With springtime just around the corner, you may find yourself stumped for what to wear this wedding season. Fret not, Vogue Scandinavia has curated the best wedding guest dresses by local designers to buy now
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Budding flowers, sunny days and climbing temperatures can only mean one thing: Wedding season. While the last couple of years have seen plenty of occasions postponed, if not cancelled, wedding planners and brides-to-be seem to agree that 2022 will experience an onslaught of ceremonies. As a recipient of any number of these wedding invites you need to prepare yourself for one daunting task: Figuring out what to wear.
Having spent most of the 2020s in comfort clothing, slipping on a pair of heels and a silky dress feels strangely alien. Not to speak of the seemingly insurmountable quest to unearth a wedding guest dress you are sure to wear again. So with all of our RSVPs signed, we've set out to source the best wedding guest dresses for all of those impending nuptials.
What are the best Scandinavian designers for wedding guest dresses?
Occasionwear brands like ByMalina and ByTiMo have specialised in dresses to don for elegant events, while the likes of Acne Studios and Filippa K deliver minimalist styles made to be worn again and again – whether dressed up with heels or for everyday with sneakers.
Below, we've gathered the best wedding guest dresses by Scandi brands to buy now.
Meadow silk dress
ByMalina knows how to dress wedding guests. Luxurious with many layered material in the brand's romantic print, the full length was made to celebrate those special occasions. This dress won't only sweep along the floor, it is also bound to sweep people off their feet.
Designer Carin Rodebjer has an immaculate eye for details. Here, the swoop of the fringe along the hip elevates what would be a rather simple silk dress. The long sleeves and midi length may seem counter intuitive for hot-weather dressing, but trust us: the church will be chilly and the night cold, even in August.
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Square Neck Midi Dress
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While black and white respectively are generally regarded as wedding no-no's, together they're the ultimate wedding guest choice for those who shy away from colour. From the smocking detail in the back, and wrap over waist makes the dress extra roomy for all of the tasty food as well as make you mobile on the dance floor – The details in this dress will help you last all night.
Called the 'ease' dress, Weekday's long flowy bias cut maxi dress with a cutout back is perfect for those seeking a comfortable yet dressy alternative. This dramatic go-to has angel sleeves, an asymmetrical waistline, darts in the bodice, and a long slit in the front that shows just the right amount of leg.
Stine Goya's voluminous dress with a high-ruffled neck screams romance. This versatile garment can be styled for multiple occasions, worn with black tights and leather boots for the office or high heels and sparkly earrings for dressier occasions.
A halter neck is the perfect choice for those who like to show off a bit of shoulder. Tied at the nape of the neck and cut low, this mint green dress from H&M is bringing sexy back while keeping it classy enough for the ceremony.
Gathered mini dress
Romantic designs inspired by vintage pieces, for a retro yet timeless finish, this dress by ByTiMo is just one of the Norwegian brand's plethora of perfect wedding guest dresses, Accented with a floral and polka dot print, this mini dress is gathered at the front to accentuate the sweetheart neckline and flared hem.
One for the minimalist who wants to expand their colourful horizons, Gestuz pea green dress with a zipper leg-slit is a sleek option for most weddings. Who knew a T-shirt dress could look this elevated?
Ruffled maxi dress
Crafted from a sustainably-sourced Tencel blend, this orange lightweight maxi dress was made for summer weddings. It features a deep back pleat and asymmetric hem for added movement as well as draped ruffles along the neckline, creating delicate cap sleeves.
Georgette wrap dress
Yet again, black and white in combination proves itself to be a wedding guest power-house. Undeniably Scandi, as if made for Nordic wedding goers, we suggest you sport this deep-V wrap dress by Ganni at you next archipelago nuptials.
Shaded halter dress
Via Filippa K
If there is one brand who knows how to do elevated minimalism, it is Filippa K. The softly draped halter neck dress – fading from cream to olive – begs to be worn with scrappy heels and an oversized suit jacket for any and all event, weddings included.
Baum und Pferdgarten
Atlanta floral-print midi dress
The empire cut waist, pouffy silhouette and baroque print of Baum und Pferdgarten's merges into this gothic yet romantic midi dress. While it may not be the most formal of silhouettes, when paired with the right accessories it soars beyond our expectations.
Kamla monogram-pattern maxi dress
Mixing pink and red for a bold look, Rotate's Kamla dress makes a statement. It is decorated with a flocked monogram pattern and ruched details at the waist, falling to an ankle-grazing flared skirt.
The Natalie dress
Made from leftover fabric, this dress has beautiful long sleeves with wide cuffs, buttons and a slim strap belt that can be tied at the front. With a flowy silhouette, it can be worn for a myriad of occasions. Undo a few buttons at the neckline for a more relaxed take or wear it with a pair of heels for a dressed-up look.
Traditionally, what colours should you not wear to a wedding?
While a ban on any version of white should be common knowledge (unless it's specifically requested by the couple), most might not be aware of other colours to be vary off. For a long time wearing black was a faux pas, but today a LBD is considered perfectly acceptable as wedding attire as long as it doesn't resemble something one might wear in mourning. As a rule of thumb, red has classically been avoided because the full-focus should be on the couple in question. With that said, we've included some bright options on this list because fashion should be fun. If in doubt, always asks the bride(s) or groom(s) to be.
If there is one thing to note in regards to Scandinavian ceremonies is that they're relatively relaxed affairs. While some opt for black-tie events requiring gala-appropriate gowns, most couples are flexible in their chosen dress code. For spring weddings, we find ourselves yearning for lightweight fabrics in playful colours.