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What to wear to a wedding: outfit ideas

From printed maxis to pastel suits, these are the best dressed wedding guest outfits

When it comes to wedding guest outfits, there’s a whole load of rules to follow. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide on what to wear to this season’s weddings. From nailing that beach wedding vibe to how to dress for a city wedding, read our guide and make sure you’re the best turned-out guest this summer!  WHAT TO WEAR TO A BEACH WEDDING

Do wear: a printed maxi dress  A wedding is the perfect time to break out the bold patterns. And if you’ve a beach wedding to attend, then a silky maxi dress and statement accessories make for a great outfit that’ll look super-stylish while keeping you cool in the heat. We adore the vivid tonal stripe pattern on this Diane Von Furstenberg silk maxi dress – it’s pretty yet playful at the same time. Pair it with a modern mini bag. This season, there are loads of quirky styles and shapes to choose from: sculptural plastic, natural bamboo and straw, and beading to name a few. Don’t wear: sand and stilettos are a big no-no. Ditch the heels and choose metallic leather flats or low wedge sandals instead. It’ll keep things beach appropriate, while still having that wedding guest wow factor. 

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Our picks: Diane Von Furstenberg Azalea striped silk maxi dress, €740, Harvey Nichols; Cult Gaia bamboo ark small clutch, €180, BT2 WHAT TO WEAR TO AN INFORMAL WEDDING

Do wear: a slip skirt and blouse Less dressy do? Then ditch the dress. The ubiquitous slip skirt in slinky satin is EVERYWHERE this season, and it’s an ideal alternative base for your occasionwear outfit. (Plus there’s the added bonus that you can dress it down after the big day for weekend looks too.)  Work a tonal colour vibe and pair this peachy Zara skirt with a fuchsia ruffle sleeve blouse. Trust us, the shades are a match made in matrimonial heaven! The trick is to choose variations of the same hue. Other options? Pastel pink with lilac; or cobalt blue and navy.  Don’t wear: it’s a given, but steer clear of an all-white outfit, even if it’s an informal do and even if you’re opting for a slip skirt over a dress. But don’t veto white accessories. This outfit would look so polished with white backless mules, cool white cat’s eye sunglasses and a white leather clutch.

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Our picks: satin skirt, €29.95, Zara; fuchsia ruffled blouse, €25.95, Zara Want more wedding-appropriate ideas on how to style the slip skirt? Watch our video… WHAT TO WEAR TO A CITY WEDDING

Do wear: a pastel suit Think you can’t wear a two-piece suit to a wedding? Think again! If you’ve got a city wedding in the diary then embrace this season’s trend for pretty pastel tailoring. It’s super chic, shows you’re in-the-know when it comes to the latest fashion trends – plus it’s ideal if you don’t fancy getting your legs out… The Next pale aqua suit is simply tailored and stunning. And that minty shade! It’s perfect for watching your friends say ‘I do’ in the sunshine. Take your skin tone into account when eyeing up pastel hues. We recommend grabbing a friend for a handy opinion and heading into Dundrum, so you can see what shade suits. Don’t wear: avoid any shoes that cover your ankle; it’s all about showing a little skin to balance the suit. Choose barely-there strappy sandals and ruche up the blazer sleeves (or go up one size for a slouchier feel).

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Our picks: double breasted relaxed mint jacket, €70, and slim trousers, €40, Next  WHAT TO WEAR TO A SUMMER WEDDING

Do wear: sleeveless jumpsuit Jumpsuits are where it's at – and that’s true for wedding season, too. Combining the comfort of a dress and the sophistication of tailored trouser