The dress code for weddings is fairly straightforward: Keep it formal, smart and classy; don’t upstage the bride. But the dynamics change when you’re attending a high profile wedding – besides the protocol and etiquette factors, it’s inevitable for guests to feel pressured to up their wedding-best game. From the stateliest of colours to the plushest of fabrics, and most flattering of tailored dresses, these 21 looks are sure to win approval at royal and prominent weddings.

Statement necklace

The ultimate topper to any look is this stunning ruby-knotted pendant, surrounded by freshwater pearls and diamante detail.

Bowerhaus Maharajah ruby choker

Floral strings

Bridal-favourite Zac Posen designed this stained-glass, rosebud-inspired necklace, of a feminine colour palette with 9 bud-shaped drops and double-rope gold chain.

Brooks Brothers rosebud necklace

Top hat

Channel the royal ladies at formal events, by pulling on a ‘crown’ of oversized tulle bows, designed to prop at a chic asymmetry on the head. 

Karen Millen Ascot collection Gathered bow hat

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Handmade clutch

Showcase your taste for the unusual with this spring-ready clutch made from intricately-beaded Budgerigars in a garden theme.

Anya Hindmarch Mesh embellished clutch

Precious pouch

Dimunitive, precious, and translucent, this purse makes for the perfect vessel to showcase your personal effects.

Chanel transparent minaudiere

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Bag of bold

Silk, vivid tones, and sparkles – this blue-green purse will effortlessly glam up your wedding attire. 

The Chic Initiative Swarovski Brynn satin clutch

Squares of silk

There’s nothing like some life-like floral patterns on silk, to buoy your celebratory getup.

Salvatore Ferragamo geometric floral print square scarf

Buckled belt

In a pinch for time? Buckle up your wedding best with this precious jewelled belt in thread-dyed silk, fastened by a cluster of crystal flowers. 

Roger Vivier Flower Strass belt

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Polka like a princess

Never underestimate what the classic polka dots can pull off – Wear it in this floor-length, figure-hugging dress with off-shoulder frills for a stately and youthful effect.

Carolina Herrera evening dress with polka dots

 

Romantic sonata 

Weddings – It's romantic references endless. Keep up with the theme in this fresh and quirky silk chiffon dress interwoven with written messages, coexisting with large, flushed floral watercolours. 

Dolce & Gabbana printed chiffon dress

Sequin queen

Embrace your fun-loving nature: Let your hair down in this pewter maxi dress embellished with a confetti of mirror-like sparkles.

Dior sequin dress

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Modern oriental

This maxi dress with panels of bright floral print easily channels the psychedelic nature of the occasion.

Diane von Furstenberg panelled floral dress

Dress like a dame

Go big in this outfit fit for dames, featuring a burst of lime green and fuchsia on tailored, oversized silk pieces. 

Khoon Hooi Magnolia 2-piece suit

Lady suit

Tomboy at heart? Borrow masculine pieces into your look, elevated in a red jacket with a jacquard structure and double breasted tailoring.

Giorgio Armani jacket in floral jacquard fabric

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Flower power

While we’re on the theme of jackets, the dainty floral allover pattern of this 2-piece suit is a refreshing way to incorporate florals, wedding or not.

Max Mara linen blazer

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All the frills

Frills and royals go way back in the history of Edwardian eveningwear. Pay homage to the decadent era with this coral rose dress of undulating frills and a snugly gathered bodice.

Mulberry cherry dress

Practical onesie

If you’re thinking of trading off your usual maxi dress, consider the jumpsuit. This piece unites comfort and romance, with its tailored cut and blush of floral patterns.

Kate Spade Blossom Jumpsuit                

 

Sheer perfection

With a sheer, swinging tulle and lace bodice, this jewel and flower embellished number keeps you cool and girly in the heat of spring-time ‘I do’s’.

Markus Lupfer Carmen monkey flower dress

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Tinsel toes

This pair of silver pointe pumps with metallic Medusa heads is stunning but lets the bride have her golden moment. 

Versace metallic Palazzo pump

Girl with the pearls

These pearly beauties have wandered far from your grandmother’s jewel box – worn in a row on slingback strappy heels with calfskin leather, these rock-and-roll beauties won’t look out of place on the feet of oligarchs.  

Fendi Ribbons & Pearls sandals

Something blue

Finally, weddings call for modernised Mary Jane pumps. Occasion-appropriate satin embellish this low-heel footwear with bow fastening, in an unusual statement blue hue.

Stella McCartney Cobalt bow-tied pump

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