When it comes to wedding-guest dressing, there's little room for throwing an opportunistic look together. As soon as that invite drops on the doormat, you'll spend more time questioning what to wear, how you'll stay dry and what bag will be most useful than how you'll travel there or what to gift the happy couple.
But the biggest conundrum is without a doubt shoes. If you've got a slew of weddings stretching throughout the year, you'll happily recoup lots of cost per wear out of a sensible but not-too-safe style in navy or blush (preferably in a heel height that'll leave your sense of humour intact after 12 hours on your feet).
If you want to ensure that nothing will hinder your being first on the dance floor, a block midi heel is the way to go—ditto if the venue is in a field in the middle of nowhere. There's also a great case for metallics; they go with everything and flatter all skin tones, even if your legs haven't enjoyed any vitamin D for six months. And if you really want to wear flats, do it: Just make sure they're fabulous. Check out our edit of the best wedding guest-shoes below.
Valentino serves up genteel-hued shoes with lashings of attitude.
Nude court shoes are perfect if your outfit is already making quite a statement—but these possess just the right amount of detail.
Just the right side of granny chic, these Mary Janes will attract lots of admiring glances.
Elegant and dainty, these will look great with a floaty midi skirt.
Sensible in every sense of the word, but curved details ensures these hard-working courts are utterly chic.
A satin sheen elevates these affordably chic sandals. Add a slick of rose-gold nail polish and you're good to go.
Try these with a pink dress or skirt for a brilliant colour contrast.
Isabel Marant's heels will instantly make you feel like the coolest girl in the room.
These twinkly courts definitely don't take themselves seriously.
These brilliantly versatile midis in gold are crying out for crimson-red toenails to top them off.
Seeing these literally makes our heart skip a beat.
Black, with but that extra something (just look at that bow!)—you'll wonder how you got through all social occasions without these.
Don't assume that wedding footwear can't be experimental when it comes to colour.
Add a little '90s nostalgia to a black dress with these punchy, strappy talons.
If your budget is plentiful, first stop on the hunt for flats should always be Aquazzura.
Zara is the champion of affordable, fancy flats…
…but rival brand Mango also gives great bang for buck in the dazzle stakes.
Livening up every damn black dress you own.
Enduringly chic, echo the embellishment with a giant pearl necklace or earrings.
The juxtaposition of a neutral khaki hue with crystals is just too good.
So much more expensive-looking, right?