How to Accessorize Your Wedding Guest Outfit

How to Accessorize Your Wedding Guest Outfit

With wedding season rapidly approaching, the stacks of invitations and RSVPs have many of us wondering what on earth we are going to wear. Besides choosing the best wedding gift, deciding what to wear — and what not to wear — to a wedding can be the most daunting task. While many invitations will often include a dress code for the event, it can still be mystifying when it comes to actually picking an outfit and appropriately accessorizing that outfit.

As with any event, the accessories you choose to pair with your outfit can make or break your look. Luckily, we have a comprehensive guide on the best accessories to wear with your wedding guest attire this season.


A large, colorful statement necklace is a fun and fantastic accessory piece for dressing up an outfit. If you opt for an especially bold necklace, we recommend that you keep the rest of your accessories minimal. This will accentuate the statement piece and prevent your look from becoming too busy-looking.

A classic string of pearls gives your outfit a pulled-together look that is timeless and modern. Pearls are a great way to instantly elevate any dress to classy wedding attire. For a chic and enduring wedding guest outfit, we recommend a clean and simple shift midi dress, classic pumps and a few strings of pearls layered.


If bracelets are more your style, we recommend one of two small and simple bracelets paired with your wedding guest attire for a look that is clean and classy. Depending on the dress code and the general vibe of the wedding you are attending, it may be appropriate to accessorize a little more with your bracelets. For example, if you are attending a more casual outdoor wedding, you may want to opt for a boho-chic look with a flowing maxi dress and a stack of silver bangles on your wrist.

Hats and Headwear

When deciding whether to wear a hat to a wedding, as with any part of your outfit, you will need to consider the venue, the dress code, and the time of day that the event will take place. Hats are traditionally worn at outdoor events and at daytime events. The right hat can transform a formal outfit and take your wedding guest attire to the next level. Make sure that your hat matches the rest of your outfit and is venue-appropriate. If the ceremony is taking place outdoors on a sunny day, it is perfectly appropriate to wear a wide-brim hat for extra shade.

Besides hats, fascinators are an ultra-classy, fun, and fabulous accessory to complete your wedding guest outfit. Elevate your standard cocktail dress and pumps with a charming and unique fascinator.

Fancy Footwear

One of the best and simplest ways to instantly elevate your wedding guest attire is with your footwear. The right shoes can take a casual weekend dress and instantly transform it into a wedding-appropriate outfit. Classic pumps are always a safe bet but don’t be afraid to experiment with some strappy heels or chunky platforms, depending on the dress code of your event.

What About a Purse?

A clutch is an absolute game-changer when it comes to wedding attire. Finding a beautiful and classy clutch to complement your outfit will elevate your look while also being a perfect size to easily store all your wedding-day essentials.

Shawls and Cover-ups

Air conditioning can be a lifesaver in warm weather, but it can also make for a confusing time when deciding what to wear to a summer event. Wear a cocktail dress with a pair of heels and a long fashion scarf or shawl over your shoulders. This lightweight and elegant look will give you an extra layer without weighing you down. Alternatively, wearing a romper or jumper with a blazer or sport coat is a classy-casual way to add some warm layers to your indoor outfit without overheating during any summery outside times.

Of course, there are plenty of event-appropriate cardigan sweaters that you can wear to your potentially-chilly wedding venue as well.

From casual to black tie, all you need to elevate your outfit is a few key accessories.


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