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A spring wedding is the epitome of romance. With warmer weather on the horizon, fresh flowers in bloom, and an optimistic spirit all around, attending a ceremony during this gorgeous time of year is a real treat. If you’ve received a save the date and are beginning your search for the perfect spring wedding guest dress, you’re in luck—options abound.
Violet Gross is the founder of Tulerie, an invite-only, peer-to-peer designer fashion borrowing platform and community, which also happens to offer a bevy of pieces well-suited for a springtime ceremony. A top style she sees for dresses borrowed or purchased? Florals. “Our users borrow lots of florals and prints for the spring weddings they attend,” Gross shares. “For the daytime [outdoor] wedding, I love floor-grazing maxi dresses from Agua by Agua Bendita or Reformation that can be worn with flats.”
On top of details like puff sleeves and romantic florals, Gross adds that you can incorporate trends into your wedding guest outfit through accessorizing.
Read on to shop the best spring wedding guest dresses for every dress code to solidify your look.
Best Details: Lulus Floral Print Pleated Maxi Dress
You can never go wrong with a floral dress for a spring wedding. But if you’re hoping to take it up a notch, consider contrasting straps; it’s also an easy way to tie in black heels.
Best A-Line Silhouette: ASOS Design Shirred Bunny Tie Midi Dress
This tea-length dress is crafted in a serene, sage hue and features a square neckline and flattering A-line silhouette. To top it all off, free-flowing shoulder straps make dancing all the more photographable.
Cutest Outdoor Attire: Sundress Gingham Maxi Dress
Gingham is one of spring’s most beloved prints; try it out with this ruffled hem maxi dress for an outdoor wedding. Float across the venue effortlessly with this flowy number; the self-tie belt ensures a perfect fit. Accessorize with delicate gold jewelry for a polished finish.
What to Look for in a Spring Wedding Guest Outfit
Spring nuptials call for wedding guest outfits in bright colors, pretty pastel hues, and floral prints. A spring wedding is also the perfect occasion to don leg-baring silhouettes (think midi and mini dresses) in easy, breezy fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. Wedding-worthing dresses with details such as open-backs, cut-outs, and thigh-high slits, are not only eye-catching but ideal for keeping you cool during balmy weather. And when it comes to accessorizing your spring wedding guest outfit, you can never go wrong with strappy sandals or espadrilles and a woven clutch.
Are Any Colors Off-Limits?
It depends. White is, naturally, reserved for the bride. Also, if your dress is white with a very pale print and could be mistaken for white, you might want to err on the side of caution and wear something else. Traditionally, guests have been advised against wearing bold colors (like red) so as not to draw attention away from the bride, but preferences are shifting so go with your gut and what you think the bride will care (and not care) about.
What Are The Best Fabrics for Spring Wedding Guest Dresses?
Does Dress Length Matter?
It does. If it’s a super casual wedding and the couple has expressed that guests can wear cocktail attire, feel free to go with a shorter hemline. Anything else and you’re best opting for a midi or ankle length. If the wedding invite specifies black tie, then you’ll definitely want something on the longer side.
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