You’re well beyond the wearing white past Labor Day thing by now (because no outdated rule can hold your impeccable sense of style down, duh), but white at a wedding that isn’t your own? That’s a whole other deal. Traditionally the most serious of all sartorial sins, indulging in the iconically “bridal” hue when it’s not you that’s saying “I do” is a surefire way to catch some major shade from your squad. But not anymore. Times, they are a changin’, and with more and more brides rocking non-traditional wedding dresses and unexpected colors, it may not be quite as taboo — it’s not like you’ll be stepping out in a full-length gown, after all. Obviously, there’s an exception to every rule, and if you sense the idea isn’t going to fly with the bride-to-be, it’s best to ditch the idea altogether. Otherwise, proceed to pull out one of these 15 show-stopping options that prove that you CAN wear white to a wedding (and look totally fab) without stealing the bride’s thunder. Just remember: When pulling together a wedding-appropriate ensemble, first ask yourself if the duds in question are something you’d wear to your own rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, etc.? If the answer is yes, say sayonara.
1. Babaton Jessie Dress ($120): If going all out is out of the question, try a white-based print instead. Paired with fiery lace-up pumps and dazzling tassel earrings, this graphic shift dress is edgy, appropriate and 100% drama free.
2. Topshop Layered Fringe Bardot Blouse ($75): Lace is a classic bridal look, so it’s best to steer clear. Eyelet, mesh and fringe, on the other hand? Totally fair game. Pop this playful number over a printed pencil skirt or palazzo pants and platform pumps, and watch as the compliments come rolling in.
3. & Other Stories Wide-Leg Trousers ($90): Who says you have to get all dolled up in a dress to get the dress code just right? Ditch the flirty frock for clean-cut culottes and fancy flatform kicks that will let you do your thing out on the dance floor — like blow the competition away in that inevitable dance battle. Up top, opt for a flouncy sleeveless number in a vibrant hue and abstract earrings that are so RN.
4. Zara Short Jumpsuit With Knot ($36): Enter the romper you’ll be rockin’ at every spring and summer event — including that ever-growing list of weddings. The unexpected silhouette feels fresh and modern, and most importantly, anything but bridal. Team it with eye-catching accessories in vibrant hues and beach babe waves to amp up the #OOTD factor.
5. Kimchi Blue Pleated Kimono Jacket ($69): Why settle for a standard blazer when there are so many cooler ways to cover up? Top off a sleek jumpsuit or a colorful jacquard matching set for a longline kimono with plenty of personality. Skip the pastels and neutral hues, and go straight for cheerful shades that feel fit for the happy occasion.
6. The Kooples Botanic Trousers ($235): Feminine florals and a relaxed silhouette read sophisticated and elegant, especially when styled alongside a streamlined sleeveless blazer and silky blouse. Dainty stacking rings and a sleek choker necklace are highly encouraged.
7. Finders Keepers Lay It Down Top ($150): Cropped flares: check. Asymmetric halter top with It-girl attitude: double check. Getting away with wearing white just got a whole lot easier thanks to this scene-stealing top that even traditionalists won’t be able to resist. Bonus points for a bold red lip and bright strappy sandals.
8. Eva Franco Casaval Maxi Skirt ($198): Typically we’d say maxi skirts are off the table if you’re taking the wearing-white route, but bold stripes and funky pleated detailing give this swishy stunner the green light. Pair it with an elegant blouse, sleek low chignon and skinny scarf for a hopelessly romantic feel.
9. Glamorous Festival Jumpsuit With Cutout Detail ($54): A jumpsuit is ALWAYS a good idea, especially if it’s as cute as this floral number. Up the cool factor by throwing a statement collar necklace, a don’t-mess cuff and ankle strap clogs into the mix.
10. Mango Straight-Cut Boyfriend Gilet ($60): Do the menswear thing with this minimalist gilet for a fashion-forward look that is so wedding ready. Style the architectural silhouette with lustrous silk trousers and suede mules for an edgy take on a timeless tuxedo.
11. Kimchi Blue Clemence One-Shoulder Top ($44): Swap out your go-to wedding guest dress for this asymmetric top that reads modern glamour. Dress it up with tailored trousers, lace-up pumps and a glitzy clutch for a formal, urban affair, then dress it down for a bit of laid-back weekend chillin’ with a maxi skirt and straw tote bag.
12. DKNY Printed Silk Midi Dress ($355): Serving up a serious dose of comfort and style, this is the throw-on-and-go dress you’ll be reaching for when those summer weddings roll around. To keep your look feeling fresh from event to event, switch up your kicks and look to next-level belts to create a more defined silhouette.
13. Alexis Dalianah Satin Jacquard Cape ($355): Perfect any “I do”-approved ensemble with this quilted crop cape that is sure to send those double taps soaring. Whether you toss it over a fancy floral frock or DDG jumpsuit, you can’t go wrong.
14. Zara Embroidered Top ($50): Backyard bashes and casual seaside soirees call for lightweight pieces that are totally fuss-free, making this eyelet blouse a must-have for your nuptial lineup. Accessorize the easy-breezy top with dangling earrings and a playful pinafore for a getup that’s ready to party. Look-at-me headpieces are non-negotiable.
15. Iris and Ink Cressida Asymmetrical Stretch Milano Knit Skirt ($175): Get the partay started with this asymmetric skirt that’s ready to take on wedding season like a boss. Take it there with a shimmery minaudière, an elegant updo and pretty pumps that were made for bustin’ a move out on the dance floor.
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