What is Mountain Chic Wedding Attire & How to Nail It

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Collage of three guest outfit ideas for a mountain wedding
Photos, From Left to Right: Reformation, Banana Republic, Ulla Johnson
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Updated Sep 05, 2023

As a guest at a mountain wedding, you're in for a unique ceremony (with a stunning backdrop). Whether the nuptials are held on a luxury ski lodge or in a lush peak overlooking the valley, figuring out your mountain chic wedding attire can be quite challenging. Thankfully, mountain-specific wedding dress code are trending, so the options are endless.

A mountain chic wedding guest wardrobe is a combination of nature-inspired elements, comfortable silhouettes and a color palette in harmony with the beautiful outdoor surroundings. With this in mind, there are few factors to consider before you start shopping for mountain wedding attire. Start by vetting the location and weather, to ensure that your ensemble is appropriate for the climate. In addition, check out the dress code and the overall ambiance of the event. Is it meant to be an adventure, boho, snowy or rustic? Does the invite specify mountain casual, semi-formal or formal attire? Taking all these factors will save you a ton of time.

To make your shopping journey easier, we've rounded up our favorite mountain chic wedding guest attire looks. There are options for each level of formality, and outfits across genders and clothing types (down to the shoes).

In this article:

Mountain Chic Wedding Attire

A chic wedding dress code is usually synonymous with semi-formal, so you should opt for a look that is an elevated take on mountain attire, without being over the top. When shopping, look for sophisticated romantic or flowy silhouettes, made in lightweight fabrics that mimic the movement of the wind. For your color palette, take a cue from your earthy surroundings and go for rich tones like deep greens, browns, burgundies and warm neutrals. This dress code is your moment to get creative and top off your outfit with unexpected, eye-catching add-ons, like vintage-style jewelry or a textured statement belt.

ASOS Design Curve Metallic Maxi Dress

gathered waist metallic maxi dress with frills in burgundy
Photo: ASOS

Ideal for an evening wedding, this striking dress feels down-to-earth, thanks to its boho silhouette and earthy burgundy tone. To glam it up, match it with gold jewelry and strappy platform sandals to accent the metallic finish and highlight the thigh-high slit.

Sequin Luna Convertible Chain Necklace

Moon convertible chain necklace
Photo: Sequin

This celestial-themed, delicate gold necklace is a nod to stargazing at the crystal-clear mountain skies. The bronze chain, which can be worn long or as a choker, is made from 22K gold-plated brass, freshwater pearls, glass beads and crystal details.

Ulla Johnson Aurelia Turtleneck and Imani Skirt

Black Floral Long-Sleeve Turtleneck with Red Silk Ruched Midi Skirt
Photo: Ulla Johnson

For outdoor fall weddings, a breezy, midi-length skirt pairs beautifully with a form-fitting, patterned top. Tie the look together with a low heeled, statement pump.

J.McLaughlin Una Woven Suede Crossbody

Woven Suede Crossbody Purse
Photo: J.McLaughlin

Take your look up a notch with this deep brown crossbody that can be dressed up as a clutch. Crafted with 100% suede, the bag has beautiful woven details that lend a luxe feel to any outfit.

Banana Republic Castello Shirt, Signature Italian Hopsack Suit Jacket and Signature Italian Hopsack Pants

Collage of tan suit jacket, pants, and green collared shirt
Photo: Banana Republic

Combat high temperatures and humidity with this light linen button up that comes in a variety of understated tones. Complete the look with this refined, breathable suit that is crafted with a custom tailor slim fit.

Ariat Leaf Emboss Crock End Belt

Leaf Emboss Crock End Belt
Photo: Ariat

Western-style accessories, like this embossed belt, are an easy way to add some rustic edge to a formal suit. This version comes with a removable buckle so you can easily customize it to match your look.

Tecovas The Thomas Rhett Lankford

Dark brown tecova cowboy boots
Photo: Tecovas

Both stylish and practical, these chocolate dress boots will help you keep your footing while navigating rocky terrain. Made for someone who appreciates sartorial details, the boots have a sleek design that makes them formal enough for special occasions.

Mountain Casual Wedding Attire

If the dress code is laid-back, aim to wear an outfit that leans into the mountain theme and aligns with the carefree, rustic ambiance. Essentially, it's all about balance. Feel free to incorporate dressed-up everyday-yet-elevated pieces, like structured outwear, sleek sundresses and textured accessories. The key to avoid looking sloppy is to merge relaxed items (like chinos) with luxe-looking pieces made from high-end fabrics with bold details, like vibrant colors or prints. Use this same strategy for accessories, by selecting polished pieces that won't overpower your whole look.

Reformation Twilight Dress

Burgundy floral midi slip dress
Photo: Reformation

Designed to be ultra-flattering and available in extended sizing, this dress is snug at the bodice with an A-line skirt and adjustable straps for a perfect fit. The colorful floral print steals the show, so you can wear it with a simple clutch and polished flats.

Yellow Rose by Kendra Scott Skylar Vintage Gold Statement Ring

Gold Statement Ring in Orange Banded Agate
Photo: Kendra Scott

Jewelry featuring gemstones, inspired by nature, complements the rocky landscapes of a Colorado mountain wedding venue. Steer away from typical turquoise and find a stone that accents the color of your dress, like this Orange Banded Agate oversized cocktail ring.

Pendleton Club Collar Jacket

Aztec print wool jacket
Photo: Pendleton

During the cooler seasons, layer on this collared jacket adorned in the classic Pendleton pattern that plays up the natural vibe. When layered over a casual dress or jumpsuit, it exudes western formality.

Rhode Lulani Dress

Black mosaic blossom dress
Photo: Shopbop

Made from lightweight chiffon, this figure-skimming dress will keep you looking chic and feeling cool during summery weddings. Keep the focus on the beautiful blossom print by accessorizing with neutral sandals and a simple clutch.

Aerosoles Camera Sandal

Brown suede sandal
Photo: Aerosoles

Engineered for comfort, these platforms are made with an innovative cushioned insole and a thick block heel that is incredibly stable. Whether you're walking through grass or tearing up the dance floor, you are guaranteed to move with ease.

Vince Suede Chore Jacket

Brown suede jacket
Photo: Vince

This supple suede jacket offers a luxurious approach to informal layering. The earthy tone and fabric successfully meshes with the low-key dress code without sacrificing style.

Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino 2.0

Black Stretch Washed Chino
Photo: Bonobos

The key to dressing up chinos is choosing a slim fit style in a darker color with a slight sheen to the fabric. Make this stretchy pair feel wedding-appropriate by wearing them with leather shoes and a slightly fancier top or jacket.

Red Wing Classic Moc

Brown lace up boot
Photo: Red Wing Shoes

Perfect for muddy mountain wedding venues, this rugged boot's treaded outsole and storm welt provide water resistance and serious traction. To elevate the timeless shoe, wear them with dark leather laces.

Mountain Formal Wedding Attire

When you're heading to a formal affair, it's time to bust out the high-end pieces. If the invitation specifically indicates black-tie, the event calls for a tuxedo or floor-length gown. However, if it instructs black-tie optional, a nice suit or midi length cocktail dress is sufficient. Despite the level of formality, there are still some easy styling tricks to lean into the mountain motifs. First, choose pieces that fit into the rustic color palette while mixing romantic patterns, airy fabrics or rich, textured materials, like lace, velvet or tweed. Curate your accessories to blend seamlessly with your outfit, like vibrant gemstone jewelry.

Free People Butterfly Wishes Maxi Dress

Butterfly Wishes Maxi Dress
Photo: Free People

Turn heads in this timeless velvet gown, covered in a stunning botanical print. The bold dress features cutouts on both sides and butterfly-inspired detailing at bust for an added special touch.

Eriness Mini Pink Sapphire Huggies

Mini Pink Sapphire Huggies
Photo: Eriness

Embrace your rocky surrounding with this pair of gemstone earrings, made from pink sapphire and 14k gold. Designed in a cute, mini-hoop shape, the pastel earrings will give a dark dress an instant pop of color.

Avec Les Filles Faux Fur Shawl Collar Coat

Emerald green faux fur shawl collar coat
Photo: Avec Les Filles

Heading to a luxe ski resort wedding venue? Stay warm in a plush faux fur coat that mimics the colors of the surrounding landscape, like this deep green coat, or go for burgundies and browns.

Patbo Ombre Lurex Plunge Gown

Grey and black ombre plunge gown
Photo: Pat Bo

If your go-to wedding attire is usually black, this ombre, metallic maxi is a great substitute. Not only will it look gorgeous against a snowy mountain backdrop, the exaggerated sheer sleeves and defined pleating make it appear ethereal and effortless.

Todd Snyder Italian Corduroy Sutton Suit

Rust corduroy suit
Photo: Todd Snyder

A modern spin on a classic suit is a great way to describe this cotton corduroy suit. Made in a rich rust color, the two-button jacket features subtle sartorial details like partial lightweight lining and pick-stitching at the label.

Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer and Pants

Dark green wool blazer and pants
Photo: Bonobos

Perfectly tailored with a hint of stretch comfort, this suit is available in three sizing options: slim, athletic and standard. The textured wool is a blend of navy and dark green, perfect for a rustic setting.

The Black Tux Shawl Collar Tuxedo

Black Shawl Collar Tuxedo
Photo: The Black Tux

Regardless of the venue, a sharp tuxedo is required for black-tie weddings. This shawl collar tux feels like a fresh version of the classic look and is available in extra short to extra long lengths.

Where to Buy Mountain Wedding Attire

Once you understand the dress code for your mountain destination wedding, it's time to start shopping! You are likely to find suitable options at most stores, but a few specialize in selling attire, accessories and footwear that suits the rustic and natural setting of a mountain wedding. We've rounded up a few options, for all genders, below.

Free People

The brand is known for their bohemian and carefree dress designs that can be described as "hippie chic". Their pieces are usually made with fluid, roomy fabrics that move with you for guaranteed comfort. They also carry high-end gowns that embody the boho aesthetic, while being appropriate for high-end events.

Size Range: XS-XL | Prices From: $30-$1,800

Pendleton

As a heritage brand, Pendleton has been creating distinctive, rustic apparel and accessories since 1909. The company is most famous for its signature Native American-inspired pattern, which evokes earthy, outdoor-sy vibes. While they make clothing for both men and women for all seasons, their high-quality woolen fabrics are most popular for their warmth and craftsmanship. Their structured wool outerwear is the perfect coverup for a chilly mountain wedding.

Size Range: XXS-XL | Prices From: $35-$499

Reformation

As a sustainable, eco-conscious fashion brands, Reformation is committed to protecting the earth and reducing its environmental footprint. In addition to their ethical practices, the brand's flattering, fashionable designs are renowned for their feminine silhouettes, retro influences, attention to detail and extended sizing options. Their e-commerce platform has a specific section for wedding guests, so you'll find a look in record time.

Size Range: 0-24 | Prices From: $28-$1,595

Tecovas

This brand specializes in premium Western-style boots and accessories. Their, handmade, durable cowboy boots and leather goods have quickly made them one of the top-rated boot brands in the industry. In addition to cowboy style boots, they also offer roper, exotic leather and fashion boots in an array of toe shapes, heel heights and colors. Also, they sell leather accessories such as belts and wallets, womens' and mens' apparel and bags.

Size Range: 5-12 | Prices From: $245-$495

Bonobos

While this online mens' retailer might not be on your immediate list, they have one of the best selections of affordable, modern suits and an incredible range of sizes. Their well-fitting suits and attire are versatile enough for every wedding vibe and aesthetic, including mountain ceremonies. This includes rich-colored blazers in interesting textures like tweed and wool. Their denim and trousers also span every color and fabric so you can easily dress them up or down. As a bonus, the site regularly offers discount codes.

Size Range: 36S-46L | Prices From: $59-$900

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