The Do's and Don'ts of Autumnal Wedding Guest Dresses
Autumnal wedding guest looks
Summer weddings have had their moment, their season has now passed as we open the doors to our favourite crisp autumnal looks. But first, we have a few things to consider…
Considerations when choosing your wedding guest dress
When choosing your look for any wedding it’s always a good idea to consider a few things first. From knowing the dress code and acknowledging the colour scheme to wearing layers and avoiding denim – we have you covered.
Do consider the dress code
If you receive an invitation to the wedding then we can assume that you know both bride and groom, and therefore will most likely know the expected dress code. If there is anything out of the ordinary then it is key that it is included on the likes of invitations and saves the dates. Nonetheless, you can't go wrong with choosing a dress that suits the majority of attires.
Don’t Wear White
This should really be an obvious one, it should go without saying. However, believe it or not, there are people out there that would relish the thought of wearing the same as the bride and creating some fun drama on the day. Unless stated so by the bride/groom then avoid white at all costs! Whether the bride chooses to wear white or not is neither here nor there, as white is the staple bridal colour it is always a good idea to completely avoid it.
But, do think about the colour
Typically, you should expect a hint of the wedding theme colour when you receive your invite. If you don't, then it doesn't hurt to ask what the theme/colour scheme will be, so as to avoid clashing with items. Wearing a dress that is similarly coloured by the bridesmaids isn't as bad as blending into the curtains, seating or fixtures and fittings.
Do consider the location
Whether it’s warm or cold is neither here nor there if the wedding location is within a warm log-cabin-esq hotel or outside in the middle of a forest. If there are plans for the wedding to be held in the latter, then avoiding a dress that is floor length could be beneficial – as it would simply avoid you taking any clear ups along with you. In contrast, if the location will be indoors within a warmer setting then wearing layer upon layer should be rethought and ditched to save overheating and the dabbing of foreheads!
Do think about your footwear
It’s easy to forget about your choice of footwear when planning what dress to wear to a wedding, but it should always be the staple. Dare we say, it can sometimes work best to choose the footwear then the dress? Anyway, footwear is the key essential when you know what to expect at a wedding. If you’re attending the ceremony with little walking involved and then plan on spending the evening seated as well, then choosing high stiletto or platform heels wouldn’t be the worst idea. But, if like the majority of weddings you plan on dancing the night away until the early hours then you’re going to want to choose the right kind of footwear for your dancing.
Do look for a cover-up
Wearing a cover-up isn’t necessarily a need during the summer months, but as we end September and head into October the cooler days and nights are truly setting in. wearing a cover-up doesn’t mean a thick coat or wool jumper, instead, you could try for an oversized blazer, which is something you’d definitely reuse. Or, you could reach for a chic faux fur bolero to take the bite out of the autumn air.
Don’t wear denim
This might be one of those 'really?' statements, I mean who would wear jeans to a wedding?! But believe us, it happens! Whilst it might sound obvious it really isn't always the case. So unless the dress code initiates that denim is a go-to then it's definitely a no-go.
Don’t go too daring
It can be tempting to go out here when you plan your wedding guest outfit, (especially when we’ve spent the last couple of years avoiding social gatherings due to the everlasting COVID restrictions). However, it’s important to remember the age-old saying of not outshining the bride. So when it comes to attending a wedding, it’s best to leave the dresses that feature a bare-all low-to-navel dress with the extended flowing train and above-knee cut finish for another event.
Our autumnal dresses for wedding guests
The Off-Shoulder Vegas Dress
Our bestselling Vegas Calf Length dress is one of those desired dresses that look just as good in autumn as it does in summer. Combined with a thicker bolero, it would look amazing in winter too.
What's more, with 13 shades to choose from and sizes from S to XXXL, you're sure to find the right shade and fit for you. Created using our ripple crepe fabric, the cold-shoulder design features a Bardot neckline and a waistband that aids in enhancing the natural silhouette feminine shape. Additionally, the pleated detail and tulip-style skirt add a touch of elegance to the lower half of the dress.
Buy now: Vegas Calf Length Dress £199
The Oversized Collar Swing Dress
Our Gatsby Oversized Collar dress is available in six shades, including beige, navy, black, celestial blue, fuchsia pink and parasailing green. Designed using our luxury moss crepe stretch fabric the swing dress fit ensures freedom of movement (for that evening on the dance floor!) as well as the hidden pockets (bonus!) and 3/4 length sleeves which are perfect for the cooler days.
Buy now: Gatsby Oversized Collar Swing Dress £189
The Fully Lined Off-Shoulder Dress
The Mulberry Off-Shoulder pencil dress comes in two bold shades, including our favourite autumnal grenadine orange. Made using our luxury moss crepe fabric, each Mulberry dress features a fully lined and tailored bodice, which not only offers a flattering fit but works perfectly in cooler weather. Additionally, the belt detail aids in providing an hourglass silhouette.
Buy now: Mulberry Off-Shoulder Dress £169
Choosing the best cover-ups for an autumnal wedding
Whether the location of the wedding is inside or outside, taking a cover-up with you is always a good idea. Here we go through our favourite cover-ups we have available at diva catwalk.
Buy now: Fresno Floral Jacket Nightshade Bloom £99 & SEED Dawlish Jacket £129
Buy now: Tavistock Jacket £19.99 (was £85) & Twilight Long-Sleeved Coat £155.
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