If you're over 40 and attending a wedding, finding the perfect outfit can feel like a daunting task. You want to look stylish and sophisticated, but also age-appropriate and comfortable. Whether you're a bridesmaid, a close relative, or simply a guest, finding the right wedding attire can be a challenge. But don't worry, we've got you covered! In this blog, we're sharing what to wear to a wedding as a guest over 40. From classic dresses to trendy jumpsuits, we've curated a selection of outfits that will suit any type of wedding, from formal to beach ceremonies.
What to wear to a wedding as a guest
As a wedding guest, it's important to strike the right balance between looking fashionable and feeling comfortable. While you may be tempted to follow the latest trends, it's important to remember that you want to choose an outfit that is timeless and is YOU.
When deciding what to wear to a wedding, there are several things to consider, including the dress code, venue, time of day, and season. Formal weddings typically call for dressier attire, such as long gowns or cocktail dresses, while semi-formal weddings may allow for more flexibility, with options like knee-length dresses or dressy jumpsuits. For beach or outdoor weddings, it's best to choose a lightweight and breathable fabric.
No matter the dress code or setting, it's always a good idea to choose comfortable shoes that can withstand a lot of standing and dancing. Don’t forget to bring a cardigan or jacket in case the temperature drops at night.
What NOT to wear to a wedding as a guest
One of the most important rules to remember is to never wear white or any light colours that may be mistaken for white, as this can overshadow the bride and take away from their special day. Certain lighter shades or patterns may look fine in person but can photograph white or an off-white colour. It's best to choose darker or more vibrant hues that complement the wedding theme, and avoid anything that may appear too attention-grabbing or revealing.
- Don't wear anything too casual, such as jeans or sneakers. Even if the wedding is outdoors or in a more relaxed setting, it's still important to dress up!
- Avoid wearing anything too similar to the bridesmaids dresses. You don't want to be mistaken for a member of the bridal party.
- Don't wear anything that is too uncomfortable or difficult to move in. You'll likely be spending a lot of time on your feet, so it's important to choose shoes and breathable clothing that will keep you comfortable throughout the event.
10 wedding guest outfit inspirations for over 40
First up on our list are classic dresses. You can never go wrong with a little black midi dress, which is perfect for formal or semi-formal weddings. We’ve included a few formal options in different colours and fabrics for every style and preference.
Keep in mind that the outfits we've selected in this blog come in a variety of colours and patterns, so be sure to check them out to find the perfect fit for you.
Formal + semi-formal wedding guest outfit ideas
Betty Anne dress | Emily blazer
Casual wedding guest outfit ideas
For a more casual wedding, you can still look stylish and put-together without being too dressy. Accessorize with a statement jewelry and a pair of sunglasses to complete the look. Don't forget to keep your hair and makeup effortless and natural-looking to match the relaxed vibe of the event.
Alternative wedding guest outfits that aren't dresses
If you're not a fan of dresses or simply want to mix things up a bit, there are plenty of other stylish options for wedding attire. One trendy and comfortable choice is a jumpsuit. Opt for a wide-leg with a belt to cinch in your waist and accentuate your curves (just like the first outfit below).
You can also dress up a pair of pants or a skirt with a statement blouse to create a chic and elegant look. Wide-leg pants or pencil skirts can look just as sophisticated as a dress and offer a more unique look to wedding attire. These options are versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the dress code.
Kimmay jumpsuit | Sienna blazer
Dolly top | Keethai pant
Even more outfit ideas!
We understand the importance of looking and feeling your best, so we've handpicked a couple more stylish ensembles just for you.
Maryse dress | Serena jacket
Lina dress | Wesley cardigan
I’ve picked my outfit, now what?
For a formal wedding, opt for a small, elegant clutch in a neutral tone that coordinates with your outfit. For a more casual event, you can experiment with colours, patterns, and textures to add interest to your look. When it comes to size, choose a bag that's large enough to hold your essentials, such as your phone, wallet, and lipstick, but not so large that it becomes a burden to carry. Finally, think about the style and material of the bag, which can add a finishing touch to your outfit. A beaded or embroidered clutch can add a touch of glamour to your look, while a structured leather bag can add a sophisticated look.
When it comes to jewelry, the key is to keep it simple and elegant. You don't want to take away from your outfit by wearing too many accessories. Instead, choose one or two pieces that complement your outfit and enhance your overall look. If you're wearing a dress with a high neckline, opt for a pair of statement earrings that draw attention to your face. If your dress has a low neckline, a delicate necklace can be a great option. When it comes to bracelets and rings, choose pieces that match your outfit without overpowering it. Remember, less is often more when it comes to jewelry.
If you're attending an outdoor wedding, don't forget a cute hat or sunglasses to complete the look.
There you have it, 10 stunning wedding guest outfit ideas to inspire you for your next wedding invitation. Remember, the key to choosing the perfect outfit is to consider the dress code, the location, and your personal style. Whether you opt for a classic dress, a trendy jumpsuit, or a chic pants or skirt outfit, the most important thing is to feel comfortable, confident, and fabulous. And don't forget to have fun and enjoy the wedding!
With much love,
Your Miik team 🤍