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 look fabulous. Fear not, we are here to help. We have handpicked the best wedding outfits for over 50s.
You want to look your best so you 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!)
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 gathered our favourite wedding guest outfits for over 50s by picking out some options we'll know you’ll love whether your style is fashion-forward, trendy or classic.
Watch your friends and loved ones say ‘I do’ in style with our roundup of elegant florals, chic jumpsuits and stylish gowns.
Top five tips in how to find the perfect wedding guest outfit
1 Do not wear white. White is usually reserved for the bride unless specifically told otherwise.
2 Buy an outfit that you feel great in. Confidence is key.
3 Make sure your outfit fits your body have and not the one you want to have in the future
4 Wear something comfortable, not casual. Weddings are formal events and the dress code is usually smart.
5 Similarly to wearing white, do not wear black. Black is seen as colour of mourning, which is not suitable for such a happy occasion.
Our favourite wedding guest outfits for over 50s
GRACE KARIN Women Vintage Pencil Dress Short Sleeve Bodycon 1950s
Priced at just over £30, this 1950s-inspired bodycon dress is ideal for a wedding guest as it is flattering, stylish and also comfortable. It's knee-length so you won't feel exposed and the short cap sleeves make it wedding-appropriate. It is a fitted pencil dress that is designed to accentuate any figure and the fabric is made up of the perfect blend of cotton, nylon and spandex, meaning it is stretchy and comfortable.
The vibrant colours make it ideal for spring and summer weddings while it can be worn for other special occasions too.
A reviewer said, "I just wanted to say how much I Loved my dress. I'm a size 14/16 and got the XL which was probably a bit too big but it's fine. It's a silky soft and beautiful colour. Everyone commented on it and when I told them where it was from and how much they were shocked at just how lovely it was.100% brilliant and I looked like a million dollars at a fraction of the cost. I can't stress how brilliant this dress is. Definitely going to buy more in different colours."
Green Big Floral Selena Midi Dress
At just the perfect length, this elegant dress with fluted sleeves and a subtle frill hemline is from Nobody's Child. With pleated waistline to draw the waist in, and made from viscose which means the material will simply skim over the body and look extremely flattering.
Totally affordable, you'll be surprised this dress is under £50, despite it looking so expensive. The print contains beautiful painterly blooms which will match the romantic atmosphere of the big day. Pair with heels and a fascinator to truly elevate the look.
Peggy Shirred Midi Dress Pink
For ladies who don't like exposing their arms, this dress with a pop of colour is just perfect for a wedding. Despite its long sleeves and high neck, the viscose material makes for a breathable fabric in the summer months.
This midi dress is truly a showstopper, from the colour to frill and bow details. An elasticated waist means it'll also be comfortable to eat and dance in during the party.
Morven Printed Tiered Dress
A bestseller on Phase Eight, this beautiful tiered dress looks just like a watercolour painting. Ideal for spring and summer weddings, the dress can also be belted to draw in the waist.
It skims the calf meaning the length is more than appropriate for dancing. With a floaty, elegant skirt made from sustainable polyester, it's a lovely breathable material which means you won't get too hot while dancing the night away!
A reviewer said, "Bought for a summer wedding. Gorgeous dress, lovely fit and absolutely fabulous material. Can’t wait to wear it!"
Hobbs Ana Knee Length Shift Dress, Sage Green
A classic, elegant and timeless dress that has a little nod to glamour. In pastel sage or pale pink, this dress is almost reminiscent of times gone by. There's a reason why dresses like this will always come back around in fashion. They have a silhouette that never goes out of style, and they suit just about anyone.
A reviewer said, "This dress is beautiful and arrived in good condition. I've reluctantly sent it back but it was a close call - and I only sent it back because the colour wasn't quite what I was looking for. However the dress itself is beautiful, the diamanté on the front just finishes it off so nicely and it's well proportioned and very well made. Although I sent it back I'd still highly recommend this dress."
Lonnie Floral Fit And Flare Dress
Hand-painted by Phase Eight's in-house design team, this floral fit and flare dress was practically made for a summer wedding. Inspired by Monet, this lace detail dress is truly stunning.
As it's sleeveless and made from sustainable polyester, it's a breathable fabric that means you'll be able to enjoy the day without worrying about getting too hot. Pair with a cardigan or blazer for the evening when it begins to cool down.
A reviewer said, "A pretty and well-made dress. I bought this for a special day out and it fits the bill. I’m only 5’2” and have problems finding dresses that aren’t too long. This dress was a perfect length, just below the knee."
Blythe Midi Dress
Block colours and longer lengths are great criteria to look out for when shopping for wedding guest outfits for those over 50 and 60. The pop of colour ensures you don't blend in with the crowd while the length is comforting and wedding appropriate.
The fit-and-flare design features a waist-defining tie belt to accentuate the small of the waist. It's made from polyester and the breezy skirt is ideal for a night of dancing at a wedding reception. It fastens with a simple zip and hook and eye design, featuring flattering pleats that draw the eye.
Carly Floral Round Neck Midi Waisted Dress
This popular dress featuring soft, pastel colours is a lovely choice for a spring or summer wedding. However, you may want to buy a cardigan to go with it to keep the chill away in the evening.
The sleeveless longline midi dress floats delicately against the calf and the fit against the waist accentuates the waist. Featuring a fabulous floral print, this is the perfect dress for many occasions, including a summer wedding.
A reviewer said, "Pretty pastel flowing summer dress. My fav colours. Looks lovely with a little blazer over or just a cardigan. I love the calf-length, a change from skimpy knee grazers, which shows the lovely material off really nicely. Would be nice for a celebration."
Wedding guest outfits for autumn and winter
SilkFred Hearts and Roses London 3/4 Sleeve Pencil Dress
SilkFred has so many dresses, it's difficult to know where to begin! We love this 3/4 sleeve pencil dress in a black and lilac floral print. At £52 it's super affordable and the elegant number appears inspired by the vintage design.
Featuring a pretty floral print of blue roses, set on a sturdy yet stretchy black cotton fabric, it is perfect for a winter or autumnal wedding. It also features a simple round neckline and the classic fitted bodice cut accentuates that figure-hugging silhouette. Made from stretchy cotton-feel fabric, you cannot feel any more comfortable in this.
Embroidered Long Sleeve Midi Dress
This gorgeous dress from Coast comes in a number of colours, but our favourites for a winter wedding are rich forest green, merlot and navy to suit the occasion.
With pleated floaty skirt that skirts the calf, a ribbon belt to draw the waist and floral mesh sleeves, this one is ideal for attending a wedding in the colder months.
Lace Frill Hem Knee Length Tailored Dress
A popular dress at Phase Eight, it's also thankfully stocked at Marks & Spencers and there's already a lot of interest around this dress. The violet lace with frill hem detail is the perfect colour and material for a wedding in the autumn or winter, with the puff sleeves adding a sense of whimsy while also balancing your frame.
One reviewer said, "Beautiful dress for a wedding, heavy lace but good quality."
Layla Bow Jumpsuit
A gorgeous jumpsuit from Phase Eight in rich emerald green, perfect for the colder months. This contemporary alternative to a dress is cut with a tapered leg fit with a statement bow at the waist to accentuate your figure. Pair with heeled boots or heels.
A reviewer said, "Exactly what I had in mind. Beautiful colour and the body fits a treat."