7 Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas That *Are Not* a Dress

Last Updated on October 26, 2021 by haveclotheswilltravel

Can you tell I have weddings on the brain, lately? Haha. I’m really excited to be attending a couple this summer, and I’m standing up in one of my best friend’s this fall!

And not everyone loves to wear dresses, but it seems every time I think of what to wear to a wedding… “dress” is all that comes to mind. Dresses are incredibly simple, you throw them on with shoes and bam! You’re good to go. But the problem with many wedding guest dresses is that that’s all you can wear them for – a wedding.

For this post, I decided to challenge myself a bit and come up with outfits that will be wedding-appropriate, but NOT a dress. And you’ll likely be able to use these pieces for many other events! Enjoy! And let me know which idea is your favorite in the comments.

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7 Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas That Aren’t a Dress

1.) A Jumpsuit

7 Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas That Aren't a Dress

A jumpsuit is just as easy as a dress! Pair it with some heels and pretty earrings… and bam! You’re done. It’s sooo chic looking, in my opinion. And it could work great for dinners, cocktails with the girls, shopping, you name it!

2.) Trouser Pants + a Bodysuit

Understated and versatile is the name of the game for this outfit! These pants would be perfect for the office too. Talk about getting your money’s worth!

3) Skinny Ankle Pants + Blouse

This is basically the same outfit as above. However, if you aren’t a fan of wide-leg pants, you can easily do this outfit with a pair of skinny ankle pants too!

4.) A-Line Midi Skirt + Basically Any Color Top You Want…

Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas That are not a dress

I’m including this outfit idea because I’ve actually worn this to one to a wedding last summer. I’ve had my eyes on this skirt for YEARS. And I finally used a wedding as an excuse to buy it. However, I’ve been wearing it nonstop since it arrived. I’ve paired it with striped tops, floral tops, plain white tops…you name it, it works! 

5.) Dressy Romper

Blazer Romper ENDLESS ROSE

In the same vein as the jumpsuit at the beginning of this post, rompers are incredibly easy to style! Grab a strappy pair of heels and some statement earrings and you’re good to go. Most rompers are on the casual side, but there are some dressier ones out there that would work great for a summer wedding (like the ones pictured above).

6.) Culottes 

ASOS DESIGN Petite tailored clean culottes

Paper Bag Culottes - Navy Blue

Most people either love or hate culottes. I fall firmly in the love category. Not only are they cute (in my opinion), but they’re comfy as all get out AND you can wear them for just about any occasion (including weddings)! What’s not to love?

7.) Shorts + A Modest Top

If the wedding you’re attending is in the summer when it’s hot and muggy…you’ll want to be comfortable! However, wearing shorts to a wedding can be a tricky business. You can run the risk of looking far too casual…and wearing shorts that are too short is never a good look for a wedding either. I really think that looser fighting, high-waisted shorts, made of a nice dress-pant-like material, can work, though! Just be sure to pair them with a more modest top. (Think higher neckline, some sort of sleeve, not too form-fitting.)

BONUS: Rent the Runway

Black Halo (16) ADD TO HEARTS Zana Jumpsuit

Now, if you don’t want to run out and buy a whole new outfit for your upcoming wedding… rent it! Rent the Runway is fantastic – they let you rent items for events, or you can subscribe to their rental plans and have items sent to your home every month or even week!

Plus, they have a great selection of wedding guest attire that goes beyond dresses! I also love how helpful their reviews section is. A lot of customers will upload photos too, so you have a really good idea of what the items look like.

I’m curious, which outfit idea is your favorite? And what have you worn to a wedding that wasn’t a dress? Let me know in the comments!

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Wedding Guest Outfits That Are Not A Dress
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  1. YES!!! So obsessed with this jumpsuit suggestion! I love the idea of trying something other than a dress! Xx, Amanda

  2. Love this post! I’ve got a lot of weddings coming up in the next year or so, and it’s nice to have some new inspiration!

    Keep up the great content!

  3. These are great ideas! I like the a-line skirt outfit especially. I wish that I could pull of jumpsuits, being petite it’s not something that works for me most of the time. Good luck finding dresses, how frustrating that the place shut down!

    Hope you are having a great weekend so far! 🙂 Yesterday was a productive day for me, hoping for a relaxing day today.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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