7 perfect wedding guest outfits for over 50s

Feel confident and fabulous in our pick of the best wedding guest outfits.


by Stephanie Spencer |
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Wedding season is always an exciting one, but there’s one question that pops into your mind the moment that invitation arrives - what are you going to wear? Finding the perfect wedding guest outfit can be difficult. You don't want to upstage the bride but you do want to wear a flattering dress for mature women. Fear not, we are here to help and have handpicked the best wedding guest outfits for over 50s.

At this point in your life, you have determined your fashion sense and you know what suits your frame. So you’ll want something that showcases your confidence and elegance without appearing frumpy. We've scoured the internet for and picked out some options we'll know you’ll love to wear for a wedding, whether your style is fashion-forward, trendy or classic.

The best wedding guest outfits for over 50s at a glance:

Best wedding guest outfit for over 50s: Phase Eight Juliette Floral Wrap Dress - Buy now on John Lewis
Our favourite wedding guest outfits for over 50s: Isadora Pleated Dress - Buy now on Phase Eight
Best affordable wedding guest outfits for over 50s: Yumi Frill Wrap Jumpsuit - Buy now on John Lewis

Whether you're in need of a mother-of-the-bride outfit, or you're a friend or family member of the happy couple looking for the perfect special occasion dress. We all want a wedding outfit that's going to make us look good so we can treasure the photos as well as feel confident on the big day. When selecting your wedding guest attire, it’s worth considering the dress code, time of year, and location (also, remember to steer clear of wearing white!).

So, watch your loved ones say ‘I do’ in style with our roundup of elegant florals, chic jumpsuits and stylish gowns. Just add a wedding guest fascinator and you're good to go! Here are our favourite wedding guest outfits, with some stylish options that are flattering for any mature woman. You may even want to save these for another special occasion.

The best wedding guest outfits for over 50s

Best wedding guest outfit for over 50s:

Your wedding guest style will be the talk of the reception with the Phase Eight Juliette Floral Wrap Dress. This stunning dress features a wrap design, adorned with a delicate floral fil-coupe pattern in a latte multi-color palette. The V-neck and short flutter sleeves add a touch of elegance. Perfect for special occasions, this dress offers a flattering silhouette and a sophisticated look.

Customer review: "A beautiful flattering dress. The pictures don't do it justice. The colours are lovely. I'm not sure if I would have picked it out myself but it was selected by a personal shopper and once I tried it on I had to buy it and I'm looking forward to wearing it."

Our favourite wedding guest outfits for over 50s

Elevate your wedding guest look with this floral favourite. Featuring a feminine V-neckline, blouson sleeves, and a matching belt, this dress flows into a fully pleated skirt. Pair it with heels and a coordinated clutch for a polished ensemble at your next event. Responsible sourcing and recycled polyester make this style an eco-friendly choice, giving new life to old materials.

Best pastel wedding guest for over 50s

Arrive in timeless elegance with this sophisticated Lace Round Neck Knee Length Tea Dress from Phase Eight. The regular fit and knee-length hem ensure effortless wear, while delicate lace overlays the bodice for a refined look. The dress features a zip fastening and is crafted from 92% recycled polyester - and it's a perfect choice for a stylish wedding guest outfit.

Customer review: "Wedding outfit - well pleased with this purchase, ideal"

Best classic wedding guest outfit for over 50s

Lace 2 in 1 Overlay Midi DressWallis

From Wallis, this Lace 2 in 1 Overlay Midi Dress is a classic choice as your wedding guest outfit. Wallis has a range of fabulous designs that are flattering for mature women to choose from, but we love this one with its lace detailing and shorter sleeve. Add your wedding guest fascinator, and you're picture-perfect for the big day.

Best unique wedding guest outfit for over 50s

Claudia Embellished Midi DressMonsoon
Price: £122.50 (was £175)


Looking for something special? This Claudia Embellished Midi Dress from Monsoon was made to impress with its fine embroidery and twinkly sequins. It features tiered sleeves for a floaty finish and the skirt also has a swishy feel, falling to a flattering midi length. It's now half-price on the Monsoon website, so be sure to add this to your basket while you still can.

Customer review: "I bought this dress online to wear to a wedding. It arrived ready quickly and well packaged and was a beautiful dress and good quality."

Best affordable wedding guest outfit for over 50s

Yumi Frill Wrap JumpsuitJohn Lewis
Price: £44 (was £55)


The Yumi Frill Wrap Jumpsuit from John Lewis works for all occasions, but is also a fantastic choice for a wedding. Its navy colour and no-fuss details make it an understated yet timeless outfit you'll be able to look back on with fond memories. You may even want to add an occasion hat for the big day. Or, you can even style it with sandals when you're wanting to wear it for a more casual event.

Best on-trend wedding guest outfit for over 50s

Discover a beloved silhouette in a fresh magenta shade. The Ayla Magenta Ruffle Wrap Jumpsuit, responsibly sourced and crafted from recycled polyester, boasts a feminine V-neckline with frill detailing, flowing into a stylish wide-leg silhouette. Elevate your look for upcoming events by pairing it with heels and a coordinated clutch. We love this look. It's bright, bold and looks comfy, too.


Top five tips on how to find the best wedding guest outfit:

Do not wear white - white is usually reserved for the bride unless specifically told otherwise.

Buy an outfit that you feel great in - confidence is key.

Make sure your outfit fits the body you have and not the one you want to have in the future.

Wear something comfortable, but not casual - weddings are formal events and the dress code is usually smart.

Similarly to wearing white, do not wear black - black is seen as a colour of mourning.

Where to buy the best wedding guest outfits for over 50s:

Want to look for your wedding guest or Mother of the Bride/Groom outfit? We've listed a few of our favourite places to shop when it comes to finding the perfect outfit for such a special occasion.


Marks and Spencer




Phase Eight

John Lewis


Stephanie Anthony is the Deputy Digital Editor at Yours. Having worked across a variety of topics, from travel and food to pharmaceuticals, she also has a particular interest in mental health and wellness having studied biosciences at University.

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