A wedding is usually a very formal occasion. And, if that’s the case, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this article on what to wear as a wedding guest. But, what if the happy couple have decided on a much more casual affair? What should you wear then? Let’s take a look at what to wear to a casual wedding.

Casual weddings outfit ideas

If the dress code on your invitation says “casual,” what does that mean? How casual is casual? A good starting point can be to take a look at the casual wedding outfits from Nordstrom. Because casual weddings are becoming increasingly popular, there’s a whole section with ideas that are casual enough to fit in with the happy couple’s wishes while still being special enough for a wedding.

What to consider when you’re putting together your casual wedding outfit

In many ways, getting the balance of your outfit right for a casual wedding is harder than for a formal event. Below are some factors you will want to think about…

casual wedding attire: Think about the venue?

The obvious clue when thinking about what to wear to a casual wedding is where the wedding is being held. If it’s on a beach or on at a garden, you could think about a floaty summer dress, for example, or wide palazzo pants and a blazer worn with wedge heels.

Casual wedding outfit options

You may not need to spend so much on casual wedding outfits

Usually, a wedding outfit is an investment. However, if it is a casual day, you can perhaps think about an outfit which doesn’t cost quite so much. Having said that, you still want to make sure you choose an option you will be happy to see for years to come on wedding photos.

You might want to choose unlined

What to wear to a casual wedding | 40plusstyle.com

Lots of formal wedding outfits tend to be quite structured, and lined. You could think about a less structured outfit, particularly if you are worried about being too warm.

Lizzy @whatlizzyloves above (read her style interview here) looks beautiful in her red maxi dress that she teams with matching lipstick and nail polish. She adds an unexpected touch with her turquoise heels.

Check out these red dresses from Sam Edelman, Karen Millen and Amazon that you can wear with this similar pair of sandals.

choose a playful print

A print can often look more casual than a plain option, particularly if you choose a flowy dress or pair of pants. Look out for a graphic print or something more traditional like florals, depending on what suits your own style personality.

Try more casual materials

There are some fabrics that can be easily added to a formal or casual outfit. Silk is a good example. However, there are others than tend to look more formal, such as lace or satin. If you want to add casual flair, you could think about choosing more casual fabric options such as a rattan clutch bag, or you could opt for a jersey dress, for example.

You will still want to look smart

However, you’ll still want to avoid anything very casual such as jeans, unless the invitation calls for them, of course, because it is it still a special occasion.

casual wedding outfits

Now that you’re thinking about how you can balance casual with perhaps a touch of formal, or vice versa, to get just the right outfit, let’s take a look at some specific casual wedding outfits you can choose…

a jumpsuit

Casual wedding outfit ideas - Patricia wears a jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

While a dress may be the traditional choice for a wedding, a jumpsuit can create a more casual feel. Patricia @madamechicbcn above (read her style interview here) chooses a brown jumpsuit that would work for lots of occasions.

Get her look with this similar jumpsuit (another option here), pumps, handbag, earrings and sunglasses.

The black jumpsuit below is a very classic option. However, the rattan of the bag and the rope on the shoes add a casual edge.

Black jumpsuit outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Mango Wrap Neckline JumpsuitSanctuary Aspire Sandalsalilove Straw ClutchKarine Sultan Cobblestone Drop Earrings

Or, you could try a pop of color. Choosing unexpected color combinations like green and pink can help to create a more playful feel to your outfit.

Green jumpsuit outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Mango Linen JumpsuitSanctuary Aspire Sandalsalilove Straw ClutchKarine Sultan Cobblestone Drop Earrings


Rather than a formal dress, separates could be the way to go. That way, you can either wear them together. Or, you could mix and match to create a more or less formal look. For example, you could wear the top with wide leg pants.

Another option is to wear the skirt with a white shirt tucked in. Combining your outfit with booties keeps a casual edge.

Casual wedding outfit ideas - a coordinated skirt and shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Snake Zip Front And Pocket Woven Crepe Utility Shirt (plus size option here) – Karen Millen Snake Split Front Button Woven Crepe Skirt (plus size option here) – Vince Camuto Bebinder Open Toe BootieCHIC DIARY Quilted Crossbody BagNEST Jewelry Malachite Teardrop Earrings

Matching top and skirt outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Slinky Knit Marble Jacquard Knit Tank TopKaren Millen Slinky Knit Marble Jacquard SkirtVince Camuto Bebinder Open Toe BootieCHIC DIARY Quilted Crossbody BagNEST Jewelry Malachite Teardrop Earrings

beach casual wedding attire: A floaty maxi dress

What to wear to a casual wedding - a maxi dress | 40plusstyle.com

A maxi dress is easy to wear, and it is a style that manages to combine elegance with a haven’t-tried-too-hard vibe. Carelia @carelia_medich above (read her style interview here) looks beautiful in her floral maxi dress and platform sandals.

Check out these floral dresses from Amazon, Ganni and Karen Millen that you can wear with this similar sandals, bag and sunglasses. A maxi dress can work particularly well for a beach wedding. Choosing espadrilles keeps the outfit casual enough for the occasion.

Casual wedding outfit ideas - maxi dress | 40plusstyle.com

Phase Eight Michaela Palm Print DressBoden Cassie Espadrille WedgesNEST Jewelry Malachite Teardrop EarringsTed Baker London Ayalali Shoulder Bag

casual wedding attire for guests: a midi dress

Midi dresses have been on trend for a few seasons now, and they definitely aren’t going anywhere this year. If you want a more casual feel, you could choose jersey rather than a more formal fabric. A loose-fitting style will also help to keep things casual, rather than a pencil skirt, for example.

Jersey wedding dress outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Eva Jersey Midi DressBoden Cassie Espadrille Wedgesalilove Straw ClutchBONALUNA Tassel Earrings

wide pants

What to wear to a casual wedding - Suzie in a blouse and wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Another on-trend option that looks effortless and stylish all at the same time, wide leg pants could be a good choice if you are opting for separates rather than a dress. Suzie @suzie.richetti above shows off a wide-leg pants outfit that would work for everything from a wedding to dinner.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, pants, pumps and belt.

Wide leg pants and jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Millen Belted Bandage Knit Utility JacketPhase Eight Solange Wide Leg Suit TrousersBoden Cassie Espadrille WedgesTed Baker London Ayalali Shoulder BagKarine Sultan Cobblestone Drop Earrings

Casual dresses for a wedding: a shirt dress

Dresses are often the first choice that comes to mind when thinking about what to wear to a wedding. Rather than a form-fitting, structured dress which could look too formal, you could think about a more relaxed style such as a shirt dress.

What to wear to a casual wedding - a shirt dress | 40plusstyle.com

Mango Bow Shirt Dressalilove Straw ClutchVince Camuto Bebinder Open Toe BootieKarine Sultan Collar Chain NecklaceKarine Sultan Cobblestone Drop Earrings

puff sleeve dress

Eugenia in a maxi dress outfit | 40plusstyle.com

You can think about adding subtle on-trend elements to your casual wedding outfit, such as puff sleeves. I wouldn’t choose anything that will easily look dated as you’ll still be seeing that style in the wedding photos in years to come! Eugenia @theeageofgrace above (read her style interview here) looks lovely in her square-neck dress and boots.

Get her look with this similar dress (other options here and here), booties, handbag and sunglasses.

If you want to create a more casual look, you could choose flat shoes rather than heels.

Black maxi dress and flat shoes | 40plusstyle.com

COS Gathered Midi DressNaturalizer Lorna LoaferTed Baker London Ayalali Shoulder BagNEST Jewelry Malachite Teardrop Earrings


Adding a touch of the unexpected to your outfit can be a way to make it look both stylish and a little less formal. Team an asymmetric skirt with a tucked in shirt and flat shoes.

Asymmetric skirt outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Slim Silk BlouseTed Baker London Terra Asymmetric Midi SkirtTed Baker London Ayalali Shoulder BagKarine Sultan Collar Chain NecklaceNEST Jewelry Small Malachite Hoop Earrings

What to wear to a Casual wedding capsule

Below, you can see all the casual wedding outfits together in one capsule. Mix and match the tops and bottoms, shoes and accessories, and jackets to create different looks when thinking about what to wear to a casual wedding.

For example, you can wear the print shirt with the wide pants. Wear the silver shoes with the jumpsuits, or you wear the black booties with any of the dresses. Plus, many of the choices below will also work well for your summer vacations or dinners out.

Casual wedding outfits | 40plusstyle.com

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Have you been to a more casual wedding. What do you think is best to wear when considering what to wear to a casual wedding?

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  3. Wide Legged Pants: How To Wear Them And Where To Buy The Best Ones

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Feature image by Lizzy @whatlizzyloves


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