River Island Shares the Wedding Guest Outfit Trends for 2023

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Warmer weather marks the start of wedding season and, more importantly, it’s a great excuse to get dressed up with family and friends. In May, views of the River Island wedding guest outfit page increased by 85% from the previous month.

If you’re feeling a little rusty when it comes to special occasion styling, Sian Ryan, Director of Design at River Island, shares advice on dressing for weddings all summer long. 

“Before deciding on my wedding guest look I always consider the dress code – hopefully this is stated on the invitation, but if not, the design of the invite and choice of venue can give you some clues about the general vibe of the wedding. To get into the mood I love browsing the likes of Vogue, Who What Wear and Instagram for inspiration.

Whether you like to go all out with vibrant brights or you opt for softer pastel shades, summer is the perfect time to experiment with colour. We’re expecting yellow in rich mango tones to be a big hit! If such a bold colour is too much of a commitment then consider more muted shades – I especially love the contrast of a pretty, feminine pink in more of an androgynous style such as suiting.”

“Of course you want to look your best at a wedding but it’s also important to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Choosing natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton and silk, especially during the warmer months, means you’re likely to be kept cool. A block heel provides the best of both worlds – style and comfort – and is grass-friendly! 

Something less structured means you’re more likely to be able to sit down, eat and dance all day long, while evening guests can afford to get a little more slinky and sultry with a show-stopping slip dress.”

“Whether you stay true to your own style by accentuating your favourite features or you use the celebration as a chance to experiment with different silhouettes and styles – my top tip is to have fun with fashion and choose an outfit that makes you feel confident so you can concentrate on having fun!”

To shop for more wedding guest outfit inspiration, visit: https://www.riverisland.com/c/women/wedding-guest-dresses 

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.