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Wedding Guest Attire: What's Hot Right Now

Wondering what to buy (or rent) for all those weddings you've got to attend? Rent the Runway filled us in on what's trending in wedding guest fashion.
Avery Hutchinson
by Avery Hutchinson
Updated Jun 25, 2018

Trends from Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway dresses and earrings

If your calendar is filled with friends' upcoming nuptials, you may have realized half the battle is deciding what to wear. We had a feeling Sarah Tam, SVP of Merchandising and Planning at Rent The Runway, might know a thing or two about dressing wedding guests—and it turns out we were right. We sat down with Tam to get the scoop on the hottest formal wear trends and the one accessory every wedding guest needs.

Check out her expert tips on what to wear to a wedding plus how to shop the trends, below.

Off The Shoulder Dresses

Of the shoulder dresses

Off the shoulder sleeves (also called bardot sleeves) dominated the runways this season for brides and wedding guests alike. "This is one trend that we saw a lot and I personally loved the most!" says Tam. This trend is a must-try if you don't want to go totally strapless but also want a look with just enough sex appeal.

FROM LEFT: Prabal Gurung, Orange Zest Dress,$450 rental,; KAUFMANFRANCO, Pink Number Six Shift, $200 rental,; Tibi, Amara Print Off The Shoulder Dress, $100 rental,

Statement Earrings

Statement Earrings

When it comes to accessorizing your a formal or semi-formal outfit, you can't go wrong with a good pair of statement earrings. "Pairing statement earrings with the off-the-shoulder trend is a great way to elongate your neck and show off your shoulders," says Tam. Pro tip: If you're opting for particularly long or heavy ones, look for a style with a cushioned clip-on option—your ears will thank you!

FROM LEFT: Oscar de la Renta, Silver and Green Charm Tassel Earrings, $75 rental,; Dannijo, Siempre Earrings, $75 rental,; Lizzie Fortunato, Concho Column Earrings, $50 rental,

Flowing Fabrics and Ruffles

Flowing Fabrics and Ruffle Dresses and Jumpsuit

These fluttery trends are just begging to be worn to an outdoor affair. "During the summer, lightweight and flowy fabrics will keep you comfortable in the heat. These fabrics also drape beautifully as ruffles," says Tam. The bottom line: Not only will you be comfortable sporting these trends but they're also perfect for outfits with a flirty, feminine vibe.

FROM LEFT: Temperley London, Etini Ruffle Gown, $350 rental,; DEREK LAM, Cloudy Day Dress, $175 rental,; Jay Godfrey, Red Retro Ruffle Jumpsuit, $75 rental,


Rent the Runway Stipe Dresses

Sarah and the Rent the Runway team are totally obsessed with striped dresses—no matter their length. "One trend theory we fully support is that stripes are the new all-over patterned dress," says Tam. "This is a fun way to wear a pattern without going over the top." It's well-established a classic striped print is a wardrobe staple, and we're loving the new variety of color combinations.

FROM LEFT: Shoshanna, Midnight Kaira Gown, $100 rental,; Slate & Willow, Envelope Sheath, $40 rental,; Badgley Mischka, Neutral Stripe Gown, $165 rental,

Shades of Pink

Rent the Runway pink dresses

Blush and rose gold have been hot for a few seasons, but all variations of pink are going to be hot for spring and summer. "We saw some pink in the Fall, but there we so many different shades of pink this season that will work for all skin tones," Tam says. The best thing about this hot hue? It can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.

FROM LEFT: Temperley London, Midi Belle Dress, $450 rental,; Jill Jill Stuart, Powder Pop-Over Gown, $80 rental,; Rebecca Taylor, Fuchsia Flutter Lover Dress,$70 rental,

Want more seasonal trends? Get more inspo here!

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