Arriving after the day's celebrations can make the dress code a little tricky - just how formal should your wedding guest outfit be? Your bonus is that you can be dressed to enjoy the party rather than being restricted to the smart daywear other guests will be in. See what our style experts advise for a sophisticated evening wedding guest look.
Editor-at-large Peta Hunt from You and Your Wedding magazine shares her insider tips for impeccable wedding guest outfits
Do dress up
Don't think an evening-only invite is a reason to pull out your Friday night pub attire. Even evening weddings are a formal affair. For smart venues, don a long evening gown with a seductive split or dramatic backless style. For more low-key occasions, your little black cocktail dress will be just right.
Go for glam
Replace the hats and formal frocks of the day guests with something altogether more glamorous and sparkle in a beautifully embellished gown. If that’s too much for your personal style then a beaded bodice or prettily embellished dress with shoulder detailing will have the same wow impact.
Jumpsuits are another chic option for the evening. Choose a sexy style with pretty shoulder detailing or a plunging neckline to ensure your wedding guest outfit stands out as formal evening wear. After all, you don't need to cover up for church!
Stand out with a statement dress and contemporary accessories
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These on-trend fashionistas are the perfect inspiration for a chic evening wedding guest outfit idea
Bourjois’ trusted celebrity make-up artist Marcos Gurgel, and bridal make-up mastermind Carlos Palma give their top beauty tips to complete your look
Create a cool yet eye-catching look with
a strong red lip, defined brows and nude
eyes dressed with individual false lashes.
Play up your cheekbones and create the ultimate Kim K look. Watch our exclusive Benefit beauty
video here for the ultimate glamorous look.
Want to put the emphasis on your eyes? Go all out with a smokey eye or use a bright shadow,
as an evening guest you can get away with it.
Celebrity, fashion and wedding hairstylist Maggie Tucholska divulges her top tips and styling ideas for a glamorous evening wedding guest look
All in the detail
An evening affair calls for something a bit
special so I recommend playing with hair embellishment. Pull your hair back off
your face and try a bejewelled clip or Gatsby-inspired headpiece for added wow.
Take inspiration from the most prolific era
for hair, the 70s, and tong your way to great wedding guest style. The trick to curls that
stay in place is to use a curling serum before and after tonging - use lots of hairspray!
If the natural wedding look isn’t your cup of tea, an evening wedding reception is a great opportunity to crack out your GHDs.
Middle partings are in this year and look
great with poker straight locks.