Wedding season is here and you may be jetting off to a tropical destination celebration or dancing under the moonlight in a tastefully decorated tent.
Either way, weddings are a chance for you to catch up with old friends, family, and maybe meet someone new.
If you’re not in the ceremony, however, you’re left with trying to figure out what to wear.
The last thing you want to do is upstage the bride.
While most people think this means you need to avoid wearing white, it’s a little bit more complicated than that for us fashionistas who want the latest must-haves.
You, of course, want to be stunning.
On the other hand, you probably don’t want to appear like you’re trying to be the best dressed.
To help, these are some of the best dresses to wear so that you can feel beautiful without stealing any of the spotlight.
You may not know this, but some people consider it inappropriate to wear black, red, or pink to a wedding.
Fortunately, you’re still left with colors like muted yellows, blue, green, and lavender.
A floral maxi is a great choice because it’s classy without being flashy.
In a beautiful blue color that looks great on everyone’s skin tone, you’ll still be in-season during the spring or summer months.
Maxi dresses are just the right amount of dressy and, paired with a stunning pair of diamond earrings, you’ll be sure to feel elegant.
Off the Shoulder Dress
An off the shoulder dress is perfectly whimsical for that early afternoon gathering.
At the right length, this piece is a sweet way to look cute without exposing too much skin.
When picking the right dress, you want to make sure to choose one main area of skin to show off, which could be your arms and shoulders or legs.
Because your neck and chest will show, you should pair this dress with a beautiful pendant. Find one that sits right in the center of your collarbone.
Cold Shoulder Dress
So, maybe you don’t want to display your shoulders entirely. Cold shoulder dresses are adorable and romantic. Perfect, considering the occasion.
Seek out one with a v-neckline or keyhole cutouts in the back, especially if it is periwinkle or lavender.
You can accent this dress with gold or silver accessories. Earrings, a necklace, and some beautiful arm candy will really pull this ensemble together.
Wrap dresses with bell sleeves are oh, so pretty and usually feature a deep v-neck you can wear a slip underneath if you’re worried about staying modest.
The wrap around belt delicately cinches your waist and gives you that gorgeous hourglass figure.
The asymmetrical hemline gives the piece visual intrigue without giving away all of your secrets. Pair this dress with silver jewelry and open toed strappy heels to complete the style.
An off the shoulder shift dress is perfect for those warm, summer nights.
Outdoor weddings are so much fun because the weather is usually perfect after sundown.
However, prior to that, it can still be insanely hot.
This silhouette gives you a total mod moment. The one shoulder gives you visual intrigue and the shift cut of the dress ensures that you’re not going to be sweating through your outfit.
Skip the necklace and opt for some earrings and bracelets.
Make sure that your clutch is unique as well because they make for great conversation pieces.
For the free spirits who could never dream of settling down but love boho chic and supporting their friends and family, this flowy option is for you.
Find a looser-fitting dress with interesting necklines and specific detailing.
Go for a bold color like yellow, orange, or burgundy.
You can also choose a unique and daring print along with an asymmetric hem. Pair this with unique earrings and a structured, acrylic ark handle bag to hold some mints, your lipstick, and cell phone.
Silk Slip Dress
At first glance, you might be like, “wait, what?”, but silk slip dresses are actually very elegant and the perfect attire for evening weddings.
No, they’re not like your silk nightie you wear to bed.
This type of dress can be short, long, or even come with an asymmetrical hem. Plus, it is breathtaking in navy, burgundy, or a deep red.
If you’re worried about it being too showy, pair it with low heels and keep your jewelry to a minimum. Choosing only earrings and a necklace or earrings and bracelets but never all three.
Empire waists are perfect for those with hourglass or pear shapes, as they accentuate your smaller waist.
A maxi dress with an empire waist is a simple, beautiful and elegant choice.
What makes this piece so great is that you can dress it up with accessories. Bracelets, necklace, earrings, and even a classic headband would all go great together.
Choose a color like dusty rose, navy, deep yellow, lavender, or blue.
Whether your best friend or a distant family member is getting married, you want to look and feel your best.
There’s a super fine line as to what is and isn’t appropriate to wear to a wedding, and most of it is pretty subjective.
While some brides may be okay with you wearing certain colors or styles, other brides may not be.
These dresses are a safe bet and will keep you in the bride’s good graces all day and all night. Don’t forget to snap a pic of you, your Insta-ready outfit, and the happy couple and use their wedding hashtag!
Casey Pontrelli is a freelance writer who has collaborated with a variety of industry insiders, from independent boutique owners to leading brands, and enjoys writing about travel and events, as well as fashion.