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What To Wear To Your Most Improbable Wedding

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There comes a time in our lives when it seems like everyone we know is pairing off and getting married. Not only that, but the pressure on couples to provide a memorable experience means that all sorts of concept ceremonies and offbeat locations push your wedding-guest closet to its very limits. What are you supposed to wear to an outdoor, Film Noir-themed, mountainside marriage in the middle of winter? 

Even if the ceremony itself is supposed to be a fairly standard set-up, there sometimes comes the problem of who it is saying their vows. What are you supposed to wear to your ex’s big day? What if your two best friends betray you by falling in love? 

We’ve put our thinking caps on and come up with a few styling tips for what to wear to an unusual wedding – now all you have to do is get to the church (or barn, or chateaux or underwater resort) on time. 

Check out our styling tips for 5 unusual circumstances you might find yourself in as a guest: 

your parents, after all these years


After all the years of already having grown old and had children together (i.e. you and your siblings), your parents have finally decided to tie the knot. We can’t vouch for everyone’s families, but we imagine that a late-in-the-day ceremony like this would come from a renewed sense of romance in the relationship (perhaps now that their youngest has finally – we mean sadly – flown the nest and moved to college). Off all our improbable scenarios, this one is the least likely to drastically change the lives of the couple or their guests, but you get to have a big party all the same. We recommend smart-casual attire that you can re-wear on your next weekend adventure or at your next family gathering. 

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Zara Jumpsuit with Kimono sleeves - $90
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Mango Print Wrap Dress - $120
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Flynn Skye Parker Pant - $154
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Topshop Floral Print Jumpsuit - $80
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Sister Jane Spruce Midi Dress - $94
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your parents' gay marriage


It may have been an unexpected and fairly upsetting moment when you heard your parents were breaking up, but now it all makes sense: the husband, wife and two-point-three children of the nuclear family was never meant for one of your folks. Now you can rejoice in welcoming a new member to the family and celebrating their love by rocking a bold shade from the LGBTQ rainbow – or, indeed, rocking the whole thing at once. 

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Eloquii Velvet Wrap Jacket - $120 and Wide Leg Pant - $100
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Free People Not Your Baby Jumpsuit - $168
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Gohspell Midi Dress With Ruffle Detail - $84
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H&M Wide-Leg Wool Blend Pants - $60
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Zara Striped Dress With Criss Cross Back - $90
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your ex


This is a tricky one. Congratulations, you are still friends with your ex… but now you’ve been invited to the wedding that could have been yours. Or not. Maybe you’re like BFFs now – but regardless we’re sure the occasion will stir a few feelings back up, which is why it’s important to show up looking your sharpest. By which we mean we want to crank up your confidence with a look that is the physical embodiment of Demi Lovato’s Sorry Not Sorry. It’s their big day, so we’re not talking full-on revenge body, just an outfit that makes you feel great and able to face the day. 

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Boohoo Plus Kay Floral Wrap Jumpsuit - $25
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Free People Celeste Sequin Mini dress - $300
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Uterque Long Floral Print Dress - £175
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Anthropologie Faithfull Tie Front Wide Leg Jumpsuit - $168
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Mango Floral Print Dress - $150
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your two best friends


You should have seen this one coming. Your two besties! How could they? While you need to be preparing for some adjustments to your social calendar, you’re also about to become the most trusted confidante of both newlyweds. You’ll also probably be a bridesmaid and eventually god-parent, so there’s no harm in riffing off a traditional bride’s or groom’s outfit because you’re practically in the relationship as it is. 

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Zara Crepe Frock Coat - $90 and Cide Cut Trousers - $50
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ASOS Curve Asymmetric Midi Tea Dress - $67
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Anthropologie Avian Kimono Midi Dress - $168
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River Island Short Sleeve Tuxedo Jumpsuit - $110
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Mango Guipure Midi Dress - $100
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your arch nemesis


By some quirk of fate, an invitation to the wedding of your arch nemesis has appeared in your possession: what do you do? Of course one option is to be the bigger person and simply not go. Alternatively, you could go and mingle with all of their friends and family and be the absolute talk of the evening. We suggest a few subtle ways to show your feelings through your outfit, not your actions. Luckily, weddings are steeped in tradition and as such there are plenty of rules to break: rock up in all-white or, better yet, a borderline funereal all-black ensemble. Outshine the bride in an OTT ball gown, or show up severely under-dressed, preferably with a slogan tee to tell everyone exactly what you think of your invitee (unfortunately Bella Hadid’s Yuck Fou t-shirt dress is sold out). 

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Free People Jill's Suit - $350
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Bambah Sunshine gown - $2670
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John Zack Plus One Shoulder Maxi Dress - $76
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Valfre Unbothered Tee - $42
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Cover image: Bellethemagazine.com. Illustrations by Ysé Masutti. 
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