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Luxe to Less 27 October 2023

Luxe to Less: Wedding Guest Edition

The date is saved, you rsvp’d yes, now you get to be the best dressed guest.

Wedding season is well and truly underway, so we have put together a foolproof guide to dressing in line with the dress code and your budget. We all know the bride should, and will, be the best dressed in the room, but it doesn’t hurt for you to have some fun, too.

Words By Kaylah Baker


Weddings may be stressful for those planning them, but as a guest they sure can be fun. Finding the perfect dress to celebrate a loved one’s special day is exciting and we know the orange Staud Elvire ruffled crepe maxi dress sparks all the joy.

From the front ruffles and thin straps, to the low back and thigh-high side slit, everything about this dress screams perfection. This is why we think it deserves a shoe of an equal wow-factor; the Loeffler Randall Penny gold pleated bow heel.

To help elevate the sophisticated yet playful look, add on a chunky gold-tone Alexander McQueen twisted cuff and a Gigi Clozeau signature classic Gigi bracelet.

Incorporate another colour into the mix with the Begüm Khan Scarab crystal earrings. Scarab beetles are a signature Begüm Khan motif, and are dramatic enough to warrant the absence of a necklace without being too distracting.

Sometimes the key to a look is knowing when to pull it back. The Jimmy Choo Bonny satin clutch bag is both elegant and simple, and everything this luxe look needs. So go on, have a blast and take all the snaps.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Gigi Clozeau Classic Gigi Resin & 18kt Gold Bracelet, $298, Matches Fashion
Staud Elvire Open-back Ruffled Crepe Maxi Dress, $704, Matches Fashion
Begum Khan Scarab Crystal 24kt Gold-plated Clip Earrings, $2,768, Matches Fashion
Jimmy Choo Bonny Satin Clutch Bag, $1,275, Matches Fashion
Loeffler Randall Penny Gold Pleated Bow Heel, US$395, Loeffler Randall
Alexander McQueen Twisted Cuff, $1,430, Matches Fashion


For a luxe look that borders along the lines of more affordable, this one’s for you.

There is nothing quite like an Aje dress. The brand has a unique attention to detail that makes its pieces both recognisable and hard to replicate. If you have the opportunity to party in an Aje dress, then it would be a crying shame not to.

Making it to the top of our celebratory dresses list is the bougainvillaea red Arista tulip sleeve mini dress. Vibrant in colour with a voluminous silhouette, asymmetric neckline and full tulip sleeves, this Aje dress has party written all over it.

The bonus that comes with wearing a show-stopping dress is you can relax with your accessories. These black Steve Madden heels are the perfect strappy shoe for a dress that deserves all the attention.

Pair with some Aje Althea mini hoops and weave frame bag, and a Mejuri Dôme cuff bracelet; all of which are striking without taking away from the dress of the moment.

We can see you now … dancing the night away and requesting piggybacks to the car after using up all your energy on the dance floor.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Miu Miu Cat-eye Sunglasses, $370, Farfetch
Aje. Arista Tulip Sleeve Mini Dress, $525, Aje.
Aje. Althea Mini Hoop, $195, Aje.
Aje. New Weave Frame Bag, $395, Aje.
Mejuri Dôme Cuff Bracelet, $228, Mejuri
Steve Madden Ensure Strappy Heels in Black, was $139.95 now $97.97, Myer


Being the bell of the ball (after the people who will be the centre of attention, ofc) doesn’t always need to come at a high cost. In fact, thanks to high-fashion trends always trickling their way down to more affordable brands, you can now find plenty of trusty pieces to wear on rotation.

High on our list of affordable must-have dresses for the wedding season is the Asos Design plunge pleated tiered midi dress in sage green. Not only is this colour captivating and fun, but the coming together of the pleats and tiers gives it a whimsical, dreamy aesthetic.

We know this dress will have you covered no matter the dress code and will pair easily with the classic Verali peachy stilettos in a neutral tone.

Lean on a semi-monochrome look by pairing it with a matching True Decadence pearl structured bag, and some emerald Arms of Eve earrings and ring.

The current trending look of a multicoloured bracelet will also complete the look without drawing too much attention; Arms of Eve’s (the Queen of more affordable accessories) Marley beaded and pearl bracelet is our faultless pick.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Glamorous Satin Mini Bag in Lime, $44, ASOS
ASOS Design Plunge Pleated Tiered Midi Dress in Sage Green, was $101 now $61, ASOS
Arms Of Eve Lumin Gold Earrings – Emerald, $110, The Iconic
Arms Of Eve Marley Beaded and Pearl Bracelet, $50, The Iconic
Verali Peachy Stiletto Sandals, $89.95, The Iconic
Arms Of Eve Cleopatra Gold and Emerald Ring, $100, The Iconic