As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent royal wedding proved, wedding guest fashion has never been so important and stylish. As we enter the prime wedding season of 2018, many soon-to-be wedding guests may be wondering what the biggest fashion trends and styles are for this year.
We’ve put together some of the hottest looks for those who are attending weddings. These wearable yet luxurious trends are daring, fashion-forward and perfect for most wedding themes or styles. They give you a sophisticated and flattering look for any wedding day.
From bold colors, frills, embellishments, and prints, wedding guest outfits are all about standing out. While the focal point will always be the bride and her fashion choices, guests are welcome to express their taste too. From short cocktail dresses to midi length pieces, these designs also suit a range of body types, plus size and women of all ages.
Depending on your own personal style, you may opt for a modern look, or something classic and simple. Both of these are popular choices for wedding guests. Mother of the bride should also pay close attention to trends, while still adding timeless finishing touches such as pearl jewels or simple heels.
Without further ado, prepare to explore the latest fashion trends for those attending weddings during the 2018 season.
Top Fashion Trends for Wedding Guests
3D EFFECT APPLIQUE
Applique has never looked so impressive, with modern sewing techniques creating a couture finish that makes your dress pop. This highly textured look is ideal for wedding guests. It creates a daring and romantic finish that never fails to impress.
Search for designs that use layered up applique that have a 3-dimensional effect when worn. This makes your dress look modern and fashion-forward. Opt for a muted color such as silver, blush, champagne or nude to let the detail do most of the talking.
This silver dress design features gorgeous applique throughout, with a deep plunging neckline and flared end. Short and sweet, this is perfect for a summer wedding and will suit many themes.
The fit and flare shape is flattering and creates an hourglass look, adding shape and flounce in the right measure. Light tulle fabric still gives this dress a floaty and light feel.
Throw-back to the 1920s with an extravagantly beaded cocktail dress. All things inspired by The Great Gatsby and the roaring 20s are back with a bang, and this is especially true when it comes to event style and weddings.
To get this look, search for midi length cocktail pieces that feature glittering bead-work on sheer light fabrics. Vintage inspiration should be key! Colors such as gold, champagne, and silver help to get an authentic look.
While your dress should be vintage-inspired, this trend has also been updated with modern design. That means you can find fresh features such as sheer necklines, patterned bead-work, and open backs. These sexy and opulent additions just help to elevate that already ultra glam Gatsby vibe.
This stunning off-white beaded dress is the perfect example of an updated vintage style. Perfect for an array of weddings (and also a gorgeous wardrobe staple for any parties), this dress is all about effortless glamour.
Minimalism is still a big trend and can translate well for weddings. However, a simple dress can be made even better with just one dramatic feature. This tomato red frill dress does all of the explaining.
It is a simple fitted red midi dress, with a focus of hugging your every curve in the most flattering way. The deep tomato shade is so striking and the color commands attention. Much like Amal Clooney at the royal wedding, it’s easy to see how picking one daring block color can be so effective.
The amazing off-the-shoulder frill neckline is where this dress really shines. Dramatic yet balanced, it creates a chic and unique touch. The ruffles add volume and are the perfect focal point on this otherwise minimal and refined style.
Printed designs are always a welcome addition to any wedding and separate you from the bridal party. A short printed dress is a great choice for almost any wedding theme and is ideal for beach locations or rustic wedding styles.
Prints come in all shapes and sizes, and its important to select one that is stylish and not dated looking. This is where light sheer fabrics shine. Printed sheer dresses have an updated look, while also appearing floaty and sweet – perfect for weddings and special occasions.
This unique sheer printed v-neck dress has an original bird print all over, making it fun and a little quirky, while also looking very current. The light sheer fabric is cut beautifully, featuring a deep plunging v-neck and long sleeve.
Belted at the waist and with a flared short skirt, this dress is simply so easy to wear. Team with blush or champagne sandals and a clutch to effortlessly finish off your wedding guest outfit.
It’s hard to deny – velvet is currently everywhere in the fashion world. It also makes for a great semi-formal look. A simple velvet cocktail dress is all you need! If you’re not sure what style suits your body, try out a fit and flare design. These have a tendency to suit many figures beautifully.
Choose a velvet dress with a unique color tone to make things a little more interesting. Emerald green, dark navy, red and hot pink are all stylish and on-trend color choices. Opt to add a little sparkle by selecting a dress with some embellished detail.
This emerald fit and flare dress includes embellished pockets that add a pretty additional feature to your outfit. You can also add sparkling silver or gold accessories such as diamond chokers, sandals or a mirror clutch to complete your look.