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The 360 Edit: The best wedding guest looks, chosen by our editors

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In this edition of The 360 Edit, the team share a curated selection of wedding guest outfits that they’ll be wearing this season.

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Summer events are on the horizon, and the time has arrived for us to snap up our favourite fits before it’s too late. From outlandish maxis to – you guessed it – floral ensembles, here’s the team’s favourite wedding guest dresses.

Monsoon Sicily spot print dress

Italian glamour

In a bid to stay away from florals this season (enduring memories of flowery childhood church dresses always spring to mind) I’m keen to explore a look with a little more glamour.

My number-one rule for wedding attire is that you dress your very best — no half-arsing it. It’s the least you can do as a guest on someone’s special day. For a wedding in Sicily I’m attending in September, I’ve sought inspiration from Sophia Loren, the queen of Riviera glamour. Loren loved a fit and flare dress, often pairing them with a headscarf, oversized sunglasses and statement earrings.

With this in mind, I’m lusting after the new Sicily spot print dress from Monsoon (£130), which I’m keen to accessorise with the help of M&S – I’ve gone for some demure stiletto slingbacks (£35), the maxi tear drop studs in gold (£14) and some oversized hexagonal sunglasses (£15).

To complete the look, it has to be the Miro mini leather crossbody bag (£169) from All Saints – the chunky hardware offers up a bit of drama, and honestly, who is faffing around with a strapless clutch these days?

–  Beth Finney, contributing editor


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Dabbling in designer

For a memorable event like a wedding, I like to search for something special or unique, so that I can always link the outfit to that moment in time.

To me, that means vintage or designer – a proclivity not shared quite so enthusiastically by my bank account. But luckily for us both, you can just as conveniently rent an incredible outfit for one-off events at a fraction of the retail price. This ruffled chiffon midi dress by Acne Studios, available to rent with HURR, is soft, pastel and free-flowing – everything I want from a wedding guest dress in summer.

It even reminds me of the elegant and effortless style of 90s occasion-wear (think Rachel Green in Friends).

–  Katie Sipp-Hurley, assistant editor

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Frilled Off The Shoulder Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress In Magenta

A bold move

This summer, I’ve vowed (to myself) that I’ll finally veer away from my go-to neutral shades of pink and olive, and instead go for something a little more out there. I began my search expecting it may take me some time to settle on a dress that stands out – while not feeling like ‘too much’ – but instead found myself immediately obsessed with this bold number from online fashion marketplace SilkFred.

While the deep magenta hue of this maxi dress is very off-brand for me, it’s hard to ignore the dress’s timeless elegance, and I can’t help but adore the off-the-shoulder neckline and delicate, frilled detailing.

To me, this dress is an emblem of romance – and what better occasion to personify romance than at a wedding? Paired with some silver jewellery and this staple bag from TotesLuxe UK, this outfit makes the perfect summer occasion look.

– Anna Evdokimou, deputy editor

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Regal rentals

In an effort to be more sustainable and not spend money on something I’ll only wear once or twice, these days I look to clothing rental sites when nuptial season rolls around. With two weddings on the agenda this summer, I’m going for two slightly different looks.

Inspired a little by Bridgerton, and on-trend with a dropped waist, I’m renting this Amy Lynn Alexa cherry puffball dress for the first (£17 for five days and £59 to buy ‘like new’ in sizes six to 14). I’ll accessorise it with layers of simple gold jewellery and some strappy gold shoes I’ve had (and loved) for years, and style my hair up to show off the bow straps.

For the second, I’m going for this Meshki Avery green silky open-back dress (£12 for three days, size 12). I’ll go for some minimal silver earrings and bracelets (I’m lucky enough to suit both gold and silver), with these Schuh Shauna embellished high heels (£19 for five days or £26 ‘like new’ in sizes 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8). I’ll probably wear my hair down for church to hide some skin, then quickly slick it back for the fun bit afterwards.

– Mattie Lacey Davidson, editor


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