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.