A renewned sense of stability is returning to wedding season, and while some ceremonial restrictions are in place globally, it’s clear that celebration is on the up. Dressed down for so long that you’re lost in how to excel in elegance? Here we present our guide to being an impeccably dressed wedding guest, whether rocking up to a city town hall or sitting en plein air in the grounds of a castle.

Nail the dance-all-night accessory

Best dressed wedding guest women’s Manolo Blahnik shoe

Dress, £1,592, by Dolce & Gabanna. Shoes, £725, by Manolo Blahnik. Tights, £16, by Transparenze. Photography: Chieska Fortune Smith. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the March 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*267)

If pandemic dressing has taught us anything, it’s that ease is essential to elegance. Shirk the stilettos in favour of a foot-friendly mid-heel, like Manolo Blahnik’s leopard-print Mary-Jane pumps.

Go for gild

Best dressed wedding guest women’s Balenciaga chainmail dress

Dress, £6,650; top, £350; legging boots, £2,150, all by Balenciaga. Photography: Romain Duquesne. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the February 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*263)

Riff on the Roaring Twenties with an outfit oozing ostentation. Enter Balenciaga’s golden chaimail dress, which reflects the lights of a disco ball as you get down on a dancefloor.

Upturn tradition

Best dressed wedding guest women’s Peter Petrov suit

Jacket, £1,314, by Petar Petrov. Earrings, £4,625, by Tiffany & Co. Photography: Umit Savaci. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the June 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*266)

Turn heads with an androgynous take on wedding wear. Sport sophisticated tailoring and forget the undershirt, like Petar Petrov’s subtly oversized suit jacket.

Carry a coveted accessory

Best dressed wedding guest women’s Lady Dior Bag

Trench coat, £2,500; bag, £4,700; shoes, price on request, all by Dior. Tights, £13, by Calzedonia. Photography: Chieska Fortune Smith. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the July2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*267)

Search out a small style to hold all those matrimonial essentials (hand sanitister, lipstick, face mask). The covetable quilted details of Dior’s signature ‘Lady Dior’ bags will turn heads as you take your seat at the wedding service.

Turn black tie topsy turvy

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Jacket; shirt; trousers, all by Louis Vuitton. Photography: Nolwenn Brod. Fashion: Evens JP Mornay. Originally featured in the March 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*263)

Black tie dress code? Opt for a tradition-shifting pristine white tuxedo jacket with a luxurious satin lapel. Avoid red wine and colourful cocktails at all costs.

Mix and match

Best dressed wedding guest men’s Celine suit

Jacket, £1,950; shirt, £395; trousers, £650, all by Celine Homme by Hedi Slimane. Tie, £155, by Charvet. Shoes, £1,150, by John Lobb. Socks, £20, by Falke. Photography: Alexandre Guirkinger. Fashion: Benoit Martinego. Originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*265)

Mix prints and textures for a matrimonial mash-up that excels in opposite attraction. Celine’s pinstripe jacket pulls style punches next to Chavret’s striped silk tie.

Sport a statement shoe

Best dressed wedding guest men’s Y/Project shoes

Jacket, £2,200; roll-neck, £700; trousers, £690, all by Dior. Shoes, £750, by Y/Project. Photography: Alexandre Guirkinger. Fashion: Benoit Martinego. Originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*265)

Ditch the classic Derby shoe and err away from Oxfords. Turn heads with something a little more sartorial, like Y/Project’s square-toed boot with a bold block heel.

Consider no tie

Best dressed wedding guest men’s Fendi suit

Jacket, £1,950; shirt, £1,450; trousers, £950, all by FendiPhotography: Alexandre Guirkinger. Fashion: Benoit Martinego. Originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*265)

Consider a more ease-fuelled silhouette and say goodbye to the tie. Fendi’s sleek, lightly toned tailoring needs nothing else. §