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‘Tis the season of “I do”, so RSVP as “Attending” and let our style guide eliminate the stress of figuring out what to wear.

By Lindsay Samson

May 24, 2021

In a few years, we are likely to look back at 2020 as the “Year of Postponements”. In the face of a novel virus and an ensuing global pandemic, birthday parties, holidays, and other looked-forward-to special occasions typically celebrated with friends and family became a no-go, and our loved ones’ “Save-the-Dates” were rendered pointless. But five months into 2021, things are slowly looking up, and as vaccine roll-outs progress in parts of the world, plans are gradually being reinstated—and just in time for wedding season. 

So as we begin to settle into summer, it’s not just sunny days, clear skies, and outdoor adventures that we have to look forward to: there’s also the promise of bridal showers, celebratory soirées, and dare we say it—maybe even a congratulatory hug or two for the newlyweds on their big day? Whatever kind of merriment that’s in store, we’ve got you covered style-wise with a handy guide on embodying four fashion philosophies bound to make you the best-dressed guest.

Easy-Going Elegance

Many a wedding celebration will be full of drinking, dancing, and merriment, so skip the high heels and boot that form-fitting midi dress in favor of a laid-back style ethos that will allow you to navigate these festivities with ease. But, just because you’re going for something cool and casual doesn’t mean you can’t still make an outstanding statement. Just remember: loose fits, muted tones, and flowing shapes are the name of the game, and with its breezy silhouette, adjustable neckline, and chic black-and-white motif, Diarrablu’s Diago Maxi Dress offers an ideal solution. Pair the artisanal frock with a flat, dance-floor ready sandal like Loza Maléombho’s bronze embellished Black Koh style, and accessorize with the elegant, gleaming brass creations of Ami Doshi Shah and Adele Dejak.  

Vessel Drop Earrings
Vessel Drop Earrings
Vessel Drop Earrings

Ami Doshi Shah

Vessel Drop Earrings

$200
Guddi Black Diago Maxi Dress
Guddi Black Diago Maxi Dress
Guddi Black Diago Maxi Dress
Guddi Black Diago Maxi Dress
Guddi Black Diago Maxi Dress

Diarrablu

Guddi Black Diago Maxi Dress

$195
Tele Bracelet
Tele Bracelet
Tele Bracelet
Tele Bracelet

Adele Dejak

Tele Bracelet

$110
Black Koh Sandals
Black Koh Sandals
Black Koh Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Black Koh Sandals

$135

sleek sophistication

If sophisticated refinement is your style persona of choice, you’re likely a devotee of all things timeless, tailored, and polished. Trends aren’t your concern. Instead, your everyday ensembles are based on classic and elegant wardrobe staples, while your evening and event attire runs the gamut from silky, floor-length dresses to tailored menswear-style suits. Keep things elevated at the next wedding you attend in pieces that prioritize formality and excellent craftsmanship like Emmy Kasbit’s Amaka bustier top and matching skirt. The ankle-length skirt and sleeveless top duo is given a sensual spin with irreverent tie detailing on the upper arm, while a panel of Akwete Cloth woven in red hangs from the waist. Step into a fun fringed mule by Shekudo, then tie the whole look together with the silky Salma Clutch in red and a pair of Pichulik’s artisanal ear-candy.

Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt

Emmy Kasbit

Amaka Skirt

$230
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top

Emmy Kasbit

Amaka Bustier Top

$90
Bindu Earrings
Bindu Earrings
Bindu Earrings
Bindu Earrings
Bindu Earrings
Bindu Earrings

Pichulik

Bindu Earrings

$85
Red Salma Clutch
Red Salma Clutch

New Tangier

Red Salma Clutch

$330
Light Blue Ilamoye Mule
Light Blue Ilamoye Mule
Light Blue Ilamoye Mule
Light Blue Ilamoye Mule
Light Blue Ilamoye Mule

Shekudo

Light Blue Ilamoye Mule

$229

Glorious glamour

After a year of living in slouchy sweatpants, many of us are ready for a touch of extravagance. And since wedding season 2021 has been such a long time coming, we suggest you take it as an opportunity to pull out the big guns and proudly clinch the title of “Most Glamorous Guest.” Dial things up a notch at your loved ones’ nuptials and go full glamour-puss in brilliant colors, curve-hugging cuts, and towering platform heels—just be sure not to upstage the couple on their big day! Andrea Iyamah’s Ama Jumpsuit is just the piece in which to turn heads: a bestseller for the Nigerian ready-to-wear brand, its dazzling orange hue makes it an absolute showstopper and when styled with Loza Maléombho’s Thila Heel exudes a striking and powerful opulence. Khokho Collections Lindi Minaudiere in Smoke Blush and delicate jewelry choices in subtle silver make for dazzling finishing touches.

Thila Heels
Thila Heels
Thila Heels
Thila Heels

Loza Maleombho

Thila Heels

$275
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush

Khokho Collection

Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush

$385
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Ama Jumpsuit

$228
Ndoro Graduated Earrings
Ndoro Graduated Earrings
Ndoro Graduated Earrings
Ndoro Graduated Earrings

Patrick Mavros

Ndoro Graduated Earrings

$230

Eclectic edge

Do you prefer your fashion choices a little unconventional? Like to push the envelope when it comes to dressing for special occasions? Allow your innate eclecticism and experimental spirit to inform your summer wedding looks and make a bold, off-beat statement in playful shapes, vibrant patterns, and unique fabrics that go against the grain. Step out with quirky confidence in Viviers’ Signature Jumpsuit and let its one-of-a-kind Banana Orchid motif, rich blend of colors, and innovative cut and craft serve as a vehicle for expressing your own daring and imaginative spirit. Keep your outfit add-ons unexpected and embrace power color clashing with the addition of Shekudo’s green Adiza Mule, then temper the look’s irreverence with just a sleek leather clutch and dainty stud earrings.

Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit
Signature Jumpsuit

Viviers

Signature Jumpsuit

$840
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch

ZAAF

Periana Black Clutch

$210
Sea Urchin Petite Stud Earrings with Tsavorite Garnet
Sea Urchin Petite Stud Earrings with Tsavorite Garnet

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Petite Stud Earrings with Tsavorite Garnet

$160
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule

Shekudo

Adiza Mule

$220