Celebrity stylist on dos and dont’s of wedding guest dresses

Welcome to the great wedding boom of 2022.

At least 2.6 million couples are set to walk down the aisle in 2022, according to The Knot — and chances are, you’re invited to one (or many) this summer.

Stumped on what to wear? As the stylist to celebrities like Justin and Hailey Bieber, Olivia Wilde and Tracee Ellis Ross, to name but a few, Karla Welch is an expert at dressing clients for “I do” season.

And the fashion pro recently partnered with online thrift store ThredUp to create a curated shop for wedding guests in search of red carpet-worthy looks.

“I treated building this thrifted shop the same way I dress my clients for their most formal occasions – by finding unique pieces that speak to me and are timeless,” Welch tells Page Six Style. “You might see some color and style inspo from recent red carpet looks I’ve created … but you’ll have to guess which!”

Hailey Bieber on the red carpet
A seemingly Hailey Bieber-inspired look from Welch’s ThredUp curation.
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Below, Welch shares some key dos and don’ts for dressing for all those summer weddings on your schedule.

DO: Start with a statement piece.

Tracee Ellis Ross 2018 CFDA Awards
For Tracee Ellis Ross’ look for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards, Welch kept the focus on the star’s statement-making Carolina Herrera dress.
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“Try building your look around one statement piece — it could be a shimmery bag with a simple gown, or you could wear a bright-colored dress with neutral shoes and simple jewelry.”

DO: Rewear.

Busy Phillips on the red carpet
A slip dress like Busy Philipps’ (or the thrifted look on the right) would be a great choice to wear at multiple weddings.
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“ThredUp found that more than half of people say it’s unlikely they’ll rewear an outfit purchased for a wedding. Rewearing a dress should be totally acceptable! My fashion advice would be to pick a simple dress that allows you to change up the accessories to keep things exciting. Try changing out your makeup look to keep it feeling fresh too!”

DO: Consider a follow.

Olivia Wilde wearing a yellow suit
Few stars wear a suit as well as Welch client Olivia Wilde.
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“Who says you need to wear a dress? Jumpsuits and pantsuits are such a chic look that will keep you comfortable on the dance floor.”

DON’T: Wear white.

Hailey Bieber at the 2022 Met Gala
White gowns: Great for the Met Gala, not so much for your pal’s wedding.
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“White is obviously a no-no for anyone attending a wedding this summer! Otherwise, I think anything goes. Black is always very chic, but a bold, bright color also works well for a wedding. Weddings are happy and celebratory, so your look should reflect the mood!”

DON’T: Feel the need to splurge.

Lorde wearing a gown
While Lorde’s lavender Rodarte gown costs over $2,000, Welch found a similar secondhand style for a fraction of the price.
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“The easiest thing you can do to save a little money (and be more sustainable!) is embrace rewearing. Thrifting for one look will also help save you money and get the best deal. Mixing high and low styles is also a great way to build a balanced look that is both comfortable and fun.”

DON’T: Put too much stock in trends.

America Ferrera in a purple gown
Welch client America Ferrera proves you can’t go wrong with a classic silhouette.
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“I’m not a huge subscriber to the latest trends. That’s why I love thrifting! I prefer to let unique items find me that will stand the test of time.”

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