After so many weddings and celebrations were delayed or altered over the last few years thanks to the pandemic, things are hopefully looking up for 2022. Normal wedding programming has resumed, and we can finally get back to celebrating our friends and family in style, which is great news, especially if you’re one of the couples planning your big day.
If you’re anything like most of us on the Who What Wear team, the delays have also meant our 2022 calendars are already looking pretty packed thanks to the backlog of postponements as well as all the new engagements that have happened since. The fun times will, of course, be worth it, but the stress of planning so many different outfits for all the occasions is real. So we thought we’d help the best way we know how: by getting ahead at the start of the year and rounding up the biggest wedding guest trends set to take 2022 by storm.
Monikh Dale wears a printed wrap dress from Bernadette to a friend’s wedding.
Renting is the perfect option for special events like weddings, especially if you think you might only wear a specific look once or twice. Hurr, Rotaro, My Wardrobe HQ and By Rotation all have amazing, ever-expanding collections full of perfect wedding guest attire. But if you’re looking to invest in an outfit to love for a longer time, or perhaps one special look you can wear to all of the events in your calendar, you’re going to want to be informed on where to start your search. Otherwise, it can get overwhelming out there.
So below, we’ve set out the seven key trends that promise to be huge in 2022 among wedding-goers to help inspire you. Whether it’s a winter or summer wedding, a lavish event or an intimate ceremony, there’s something here that will work. There’s bold suiting, chic co-ords and, of course, lots and lots of dresses. Keep scrolling to start planning and shopping.
For an interesting twist on your wedding guest outfit, why not try a co-ord instead of a dress? We love a two-piece for day-to-day, and it works just as well for a wedding.
This is such a fun print.
Ideal for minimalists.
If you’ve fallen for Karina Marriott’s co-ord above.
Hemlines have gone to the extremes for 2022, meaning you can choose between either really short or really long. Make a statement with a maxi length for a wedding, and show off your knowledge of the new year’s trends.
Covered buttons always look so premium.
Wear this dress with oversized pearl earrings.
I love how the sleeves echo the shape of the hemline on this maxi.
Minidresses can sometimes feel a little too casual or revealing for a wedding, but these particular styles, with flippy skirts and long sleeves, make the trend appropriate.
If you’re looking for a minidress that feels special, Zimmermann is the answer.
This looks significantly more expensive than it actually is.
I appreciate the collar detail.
The fashion world is loving knit dresses, so it’s no surprise they’re proving to be a huge trend for wedding guest options, too. Choose bright, printed versions rather than neutrals (which feel quite casual) and pair them with strappy heels to dress them up.
Ellie Delphine’s exact knit dress.
Bow details always win me over.
The checkerboard trend isn’t going anywhere.
Naked dresses with seriously slinky straps and barely there materials are going to be big in 2022. To make the trend wedding-appropriate, opt for subtle cut-outs, and your look will instantly feel modern.
From the fabric to the back cut-out, this dress feels so special.