Wedding guest outfits take a lot of time to plan – too much in fact. Summer is renowned for being prime tying-the-knot time, so you might have received the odd invite or two through your letterbox already. So we’ve carefully curated a selection of wedding guest outfits to inspire you. Each has varying degrees of formality, expenditure and girly-ness, so hopefully there’s something here for everyone, including any bridesmaids looking for extra ideas to share with the bride. If you yourself are getting married, check out our Ethical Wedding Guide for tips on throwing a vegan, ethical and green wedding.
Pretty in Pink
- Wandi Linen Cotton Floral Dress, Komodo, £57. Komodo is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum, and they use eco-friendly materials like bamboo fibre and the sustainable superhero that is tencel throughout their collections. This casual shirt dress is breezy enough to wear to a summer wedding, but would also work well at the office and in your everyday wardrobe.
- Triplet Crossbody Bag in Petal, Matt & Nat, £65. The subdued musky pastel pink of this bag complements the floral pattern of the dress. Matt & Nat is ta stalwart of vegan accessories, and they’ve got their craft honed to the max. The strap is removable so it transforms into a clutch bag, and it has three separate zipped compartments, perfect for stashing away handfuls of confetti.
- Tommy Nude Sandals, Beyond Skin, £125. These sweet bow-toed sandals are the cherry on the cake for this, the cutest of all wedding guest outfits. Each bow has a sleek metal detailing, adding an edge of extra glamour to these peep toe flats. Like the dress, these can be worn again many times after the wedding, owing to their versatility. Get £20 sliced off the price if you pre-order these beauties.
- Gene Dress in Dogwood, Reformation, £137.79. This is beyond sweet. This puff shouldered short sleeve flare dress by Reformation couldn’t be more feminine if it tried. As Reformation use sustainably sourced materials and make their garments in their studio in LA, they have some mighty fine statistics on how much water you save on each garment. This particular dress saved 33 gallons of water and 4 lbs of CO2 compared to industry standard in its production. Magic.
- Morning Ivory Crossbody Bag, Angela Roi, £73.08. This minimalist vegan bag matches the teensy weensy flowers on the dress. Angela Roi are all about giving back, so for every bag purchased of this style, Angela Roi will donate to provide support for those living at risk of lung cancer.
- Izzy Nude Mary-Janes, Beyond Skin, £115. Our classic Izzy design is now available in nude, making it ideal for many a wedding. This girly style will be comfortable enough to see you from the ceremony right through until the last dance. A £10 discount is automatically added to pre-orders of these shoes, so it’s worth snapping them up sooner rather than later.
- Julieta Dress in Midnight, Reformation, £270.12. This floor length dress is embellished with an elegant back detail, frilled sleeves, a ruffled front and a high slit. Compared to the industry standard for a garment like this, Reformation saved 177 gallons of water: a fact that is cooler than the dress itself, if that’s even possible.
- Abiko Mist Clutch, Matt & Nat, £65. This vegan clutch isn’t just pretty – the extra strap makes it thrice as easy to carry around with you all day. The lining is 100% recycled nylon, and it has another of those confetti-friendly compartments.
- Ellen Ivory High Courts, Beyond Skin, £130. This design is a Beyond Skin classic. These big-bow-toed stilettos were worn in red by Natalie Portman for the cover shoot of Harper’s Bazaar in their August 2015 issue, so they’re a little bit of a celebrity among the Beyond Skin shoes. The upper is Italian fabric of the highest quality, and the faux leather lining is super breathable, making these the ideal shoes for all manner of summery wedding guest outfits. These heels are in stock right now, so they’re yours for the clicking.
Tea Party Chic
- Julieta Dress in Sweetie, Reformation, £270.12. This time in a delicate floral print, this dress is even more feminine. This look is perhaps more suitable for bridesmaids, but the formality can be taken down a few notches by opting for a shorter floral dress.
- Triplet Crossbody Bag in Mint, Matt & Nat, £65. The same bag as before but this time in a cool crisp mint, mirroring the green of the leaves within the floral print but not overpowering it. This minimalist design contrasts with the busy patterned dress, making them a match made in heaven.
- Dorothy Nude Courts, Beyond Skin, £125. This entire look has a tea party feel to it, so we thought these vintage-style block heels would work well. The delicate white trim and bow make it playful and feminine, and the mid heel means these will be comfortable throughout the day. As they’re part of our Spring Summer collection, they’re lined with 100% recycled PU, making them as sustainable as they are sweet. £10 discounts on pre-orders are also on offer right now…
- Fiona Dress in Macaron, Reformation, £207.90. This look is also decidedly more of a bridesmaids vibe to it, but a shorter mint green dress would suffice to change it to a wedding guest outfit. This is the floatiest of dresses, and unusually for a bridesmaids dress, it looks both comfortable and flattering. The neckline would perfectly frame a delicate necklace, to make this outfit even more elegant.
- Boromo Circle Bag in White, Nikki Reed x Freedom of Animals, £125.67. This circle bag is made using post-consumer eco-faux leather, and is vegetable dyed. The lining is organic cotton too, so this is the ultimate in sustainable cruelty-free bags. We’re a big fan of Nikki Reed and her commitment to making animal-free fashion friendly to the planet too.
- Valerie White Platform Sandals, Beyond Skin, £130. These statement platforms are a modern twist on a vintage design. They’re made using luxury Italian faux leather, and are decorated with a cute ankle strap. Pre-orders on these heels have £20 off.
- Deeana Dress, Stella McCartney, £1,835. This tuxedo evening dress plays on gender stereotypes, using a lapel to create a sweetheart neckline. We like its playful design, and it would work well at a wedding as a contrast to all those other suits.
- Arda Silver Double Zip Clutch, Wilby, £70. This eco-friendly microfibre faux moleskin clutch is lined with organic cotton, so it gets a gold star for sustainability. This simple design makes it a handy clutch to own, and no doubt would get on well with any number of other outfits.
- Chrissie Silver Cut Out Lace Ups, Beyond Skin, £135. Matched with the tuxedo dress, these lace-ups give another masculine edge, whilst the cut out design give it a contemporary feel. The metallic faux leather upper and silver clutch work well together. As wedding guest outfits go, this does something a little more unexpected and adventurous.
- Romanica Dress in Winter/Waterlily, Reformation, £298.92. Another bridesmaids outfit. We love the delicate bow straps on each shoulder, and the calm hues of the material. This dress saved 123 gallons of water and 15 lbs of CO2, so this dress is easy on the eye and the environment.
- Art Deco Clutch, Jill Milan, £1,187.10. This shiny stainless steel clutch is totally timeless, handmade by artisans in Florence, Italy. It’s been voted as the Most Wanted bag by W Magazine, and it’s not hard to see why.
- Caya Nude Kitten Heel Courts, Beyond Skin, £135. These elegant kitten heels are embellished with a gorgeous bow detail with metal tips, mirroring the metal clutch. In this pastel shade, these courts would melt in with the shades of the dress.
We hope these wedding guest outfit ideas were as useful to you as they were fun to make. Last week we launched our YouTube channel, giving you unprecedented access to our luxury vegan shoes. Follow us on Snapchat at beyondskin for up-to-the-minute vegan fashion news and for a window into the world of Beyond Skin.
Modified images, courtesy of Reformation, Wilby, Matt & Nat, Angela Roi, Nikki Reed x Freedom of Animals & Jill Milan.