With so many kinds of weddings being popular these days, figuring out what to wear to each one can be tough. Between black tie and the beach, the options are overwhelming. And the designer dresses that fashion mags always seem to suggest? They’re beautiful — but who as the funds?
We’ve picked 12 real-life wedding guests who did an excellent job dressing for their specific wedding’s locale. From the the barn to the ballroom, here are the ladies who killed it in the wardrobe department.
THE DRESS CODE: BEACH
This black floral dress is just dressed up enough. And when you’re spending the day on the sand, why bother with shoes?
A beach wedding doesn’t mean going bare. This shift dress is reserved but fun because of its punchy color — and the metallic jelly sandals are cute and functional.
This dress’s unique hemline makes it a cute and flirty option for the beach. And if you’ve got a solid platform to stand on? Why not go for heels.
THE DRESS CODE: RUSTIC
This dress’s adorable mix-and-match prints give it the perfect country feel for a rustic-style reception.
In an eclectic setting, pretty much anything goes — just keep it fun! We love this bold chartreuse of this midi frock.
If the wedding errs on the casual side, a simple, bold colored shift with a statement necklace will never let you down.
THE DRESS CODE: CHURCH/TEMPLE
A simple maxi dress in an unusual color is sophisticated and not at all distracting.
A kimono-style dress is both ultra-flattering and a little bit modest.
This slinky green dress gets extra life added to it with lace-up heels and a bold necklace that really pops.
THE DRESS CODE: FORMAL
Formal can be fun! This gown’s beaded floral top makes it a truly memorable getup.
You can even wear a crop top to a formal affair — as long as it’s long enough to keep you (mostly) covered up, of course.
A formal wedding is your chance to get glitzy! When else would you have the opportunity to wear a gown covered in sequins?
You can also play up the retro charm of a black tie event. This art deco dress is sparkly and fun, but so sophisticated.