Here are ten stylish French wedding guest dresses for all your spring/summer ceremonies! Deciding on a wedding-guest outfit is never easy. And whether you want to know what French women wear to a wedding or you’re just looking for inspiration, you’re in the right place! In today’s post, I’ve curated a list of the most beautiful French dresses that are just perfect to wear if you’re invited to a wedding this season.
Whether you’re attending a formal, cocktail, semi-formal, or more casual wedding, in this list below there is the perfect French dress for every wedding setting, personality, and style. From glimmering embellished gowns to boho chic floral dresses and classic black, this guide to summer-wedding dressing has you covered. But first, here are five French-style tips to dress effortlessly chic for a wedding.
5 Tips To Dress Effortlessly Chic For a Wedding
1. Consider the dress code
Explicit dress code, specified theme, or imposed colors: sometimes, the bride and groom set a specific dress code —formally indicated on the invitation. The wedding dress code should always be considered before making any fashion decision.
2. Don’t wear white
In France —and in many other countries in the world— white and its chromatic equivalents like ivory, cream and champagne are reserved for the bride. Sometimes an awkward match can happen when you least expect it —especially when brides are going for more colored wedding dresses. Fortunately, all other colors are permitted, including black. In spring/summer, prefer light and colorful tones, and even floral patterns, which are still more judicious and just as elegant.
3. Consider the location
The location of the ceremony can also guide the choice of your outfit. Indeed, the attire you wear to a wedding at the Île de Ré, France, —a country wedding setting more bohemian— will obviously be much different than the outfit you rock at a wedding at a high-end like the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera. Consult the dress code provided, but use common sense when it’s time to decide between a floral maxi dress and a cocktail dress.
4. Elegance and simplicity are key
At a wedding, French women neither dress too casually nor go over the top. Elegance and simplicity are key: sheath dresses, pencil skirts, tuxedo suits, and other pieces resulting from refined know-how are preferred for the ceremonies. Of course, forget denim and flip-flops, and avoid anything too short, too low-cut, or too tight. French women will always avoid going too bold as well: flashy prints, leopard or animal prints, and other over-the-top designs go against the stylistic proprieties imposed on a French wedding.
5. Do accessorize smartly
To complete your look, there’s nothing like accessories: a chic sun hat, a nice piece of jewelry, a small flower crown, or a designer headband. Make sure you plan ahead by coordinating your bag, shoes, and jewelry. Naturally, no wedding guest outfit can be complete without the appropriate wedding shoes. Prefer a beautiful pair of heels, and don’t forget to bring a pair of ballerinas, just in case your feet hurt.
10 Stylish French Wedding Guest Dresses
For fail-safe midi dresses that are ever-flattering and can be worn time and time again for many weddings to come, look for French brands like Sézane, Sandro, and Maje. For more casual, bohemian-chic weddings look for ba&sh, Zadig&Voltaire, and French designers like Jacquemus or Isabel Marant. Finally, for black-tie and more formal weddings, Saint Laurent’s tuxedo suits would be more appropriate.
Et voilà! I hope this guide to the best French wedding guest dresses will inspire you. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment below.
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Leonce is the founder and editor of Leonce Chenal, a lifestyle platform launched in 2018. Originally from France, Leonce offers a fresh perspective that comes from her experience at top tech companies in Paris and London. Having spent several years in Paris and now residing in Amsterdam, she combines her professional expertise with a personal passion for French and Parisian styles. Leonce is committed to guiding her readers through the intricacies of Parisian chic, empowering them to embrace the elegance and sophistication of French style.