Wedding season is back and bigger than ever, with designers noting that they’re “double dressing” their clientele for the surge of events and weddings in 2021 — rollover from pandemic-paused ceremonies.
In 2021, weddings range from large, traditional ceremonies to escapist, destination events or more intimate gatherings; no matter the style, each requires a dress code for its wedding guests. Here, WWD rounds up wedding guest dresses for seven types of ceremonies in 2021.
Short and sweet! A common dress code for myriad wedding ceremony styles, cocktail attire offers a balance between formal and casual, oftentimes with playful appeal. We especially enjoy Prada’s strapless nylon logo number, Ganni’s metallic frock or Cult Gaia’s feathered cocktail shaker.
Prada’s Logo-Detailed Nylon Gabardine Strapless Mini Dress
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Charo Ruiz’ Camille guipur lace-trimmed printed cotton-blend voile maxidress YOOX Net-a-Porter Group
Staud’s Corsica Dress in Tomato Wild Orchid
Staud’s Corsica dress in Tomato Wild Orchid Staud
3. Black Tie Wedding
The number-one rule of a black-tie ceremony? A full-length look. Depending on the location, formalwear styles can vary from old Hollywood glamour and sleek slips to more voluminous ballgowns. Here, looks from Jonathan Simkhai, Alaïa and Gucci make for the perfect maxi.
Jonathan Simkhai’s Clementine Ruched Satin Maxi Halter Dress
Jonathan Simkhai’s clementine ruched satin maxi halter dress Jonathan Simkhai/Moda Operandi
Alaia’s Open-Back Wrap-Effect Stretch-Knit Halterneck Gown
Alaïa’s open-back wrap-effect stretch-knit halterneck gown YOOX Net-a-Porter Group
Gucci’s Pink Layered Silk-Georgette Gown
Gucci’s pink layered silk-georgette gown Gucci/Matchesfashion
4. Floral-Filled Garden Ceremony
No matter the wedding size, a garden party setting welcomes feminine, flirty and, of course, floral-emblazoned fashions, like these frocks from Brock Collection, Markarian and Tory Burch.
Brock Collection’s Samanta Floral Taffeta Cold-Shoulder Maxi Dress
Brock Collection’s Samanta floral taffeta cold-shoulder maxidress Brock Collection/Moda Operandi
Markarian’s Ashton Sage Floral Brocade Smocked Dress
Markarian’s Ashton sage floral brocade smocked dress Markarian
Tory Burch’s Handkerchief Patchwork Dress
Tory Burch’s handkerchief patchwork dress Drew Vickers
5. Civil Ceremony
The civil ceremony, aka the courthouse wedding, is the perfect place for a more polished look, like a tailored midi dress from Sergio Hudson or Bottega Veneta, or sleek, tailored jumpsuit from Galvan.
Sergio Hudson’s Signature Belted Crepe Dress
Sergio Hudson’s signature belted crepe dress Sergio Hudson/Moda Operandi
Bottega Veneta’s Square-Neck Satin Midi Dress
Bottega Veneta’s square-neck satin midi dress Bottega Veneta/Modsens
Galvan’s Wide Leg Corset Jumpsuit
Galvan’s wide-legged corset jumpsuit Galvan
6. Farm & Countryside Ceremonies
A rustic farmhouse or countryside ceremony is the perfect opportunity to pair cowgirl boots with a “cottage-core” or bohemian frock (or as some call it, “Colorado Casual”). LoveShackFancy, Khaite and Sleeper all offer a refined feel to countryside chic.
LoveShackFancy’s Kalani Maxi Dress
LoveShackFancy’s Kalani maxidress LoveShackFancy
Khaite’s Felicia Dress
Khaite’s Felicia dress Khaite
Sleeper’s Brigitte Linen Midi Dress
Sleeper’s Brigitte linen midi dress Sleeper/Moda Operandi
Due to the pandemic, micro weddings are booming. Whether celebrating in the months following a Zoom-ceremony or attending a backyard soiree, the perfect looks offer a more casual, laid-back feel for the intimate setting. Here, day dresses from New York contemporary labels Cara Cara, Sea New York and Matteau (also designed in Sydney, Australia).
Cara Cara’s Darby Dress
Cara Cara’s Darby dress Cara Cara
Sea New York’s Varsha Dress
Sea New York’s Varsha dress Sea New York
Matteau Tiered Floral Organic Cotton Maxi Dress
Matteau tiered floral organic cotton maxidress Matteau/Moda Operandi
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