6 Fashion Editors Share Their Favorite Wedding-Guest Look

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When it comes to nailing your wedding-guest look, the key is to match it with the event dress code. A formal affair calls for polished pantsuits and high-octane gowns, while a dressy-casual wedding allows for more relaxed styles. Meanwhile, tropical destinations tend to favor linen suits or lightweight floral dresses that pair well with high temperatures. Whatever the theme is, the major faux pas to avoid is wearing white unless explicitly approved by the bride.

Wedding occasions can test even the most experienced dresser, particularly when the event extends into the night. That's when versatile pieces come into play, whether that's a jacquard pants and blazer set, a silk midi skirt and crop top, or a satin halter midi dress. A silk scarf that doubles as a shawl is another failsafe way of adding comfort and warmth.

The finishing touches are just as important as the look itself. From a chunky gold necklace to a diamond tennis bracelet or a pearl-encrusted clutch, embellish your wedding attire with accessories that can make a strong statement.

A wedding party is the perfect excuse for your most unique high-octane look, even within established guidelines. Look to what POPSUGAR editors are wearing for ideas that feel both modern and timeless. From an off-the-shoulder floral maxi to a corseted black midi, you can make a memorable entrance in a look that feels comfortable and fits the dress code.

Whether you consider yourself a classic, conservative, or adventurous dresser, see what styles POPSUGAR editors are loving, and find your dream wedding-guest look ahead.

Jessica Andrews, Senior Content Director, Fashion

"Since tradition requires that you avoid white at weddings, I embrace the opposite: vibrant color. This Christopher John Rogers x Target dress (similar style: Christopher John Rogers Flared Colorblocked Strawberry Midi-Dress ($2,595)) brings two joyful hues together, making a statement while adhering to the dress code. I chose a wide-brim hat as a shield from the sun and block-heel pumps so I could dance in the grass all evening and still feel comfortable. New Orleans is my dream wedding destination, so in tribute, I added a white parasol as a finishing touch."

Mekita Rivas, Contributing Senior Editor, Fashion

"Shades of blush are a go-to for me when I'm wedding-bound. It's such a romantic color, but it's also incredibly easy to style. For this particular look, I went with a silky, floor-sweeping maxi dress from Banana Republic that I've had forever. It's no longer shoppable, but this one from ASOS ($52) is a suitable alternative. When paired with classic white stilettos ($259, originally $575) and a playful purse (like mine from Kate Spade, which is shaped like a Champagne bottle), you've got an ensemble that's ready for any celebratory occasion. If it's cooler out, I'd have no problem throwing on an oversize black blazer to complete the look."

Sarah Wasilak, Senior Editor, Fashion

"For weddings, I love the idea of renting a dress that makes me feel sophisticated and on trend but also proud to be supporting that specific designer. I like to be able to tell the story behind my look when fellow guests are curious. For example, when I attended a recent wedding in Lake George, NY, I borrowed my head-to-toe Bottega Veneta look from Tulerie, which included this boned and corseted midi dress ($2,500) and stretch knot clutch ($895, originally $2,399). In sharing my outfit details with others, I got to promote a sustainable — and more affordable — way of shopping and shed light on a luxury designer app so many of my friends were grateful to learn about."

Shelcy Joseph, Associate Editor, Fashion

"A slip dress makes a good match for a summer wedding as it's light and breezy yet can still look pretty polished. The A.L.C. Sienna Halter Dress ($242, originally $495) makes an easy and chic dressing solution for all occasions, thanks to its effortless vibe and slip-on silhouette. You can style the straps as a halter or a regular plunging neckline, which adds to its cool factor. I decided to finish it with these brown Jeffrey Campbell Tenant Heels ($138) and a matching vintage bag for an earthy and timeless feel."

Macy Cate Williams, Content Director, Commerce

"I have a whopping eight weddings to attend this year, so I have become a pro when it comes to being a guest. I look for a dress that's flattering enough to be worn without shapewear so I can eat, drink, and dance all night long. I loved wearing this True Violet Floral Dress ($155), which is now sadly out of stock, but this Style Cheat Midi Dress ($91) comes in almost the exact same fabric. My second requirement is a comfortable heel that won't hurt my feet. These Schutz Napa Leather Sandals ($83, originally $118) have recently become my favorites."

Yerin Kim, Editor, Trending News

"Though most opt for midi and maxi dresses, I thought a minidress would be a fun, flirty option for a spring wedding. I loved wearing Reformation's Kenzi Dress ($218), which was so flattering with its empire waist and sweetheart neckline yet still comfortable with a full skirt and elastic material. The exact style is almost sold out, but this Farley Dress ($218) is a similar babydoll number. I dressed up the outfit with black accessories, including an old Pop & Suki bag ($255) and strappy sandals from Jimmy Choo ($397, originally $795). When possible, I always try to buy wedding-guest dresses I know I'll rewear. Despite initially purchasing this versatile one for a specific wedding, I've since worn it many times over for more casual occasions."