29 Perfect Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest This Summer
We've rounded up styles to wear to every type of wedding.
That invitation to a summer wedding is the perfect excuse to buy a new dress—especially one in a fun color or with an unexpected print. While the couple should always be the focus of the wedding, who says you can't look amazing as a guest? Of course, dress finding isn't as easy as it sounds. You may be stuck on what to wear, and with the wedding fast approaching, it's time to get shopping! Lucky for you we've carefully curated some summertime selects that will leave you more time scouring the couple's registry than retail racks for what to wear.
Whether your close friend is getting married barefoot on the beach or has planned a black-tie event at a luxury hotel, we have a summery dress that's perfect for you to wear. One of these summer wedding guest dresses—or three or four, because summer is always jam-packed with wedding dates—is sure to make you the talk of the dance floor.
And don't forget that different venues call for different guest attire. For something breathable and loose to wear to a beach wedding, opt for a light and airy choice, like the Halston ruffled shift dress we're sharing. Featuring a detailed halter neckline and a bright pink hue, it's sure to wow. Or if you're headed to a black-tie affair, we have so many choices for you to peruse. From the little black dress we chose from Mestiza New York to an enchanting floor-length gown we're sharing from Dôen that's perfect for an end of summer soirée, the wedding guest dresses we're sharing are stylish and run the gamut. Click through to see the dresses we're currently loving.
Simple and elegant, this spaghetti strap dress is perfect to wear to a summertime wedding.
Shop Now: Jenny Yoo "Aniston" Thin Strap Fit and Flare Long Crepe Gown, from $173, amazon.com.
A simple navy dress with a sleek square neckline is always a good choice for a wedding guest.
Shop Now: Anthropologie "Adena" Dress, $198, anthropologie.com.
A floral dress with a high-low hem and cascading pleats looks lovely in yellow.
Shop Now: Ted Baker London "Fabulas Cabana" Pleated Dress, $197, nordstrom.com.
An asymmetrical bodice and batik style print set this wedding guest dress apart from the rest.
Shop Now: Sika Designs Asymmetric Batik Dress, $246, sikadesigns.co.uk.
Attend a wedding in style, and comfort, in this color blocked dress. A loose fit and bright colors make it a winner.
Shop Now: Roksanda "Elva" Color-Block Silk-Twill Halterneck Dress, $570, net-a-porter.com.
Carefully Cut-Out Top
Featuring a halter neck, open back, triangle cutout, and intricate trim detailing, a light blue dress like this is perfect for a guest to wear to a summertime wedding.
Shop Now: Amur "Lara" Dress, $195, amur.com.
The inner slip is attached at the sleeves of this red hot dress. The sheer red polka dot overlay allows for a breezy style.
Shop Now: Eloquii Sheer Dot Maxi with Puff Sleeves, $149.95, eloquii.com.
Puffed sleeves, intricate ruffles, and sheer fabric make this gown one gorgeous look for a wedding guest.
Shop Now: Needle and Thread Floral Diamond Ruffle Dress in Topaz Pink, $449, us.needleandthread.com.
This elegant, silky maxi dress is a glamorous option for a wedding guest wanting to keep things elevated and vintage-inspired.
Shop Now: Free People "Beatrice" Maxi Dress in Calm Sand, $250, freepeople.com.
Flutter sleeves, button down front details, and a peek-a-boo style cutout come together to make this look entirely wedding guest-approved.
Shop Now: Kate Spade "Poolside Dot" Dress, $448, katespade.com.
Lovely in Lace
Lilac corded lace exudes a delicate feminine air when paired with this gorgeous silhouette, and the look is perfect for an outdoor garden party-style wedding.
Shop Now: Jonathan Simkhai Grosgrain-Trimmed Corded Lace Midi Dress, $795, net-a-porter.com.
All Wrapped Up
This ruffled mesh dress was made for moving. The comfortable fabric and flattering wrap style are just a few reasons why we love this as a wedding guest dress idea.
Shop Now: Diane Von Furstenberg "Paloma" Ruffled Mesh Wrap Dress, $398, dvf.com.
Little Black Dress
Don this strapless dress for a more formal wedding. It's a timeless little black dress with an elevated twist thanks to its flouncy him.
Shop Now: Mestiza New York "Pericon" Strapless Pleated Ruffle Hem Midi Dress, $595, neimanmarcus.com.
A pleated ruffled shift dress in an electric color sets this wedding guest dress apart. This is perfect for a beach bash, or daytime soirée.
Shop Now: Halston Pleated Ruffle Shift Dress in Tulip, $218, bloomingdales.com.
This midi dress in khaki green with a wrap front features puffed sleeves for some added flair.
Shop Now: ASOS DESIGN Curve wrap front midi dress with puff sleeves in khaki, $60, asos.com.
Lady in Red
A cinched waist and capped sleeves make this wedding guest dress a classic, gorgeous option for a summer wedding.
Shop Now: M.M. La Fleur "Jillian" Dress in Dahlia, $265, mmlafleur.com.
This midi dress can go from a morning wedding to an evening reception with the swap of a few accessories.
Shop Now: ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Puff-Sleeved Midi Dress, $495, saksfifthavenue.com.
An oversized bow incorporates an extra feminine touch to this gorgeous, colorful floral dress.
Shop Now: Hope for Flowers Abstract Floral Tie-Back Tank Dress, $328, hopeforflowers.com.
An off-the-shoulder neckline and light, airy fabric make this wedding guest dress ideal for a summertime party.
Shop Now: Ryllace "Rio" Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $188, ryllace.com.
A wrap dress featuring color blocked teal and cream is sure to look lovely on any body type. Flutter sleeves add a touch of romance to the overall look.
Shop Now: Clan "Mali" Wrap Dress in Teal, $231, thefolklore.com.
Marigold is making a comeback in a big way. Delicate spaghetti straps and a draped neckline are just a few winning aspects of this wedding guest dress that we love.
Shop Now: Pookie & Sebastian "Luna Surplus" Dress in SFN, $98, pookieandsebastian.com.
Bold and Bright
A bright pink satin dress makes a statement for a summertime wedding. Detailed ruching along the waist adds intrigue.
Shop Now: Cushnie Sleeveless Plunging Dress with Draped Bodice and Hem, $339, shopbop.com.
Light and Airy
An ethereal, lightweight dress made of silk organza will have you floating through any summer wedding.
Shop Now: Dôen "Jacques" Dress, $558, shopdoen.com.
Pretty in Pink
Small ruffle detailing on delicate short sleeves make this pretty in pink dress stand out. Plus, an asymmetrical hemline makes dancing the night away a breeze.
Shop Now: LoveShackFancy "Clemence" Dress in Pink Bonnet, $595, loveshackfancy.com.
Short and Sweet
A dark green and black floral mini dress looks striking with a square neckline, balloon sleeves, and a detailed ripple skirt.
Shop Now: Shop A.AU "Mini Jyoti" Dress, $225, aaushop.com.
A bright red dress is the perfect way to stand out at a summer wedding. Almost four dozen buttons cascade along the side of the dress, from the neckline to the hem, for a timeless detail.
Shop Now: Leigh New York "Rhianna" Dress in Cherry, $450, leighnewyork.com.
A one-shoulder floral dress is just the thing to wear to a summer wedding. It's lightweight and has an adjustable tie at the waist for a more customizable fit.
Shop Now: Fe Noel "Nutmeg" One-Shoulder Dress, $428, fenoel.com.
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