Thursday 27 June 2019

Wedding guest style: 40 fabulous dresses to wear to a spring soiree

We edit the best wedding guest dresses (and jumpsuits!) for the season ahead

Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Dressing for a spring wedding isn't easy.

As we can all officially testify to an almost comedic level today - you really don't know what kind of weather you're dressing for, which is why your spring wedding outfit needs to cover all the basis.

Dragonfly Garden Maxi Dress Spearmint, Needle & Thread, £395.00 needleandthread.com
Dragonfly Garden Maxi Dress Spearmint, Needle & Thread, £395.00 needleandthread.com

'When in doubt, print it out' seems to be the trend most high street and mid-level designers are keeping to for 2018 anyway, with plenty of floral pleated midi dresses doing the rounds at the likes of H&M, & Other Stories and Zara.

Now you either love these or you hate them. They're not, no matter what the magazines say, an easy dress to pull off.

The trick with them is to keep everything to an absolute minimum, that means strappy (but not too strappy heels - flats will make the dress too dowdy for a wedding), a subtle clutch and casual wavy hair is all that's needed for this look.

Elsewhere, adding a bit of cheery yellow is always going to boost spirits for spring, and there are quite a few zesty shades making their way into pre-summer waredrobes. Zara, Stories and Brown Thomas have some lovely options in elegant midi dresses, while some of the designers at Arnotts have a couple of cute short numbers.

SELF-PORTRAIT Triangle Lace Dress
€440.00, Brown Thomas
SELF-PORTRAIT Triangle Lace Dress €440.00, Brown Thomas

For those with a bit more change in their pocket (!) Coast is always a good option for a chic wedding look, while you just can't go wrong with anything by Needle & Thread, which you can find online at asos, and Self Portrait, online at net-a-porter or in Brown Thomas in Ireland.

Patterned chiffon dress
€27.99, H&M
Patterned chiffon dress €27.99, H&M
Floral pleated midi, €89, & Other Stories
Patterned chiffon dress €27.99, H&M
Brown Thomas, Finery, Fenmore floral tunic dress, €135
Brown Thomas, Finery, Fenmore floral tunic dress, €135
Floral pleated midi dress, €89, & Other Stories
Floral pleated midi dress, €89, & Other Stories
Coast savannah printed jumpsuit €169
Coast savannah printed jumpsuit €169
MIDI DRESS WITH BELT Details
49.95 EUR, Zara
MIDI DRESS WITH BELT Details 49.95 EUR, Zara
Rosie Assoulin Tulip Belted Shirt Dress, €2,070, Brown Thomas
Rosie Assoulin Tulip Belted Shirt Dress, €2,070, Brown Thomas
Sequined dress
€79.99, H&M
Sequined dress €79.99, H&M
Sequined dress €79.99, H&M
Lyra Dress - Rose €79.95, Folkster
EMBROIDERED AND SEQUINNED DRESS 69.95 EUR, Zara
EMBROIDERED AND SEQUINNED DRESS 69.95 EUR, Zara
Rixo London, Coco sequin midi dress, €410, Brown Thomas
Rixo London, Coco sequin midi dress, €410, Brown Thomas
CONTRAST PRINTED DRESS
49.95 EUR, Zara
CONTRAST PRINTED DRESS 49.95 EUR, Zara
Tara Jarmom Cap Sleeve Dress, €295, Arnotts
Tara Jarmon Floral Silk Dress €295, Arnotts
Dod Bar Or Essco Ruffle Dress, €450, Brown Thomas
Dod Bar Or Essco Ruffle Dress, €450, Brown Thomas
Anais floral print midi dress, €89, Warehouse
Anais floral print midi dress, €89, Warehouse
Floral print maxi dress, €125, & Other Stories
Floral print maxi dress, €125, & Other Stories
Fan floral open back dress, €72, Warehouse
Fan floral open back dress, €72, Warehouse
Fan floral open back dress, €72, Warehouse
Anais floral print midi dress, €89, Warehouse
SUNBURST GOWN £350.00, needleandthread.com
Floral pleated midi, €89, & Other Stories
Caroline Kilkenny Frill Detail Pencil Dress Pink €256.00, Arnotts
Tara Jarmom Cap Sleeve Dress, €295, Arnotts
Strenesse Darly Dress Pink €499.00, Arnotts
Patterned chiffon dress €27.99, H&M
LATTICE ROSE MINI DRESS £355.00, needleandthread.com
MIDI DRESS WITH BELT Details 49.95 EUR, Zara
Patterned chiffon dress €27.99, H&M
PRINTED JUMPSUIT WITH A TEXTURED WEAVE 49.95 EUR, Zara
CONTRAST PRINTED DRESS 49.95 EUR, Zara
EMBROIDERED AND SEQUINNED DRESS 69.95 EUR, Zara
Wrap dress €49.99, H&M
Wrap dress €49.99, H&M
Sequined dress €79.99, H&M
Sequined dress €79.99, H&M
Lyra Dress - Rose €79.95, Folkster
Lena Skirt - Blush €109.00, Folkster
Harper Dress - Taupe €59.95, Folkster
Coast, Penelope maxi dress, €220
Coast, Penelope maxi dress, €220
Coast maria jacquard dress €245
Coast maria jacquard dress €245
Coast savannah printed jumpsuit €169
Coast savannah printed jumpsuit €169
Coast Jocelyn jumpsuit - Now €115
Coast Jocelyn jumpsuit - Now €115
Brown Thomas, Finery, Fenmore floral tunic dress, €135
Rixo London, Coco sequin midi dress, €410, Brown Thomas
Rosie Assoulin Tulip Belted Shirt Dress, €2,070, Brown Thomas
Dod Bar Or Essco Ruffle Dress, €450, Brown Thomas
ASOS DESIGN long sleeve waterfall deep plunge midi dress, €51.35

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