The best wedding-guest outfits on the high street

From full-on statement dresses to stylish options for those who never wear skirts, we've plenty of solutions that won't cost more than the wedding itself

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By Elle Turner on

Uh-oh, it's wedding season – which means we're all expected to ditch our faithful jeans for tiered maxis and layers of chiffon. Not your thing? Here's what Team Pool will be wearing instead...


I'm not a pastels girl and I don't often wear dresses, so a lot of typical weddingy clothes don't really speak to me. The last wedding I went to, I panic-bought a blush pink, pleated, strapless dress, which kept falling down. 

This year, I have two weddings and I am determined to wear something I a) like and b) will wear again. Which is why I've chosen these navy pyjama trousers that can also be worn casually at work with flat sandals and a T-shirt. 

I love having a good old dance at a wedding, so flats are a good idea – these are super flattering on the foot and gingham is the print of the season. To finish it all off, I've gone for a hot pink shirt to add a bit of colour. Again, I can imagine wearing this again, probably with jeans to the pub. A wedding appropriate outfit that feels very me – I'm thrilled. 

Topshop top, £34Kitri culottes, £85Bimba Y Lola shoes, £135The Hoop Station earrings, £49


Lace, pleats, pink – it's not a combination I'd normally go for (a bit too ladylike) but, toughed up with my leather jacket, I rather like it. One thing: the static in the skirt made it a bit clingy, but (top tip) a spritz of hairspray over your legs will sort it. As for the earrings, these oversized tassle ones look dressy but modern and cost £12.99. For shoes you can't go wrong with, I went for classic black courts.

Asos dress, £60Faith shoes, £35Mango earrings, £12.99, jacket is Lucy's own (similar here)


I'll tell you who is having a real moment on the high street – Warehouse. This jumpsuit looks far more expensive than 45 quid and is positively enjoyable to wear – floaty enough to feel relaxed, but with a tie-waist that allows me to synch it as snug as I'd like, then loosen when the wedding cake comes out. And because of the jazzy print, it doesn't take a lot to dress up – just a simple bag, some earrings (these ones from Wolf & Moon are incredible) and some block heels.

Warehouse jumpsuit, £45, Manu micro bag, £285Wolf & Moon earrings, £90& Other Stories shoes, £89


I usually always go for a flouncy dress when I'm going to a social occasion, but this beautiful top-and-skirt combo was too lovely to pass up. The top is structured but made of stretchy material, so still feels incredibly comfortable, and even though I can't wear a bra with it, the boning offers enough support that I'm not going to fall out of it on the dancefloor. The skirt is dreamy – the shorter-at-the-front-longer-at-the-back cut means that it's easy to move in, but still trails behind you and makes you feel incredibly regal. And it has pockets. Utter dream.

Coast top, £89Coast skirt, £89New Look shoes, £19.99Nine by Savannah Miller bag, £35Anthropologie hair slides, £26



As someone rarely seen wearing a dress, weddings can be a bit of challenge. I think that a statement accessory, like this wooden clutch bag, is the key to making a posh trousers-and-top combo less "pageboy" and more "chic guest". The trouser colour and fabric also lifts this whole outfit out of the workwear realm and I think these Topshop shoes are the perfect height for a wedding. I think I'd add a jacket to this though, since the weather is guaranteed to be unreliable – probably a blazer in a shade just darker or lighter than the top.

H&M top, £29.99H&M trousers, £24.99Topshop shoes, £59Wolf & Moon earrings, £52Cult Gaia bag, £100



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