The Most Stylish Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Season

These Are the Most Fashion-Forward Dresses to Wear to a Wedding This Summer

The Most Stylish Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Season

For style driven women, the first thought to cross your mind after receiving a save the date for a wedding is, “what will I wear?” whether you’re an accessory junkie, color fanatic, or print enthusiast.

During the spring and summer wedding season, everything from pastel dresses to floral prints are seasonal favorites, but if you’re the type who takes cues from the runway and wants to stand out with a bold silhouette, vibrant hue, or unexpected accessories, then you’re surely keen to hear what retail fashion directors think are the most fashion-forward dresses to wear to a wedding this year.

Ahead, read on for the expert opinions of Shannon Schafer, the senior fashion director at Nordstrom, Caroline Maguire, the fashion director at Shopbop, and Erica Russo, the fashion director for accessories at Bloomingdale’s.

Not only do these women spend every working hour attending fashion shows and showrooms, deciphering trends, and working closely with the coolest brands out there for the most stylish buys, they themselves are insanely chic and know the exact type of silhouettes, colors, and prints to try for a stand-out look this season.

Plus, they’ve noted the freshest and most complementary accessory trends to pair with each dress trend.

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“Impact color is a must-have trend this season. Customers should look for dresses in intense, vibrant colors, and not be afraid to wear color head to toe.

We recommend hot pinks, bright blues, sunny yellows, and oranges, which all look fantastic in silk or sheer fabrics.

And since monochromatic dressing is also in right now, why not pair an outfit with high-impact accessories and footwear too?” —Shannon Schafer, Senior Fashion Director, Nordstrom

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“Multi-color floral dresses are a staple this season and the more colorful, the better. Vibrant blooms and bold botanicals are an ideal print for almost any type of event.

They can be dressed up or casual depending on the footwear and accessories. We recommend wearing a neutral heel for a dressier event and a flat sandal for a more relaxed vibe.

” —Shannon Schafer, Senior Fashion Director, Nordstrom

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“The long and languid dress has emerged as the most fashion-forward silhouette this season. These loose, fluid dresses are chic and comfortable, with details draping, wrapping, ties, and knots that help achieve the sophisticated look. They feel fresh in high-shine silks or satins.” —Shannon Schafer, Senior Fashion Director, Nordstrom

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“I love the idea of a minimal slip dress in a bold, vibrant colorway. It works for any dress code, it’s breathable for the warmer months, and you can dress it up with a great pair of statement earrings and a strappy heel.” —Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director, Shopbop

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“We’re seeing a lot of brands take on the uber-feminine trend with princess-style dresses. Sleeves are getting puffier and sweet prom- silhouettes are becoming more common. The hair accessory trend perfectly complements these styles lending itself to the era.” —Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director, Shopbop

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“I’m ditching anything all-black this season. It’s time to embrace bold colors, even for formal events.” —Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director, Shopbop

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“After the Oscar’s, shades of pink were crowned the hottest hues of the season. I love the tone-on-tone look of this printed floral dress from ly — the midi length and slit keeps the look demure yet sexy.

PVC shoes melt away on the foot making them the perfect styling solution to pair back to any bold print. As a finishing touch, add a must-have pearl beaded mini bag.

” —Erica Russo, Fashion Director for Accessories, Bloomingdale’s

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“This Ronny Kobo dress combines two of the hottest trends of the season: the puffed sleeve and snake print. The '80s are back, and this mini dress is the perfect way to dance the night away. For the shoe, I would add another one of the season’s biggest footwear trends, the barely-there sandal.” —Erica Russo, Fashion Director for Accessories, Bloomingdale’s

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“For a more formal event, black never goes style. I love this Rebeca Vallance dress for its flattering halter top and ruffle detail. The open back ensures that your exit will be just as fashionable as your entrance. To finish off the look, I’d add silver stilettos and bold [drop] earrings.” —Erica Russo, Fashion Director for Accessories, Bloomingdale’s

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Wedding guest dresses – 31 best wedding guest outfit ideas

The Most Stylish Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Season


Ah, the ever-perplexing question: what to wear to a wedding? We know, it ain't easy refraining from upstaging the bride while still looking absolute fire. Our tips? Don't wear white (obvs), and don't leave it until the last minute – or you'll risk turning up in your dodgy old prom dress.

It's also worth thinking about longevity; you don't want a one-hit-wonder hanging in your wardrobe for the next decade. It's a waste of money, and not great for the environment either. So, go on, be a sustainable sister by shopping for outfits you know you'll wear again.

The good news is, fashion's current penchant for flowing midi dresses means you're bound to find a hero piece that will look just as good with strappy stilettos as it will with knee-high boots. Don't know where to begin? We're on-hand with 31 different wedding guest dresses that are both beautiful and oh-so-versatile.

Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Resia satin maxi dress MAJE,


Wear this degradé maxi to a wedding with strappy heels, then tone it down for the day with boho accessories – think suede ankle boots and lashings of jewellery.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Zaria floral-print cotton midi dress, £470, Ulla Johnson


When it comes to wedding-appropriate designs, Ulla Johnson wins every time. This piece is super flattering on the figure, thanks to the A-line skirt and corseted waist.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Asos Curve pleated batwing midi dress


This pink dress is cut to flatter: clock the batwing sleeves and empire silhouette.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Lace-trimmed pleated chiffon midi dress SELF-PORTRAIT


The powder blue chiffon, plissé tucks, eyelash lace trims – this dress is what dreams are made of.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Floral-print puff sleeve midi, £17.99, H&M


Shopping on a budget? H&M's floral-print dress is less than £20 and you're bound to wear it again after the wedding.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Check Shirred Midi Dress, £45, Topshop


Ganni, eat your heart out.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Scarf Tie Flowy Midi Dress, £95,


Similar to the brand's sell-out shirt style from last spring, this satin wrap number has a clever sash which can be fastened to define your waist, or worn low-slung to hide any lumps and bumps.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Bardot shirred maxi dress


With its sage-green hue, floaty chiffon fabric and off-the-shoulder neckline, this ASOS maxi is perfect for summer weddings.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Cutout gathered stretch-crepe dress, £94, See by Chloé


Looking for a quality wedding guest dress on a budget? The Outnet has so many discounted designer goodies.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Ruffled wrap maxi dress, £415

Reformation's ruffle-trimmed maxi dress is cut in a flattering wrap shape and has a cheeky thigh split. We reckon it would also work as a bridesmaid lewk.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Flounce London Tall wrap front satin midaxi dress


The hi-low hem on this wrap number makes it easy to dress up or down – better for dancing in, too!

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Ivy floral-print silk-crepe midi dress RIXO,


The patchwork paisley print on this silk Rixo dress is everything.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses

Floral tiered dress


Warehouse is absolutely killing it in the dress department this season. This gorgeous floral print is also available on a long-sleeve  number, if you don't exposing your arms.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Curve exclusive pleated midi dress


The blush hue, sunray pleats, wrap silhouette and kimono sleeves all make this dress ultra flattering.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Petites Nikita Dress, £255,


La-based brand Reformation is a sustainable saviour and just so happens to create some of the best silhouettes in the biz – seriously, those bias-cut shapes do wonders for your bod.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Floral appliqué dress, £79.99m, H&M


The tactile floral appliqué on H&M's lavendar dress is a real work of art. This one also comes in a sunny lemon yellow shade.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Origami cotton dress, £69, COS


You can always trust COS to serve up understated chic. We love the origami folds on this red midi.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Floral-print crepe de chine dress, £198, Preen Line


Preen Line's midi has all the same signatures as its big sister brand: florals, ruffles and asymmetric lines.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Polka dot chiffon dress


Oasis' plus size range is so beaut.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Knitted slip dress, £79, COS


Nod to the '90s in this minimalist knitted slip dress at your next wedding. Naked sandals are a must.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Floral Print Long Sleeve Midi Dress, £39, Topshop


We love the '40s tea dress vibes of this green floral number. Wear yours with chunky combat boots once the wedding is over.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Serafina polka-dot satin midi dress KITRI,


Kitri's elegant tea dress takes us back to the '40s with its bias-cut skirt, ruched sleeves and polka-dot print.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Puff sleeve maxi dress in mono check


You'll definitely get #30wears this checked baby from Asos. Style it with espadrilles in the summer, heels to formal events and trainers for more casual occasions. 

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses

Michael Costello x REVOLVE Maxi Dress, £248

Going to a beach wedding this summer? Believe us when we tell you, this chevron knit maxi dress is a smart purchase – wear it sheer or underpin with a slip depending on how casual the sitch is.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Smocked organza flock midi, £49.99

Smocking + puff sleeves + flocked organza panels = dream dress.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Olivia ruffled fil coupé chiffon maxi dress, £272, De La Vali at


This polka-dot De La Vali number has ruffled sleeves and a flowing asymmetric hemline. Red lips are a must.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Sleeveless Silk Midi Dress , £129,


This flowing maxi dress just screams chic. Wear it with flat sandals once the wedding is over.

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Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Puff Sleeve Midi Wrap Dress, £89,


Invest in a black wrap dress and you'll wear it forever. This & Other Stories version is made from lustrous satin and has vintage-inspired puffed sleeves.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2020

Cutout satin dress


For the minimalist wedding guest. This no-fuss-or-frills midi from Warehouse has a smart wrap shape and long sleeves, but the emerald-green satin and cut-out back make it sexy enough for formal events.

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Editor's Pick

Best wedding guest dresses 2019

Floral-pattern belted crepe midi dress KITRI,


Need a statement dress? Head to Kitri, now. This floral-print midi has a belted drop waist and pleated skirt for '80s vibes.

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20 Best Wedding Guest Dresses – What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

The Most Stylish Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Season


Great with Sleeves

Floral Print Dress

ASTR the Label


With its flowy asymmetrical hem and delicate floral print, this dress is a perfect fit for any sunny springtime wedding. It also comes in three other stylish colors.

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Lace Sheath Dress



This delicate lace sheath dress is subtly sexy with its peekaboo fabric. 

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It Comes in More Colors

Plus-Size Frill Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress



This classic silhouette can be worn even when #WeddingSeason is over and done with.

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Timeless Favorite Off-the-Shoulder Dress



Show a bit of skin with this vibrant scalloped off-the-shoulder gown that comes with a fun swing skirt.

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Strada Sleeveless Dress



A little black dress goes a long way. Top it with a moto jacket for a casual affair.

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Plus-Size Velour Maxi Wrap Dress



While velvet is more traditionally associated with fall weddings, it's a great transitional option for a cooler night.

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Lenka One-Shoulder Crochet Lace Cocktail Dress

Chi Chi London


This eye-catching one-shouldered crochet gown will ensure you stun at the ceremony and reception.

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Great Option With Sleeves

Magdalena Ruffled Maxi Dress

Ranna Gill Anthropologie


We can't get enough of the puff sleeves on this whimsical green paisley dress.

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Hera Sequin Dress

If the vibe is right, you'll have no problem rocking this glitzy sequined dress.

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Satin Kimono Wrap Midi Dress



Dance the night away in this luxe satin kimono.

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Comes In More Colors

Bias Slip Dress



Make a fashion statement with a minimal slip dress—an incredibly trendy look this season.

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V-Neck Sleeveless Love Circle Dress

Draper James


This bright, playful mini dress is the ideal option for any outdoor wedding. 

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It Comes In More Colors

V-Neck Trumpet Gown



This simple, but elegant, gown is the perfect look for an evening ceremony.

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BHLDN Bloomsbury Dress With Sleeves

BHLDN Anthropologie


This charming nude velvet maxi offers understated beauty with its delicate white floral design and metallic thread.

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Great With Sleeves

Plus-Size Short Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress

Standards and Practices


It's hard to resist a simplistic and romantic wrap dress, particularly this ankle-length look that can work for a day or night ceremony.

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Halter Tie Neck Midi Dress

Asos Design


This golden halter will give you all the confidence you need on the dance floor.

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Tie Dye Fitted Sleeveless Dress

Step the box with this tie dyed fit and flair that comes with adorable adjustable straps, and is perfect for a low-key spring wedding.

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Plus-Size Evening Better Maxi Dress

The vintage-inspired corset waist on this maxi adds a welcome twist to a must-have “LBD.”

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Exceptional At All Angles Sheath Dress

This sexy sheath dress is sure to wow thanks to the halter back.

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Ruffle Sleeve Maxi Dress

Julia Jordan


This square-necked maxi has a beautiful, colorful confetti print that'll make you feel oh-so-pretty during cocktail hour.

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20 Chic Spring Wedding Guest Dresses – What to Wear to a Spring 2020 Wedding

The Most Stylish Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Season

Spring wedding season is on the way, and as the invitations pour in, it's time to start thinking about what you'll don for all of those photos on the big day. From black tie affairs to daytime garden to-dos and every other dress code in between, we've got all of the dresses you'll need to look stunning at all of your spring weddings.

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Lilly Pulitzer Gail Brocade Sheath Minidress

This pretty, mod floral uses muted shades and a hint of metallic sheen to bing a formal touch to this playful print. 

Vince Camuto Off the Shoulder Front Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Sexy and sophisticated, this off the shoulder number looks equally at home at an outdoor celebration as an evening fete. 

Oscar de la Renta Floral Off the Shoulder Dress

Lean into the season with the springy blooms of this girlish of the shoulder dress.

Eliza J Tulip Hem Lace Cocktail Dress

Rose gold lace gleams on this simple sheath silhouette. 

Kay Unger Pauline Sleeveless A-Line Dress

Gingham is a classic warm weather pattern, and this mix of mega-sized checks and minis blends modern and traditional perfectly. 

JS Collections Stretch Crepe Dress

A tie detail and hint of sheer make this cap sleeve dress anything but boring. 

BHLDN Linden Dress


Who needs a bouquet when you can wear one? 

Staud O'Keefe Cotton Midi Dress

Blue and white stripes are always the right answer for a preppy ceremony. 

Ro & De Estelle Tiered Tunic


Ruffled tiers are flouncy and festive—just right for spring nuptials. 

Tahari Printed Halter Maxi Dress

After a subdued winter season, this bold floral dress will pull your party wardrobe hibernation. 

Gwendolyn Maxi Dress


Still feeling some chill in the air? Add a bit of extra coverage with this long-sleeved maxi dress. 

Caroline Constas Kai Polka-dot Silk-satin Dress

If you're searching for a guest dress you can wear over and over this season, this satiny polka-dot option offers endless styling potential.  

Chi Chi London Shantal Sleeveless High/Low Gown

For more formal affairs, this high-low dress offers a look that's appropriate but far from dowdy. 

Eliza J Asymmetrical Lace Fit & Flare Dress

A lace upper brings a sexy hint of sheerness while the cool asymmetric hem of this dress lets it stand out from the crowd. 

Cece Wisteria Vines Sleeveless Dress

Dainty florals and a refreshing Tiffany blue shade give this dress a romantic, luxurious sensibility. 

Brandon Maxwell Draped Cape-effect Silk-crepe Mini Dress


A bold color and cute cape detail will brighten up any celebration. 

Byron Lars Carissima Sheath Dress


Feeling a little ho-hum about lace dresses? The variety of texture and patterns in this version are sure to make you a convert. 

Harper Rose Drape Tie Neck Sheath Dress

We're getting serious Jackie Kennedy vibes from this gorgeous pink sheath. 

Needle & Thread Meadow Ruffled Sequined Tulle Mini Dress

Sometimes more is more. Case in point: this pretty sea foam green dress studded with ruffles and sequins.