It’s official! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding invitations have been posted! It’s now only a matter of days before ours arrives. Surely…
With a serious diagnosis of wedding fever, we’re more inspired than ever to find the most sensational, best-dressed-list-worthy guest looks. Whether you’re attending a cool-casual soiree or a suited-up affair, when you return the RSVP it’s time to start thinking about your look.
But where to start? And what is appropriate? Begin by thinking about the couple’s inherit style, combined with the location of the wedding (for weather and temperature reasons) and their listed dress code. This will give you a general idea for what will work best. The main thing to remember? DON’T WEAR WHITE.
With inspiration from some of our favourite bygone weddings…and one particular upcoming one…here is our edit of the latest in covetable guest frockery for every style of wedding.
Dress code: Black Tie
Dear guest, HRH Price Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle would like to invite you to the wedding of the decade. To be held on 19 May 2018 at Kensington Palace, this is Wedding Level: Expert so you need to look the business. It’s time to bring out your most regal look, remember, you’ll need to impress the Queen.
What to wear: For the guys a tux is appropriate, while long dresses or very fancy separates are best for girls. Add jewellery and your best footwear for this one too. (Disclaimer: okay we know the Palace dress code will most likely be White Tie – a step up again from Black Tie – but ball gowns and coat-and-tails are probably a little OTT for us)
(in gallery above) Maticevski ‘Highness’ dress, $3400 SHOP NOW; Manning Cartell ‘Secret Gardens’, $699 SHOP NOW; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ‘Virginia’ dress, $1736 from Net-A-Porter SHOP NOW
Dress code: cocktail
Dear guest, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince are thrilled to invite you to their high society wedding. To take place on 1 July 2011 in the Cotswolds, the affair will be suitably fashionable with distinct rock-meets-English-rose overtones. A dash of vintage elegance is welcome.
What to wear: The cocktail dress code usually suits a stylish, fashiony look (short or long) for girls and a casual suit for guys (with or without a tie).
(in gallery above) Christopher Esber, ‘Furoshiki’ dress, $790, from The Undone Store SHOP NOW; Bec & Bridge ‘Bon Appetit’ dress, $240 SHOP NOW Keepsake ‘Need You Now’ dress, $229.95 SHOP NOW
Dress code: FORMAL
Dear guest, Please join Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl as they celebrate their trend-setting wedding day. The jaw-droppingly attractive affair will take place on 28 June 2014 in Bedford, New York. The bride will win the wedding game in a luxe cashmere sweater paired with a tulle skirt, so do your best dressed-up fashion, please.
What to wear: Formal is similar to black tie, but can be a day or night event. Men, tuxedos or very sharp suits are best here and girls bring out your fanciest ensembles (floor length is traditional, but these days mid length is okay too).
(in gallery above) Scanlan & Theodore ‘Tulle Poppy’ dress, $1400 SHOP NOW By Johnny ‘Shoulder Wave’ dress, $600 SHOP NOW Needle & Thread ‘Mirage’ dress, $836 from Shopbop SHOP NOW
Dress code: casual
Dear guest, Please join Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson for their zeitgeist wedding. Hot tail it to New Orleans before 9 November 2014 and pack your most indie attire. The bride and groom will smash the cool stakes so feel free to be as individual and unique as you like.
What to wear: This is your opportunity to be cute and trendy. Wear what you like (sundresses, printed shirts etc), but be respectful. Weddings are still not a place for gym shorts or old t-shirts.
(in gallery above) Zara ‘Jaquard’ dress, $49.95 SHOP NOW Fame & Partners ‘Silverlake’ jumpsuit, $389 SHOP NOW Zimmermann ‘Radiate’ dress, $2200 SHOP NOW
Dress code: Lounge Suit
Dear guest, Please join Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for their exclusive wedding. Set in Beverly Hills on 16 August 2008, America’s sweethearts will tie the knot in a romantic fairytale garden setting. Only 30 people are attending so congrats on the invite! This is a roses and candles scenario, so think intimate romance and dress accordingly.
What to wear: Similar to cocktail for girls, but guys make sure you have a jacket and tie. This is quite often a day or afternoon event, so light and bright colours are appropriate if you wish.
(in gallery above) Nicholas ‘Mayflower’ dress, $974 from Shopbop SHOP NOW AJE ‘Sienna’ dress, $695, SHOP NOW Shona Joy, ‘Marea’ dress, $380 SHOP NOW