Published on April 19, 2017 — Leave a comment

WEDDING GUEST OUTFITS 101: How To Look Amazing (Without Stealing The Show)

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Have a wedding (or five) to go to but no idea what to wear? Yes, you could wear the same LBD to every affair but the type of wedding, the location, and the couple’s preferences should always guide your sartorial choices. The other not-so-minor detail you’re probably thinking about is, “How am I going to afford so many outfits in one summer?!” The answer? Secondhand. For about the price of one fancy hotel reception dress, you can get five (like-new) outfits that are perfect for each special occasion.

When it comes to attending nuptials, the faux pas list can be intimidating. Here, the universal don’ts (just to get them out of the way).

-Don’t wear white, off-white, or cream
-Don’t upstage the bride
-Don’t go underdressed

Now put all the invites on the fridge, note the various locations, and start shopping!


Whether it’s a quick city hall ceremony or a restaurant get-together, an event in the city means choosing a structured dress or chic jumpsuit, ideally in a bold color. Add statement accessories for a bit of whimsical fun: a box clutch, knockout jewelry, embellished heels.


From a country barn to a garden affair, florals and prints set the stage for a night of dancing under the stars. Embrace the romantic vibes of the evening with a printed boho dress under a velvet jacket. Delicate ankle booties are a perfect stand-in for heels and much more dance-friendly.


Headed to a destination wedding? Try an off-the-shoulder silhouette that is both subtle and sexy. This ultra-flattering style is perfect for summer nights and beachy cocktails. Just plan your tan lines accordingly. Flat sandals are best for sand ceremonies but you can bring an extra pair of heels if the party heads to even ground.


We love short and sweet but anything midi-length and above is perfectly suitable. You have so much freedom when choosing a cocktail dress but a few of-the-moment styles we have our eye on: block-color dress (in marigold, rust, or juniper), lace mini dress, and one-shoulder velvet dress. Unsure about trying a new style? Shopping secondhand is the easiest way to experiment with a new color or silhouette.

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This usually means an elegant gown or full-length dress. If the event is at night, up the fancy. Embellishments, striking accessories, luxe fabrics. Because the expense of formal attire and the chance that you might only wear the dress once, shopping like-new is the best way to get a high-quality gown without blowing your entire summer wedding budget in one go. Then, you can splurge on all the extras at a fraction of the price.

Whether you’re headed to an all-night dance party or a low-key celebration of love, you’ll find the ideal wedding guest outfit at thredUP. Browse over 30,000 brands for pre-loved favorites at up to 90% off retail. Shopping secondhand is hands-down, the smartest way to get through the wedding season in style (and on budget). Have fun!

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