The date has been set, you’ve RSVP-ed yes and now comes the task of finding a fitting wedding guest dress for the big day. Since the rules of wedding dressing have shifted over the years, finding the right look to fit the destination, weather and dress code of the ceremony can be a challenge. To aid in your search for the perfect dress, here are 4 dresses to consider.
Metallic fabrics are one of the main trends of 2023, and this elegantly modern metallic gown is a perfect example. With its lavishly deep emerald color, this gown is a stunning statement piece for a black-tie wedding. What makes this dress even more striking is its versatility – it can be worn as a full wrap for fuller coverage or with a waist-high slit for a sexier look. Not to mention it’s accessible price for a dress of this quality.
This gown I would pair with a metallic slingstrap heel in a bold color, such as a dark purple Tom Ford sandals, along with these art deco-inspired Valentino earrings in a similar hue. I recommend Tom Ford sandals (shown above) as a striking (yet comfortable) choice. I got it for one of my clients for a Gala event and she said that they are very comfortable and wanted to buy another pair. If you prefer a more subdued look? TF has similar option in almost the same shade as a dress. To balance out the look, choose a simple petite clutch, such as this minimally elegant YSL pick! It will work for you not only for this look, but for many more!
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Think satin and curves don’t mix? Think again! If I were to choose the perfect dress for the modern woman with curves, this chic gown is a flattering choice. It accentuates the waist with a satin wrap that elegantly balances the look of your curves while covering the tummy area, which is a common request from clients I have worked with over the years.
I’ve chosen navy, but you can select from three colors. Because of its elegant simplicity, I would pair this look with an eye-catching hot pink clutch and trendy silver Aquazzura sandals that will visually elongate the leg and add an extra element of sparkle. Drop earrings and a bracelet, and your look is all set!
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Rosettes and 3D flowers are another hot trend that is booming this season. Did you notice how many flower details adorned Oscars gowns? Yes, it’s your time to rock it! I’ve selected this standout bright turquoise dress for its truly elegant silhouette that flatters most body shapes. The delicate rosette brooch adds a stylish modern touch that pairs beautifully with the bold color. Not feeling the brooch? Detach it from the dress and instead add a belt to create an entirely different look. The versatility of this dress will have you wearing it many times. I recommend pairing with a clear turquoise clutch and pink Aquazzura sandals (with a flower, of course)!
Over the last few years, the “formal dress code” has been reimagined to include bold, modern, and clean-cut silhouettes. Formal doesn’t have to mean traditional dark and muted hues – just take a look at this modern and fresh neon mint dress! I’ve chosen this dress for a recent fashion show I styled and guests couldn’t get enough of it.
You can’t go wrong with accessories, whether it’s a chunky necklace or matching cuff bracelets if you are a fashionista (example YSL styling – the idea is to have matching cuff bracelets on both hands) . If YSL’s bracelets are not in the budget, take a look at these options from Amazon that complement well. If you’d prefer a minimal look, this dress carries its own well because of its bright color (so don’t worry too much about styling it, its already a statement and I can guarantee you will get so many compliments!). Pair with a simple strappy sandal that matches your skin tone. However you choose to style this solid modern dress, one thing is for sure – you’re going to capture attention!
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I was included in the article for Wall Street Journal, originally written By Kristina Rutkowski. The original article could be viewed here.