Best of wedding guest and summer soirée looks

Karen Walker ‘Regatta’ Dress

The Covid-19 pandemic saw couples around the world forgo lavish destination ceremonies for living room elopements and vows across the airwaves. 

Now, wedding season is slowly getting back into the swing of things with a number of postponed dates set to take place in 2021. 

Whether you’re dressing for a church gathering or 3pm Zoom call, Together Journal has handpicked 10 summer wedding guest ensembles you can wear beyond the big day.

From Karen Walker to Maggie Marilyn, shop the summer looks we love below.

Karen Walker ‘Regatta’ Dress 

First up: the Karen Walker ‘Regatta’ dress. Its chic ruffled collar and balloon sleeves makes this a super wearable and flattering choice for weddings to come.

Together Journal loves Walker’s beautiful tribute to the high seas with the dress’ signal flags including the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s own burgee.


Marle ‘Anouk’ Dress in Gingham

Marle can do no wrong in our eyes. The New Zealand atelier has pulled out all the stops for spring/summer and the ‘Anouk’ dress should be at the very top of your wish list.

Its chic square neckline and breezy linen skirt makes this a strong contender for wedding guest duties this season. Together Journal loves the gingham check but it’s also available in khaki, black and taupe.


Matteau Tiered Low Back Sundress

No Aussie beach is complete without a beautiful dose of Matteau with its cult tiered sundresses making serious waves this season.

From garden parties to sandy nuptials, you won’t regret introducing a low back frock (or two) to your wardrobe. If you are in New Zealand you can buy Matteau at Sisters & Co


Silk Laundry ‘Serengeti’ Dress

A dress for all occasions, the ‘Serengeti’ is handworked from 100% sandwashed silk and boasts a delightful print inspired by the African landscape.

With elegant wrist-grazing sleeves and a button-up v-neck, it’ll see you from summer soirées to winter weddings in one fashionable swoop. 


Maggie Marilyn Summer Loving Top and Skirt

The Together Journal team will happily take any excuse to dress head-to-toe in Maggie Marilyn. Whether you’re tuning in to a virtual ceremony or taking to the pews at the local church, the ‘Summer Loving’ co-ord is a worthy contender.

Designed using a light linen blend, the cropped top is easy to style alone with conversation-starting balloon sleeves and cinched cuffs. To tick the occasionwear box, pair with the matching skirt.


Kowtow ‘Florence’ Dress in Lilac Chambray

Kowtow’s ‘Florence’ dress has long played on our mind courtesy of its beautifully relaxed fit and low, crumpled backline.

The lilac chambray colourway will work nicely for summer nuptials while black can be layered over a shirt for daytime adventures.  


Juliette Hogan ‘Amaya’ Pleated Chiffon Dress in Marigold

The ‘Amaya’ dress from Juliette Hogan is the little dose of sunshine we’re all craving with marigold pleats and a statement neck tie.

Handcrafted in New Zealand, it’s something special that can be worn time and time again regardless the season or occasion.  


Kate Sylvester ‘Anna’ Dress in Espresso

A Kate Sylvester dress that’ll carry you from ceremony to ceremony, the ‘Anna’ is just what your closet is calling for.

Sliced from polka dot silk on the bias, it’s super comfortable and flattering. We don’t know about you but it’s the gorgeous bell-shaped sleeves that seal the deal for us. 


Posse ‘Alice’ Crop Top and ‘Pierre’ Trousers in Musk

Who said weddings always call for a dress? Together Journal loves the ‘Alice’ crop top and ‘Pierre’ trousers from Posse.

Designed to be dressed up or down, the co-ord will keep you cool at Australian ceremonies and can be dug out again for coastal escapes on the weekend.


Bec + Bridge ‘Be Mine’ Tuck Dress in Sage

There’s a reason why Australian wedding guests look to Bec + Bridge for inspiration time and time again.

The label’s ‘Be Mine’ dress is a mighty fine example of wedding dressing done right thanks to its classic boat neckline and elegant thigh split. The sage colour way makes this a seriously dreamy choice for wedding dates all through the year.