Something old, something blue, something borrowed, something new and right on trend for 2022 weddings!
Who says wedding guest dresses need to be timeless classics? Fashion is always looking towards the future, ever-changing and exciting, and oh-so wearable. So, give way to temptation and be the most stylish guest at every wedding this year.
If that sounds good to you and you’re ready to dive into a world of fashion – look no further. To kickstart your wedding guest dress shopping, we’ve gathered around the latest trends that everyone’s talking about. And just for you, we’ve selected a gorgeous dress (or two) to match every trend – enjoy!
What to Wear as a Wedding Guest this Year
Our guide to the top wedding guest dress trends of 2022
The Marvellous Mini
No one could have foreseen it – not even the most dedicated wedding guest trend tracker. Fashion connoisseurs far and wide are scratching their heads as wedding guest fashion ‘laws’ are broken with impunity.
The culprit? Why it’s only the mini skirt.
Hold that gasp! This isn’t the mini skirt as we know and love it – no – it’s the wedding-appropriate mini skirt. In other words, mini by wedding standards (anything above the knees!)
So, in a year where the only reliable trend seems to be bucking the trends, daring to wear a slightly shorter than usual dress than usual to a wedding may actually be the most fashion-forward move.
More interestingly still, it’s a trend that seems to be transcending seasons. While this Women’s Floral Print Mini Dress is ideal for Summer and Spring weddings, we think this luxurious, rhinestone-studded Mini Bodycon dress is more suited for Winter weddings.
Either way, the mini is back, better than ever, and – for perhaps the first time in history – becoming a regular sight at weddings.
Tip: If you opt to sport a mini, be sure to keep accessories to a minimal for a more clean-cut, classy look.
Satin has taken the 2022 fashion scene by storm. And we don’t say that lightly. In fact, we’d probably crown satin as the winning material of 2022. For that, we have the 00s revival to thank. Slinky dresses and shiny ensembles are present-day staples.
Combining two prominent 2022 fashion trends, the Button Down Satin Shirt Dress is a masterclass in formal boyish-chic. This piece is a wedding day classic with a silhouette-carving belt and texture-enhancing buttons. What’s more, a minimalistic appeal allows the satin to speak for itself, meaning little to no accessories are needed.
Tassels and feathers Bonanza
Since the invention of weddings, pomp, ceremony, and ultimately, the celebration has been woven into the very fabric of these momentous days. Nonetheless, while spirits are high, wedding guests have been expected to keep appearances relatively low.
What we’re seeing in 2022 is the revival of the understated statement. And everyone’s having fun with it.
This stunning Long Backless, rhine stone-studded dress combines several wedding guest dress trends. Feathers line the sleeves of the one-of-a-kind piece for an ethereal appeal that’s perfect for a more extravagant wedding. Or, if you’d prefer something a little more ‘hushed’ yet equally luxurious, this Spaghetti Strap Tassel-Fringed Mini Dress is exactly what you’re looking for!
Open-back dresses have been trending hard all year and show no sign of shying away anytime soon. Eye-catching, attention-grabbing, and oh-so delightfully daring – that the skin-baring style has made it into the annals of wedding trends proves 2022 is – ironically – the year for bucking traditional wedding guest trends.
But, admittedly, this is backless like you’ve never seen it before.
Just take the Backless floral maxi dress as an example. With a beautiful blend of v-neck, spaghetti straps, and floral pattern, the backless design becomes an expected aside that only enhances the casual-chic appeal of the must-having wedding guest dresses.
Lights, Camera – Cutout
We’ve talked about backless, now get ready to meet its very en vogue cousin:
Introducing the Cutout …
Be it an exposed mid-riff, barely bare lower back or even hip slits, the Cutout is making a fashionable splash. And no one is safe from its ripples – bodycon dresses, midis, jumpsuits, and traditional dresses have all had pieces taken out of them.
However, unlike previous years, this trend has trickled down from the heights of high fashion. We’ve seen the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner sport cutout ensembles day-to-day, while runways are lined with variations of the style.
Our favorite example? This Cutout back bodycon midi dress. As a delightfully modern take on the cutout trend, this exquisite dress takes a casual approach to daring to bare. And that’s not all. Crafted from flexible and breathable material alongside an elasticized waist, this dress will make you the most comfortable guest at any wedding you attend, no matter the weather!
Spotted on runways worldwide this year and capturing designers’ imaginations – the humble blazer is back and better than ever. Blessed with the power to add a formal edge to any outfit, this timeless outerwear is every wedding guest’s best friend. And, as a trans-seasonal piece, a blazer can see you through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter weddings in style.
Adding a unique twist to the classic style while drawing on this year’s penchant for one-pieces: meet the Velvet Blazer Dress. A masterclass in eye-catching fashionable sophistry, the sleek Check piece offers a streamlined silhouette, enhanced by a unique empire waist to flatter all figures, while seamlessly leading into a vintage-inspired pencil skirt with a statement-chic slit. Detailed stitching evokes an air of sophistication while delicate diamonds add a touch of bling to this wedding wardrobe must-have.
Understanding the ever-changing world of wedding guest trends is a full-time job. And it’s a job we’ve undertaken for you above. So while we understand this list may be obsolete come 2023, we look forward to seeing what the future of wedding guest fashion brings – be sure to check back next year to find out.