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We Try Before You Buy: 9 Perfect Wedding-Guest Outfits

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Our We Try Before You Buy series aims to take the stress out of shopping and eliminate the number of post office visits you make each month to return failed online orders. We test new-season buys and styling ideas so you don’t have to. Here, we’re letting you know what is actually worth investing in.

I can’t think of many occasions where you carefully scout out and plan an outfit six months in advance—apart from weddings. And I’m not just talking about your own wedding dress. To help you find the prettiest wedding-guest outfits out there this year, we had more than 50 dresses from Rixo, Rejina Pyo, Ghost, Topshop, ASOS and many more sent to the Who What Wear offices for our team and trusted stylist friends to try on. The dress everyone fawned over the most was a pink linen floral midi dress with puffy sleeves by Gül Hürgel (the team is even considering buying one together). However, Olivia Rubin’s button-front lavender-printed midi dress was a close second.

“Forget attending the weddings I’ve been invited to—I’m eloping with this dress! I’ve never felt quite so princessy or special in my entire life (and that’s including wearing my very own wedding dress a couple of years ago). The magical pink-and-yellow daisy print is my new fave color duo. With its sweetheart neckline, cinched waist, full skirt, and balloon sleeves, it’s flattering on literally every figure, but for an hourglass shape like me, it’s the ideal silhouette. Not to mention it’s really comfortable too—something that definitely helps you have a good time at any party. Shame my budget probably cannot stretch to it. Fashion fairy godmother, where are you when I need you?” says Who What Wear UK’s editor in chief, Hannah Almassi.
“I love the power suit for a wedding for a bit of something unexpected! As much as I love a floaty dress, I just love being the woman in the suit for a formal occasion. This one in particular is joyous in its citrusy color, and the bag with its basketweave texture is a great accessory for a spring wedding,” says fashion influencer Nicole Ocran.
“I love this dress for weddings because not only is it beautiful, but it’s also very comfortable. I feel very free. When you go to a wedding, you want to look great, but you also don’t want to look like you are trying too hard. And I love that with this dress is simple yet very elegant,” says stylist Eni Ilori.
It’s a bit of a running joke in our office with this franchise that it’s actually more like We Try Before We Buy, as someone always ends up buying what they’ve tried on. And that is about to be me with this dress. I have a real weakness for pretty dresses, but this is a whole other level of beautiful. The fabric is quite heavy, so I was worried it might make me look like I was wearing curtains, however, it actually hangs perfectly and is light enough to wear for a summer wedding in the English countryside. Plus, Olivia Rubin is a new London-based dress designer, so it’s very unlikely someone else will wear this dress.
“When it comes to dressing for work, I’m all over suits, yet for some reason or another, they’ve never really appealed to me for weddings. For this reason, I decided to challenge myself and try on a two-piece—and boy is it a good’un. In this season’s hottest hue, this ’70s-style suit is just too awesome for words (but I’ll give it a go). The high-waisted flared trousers help make legs look a mile long, while the jacket packs plenty of throwback vibes with its retro collar. All you need is a statement necklace and neutral tote to make this suit sing. I’m in love,” says Who What Wear UK’s acting assistant editor, Joy Montgomery. 
“I get so excited at the sight of a wedding invitation, as it means I have an excuse to dress up seriously fancy and spend the day feeling great. Nothing gives that feeling quite like a slinky silky midi dress, so that’s always my first go-to. They’re appropriate for the formality of the event and are genuinely super flattering. This Rejina Pyo dress has the perfect amount of ‘extra’ about it with the asymmetric hemline and one shoulder detailing, giving a fashion edge but on a low-key scale. Obviously wearing white is a no-go (unless it’s an all-white wedding, which I recently experienced!), so the polka dots and black detailing mean it’s acceptable,” says stylist Hannah Lewis.
“As a self-confessed tomboy who rarely wears dresses, this bright-pink satin Ghost dress was definitely a bold choice for me! This whole ensemble makes me feel like the well-traveled rich aunt I one day aspire to be. With a super-flattering V-neck cut and timeless button detailing, this dress gives all the luxury feels without the hefty luxury price tag. Last season’s snake-print trend isn’t going anywhere, so these sandals were the perfect choice to complement my bold wedding-guest look. Add a couple of Missoma necklaces and a gorgeous Staud bag and Bob’s your uncle (or should I say, Seun’s your aunt?),” says stylist Seun Ogunsola.
“I’m not normally one for glittery dresses, but this Rodarte one caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the rack. It’s the perfect evening guest outfit, and while it may look slinky, it’s incredibly comfortable to wear, so I know I could dance all night in it!” says Who What Wear social media editor Alyss Bowen.

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Celebs are Giving This Controversial Spring Denim Trend a Big Hell Yes

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This spring, a handful of controversial jean trends are bubbling up. Have you noticed? First, it was looser-fitting baggy jeans that began to flood our Instagram feeds and more recently, we saw low-rise jeans on the queen of tricky trends herself, Bella Hadid, a surefire sign they’re making a comeback. Now, we have another style to add to the list of controversial denim trends for spring: cargo-style jeans. We just spotted celebs like Yara Shahidi, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendall Jenner wearing them, if that’s any indication that these are on the rise (which it is).

On the whole, cargo pants tend to be a pot-stirring trend, with people jumping on board with the workwear look and others opposing them at all costs. So we can already tell that these cargo-style jeans are about to incite passionate reactions from pretty much everyone. Opinions aside, though, you can’t deny that the celebs we’ve seen testing out the jeans are absolutely nailing the look. Shahidi went the double denim route and finished off the jeans with classic nude pumps while Jenner and Ratajkowski styled theirs down with “dad” sneakers and cozy outerwear.

Whatever your thoughts are on the cargo-style jeans, scroll down to see the celebrity outfits that are giving the trend a big hell yes. Then, if you’re so inspired, shop the pairs we’d totally wear.

WHO: Yara Shahidi
On Emily Ratajkowski: Cotton Citizen Venice Tank ($80); Dickies Relaxed Fit Carpenter Pants ($59); Nike Air Max 97 QS Sneakers ($180)
On Kendall Jenner: Art That Kills Logo Hoodie ($365); Versace Straight-Leg Jeans ($780); adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Intertia sneakers

Next, the affordable fashion items with cult celebrity followings.

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These 5 Brands Have the Best Plus-Size Swimsuits

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Though it’s hard to believe, we’ve almost made it to swimsuit season. That’s right, lounging on the beach and soaking in that much-needed vitamin D—a summertime activity that seemed so far away at the beginning of the year—are just around the corner. So now’s finally the time to start parting ways with your cold-weather classics (bye, sweaters, coats, and Ugg boots) and start trading them in for summer dresses, lightweight blouses, and, you guessed it, fresh, new swimsuits. 

If the idea of freshening up your swimwear collection intimidates you, don’t worry. We fully know the struggle to find a good suit is all too real—and sometimes the limited sizing options make it even harder for those of us with curves. Luckily, however, there are a handful of great brands out there that have the best plus-size swimsuits, and we’ve handpicked the top five that we know you’ll love, too. Not only are the suits flattering, stylish, and comfortable, but many come with a very affordable price tag, as well. And we know how quickly swimwear prices can exceed our budget, right? 

Ahead, see the five best plus-size swimsuit brands we’re eyeing right now, and shop our favorites from each.

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The Basic $58 Top That Earns Me the Most Compliments

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You know those rare pieces that once you come across them, you wonder what you even wore before you owned them? Well, that’s precisely what happened to me with Reformation’s Hunter Sweatshirt. Much like the elusive white T-shirt or vintage jeans, a cropped sweatshirt that hits at just the right spot on your hips sounds simple but is actually nearly impossible to come by. The correct crop, desired sleeve width, ideal fabric weight—I’m super picky, and all of these components have to be just right.

Just when I had accepted that finding the perfect match just wasn’t in the cards for me, it happened—I found The One. Yep, consider this my love letter. Upon seeing the Hunter Sweatshirt on Ref’s site looking exactly as I had always pictured it in my head on the model, I impulsively purchased the black style faster than I could think. Much to my shock and delight, once I tried it on, I knew this was it: My search was over. I ended up ordering another one in white after only a few wears (and numerous compliments from friends and co-workers) because I knew this was a sartorial unicorn that wouldn’t be around for long. 

As predicted, the Hunter sold out in lightning speed. But, rejoice—the shopping gods are on our side as Reformation just re-stocked this style in every size and colorway. Word of advice: Don’t sleep on ordering this as it’s all but guaranteed to sell out again. It’s quickly become the hero piece of my winter wardrobe, and I have to actively stop myself from pulling it out every day, so IMO it’s 100% worth the purchase. Keep scrolling to see and the shop this cropped style for yourself, and you can thank me later.  

Here’s the white version in all of its glory. The perfect companion to high-waisted jeans if you ask me. 

And the black style. Oh, and don’t even get me started on these boots.

This beauty is next on my wish list. 

This neckline!

Spring is calling. 

Another day, another perfect white Ref dress. 

Meet the Hunter’s full-length cousin. 

Still not over these. 

I’m picturing wearing this dress while biking through a winery. 

Plays well with vintage jeans. 

Never met a button-front dress I didn’t like.

The perfect bodysuit does exist. 

You have the bridal shower, Ref has the dress.

Already ordered this bad boy—and the matching top. 

A not-so-basic tank top. 

Florals for spring that are actually groundbreaking. 

Yes to everything happening here.

Next up: Meet the 2019 version of over-the-knee boots.

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