These Are the Best Colors to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Seasonally chic

Updated 10/17/18

Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

With nuptials occurring year-round, a wedding guest dress may be an item on your October and November shopping lists. Yes, new boots, cozy sweaters, and cool coats are likely topping your list, but if you’ve been on the receiving end of a save the date (or two, or three), a wedding guest dress is essential. Whether you’re in the mood for something in sumptuous velvet, with long sleeves, or in an eye-catching print, a great place to start narrowing down your options is with color—and this fall, a number of Autumnal hues and unexpectedly trendy shades will make for a seasonally appropriate look.

When shopping for a wedding guest dress in spring and summer, you’ll likely tend towards an off-the-shoulder silhouette, shoulder-baring midi dress, or lightweight, breezy maxi in a pastel color or ultra-bright shade. In cooler fall weather, however, you’ll probably want to go beyond your go-to sleeveless styles vivid shades in favor of something darker like plum, forest green, and burgundy. While we’re all for these seasonal jewel tones for fall, this season bolder, brighter colors are trending from chirpy shades of yellow to hot pink and upbeat blues. If you’re all about ‘90s nostalgia, brown is another a must-try shade from tawny tints to deep mocha—if you’re the type to favor neutral tones, this color trend is totally for you.

Of course, fall wedding venues run the gamut from woodsy affairs to rustic vineyards to city settings, making the question of what color dress to wear an important one. But something about a trendier shade feels decidedly fresh this time of year—an excellent tactic if you’re angling for best-dressed guest. Plus, trying a shade you wouldn’t normally wear can feel empowering when you’re not typically one to venture outside your comfort zone. So why not go your boldest and brightest this season?

Whether you’d dare to try a fierce shade of fuchsia, are unabashed by marigold, or prefer a pretty shade of plum, ahead we highlight eight gorgeous colors that are perfect to wear as a wedding guest this fall. It’s time to choose a new hue.

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Yellow

Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop Boutique Asymmetrical Tie Sleeve Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $130

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Yellow

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

Yumi Kim Wonderland Swiss Dot Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $238

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Yellow

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg Front Twist Dress

SHOP NOW: Diane Von Furstenberg, $398

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Hot Pink

Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Midi Dress With Pleat Skirt and Flutter Sleeve

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $60

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Hot Pink

Courtesy of Milly

Milly Stretch Silk Callie Dress

SHOP NOW: Milly, $450

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Hot Pink

Courtesy of Amanda Uprichard

Amanda Uprichard Opal Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $194

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Wine

Courtesy of Zara

Zara Contrasting Pleated Blouse Dress

SHOP NOW: Zara, $50

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Wine

Courtesy of Ronny Kobo

Ronny Kobo Georgina Floral Burnout Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $478

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Wine

Courtesy of Rixo

Rixo London Daisy Two Stripe

Rixo, approximately $520

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Blue

Courtesy of Keepsake The Label

Keepsake The Label Uncovered Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $190

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Blue

Courtesy of Staud

Staud Sandy Robe

Staud, $325

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Blue

Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

BCBG Max Azria Lace-Trimmed Draped Ruffle Dress

SHOP NOW: BCBG Max Azria, $328

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Brown

Courtesy of Forever 21

Forever 21 Flounce-Sleeve Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $25

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Brown

Courtesy of Ganni

Ganni Cameron Polka-Dot Dress

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $315

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Brown

Courtesy of A.L.C.

A.L.C. Carlo Dress

SHOP NOW: A.L.C., $695

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Green

Courtesy of H&M

H&M V-neck Wrap Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $30

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Green

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Tiered Velvet Dress

SHOP NOW: Michael Kors, $225

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Green

Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley Andi Ruched Mini Dress

Cynthia Rowley, $495

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Red

Courtesy of Maggy London

Maggy London Asymmetrical Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $138

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Red

Courtesy of Edition10

Edition 10 Cinched Waist Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $420

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Red

Courtesy of ML Monique Lhuillier

ML Monique Lhuillier Off-the-Shoulder Lace Dress

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $495

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Plum

Courtesy of Warehouse

Warehouse Wrap Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Warehouse, $87

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Plum

Courtesy of Le Gali

Le Gali Alix Ruffle-Trim Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $159

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Plum

Courtesy of Chelsea28

Chelsea 28 Pleat Detail Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $149

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