What to Wear as a Wedding Guest

Although we’re almost at the tailend of wedding season, I thought I’d share two very different looks my friend Ana and I recently wore to a coworker’s wedding. As a guest, if you don’t already have something to wear in your closet, putting together an outfit can be almost as daunting as the bride’s search for the perfect white dress. Ana and I spent countless hours scouring pictures of dresses on the internet before we found “the one.” But when looking for something to wear, there are a few very important things to keep in mind, because you obviously don’t want to be the one who shows up, trying to upstage the bride…

// White is off-limits. In fact any variation of white like cream, eggshell and ivory are all no-no’s. This color is reserved for one and only, and that’s the bride.

// You don’t want to upstage the bride, and you also don’t want to end up matching the bridesmaids either. Notice the color scheme on the wedding invitation and the couple’s website to get a sense of the hues that may be used. If you are close to the couple getting married, it’s ok to ask what colors the bridal party is wearing so you can plan your outfit accordingly.

// Weddings are a classy affair, so your dress should reflect just that. Remember, the couple’s parents and family will be in attendance. Anything too low-cut, too short or too tight should be saved for the club, not worn to the wedding.

So here are the looks Ana and I chose for the big event….

Ana’s beautiful blue floral sheath dress matches her classic sense of style. The print reminds me of a pretty watercolor painting. While I prefer sweet and edgy, I paired this Self-Portrait Azaelea dress with my favorite leather jacket. I actually didn’t intend to wear this dress as a skirt, but since it was an outdoor wedding and due to the chillier than expected temps, a basic black crewneck sweater kept me warm and ended up providing the contrast this skirt really needed to pop.



Chanelle’s wearing: Leather jacket // Sweater // Necklace // Self-Portrait dress // Chanel purse // Heels

Ana’s wearing: Sheath dress // Pumps

Photos by Zha Zha Liang


  1. Elise September 21, 2016

    Love that skirt!! Great look for a wedding. The leather moto makes it a little edgy.

    xx, Elise

  2. Ada September 21, 2016

    Hi Chanelle, I haven’t stopped by in a while cause I have been so busy. As always you look great and I enjoyed this wedding attire post and agree 100%with your tips, no shade of white whatsoever. You and Ana look fab. I love how out of the box your outfit is for a wedding. A great mix of sweet and edgy. That lace blush dress is stunning.

    Welcome by and join my new Thursday Moda linkup today and every Thursday. Thanks, Ada. =)


  3. Lanae Bond September 23, 2016

    Both of you look so lovely in your fall wedding looks! I love the skirt and the dress so much that I would not mind wearing them both!

  4. Ruth September 25, 2016

    You both look great and definitely classy! Thanks for sharing this advice.

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