Whether it is one, or several wedding invites in your mailbox, finding the right look for the occasion is essential. The dress must strike the right balance—stunning enough to make it celebration-appropriate while also not overshadowing the bride—and choosing the ideal one can be challenging. Thankfully, with wedding season in full swing, there’s plenty of inspiration to look to already, seeing as the guests at many of this summer’s ceremonies were a few of the region’s most stylish women.
From minimalistic numbers apt for when you are seated among the guests to statement pieces to wear when you are a part of the wedding, below are the best styles to take your pick from. Mothers, if you are looking to match with your children, there are a few ways to do that as stylishly as possible too.
Metallics and sequins
What can be more fitting for the happiest day in your loved one’s life than a dress that sparkles and shines in all the right ways? Metallics were chosen by both Nour Arida and Jessica Kahawaty this season, whose shiny gray numbers earned all the glamour points without going overboard. To keep the look fresh and modern, go for figure-hugging silhouettes with cut-outs like the two’s picks, and pair them with matching metallic strappy heels and a dainty purse. For weddings that call for going the extra mile, turn things up a notch in a black sequined dress like Kahawaty’s second look this season.
Color is always appreciated at a summer wedding, especially when it comes to monochrome pieces that stand out without ever being distracting. Hala Abdallah said yes to a deep red dress recently, which came in a calf-grazing length and a flattering silhouette that was equal parts stylish and comfortable. Speaking of which, a kaftan also makes for a great wedding guest look, more so if worn with a statement detail such as Karen Wazen’s lime green pick with feathers.
White, but not quite
While all colors may be welcome at weddings, white is strictly reserved for the bride as a universal rule. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a few shades well off of white when going for a sophisticated look. Take cues from Dana Hourani, who wore a sheer dress with light beige rope work all over, or for a more modest approach, Mthayel Al Ali’s cream-colored dress and abaya with mesh henna gloves is also a statement-maker.
Silk and satin
A wedding favorite of both, the bride and the guests, silk and satin pieces are the go-to choices when effortless and pared-back elegance is on the mood board. They look best when worn in soft hues, such as Karen Wazen’s muted mint gown, which had its gleaming fabric contrasted with matte panels. An elevated take on the slip dress is also fitting for a summer wedding, such as Kahawaty’s strappy pink number with a flared hem.