Best Dressed Guest

PHOTO: Monsoon maxi dress, Reiss trouser suit, COS navy dress, Ted Baker floral dress

I'm going wedding dress shopping this weekend for my gorgeous sister-in-law and it got me thinking about what to wear as a wedding guest.

Firstly, remember that while it is not your day (outshining the bride is not an option) do bear in mind that the bride (and probably/possibly her groom) will have gone to a lot of trouble to make everything perfect. Therefore you owe it to them to make an effort - don't assume that as you are just one of many guests your oufit will go unnoticed. Also, if you make sure you get the right outfit, you'll be adding something to your wardrobe that you can wear on another occasion.

In order to avoid being caught wearing the same outfit as another guest, go shopping as soon as you know you are attending the wedding. You are less likely to select the same thing as someone else if you buy it in advance rather than leaving it to the last minute.

The theme of the wedding can help dictate your choices. Whether the wedding is in a country manor, on a beach or in a cool city venue here are some hints:

  • Country This is a perfect excuse to go all out English country garden with florals, pastels and tea dresses. Keep your accessories neutral so as not to clash with the fabric pattern you've chosen. Phase Eight, Hobbs and Ted Baker all offer good classic choices.

  • Beach This calls for an informal outfit and what better than a maxi dress. Maxi dresses are ideal for a beach as you can be comfortable in the heat whilst still being smart. Remember to take a scarf, pashmina or light cardigan with you in case the sun is beating down and you need some coverage. Try Monsoon or Debenhams.

  • City A cool, trendy city venue best suits a modern look. You could go for a trouser suit but make it a pastel shade so you don't look like you're on your way to the office. Alternatively try a prom dress or simple shift in one colour. Reiss is good for trouser suits while COS and &OtherStories are great for modern shapes.

I hope this has given you some inspiration. Remember to have fun and strike your best pose for all those fabulous wedding photos.