Best-Dressed Wedding Guests

Okay, so here’s the fashion dilemma: how to be a fabulous wedding guest without upstaging the bride? It’s a tough one, but photographer Sandra Semburg has hit the sidewalk to spot those streetstyle mavens who, with a bold approach and fun accessorizing, have shown how to pull off attention-grabbing looks without hogging the limelight.

Patricia Manfield does it brilliantly, rocking the trend for daytime eveningwear in an electric-blue sequined slip-gown. By shrugging the dress over a striped statement blouse and teaming with low, but definitely dazzling, sandals, she looks less “morning after” and more morning sunshine. An over-sleeved watch is the kind of quirky touch that completes this eye-catching outfit.

The achingly cool Veronica Heilbrunner of hey woman! and Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio opted for the full bohemian. The former has real flower-power in a dress that’s part prim Victorian and part fragrant Chinese garden. Those lace-up ankle boots are not just on message, they’re an elegant answer to country weddings (“stuck in the grass” is never a good look). The latter smolders in a midnight black Bardot jumpsuit that not only pops with the jewel-like colors of its flowers, but also perfectly sets off those brilliant rocks encircling her neck.

Meanwhile, The Sartorialist’s pixie princess of Instagram, Jenny Walton, concentrates not so much on the bohemian silhouette as on its color saturation to make her statement. She gives her vibrant vermillion yoke dress even more oomph with a cute deckchair-striped take on the laundry bag. And those block-heeled silver sandals are just the thing to keep you on your feet way into the night.

Aimee Song’s glittering riff on the pageboy’s sailor suit is enormous fun. We adore the regal fleur-de-lis detail and the sumptuous red, quilted, crystal-studded bag really dials up the majestic effect. She also stands out wearing a cappuccino-with-cream, kimono-style mini dress—it’s the lashings of lace trim that grab the eye.

Finally, when you need to be seen in an impeccably chic outfit at a sophisticated city wedding, doyenne of the fashion-publishing world Caroline Issa has the answer. Her lilac double-breasted pantsuit, worn with a crisp black-and-white striped shirt, gets a ten out of ten for sheer feminine impact. Her fan is a top tip for keeping cool during summer in the city, too.


Photography: Sandra Semburg