Ah, wedding season. The perennial occasion when your fridge becomes a vessel for 9,000 save the dates and your closet starts to seem like a wasteland. You’ve worn everything ten times over and still have invites rolling in. Pinterest even confirms it in their annual Pinstyle Report: People have been searching for new looks to wear to weddings. To help, we wrangled up 13 outfit ideas that work for a wedding but aren't the same old solid sheath dress. (And head to our Pinterest board for even more fabulous inspo.)
13 Outfits to Wear to a Wedding That You Haven't Thought of Before
A Velvet Wrap Dress
The it-fabric of the year is also decidedly cozy without looking sloppy (thanks, fashion gods). Pair it with simple accessories to let the dress do all the work.
Get the look: Misa dress ($178); Privacy Please dress ($238); Asos dress ($36); Shona Joy dress ($279); Mother of Pearl dress ($795); Leha dress ($260)
An Off-the-shoulder Top And Midi Skirt
The shoulder-baring blouse: It’s more than just the trendiest shape of the moment, it's also one of the most photogenic things you can wear.
Get the look: Free People top ($38); Guess top ($49); Gap top ($50); LOFT skirt ($80); Theory skirt ($295); Kate Spade skirt ($598)
A Cocktail Dress And Flats
Yep—you can finally rock flats with formal wear. Word to the wise: It helps if they’re embellished or special in some way. Patent leather buckles, metallic accents or glitter will all do the trick.
Get the look: Sam Edelman flats ($80); Boden flats ($98); Eri + Ali dress ($168); Les Lunes Paris dress ($245); Malone Souliers flats ($409); Self Portrait dress ($510)
A Peplum Blouse And Pants
Pants? To a wedding? Yes, please. But again, we’re not talking about your nine-to-five office wear. You want a decidedly formal pair here. Make sure your pants are either culottes (bonus points if they’re satin) or wide-leg trousers that graze the floor.
Get the look: C/MEO top ($90); Rebecca Taylor top ($109); Theory pants ($118); Iris and Ink culottes ($160); Finders Keepers pants ($155); Veronica Beard top ($395)
A Jumpsuit With A Belt
Speaking of pants, the jumpsuit has become the preferred alternative attire for formal events. Freshen it up with an eye-catching belt.
Get the look: Lulus jumpsuit ($49) Norma Kamali jumpsuit ($180); Camilla jumpsuit ($293); Black Halo jumpsuit ($375); INC belt ($35); Halogen belt ($29)
A Crop Top And Full Skirt
Forget your preconceived notions of teenyboppers during festival season and team your top with a voluminous high-waisted skirt. It creates the illusion of a dress with the comfort and versatility of separates.
Get the look: Lulus top and skirt set ($89); RACHEL Rachel Roy top ($79) and skirt ($99); Show Me Your MuMu top ($96) and skirt ($176); Lovers + Friends top ($118) and skirt ($148)
A Sweater And Midi Skirt
Best part about this look? You can re-wear to the office. Just pay attention to the fit. Too much slouch will make this too casual for the ceremony.
Get the look: Eliza J skirt ($148); Asos skirt ($60); Zara skirt ($70); Ann Taylor sweater ($80); Boss sweater ($171); Pringle of Scotland sweater ($625)
A Sundress And Booties
The key to making ankle boots work is structure (sleek cuts only) juxtaposed with swing (as in, your twirliest frock).
Get the look: Missguided dress ($60); Glamorous booties ($64); COS dress ($125); & Other Stories booties ($175); Diane von Furstenberg booties ($180); Velvet dress ($269)
A Slip Dress And Sandals
The minimalist slip dress is the perfect destination-wedding pick. Just go easy on the accessories—a delicate sandal is all you need to round it out.
Get the look: ALDO shoes ($55); Free People dress ($98); Kate Spade shoes ($138); RACHEL Rachel Roy dress ($149); Ancient Greek Sandals shoes ($240); Vince dress ($295)
Colors Outside Your Comfort Zone
Always go for that pretty shade of blush? Take some color risks and go for that deep sage green or eggplant purple.
Get the look: Zimmerman ($378); Lulus ($67); Cos ($70); Halston Heritage ($495); Monique Lhuillier ($280); Bardot dress ($119)
A Pencil Midi Skirt And Lace Blouse
Keep the classic black numbers in the boardroom, but bust out a calf-length pastel style (and team with a sheer top) for a total wedding redux.
Get the look: Forever 21 skirt ($17); ASOS skirt ($32); J.Crew skirt ($80); For Love and Lemons top ($131); Keepsake top ($155); Alice + Olivia top ($350)
A Slim-cut Suit
The coolest girl at the party knows this secret: perfectly done is overdone. For this reason, try a tuxedo or pantsuit this season. Having pockets (aka a place for your hands…and lipstick) will immediately make you feel relaxed and at ease.
Get the look: Banana Republic blazer ($178) and pants ($98); J.Crew blazer ($248) and pants ($138); Rag & Bone blazer ($495) and pants ($395)
A Cropped Sweater And Tulle Skirt
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw by rocking a delicate tulle skirt with a fitted cropped sweater. Just be sure not to stray too close to blush—or, eek, white—to avoid any bride-like comparisons.
Get the look: J.Crew skirt ($198); Needle & Thread skirt ($190); Chicwish skirt ($35); DVF sweater ($298); AEO sweater ($40); Topshop top ($18)