The summertime always comes with the promise of the wedding season. If you’ve RSVP’d to weddings this year and are searching for the best wedding guest dresses, your options will vary on the ceremony, style, and budget. Whether you’re attending your best friend’s, family member’s, or even a co-worker’s special day, you’ll want to dress to impress—without breaking the bank. We’re big believers in maximizing the most out of our closets, so if you’re going to splurge on a nice dress for the occasion, you might as well pick one out you’d see yourself actually wearing again.
So, how and where can you find fashionable wedding guest dresses? There are a few crucial things you’ll want to consider when shopping for the nuptials. The dress code for a casual wedding can drastically differ from that of a more formal wedding. If you’re going to an outdoor wedding such as a beach or garden wedding, you might want to reconsider wearing a maxi-dress that will be dragged through dirt at the bottom.
From semi-formal to black-tie, we’ve picked out the best wedding guest dresses for every occasion that will no doubt make you want to say ‘yes’ to the dress. Below we’ve picked the best wedding guest dresses from Amazon, Nordstrom, Target, Anthropologie, and more. Be sure to also check out our wedding survival kit to bring with you for the summer wedding season.
Best Maxi Dresses
Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress
Available in petite, standard, and plus-size options, this Anthropologie dress caught our attention. The button-down collar makes it so you can show off as much or as little as you want with every wear.
Torrid Tiered Maxi Dress
This sleeveless dress with a v-shaped neckline can easily be dressed up or down depending on the wedding dress code. Bonus: it has pockets.
Eloquii Cutout Detail Tie Front Dress
Pretty in pink? Yes, indeed. This cutout dress from Eloquii is available at Nordstrom for your next wedding venture. The bows along the cut-outs of the dress give it an added flirty vibe.
Pretty Little Thing Olive Satin Layered Dress
We’re obsessed with this olive plus-size layered dress. It’s giving all the frills and has a side slit that makes it just the right amount of extra. You’ll want to go simple with the accessories for this one, the dress is the main character of your outfit.
ASTR The Label Eartha Floral Maxi Dress
Another floral winner, this flowy dress is light and airy. It’s perfectly designed for those outside summer weddings. The plunging neckline, back twist straps, and gorgeous tie in the front means you can keep your accessories chill for the day and let the dress do the talking on its own.
Alice and Olivia Valli Cutout Maxi Dress
The long cutout Alice and Olivia dress just so happens to come in the unofficial color of the season: green. It’s a sexy bodycon option you’ll be dancing all night in. Feel free to pair with a bold purse and heels or keep casual depending on the theme of the big day.
Hill House Nap Dress
The Hill House Nap Dress is a legendary classic. You simply can never go wrong with this stunning maxi dress. Have your pick of tulle, satin, or silk, whichever you choose, this sheer dress with a smocked bodice will be one you’ll want to wear over and over again.
Rotate Birger Christensen Thora Dress
We told you green was the it-color of the season. This Rotate Birger Christensen dress is available at Net-A-Porter. It’s made from a jacquard that gathers lightly along the bust before undergoing a transformation and dropping to a layered maxi hem.
Best Midi Dresses
A New Day Women’s Flutter Short Sleeve Tie-Back Dress
This tie-back dress comes in a lightweight fabric that will make it comfortable to wear all day. Nicely, it has a gorgeous flutter sleeve. “Love this dress… very elegant but still flirty with the open back,” reads one review.
Lulus Regal Romance Lavender Midi Dress
This lavender dress has a subtly sweet floral print that gives it a festive touch. A happy reviewer wrote, “This dress was super comfortable and cute. I really am happy with this purchase.”
Lovers And Friends Lazo Midi Dress
This blood orange asymmetric midi dress from Lovers and Friends looks gorgeous while still being very minimalist. The cocktail dress has a one-shoulder style and leg slit that will give the illusion of an elongated frame.
Abercrombie & Fitch Ruched Midi Dress
This ruched satin midi dress comes with a gorgeous lace-up back. The side-slit detail is equally breathtaking. Moreover, it’s the perfect length for that beach, barn, or garden wedding you’ll be attending.
Cult Gaia Grace Halter Midi Knit Dress
Cult Gaia knows how to make elegance fun. This midi knit dress comes in a beautiful pink color and is just about backless. The tie in the back is unique and will keep you cool throughout the evening ahead.
Reformation Lore Dress
This kelly green strapless midi-length dress is fitted while still serving up some major class. It has a ruched bodice, a side slit, and a smocked back, all the makings of a dress you’ll want to buy ASAP.
Best Mini Dresses
Banana Republic Linen Ruffle Dress
Have some fun with zebra print. Ruffles are the name of the game with this one-shoulder mini dress. The exaggerated ruffles truly transform this pick and the optional belt tie will naturally accentuate your waist.
& Other Stories Smocked Mini Dress
This long-sleeve mini dress from & Other Stories is great for any indoor wedding. It features a puff sleeve with frilled cuffs and a square neckline. Wear it on or off-the-shoulder.
Cynthia Rowley Little Bow Dress
Who needs a bow tie when you have a bow pattern dress? This mini dress from New York-based designer Cynthia Rowley is a dream. With a lovely bow print along the front, this light pink satin dress is a winner for every kind of wedding.
Amanda Uprichard Samba Dress
Fiery red hot, this crimson halter dress from Amanda Uprichard will drape across your body with a high-low ruched detailing. “The most flattering dress, and most beautiful color! The colors Amanda Uprichard comes out with are so original. LOVE this dress. So many compliments! So comfortable,” read one review.
Asos Edition Paillette Sequin Mini Dress
Sequin and feathers, can you say match made in heaven?! For weddings that require you to pull out a bit more of a party dress than others, this pick is ideal.
Best Satin Dresses
Asos Design Bandeau Drape Back Satin Midi Dress
Business in the front and party in the back. This bandeau dress has a clasp closure and draped back detailing. The lime green color makes it a gorgeous pick for the summer.
H&M Tie-Belt Satin Slip Dress
Is there anything breezier than a slip dress? This satin option from H&M has a halter high neck scoop neck that looks elegant and chic. And can we hear some commotion for the back detailing? The crossover straps with a slit at the bottom make it an excellent slip dress for any occasion.
Best Floral Dresses
Reformation Yasmina Dress
Floral dresses actually can be groundbreaking when done the right way. This Reformation dress is another take on floral without being too extra. There are flowers along the neckline that give it a subtle feminine touch. You can find it in two colors, trust us, you’ll look great either way.
Fanm Mon Minera Dress
If you’re loving the floral print but don’t want to do anything too overwhelming, we have the perfect, subtle option for you. This Fanm Mon one-shoulder dress will fulfill your needs with a red rose detailing along the shoulder strap. Plus, it comes in eight colors.
Best Wrap Dresses
Prettygarden Floral Summer Dress
If you need something a little more casual then might we suggest this wrap dress? You can wear it, again and again, this summer by accessorizing it with sneakers, cowboy boots, and sandals.
Romwe Plus-Size Mini Bodycon Dress
Little black dresses are always appropriate if you ask us. This plus-size mini wrap dress from Amazon has a v-neck and self-tie waist that elevates it while hugging your figure. The LBD IS made with high stretchy material so while it’s bodycon, you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort.