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Wedding Guest Dresses
The best labels to wear to a wedding
A round up of the best labels for the perfect look for any wedding occasion
by Giorgia Torsello
Dressing up for a wedding is great fun but finding the right wedding outfit can be stressful. There are a number of key things to bear in mind, including the wedding dress code, the weather, and the venue.
Natural shades, class dress shapes, midi dresses, puff sleeves, and trouser suits are a safe bet for serious, formal occasions. Floral patterns and pastel hues, tulle, Georgette, organza and lace are the perfect choice for summer weddings. If the occasion allows, you can experiment with new and exciting looks, with asymmetric hem dresses, new necklines, flounces, embroidery, oversized clothing, vibrant colors, and statement accessories.
We have rounded up the best wedding guest dress labels so you can find the perfect look for any wedding occasion. All you need to do is find the dress that suits your style and works best for you.
From Russia with love. Rasario is the perfect evening wear label for formal occasions with a glamorous dress code. Each dress pays tribute to the beauty of the female body, designed for the most flattering fit. Bows, daringly high slits, lace motifs, puff sleeves and volume help create that sexy yet sophisticated look with a vintage touch that the label is renowned for internationally.
“More is more”. Born in Rome and now a Parisian resident, designer Giambattista Valli is the undisputed master of gravity-defying proportions, renowned for his exuberant explosions of puffy tulle and exaggerated volumes that are dramatic yet ethereal. Corsets, frills, large and small bows, draping, flounces, embroidery, feather dresses – the label’s sumptuous outfits are made with the finest materials for a young, beautiful and sophisticated international clientele seeking unbridled luxury.
Malaysian designer and founder Han Chong creates contemporary, feminine designs that are both practical and accessible. Renowned for using floral embroidery, macramé and textured lace details, London-based Self-Portrait offers a wide range of designs for wedding guest dresses, including the label’s signature Azalea dress.
Born from the inspiration of sisters Nicky and Simone, who sold their boho-chic creations at Sydney’s market for emerging stylists, Zimmermann is today one of the world’s top trending labels, with a large celebrity following. The label’s light and delicate hippy-inspired dresses are made with the highest attention to detail, from the quality of its broderie anglaise and appliqué to the choice of ribbons and intricate batik prints, making them perfect as wedding guest dresses for less formal occasions.
Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz is behind this eponymous label where Latino influences reign supreme, drawing on the history, culture and landscapes of her native country. Her lively, carefree, feminine and sensual ready-to-wear collections feature dresses and separates with structured ripple fabrics, a heavy dose of ruffles, fresh fabrics, tropical prints and a simple palette of colors to suit all occasions. The dresses radiate summer’s energy and passion, making them ideal for daytime events, whether in a country or seaside setting.
Established in the early 1990s, Australian designer Alex Perry’s eponymous label is sexy, captivating and contemporary. His simple, figure-hugging dresses are sculptural and clean-cut. Boned corsets, hourglass designs for a defined waist, heavy fabrics, draping, and the use of vibrant colours help celebrate your best features. Women who dress Alex Perry are modern, fashion conscious, and want to make heads turn.
This London-based label has given life to a sober and effortless new concept of elegance. Created by four women from the worlds of fashion and contemporary art, Galvan creates versatile pieces free from excesses and frills – modern minimalist dresses, jumpsuits and suits – that can be styled differently and worn repeatedly, both during the day and in the evening, making them perfect to wear at any age. Gravitating towards clean and classic lines, the dresses are made with smooth, soft silk.
With a background in theatrical costume design, Greek talent Christos Costarellos established his first line, Costarellos, in the late ’90s. His evening dresses are epic dramatic creations inspired by Greek mythology. Exclusive and almost fairytale like, they have a heavy haute couture influence, featuring high necklines, sophisticated three-quarter sleeves, sheer panels, flutter sleeves, a heavy dose of lace, and intricate details. The pieces harmoniously combine colors, patterns, and movement.
Exuding timeless elegance, Max Mara is the flagship label of this family-run group, renowned globally for its quality fabrics and exceptionally made suits that offer the perfect fit, no matter your shape or size. Synonymous with Italian excellence, this classic label is perfect for all seasons, with pieces inspired by men’s clothing and designed for women with an elegant yet dynamic sense of style. A safe choice for a city or winter wedding.