One look, three ways: wedding guest

Rebecca Weeks

Copy producer,

A season of summer weddings is on the horizon. For those of us with a calendar full of nuptial celebrations, there’s a strong chance we’ll be mingling with the same guests time after time. That means it’s time to start planning what to wear.

Unless you’re prepared to invest in a whole new wardrobe, you’ll need a sartorial solution to cover you for each of those special occasions. Save your time and money by choosing one key piece that can be cleverly coordinated with different items. Before you know it, the illusion of a limitless wardrobe will be complete.

The dress

While chic separates are perfectly appropriate, a classic shift or fit-and-flare dress is ideal for summer weddings. Whether you choose traditional florals or a more contemporary  graphic pattern, a pretty printed piece can be easily transformed with layers and accessories.

The colourful Sabrina dress, from our COLLECTION by John Lewis range, comes in this season’s must-have lemon colouring with a floral placement print. With its flattering flared shape, 50s-inspired v-back and comfortable cotton texture, it’s an easy option for all kinds of events throughout the season. 

Wedding 1

Choose this classic look for a traditional wedding on a bright, sunny day. You might not want to wear a white dress, but a white jacket is perfectly on-point. A smartly cut blazer, like the Alicia jacket from Fenn Wright Manson, works well with a forma fascinator and elegant footwear.

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White jacket, white fascinator and white shoes

Wedding 2

Transform the dress with darker shades for a more dramatic look. The lemon tone will lift dark accessories for a sophisticated outfit that's full of colour and suitable for weddings at any time of year. This linen mix jacket from L.K. Bennett will add a stylish texture contrast, and has a subtle flare to create a feminine waistline. Finish off with a striking hair accessory as an alternative to formal hats.

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Blue jacket, blue rose fascinator and tan shoes

Wedding 3

For a more casual affair in the height of summer, introduce warmer tones and soft leather textures for a more laid-back look. Wedge heel sandals are wardrobe staples for summer, and they go well with a relaxed knit that can be layered over your shoulders as an alternative to structured jackets. Complete the look with a contemporary oversized clutch that you’ll use time and again.

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Yellow jacket, yellow handbag and tan leather wedge sandals