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While the winter, spring, and summer months all have their allure, there’s something particularly enchanting about attending a fall wedding. After all, the season is known for its beautiful golden foliage, crisp temperatures, and cozy venues. But when it comes to dressing for autumn nuptials, it can be tricky for wedding guests to find an outfit that's both stylish and season-appropriate.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fall wedding guest dresses out there that are practical and fashionable—even for outdoor ceremonies. Certain silhouettes like floor-length gowns, with long sleeves and high necklines, are perfect for fending off chilly temperatures in style. When it comes to colors and patterns, dresses in jewel tones, metallics, and moody floral prints, will complement autumn's rich and earthy hues. And the best fabrics for a fall wedding? Plush velvet, heavy crepe, satin, and silk are all great options for the cooler autumn months.
Whether the wedding takes place in a rustic barn in the mountains or at a modern city venue, read on the best fall wedding guest dresses for every style and budget.
For the Boho Guest: Lulus Navy Blue Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress
If you want to wear a slip dress to a fall wedding, but are worried about those chilly evening breezes, opt for one crafted from velvet. This BHLDN slip is warm and flattering, and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Most Modest: ASOS DESIGN Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeve
While black and jewel tones are popular for fall weddings, if you’re looking for something a little more statement-making, consider a bold mustard hue. This ASOS gown is also a great option for those who prefer a more conservative silhouette.
Best Wrap Dress: Zimmermann Asymmetric Ruffled Silk-Satin Wrap Dress
Who says you can't wear a mini dress to a fall wedding? This sparkly number is fun and sexy and perfect for twirling around the dance floor. We love it with matching metallic shoes, and statement earrings for a dazzling look.
Best with Long Sleeves: Jenny Yoo Velvet Maxi Dress
A surefire way to stay warm at an outside wedding in the fall is to outfit yourself in head-to-toe velvet. This beautiful long-sleeve gown from BHLDN is an effortless way to look stylish while braving the elements.
Most Party-Ready: ASOS EDITION Ombre Sequin Wrap Dress
Invited to a formal wedding? This shimmering emerald green dress is ultra-sophisticated for any formal occasion. The pleated skirt moves with your every step while the metallic flecked fabric catches the light at every angle.
For the Classic Guest: BHLDN Satin Charmeuse Dress
For the guest whose tastes lean classic, this halterneck silhouette is sure to complement your timeless aesthetic. Style with shoulder-grazing earrings to highlight the elegant neckline.
What to look for in a fall wedding guest outfit
If you're attending a fall wedding, you'll want to find an outfit that not only adheres to the dress code but is season-appropriate, too. During the cooler months, swap out springy pastels for jewel tones and moody floral prints. When it comes to fabrics, opt for dresses and jumpsuits in warm materials like velvet, heavy-weight satin, and lace. Hoping to make a daring fashion statement? Look for details like beaded embellishments, dramatic long sleeves, and alluring open backs. Of course, when it comes to shopping for a fool-proof fall wedding guest outfit, you can never go wrong with a little black dress.
What should a guest wear to a fall wedding?
If the wedding is being held outdoors, you'll want to look for long sleeve dresses in warm fabrics like velvet and heavy crepe. For an indoor wedding, dresses in jewel tones, earthy hues, metallics, and classic black feel especially fitting for a fall wedding.
What should I wear over my outfit for a fall wedding?
Floor-length coats in wool or faux fur, boleros, cropped jackets, and shawls are all stylish ways to complete your fall wedding guest outfit.
What shoes should I wear to an outdoor fall wedding?
Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more. When it comes to fall wedding guest attire, Sophie personally loves long sleeve dresses in rich jewel tones or muted floral prints.