After the years we've all had, it's only fitting that we dress to the nines and attend every wedding we're invited to. But how to know what's in vogue at the moment?
You can get out of your sartorial funk with black-tie or smart-casual options. Whether you want to lean timeless and trendy, there's a wedding guest look to flatter every figure.
Victoria Beckham wore a slinky slip dress to her son Brooklyn's nuptials, the first couture dress from the fashion designer's line. It's sensual satin night dress meets evening gown, and we think it's pretty posh.
The liquid metal dress had hand-embroidered lace along the bodice and was youthful yet elegant. It was an unexpected choice for its simplicity and moved the dial on Mother of the Bride/Groom dressing.
Here's another Victoria Beckham-inspired outfit idea. Beckham dressed her mum, the groom's grandmother, in a sleek, sophisticated jumpsuit and short blazer, and we're obsessed! There's a boss lady corporate edge to the navy get-up, but it's softened with a matching set of cream shoes and a clutch.
Ladies over 60 are officially canceling frumpy looks—this outfit looks good on women of any age.
Tailored power trousers can help you rock an androgynous look, and wide-leg pants are modern and chic. Of course, black is classic, but bold and playful hues look great too. You can shoulder the robe the jacket, or put those sleeves and cuffs to use.
During summer, you'll want to wear a camisole or sleeveless chiffon blouse to stay cool. And don't rule out the pantsuit for a formal beach affair. Linen and the coast go together about as willingly as Leo DiCaprio and women under 25.
The maxi dress is versatile and generally breathable and comfortable. You can opt for a billowy version with cutouts at the waist, for example, or a more fitted knit. From plunging and off-the-shoulder necklines to puff sleeves and bias cuts, the maxi can look very different from one iteration to the next, but its floor or ankle length usually makes it wedding appropriate.
Go for a floral print or jazz up plain maxis with jewelry.
If you plan on doing lots of twirling and swirling on the dance floor, a statement skirt can have just as much impact as a dress, especially at smaller weddings. Pair a printed skirt with a block color top, and depending on the material, a pair of espadrilles.
Tiers add drama, and two-piece skirt and crop top outfits are sexy and look put-together.
A-line dresses suit everyone, regardless of figure. A-shaped silhouettes with fitted bodices and skirts that slowly but surely flare out from the hips are winners whether you're petite or tall, curvy or super-slender.
Consider calf-length midi chiffon frocks with a cinched waist and pleats, broderie Anglaise maxis, or jacquard mini dresses.
Key-hole halternecks are fab for spring and summer weddings. Have a look at what Emily Blunt wore to George and Amal Clooney's wedding in Venice, and there's a good chance you'll want to enter into a committed relationship with it.
Then there's the vibrant yellow halterneck gown Emily Ratajkowski wore to Marc Jacob's wedding. Halternecks are where it's at, ladies. They're wedding guest faves with or without thigh-high side slits. You could also opt for a cold shoulder halter top with a skirt or pants.
Mermaid-style dresses hug the body and flare at the knee or below like a mermaid's tail. They're suitable for fancy black-tie events.
Sofia Vergara frequently hits the red carpet in mermaid dresses, and just think of what Zendaya wore to the 2018 Oscars Vanity Fair after party. These are two women with different body shapes totally slaying in this style.
Backless dresses have that seductive wow factor. We're particularly keen when long sleeves are involved, à la Hilary Swank's famous Guy Laroche dress that was all business in the front and party at the back.
Take this risqué form-fitting route if you're feeling frisky, or opt for something that doesn't plunge quite so deep and has a more flowy, flouncy bottom half.
You want the glitz and the glam. There's no better way to shine than with sequins that catch the light or dazzling beads. For a contemporary look, select a sequin romper. Get a second opinion to ensure the romper looks polished instead of something you'd wear to a club, then find yourself a stylish bag to round out the look.
Alternatively, crank up the classiness with a beaded gown. You can choose strapless, spaghetti straps, an asymmetrical one-shoulder, a sweetheart neckline, a boat neck, or a gown with cap sleeves. The options are endless.
We love a good shirt dress. The collars instantly add a smart element. Pockets often mean that you don't need to carry a bag, and you can wear your outfit over and over again to various functions.
Incorporate a belt if necessary, and consider a sleeveless shirt dress if it's hot out.
You can't miss with a sheath dress. Go straight from the office to a wedding with the addition of some tasteful jewelry.
Look to Amal Clooney for inspo. She wore a stunning mustard-colored sheath dress to Harry and Meghan's royal wedding, complete with matching fascinator and a pair of metallic heels. The little touches, like the pleated square neckline and train, take this style to another level.
Silk wrap dresses combine luxurious finesse with comfort. Go for a short number and show off your legs, or opt for a loose long wrap for a more modest style.
Ruched long sleeves, mock necklines, and jewel tones are perfect for fall or winter celebrations. Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is often spotted in satiny wraps.
Peplums are still in, people. These short overskirts are often attached to skirts, blouses, dresses, fitted jackets, and jumpsuits. They accentuate or provide the illusion of curves if you're on the slender side, and they're ideal wedding attire.
Your peplum silhouette can be as elaborate or understated as you like.
High-low hemlines are back with a vengeance if the runways are anything to go by. Asymmetrical mullet skirts and ruffled slits are the order of the day, and you can opt for a mini with a long train for more pizzazz or embellishments such as feathers.
See Kendall Jenner's red Givenchy dress with the bow for an over-the-top example.