer Meredith Stoecklein tells TZR. “I think people are dressing more confidently, and that starts with what they feel comfortable in — a pantsuit can be exactly that. Look at Cara Delevingne wearing a tuxedo to Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding.” Stoecklein’s collection is known for its unconventional approach to bridal dressing, and so it shouldn't be all too surprising that her go-to for formal events is a suit or a jumpsuit. She notes, “I’m most comfortable in pants, and the right style and fabric can be elevated but still comfortable.”

Ahead, discover three stylish alternatives (pants included) to wearing a dress while attending a summer wedding. No matter how many weekends you'll spend celebrating "I dos," you'll have options for whatever wedding style resonates with you most.

Matching Set

There's something novel about a top and skirt in a matching print. Whether it's a bohemian-inspired duo with ruffles and paisley prints, or something slightly more retro like a sporty crop top and floor-length skirt, the matching set works for all style types. Plus, once the wedding is over, you can wear the pieces separately all throughout summer, which is always a bonus.


Jumpsuits are the epitome of one-and-done dressing. You can slip into them and instantly feel polished, put together, and ready to attend whatever function you may have on the docket. There are a slew of styles and silhouettes that work for every level of dress code (or a complete lack thereof). If you're heading to a black tie wedding, choose a floor-length jumpsuit cut in satin. Headed to a destination nuptial at the beach? Try something floral and ruffled.


Cara Delevingne's aforementioned tuxedo and top hat at Princess Eugenie's wedding were an industry-favorite combination. Take a cue from the British model and skip the dress in place of a pantsuit. Since it's summer, consider choosing a pairing in a lightweight fabric like cotton or linen and a breezy color palette. If you're not sure what to wear underneath, simply style a silky camisole below. Finish off the ensemble with cool accessories, like a pair of mix-and-match earrings, a structured mini bag, and the season's beloved 90s-inspired strappy sandals. Voila, off in a suit you go!