Anna James from Fash Boulevard shares her Wedding Guest Style Guide on LaurenConrad.com

Dress – ModCloth | Heels – ShoeDazzle (similar here) | Clutch – Francescas (similar here) | Bracelets – Kendra Scott | Sunglasses – Karen Walker | Earrings – Kendra Scott

Hey ladies, it’s Anna again from Fash Boulevard. In honor of our upcoming Ladies Who Laptop girl boss (hint: she’s quite the wedding expert) we’re delving into the romance and bliss with a special wedding-inspired Style Guide. As a wedding guest, finding the perfect ceremony look can be daunting, especially when your calendar is booked with multiple upcoming nuptials. And while there’s nothing wrong with re-wears, the impending onslaught of selfies and group pics may leave you wanting a few different looks. When shopping for the perfect ceremony outfit, be sure to remember these key rules:

  • Avoid white. This one should be a given. After all, it’s the bride’s day and you never want to distract from her big moment.
  • When in doubt, overdress. A too-formal dress will always be more forgivable than a pair of skinny jeans.
  • Stay away from distracting colors. Neons and overbearing prints are a no-go. Wedding pictures last a lifetime and you don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons.
  • Mindful fits. A respectful fit and hemline is a must. Showing off your curves is always empowering, but save the body-con dresses for ladies night.

Let’s talk style. From beach weddings to formal affairs, the type of wedding always determines the type of dress a guest should wear. But decoding the dress code for an upcoming union can be challenging. In order to help breakdown the do’s and don’ts, I’ve put together a few outfit inspirations, as well as a little cheat sheet to help you decipher the wedding invitation wording and keep you celebrating in style.

Formal:

Formal wedding guest style guide via Anna James of Fash Boulevard on LaurenConrad.com

Dress – Chelsea28 | Bag – Kate Spade New York | Earrings – Oscar de la Renta | Ring – Shashi | Heels – LC Lauren Conrad | Bracelet – Salvatore Ferragamo | Lipstick – MAC

A long dress or cocktail-length dress in a classic shade, like blue, black or grey, is always a safe bet when it comes to formal events. Keep the fit sleek and clean and avoid anything too bulky or distracting. Remember, it’s the bride’s job to stand out and your job to bust a move on the dance floor.

Semiformal:

Semi-formal wedding guest style guide via Anna James of Fash Boulevard

Dress – Yumi Kim | Earrings – Kendra Scott | Heels – Stuart Weitzman | Rings – Kate Spade New York | Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent | Clutch – Glint

This is one of my personal favorite attire requests. It’s a great opportunity to play with bolder shades and fun accessories, especially for a daytime fete. If you’re feeling a little dress fatigue, a pretty skirt with an embellished top would also work here.

Beach Formal:

Beach formal wedding guest style guide on LaurenConrad.com

Dress – Joie | Bag – Tory Burch | Bracelets – A.B.S. by Allen | Sunglasses – Karen Walker | Wedges – Jack Rogers | Lip Gloss – Nars

Keep it light, whimsical and romantic. Have fun and choose a vibrant shade that complements the summer backdrop. But most importantly: prepare for the elements. Sand, water, and wind have definitely all RSVP’d.

Black Tie:

If you're going to a black-tie wedding, check out this wedding guest style guide from Anna James of Fash Boulevard

Dress – Badgley Mischka Collection | Heels – Kendall + Kylie | Clutch – Tory Burch | Cuff – Karine Sultan | Necklace – Ben-Amun | Lipstick – MAC

Think red carpet! This is your chance to wear a long, sleek evening gown with your fanciest jewelry! Glam it up with rich dark hues like ruby, emerald, navy, and black.

Casual:

Wedding guest style guide for a casual dress code

Dress – ModCloth | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban | Tote – Tory Burch | Rings – Gorjana | Earrings – Kendra Scott | Sandals – Halogen

Unless clearly stated, shy away from denim and opt for a simple sundress with your everyday hair and makeup. Casual often means you’ll be outdoors, so be sure to check with a bridesmaid if you’ll be on sand or grass. In either of these cases you’ll want to stick with flat soles, like a beaded wedge or a jeweled sandal.

Fail Proof:

The fail-proof wedding guest style guide for any dress code

Dress – Ellen Tracy | Wedges – Dolce Vita | Tote – Elizabeth and James | Necklace – Adia Kibur | Rings – Gorjana | Earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane | Lipstick – Nars

Despite what your grandma may have told you, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear black to a wedding! In fact, many brides request it. When in doubt, throw on your trusted little black dress. The length will keep you semi-casual appropriate, while the classic shade will help blend with everything from semi-formal to black-tie.

Which of these wedding ensembles is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo

Anna

Fash Boulevard

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  • Brittney Fletcher

    Cute suggestions! Dressing for a wedding is always hard!

  • I like the black tie one the best. I have a friend’s wedding coming up later this year – great tips on not wearing neon etc! i never thought about how outfits will look in 20, 30 etc years.

    elese | elesedowden.com

  • Love this post. Have a wedding this week I’ll be attending so this was super helpful!

    xo, Shelby
    http://www.prettyinthepines.com

  • This was very helpful! 🙂

    I loved the sample sets created!

    With Love,

    Anna || Curly Yorker

  • Anna from The European Look

    Haha! She says don’t wear neon colors in the text, but I thought her top photo (wearing neon) is her suggestion too *confused . Great outfits though!

  • I like that first floral that you are wearing, just gorgeous! I was told black is for funerals, haha! Funny how times change.

    http://www.writingmotherfashionista.com

  • I love the beach ensemble. Unfortunately, I don’t have any beach weddings to attend. I usually go for short/knee length dresses that aren’t too formal so they can be used on other occasions as well.

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

  • I am going on a wedding at the end of the month and I was thinking a lot what to wear and I stayed true to myself and pick black and white long sleeve dress from ASOS which is totally my style:)
    I though about if it’s ok to wear that colours or should I go for more bright and colourful ones but I guess it is ok since you included black dress also 🙂
    xx
    http://putitallonme.com/

  • Great tips! I love that you styled a few different outfits!

    xo, Carey
    https://thedaintydetails.wordpress.com

  • Love all the style tips.
    http://www.yvesofstyle.com

  • Hannah | Daily Opulence

    Love the way these outfits are styled! Perfect.

    Shop & Get Inspired | http://www.dailyopulence.com

  • Hahaha that last one – my grandma always hated it whenever I decided to wear black to any wedding, but it’s such a fail safe, don’t you agree? 🙂 Loving all of these tips so much <3 Wedding season always makes me so happy!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Great tips and outfit inspiration! I agree that overdressing is usually safer than underdressing.

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

  • Black dress my favourite
    I’m waiting you on my blog
    Kisses from Italy

  • Finding something to wear to a wedding is always hard, especially when you have so many to go to! I’d never actually thought about the potential embarrassment of having photos wearing the same dress at different weddings… Yikes! Thanks for all the tips! I’ll be sure to check this style guide again before attending the next wedding!

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