The best wedding guest clothing brands to find the perfect dress

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Call it the AC (After Covid) effect, but with the amount of “do’s” filling our diaries, it’s clear there’s no more “wedding season”.

Although nuptials may have once been reserved for the summer months or Christmas time, the influx of post-lockdown makeover celebrations (one, two and three) means the weather won’t stop any bride or groom in prospect of getting married – but that only exacerbated the already difficult task of the wedding guest together.

Buying that perfect look requires thought – namely, theme and venue. Where will it be? Will you need long sleeves or layers? And above all, what is the dress code? Don’t fall into the trap of opting for clean neutrals in the winter and bright florals in the summer. Mix, play and consider nudity or black tights if necessary. If you want to dance, make sure it’s not too restrictive – the same goes if you want to maximize the buffet. Give yourself a break to fully enjoy the wedding.

The cost of living crisis coupled with consideration for the planet means you don’t need to invest in a new outfit for every one of the myriad events on your calendar – but it does require a versatile piece of clothing that can take you from heat wave to the uncertainty of the British winter made simple. And all this without taking into account more distant events that require a plane ticket and several looks for several parts.

When a big party is looming and the sartorial panic starts to set in, consider this your yellow pages of fashion brands to peruse.

Whatever the dress code, the brands below specialize in the art of wedding guest dress to nail your occasion outfit – whether it’s actually a wedding, a a black tie event or celebration.

Phantom

Price scale: £95-£225

Delivery: Standard (three to five days – £4.95), next day (£7 or free over £250)

Whether you’re looking for traditional bridesmaid or guest wear, Ghost has plenty of inspiration with floral or classic minimalist styles. The regal or understated color palette comes in retro tea or empire silhouettes with fluted or draped sleeves and ruffles.

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Galvanized

Price scale: £575 to £5,995

Delivery: Standard (three to six days – £5), Next (£8) and Premier (£12)

A favorite among stylish brides, Galvan’s instantly recognizable collections feature lustrous satin constructions. Effortless dresses are ideal for cocktail parties with midi, mini and maxi silhouettes. Crafted from high-quality materials, these are expertly crafted pieces that will stand the test of time, not least because they are minimalist and timeless.

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Rixo

Price scale: £195-£345

Delivery: Standard (three to six days – £5), Next (£8) and Premier (£12)

Inspired by vintage designs, Rixo’s vibrant prints make for an exceptional wedding guest dress with feminine and elegant pieces. The silhouettes are retro yet timeless and with the right accessories they can take you from day to night with ease. Each is made in small batches to reduce the possibility of that awkward moment when you show up wearing the same outfit as another guest.

Available at:

Harrods

Net to wear

Harvey Nichols

MyTherese

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Karen Millen

Price scale: £23-£535

Delivery: Standard (up to five days, £4.99), Next Day (£5.99) and Same Day (£9.99).

Since joining the PrettyLittleThing family, Karen Millen has changed her name and now offers more formal fashion basics. The tailored selection gives you your money’s worth with classic silhouettes embellished with the latest trends, whether with feather embellishments or cutouts.

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ASOS

Price scale: £5 – £235

Delivery: Standard (£4 or free from £35), Next Day (£5.95), Premier Delivery (next day at £9.95 per year).

No matter the dress code, the online fashion destination has the styles to suit. From his own ASOS Design collection to his Topshop label acquisition, & Other Stories, Closet London and French Connection, there are over 4,000 pieces to choose from – just make sure to use the filters on size, length and color to narrow your search.

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16 Arlington

Price scale: £395 to £2,695

Delivery: Standard (£5) and Next Day (£8)

If your budget can stretch, London-based label 16 Arlington combine sharp Scandinavian tailoring with dancefloor-ready glamor that will become staples in your party wardrobe. Ornaments such as sequins and feathers are frequent motifs in the collections.

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Harvey Nichols

Net to wear

MatchesFashion

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Reformation

Price scale: £80-£705

Delivery: Free and nominated standard over £150 with code: UKFREEDEL

Enduring brand Reformation hails from LA and as such has that effortless laid back style associated with the West Coast. The brand launched wedding dresses in 2017 and this has expanded past bridal-only ensembles to include plenty of bridesmaids as well as guest wear. There are styles with all hem lines and classic, sweetheart and scoop necklines, but they are generally characterized as light and flowing with a bohemian touch.

Available at:

Selfridges

Net to wear

Farfetch

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Never fully dressed

Price: £69-£99

Delivery: Standard (two to five days – £2.95) or next day (£9.95)

Whether you’re looking for something floaty and ready for the dance floor or fitted and concealed for religious ceremonies, Never Fully Dressed has you covered with its signature style. The label is known for its use of bold prints that ensure that even if you opt for the cleanest of the selection, you’ll still make a statement. Think leopard, zebra and abstract patterns.

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TURN Birger Christensen

Price: £120-£560

Delivery: Standard (three to six days – £5), Next (£8) and Premier (£12)

Danish label ROTATE Birger Christensen shakes up traditional Scandinavian minimalism with ’80s-inspired prints that are bold, unique and live up to your dreams of lightly padded shoulders. With maxis, midis and minis, there are puffy constructions as well as generous cutouts to flash some skin. Pair it with heels and a clutch and you have an effortless yet chic wedding guest ensemble.

Available at:

Net to wear

Selfridges

MyTherese

Harvey Nichols

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Attica

Price: £404 to £3,950

Delivery: Standard (four days – £12) and Express (next or two days – £18)

Attend nuptials filling your social calendar in The Attico’s disco-worthy look. The label references old Hollywood glamor with designs that are anything but subtle. The aesthetic is synonymous with opulence, extravagance and vintage style – but always with a sensual touch. There’s color, a mix of textures (from glitter to feathers) and intricate detail.

Available at:

Net to wear

MyTherese

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Needle and Thread

Price: £195 – £775

Delivery: Standard (free from £300 or £5.95) or next day (£7.95)

Voluminous tulle, ruffles and feminine styles are the MO of Needle & Thread – a go-to brand for elegant evening wear. The brand does not do things by halves and the dresses reflect this with special occasion dresses which are intricately detailed and embroidered. They come in mini, midi and floor length as well as sizes 4 to 22.

Available at:

Selfridges

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Warehouse

Price: £9 – £280

Delivery: Standard (£3.99) or Next Day (£5.99)

Celebrate your friends, family or loved ones in style with Warehouse’s wedding guest dresses for all occasions. If the nuptials are small and intimate, opt for floral-print midis, while if it’s a destination or total rave, there are slips, sequins and ruched looks. Bank balance friendly.

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Omnes

Price: £9 – £280

Delivery: Standard (two to three days – £3.99) and Next Day (£5.99)

Wedding guest dressing with a nod to sustainability, Omnes is a climate-positive label that will eliminate your pre-wedding woes. The label is durable yet still affordable and packed with quality pieces that will easily take you from the pub to the party. From classic monochromatic silhouettes that you can pair with accessories for a different look every time, to bolder zebra and animal prints, there’s something for minimalists and maximalists.

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The Vampire’s Wife

Price: £695 – £2,500

Delivery: 90 minutes (£18), Premium (£12), Next Day £8), Express (two to three days – free from £200 or £5)

The Vampire’s Wife has a very distinctive signature style. The dresses have been worn by everyone from Kate, Princess of Wales to Sienna Miller and have a fitted silhouette with a nipped-in waist, voluminous shoulders and a ruffled hem and sleeves. In midi, mini and dress lengths, they can be styled for any occasion, but it really doesn’t take much as the shimmery sequin texture speaks for itself.

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