Dress for the Occasion: Guest of the Wedding

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The wave of weddings is about to ensue, if not already! But amid the excitement and joy there can also be a panic when it comes to what to wear.

Veils, rings, the white dress—weddings are filled with reminders that what we wear says something. Sure, you want to look fabulous, but you also want to be able to face Grandma, and ultimately, the day isn't about us so we can cool it on trying to be a show stopper. That said, the right dress should make you look fantastic, while freeing you to dance, mix, and mingle without a care in the world.

With this in mind, we've rounded up three gorgeous outfit inspirations for three different types of weddings—a morning brunch, a casual afternoon, and an elegant evening. What's your favorite?

MORNING BRUNCH:

This light and flowy floral maxi from Mango perfectly suits a cheery morning wedding. For an outdoor reception in a warmer season, a neutral, strappy wedge (which is a summer staple itself!) is less dressy and keeps the floor-length gown from looking too bridal. For modern, feminine touches, keep the accessories sleek, light, and within the same palette.

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1. BaubleBar / 2. BaubleBar / 3. Sole Society  / 4. Mango

CASUAL AFTERNOON: 

Not for the faint of heart, this blood orange-lace eyelet number from Zara is a fun and punchy frock for a slightly more casual ceremony. Weddings are celebrations after all, and spring and summer receptions are a great excuse to color block—as with this trendy yellow single-strap, heeled sandal and lavender statement earrings—while adding a sassy floral clutch to pull it all together.

1. Aldo / 2. BaubleBar / 3. DSW / 4. Zara

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ELEGANT EVENING:

An evening wedding tends to be more elegant and dressy, so a classic black cocktail dress works wonderfully while also being a wardrobe staple for any occasion. Keep the "little black dress" modern and summery by mixing the old with the new—a strappy, gladiator-style heel, a graphic botanical clutch, and retro 1950s studs!

1. Aldo  / 2. BaubleBar / 3. Nine West / 4. Nordstrom 

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