5 Fresh Dress Trends to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Earn the title of best-dressed guest

Updated 10/27/18
Product Disclosure

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

Fall wedding season is here! Which means autumnal weddings in the woods, rustic-chic country nuptials, and tented fetes amongst the changing leaves. For all those fall save the dates that are surely rolling in, it’s time to think about what to wear as a fall wedding guest. Putting together a wedding guest look is always fun, but there’s a major advantage to shopping for an ensemble this time of year—fresh fall fashion! And myriad dress trends are new to the market that make for a fresh and fashion-forward wedding guest during the months of October and November.

Fall’s latest trends are a perfect starting point when it comes to shopping for a wedding guest dress and this season is ushering in five super-stylish themes that make for a fresh and fashionable lineup of looks. If you’re a fan of vivid colors, yellow is the shade du jour from buttery hues to bright lemon. Despite what you may think, these rich tones look gorgeous on a range of complexions and offered in a range is shapes from puff-sleeve gowns to classic wrap dresses. Floral prints, while synonymous with spring, come darker for fall in a moody palette that feels at once daring and romantic. For feminine tastes, ruffles remain, but take a turn for the bold. Think asymmetrical designs to sweeping tiers top to toe. Velvet is always in season for fall and into winter, but this year, silhouettes are especially romantic from puff sleeves to voluminous shoulders and elegant ruching. For the sartorially adventurous, ‘80s-style minis are choice for an ultra-glam wedding guest look. New-in styles are done in fanciful fabrics and finished with mega-watt sleeves and striking embellishments.

Whether you’re attending one wedding or several, a wedding guest dress that’s in line with fall’s leading trends guarantees more than a stylish moment on the dance floor—it will be a lasting look in your wardrobe that you can wear repeatedly throughout the season whether at work, for date night, or at a cocktail party.

Ready to shop fall dress trends for the wedding circuit? Ahead, scroll through our edit of 25 dresses with options starting under $50.

01 of 05

Yellow

Courtesy of H&M

H&M Crêped Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $59.99

yellow dress
Courtesy of River Island

River Island Yellow Tie Waist Long Sleeve Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: River Island, $100

yellow dress
Courtesy of Harlyn

Harlyn Flutter Sleeve Velvet Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $172

dress
Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg Front Twist Dress

SHOP NOW: Diane Von Furstenberg, $398

dress
Courtesy of Stine Goya

Stine Goya Delia Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $480

02 of 05

Bold Ruffles

Courtesy of WAYF

WAYF Miranda Tiered Ruffle Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $100

dress
Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Ruffle Maxi Dress With 70s Balloon Sleeve

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $103

dress
Courtesy of Saylor

Saylor Millie Dress

SHOP NOW: Orchard Mile, $308

dress
Courtesy of Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller Silk Ruffle Dress

SHOP NOW: Nicole Miller, $395

dress
Courtesy of Saloni

Saloni Marissa Mini Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $595

03 of 05

Romantic Velvet

Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS EDITION Asymmetric Drape Dress in Velvet

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $174

dress
Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff Arlette Botanical Burnout Velvet Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $198

dress
Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor La Vie Lisette Velveteen Dress

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $325

dress
Courtesy of Rachel Antonoff

Rachel Antonoff Margaret Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $328

dress
Courtesy of Parker

Parker Lilly Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $398

04 of 05

Dark Florals

Courtesy of Who What Wear

Who What Wear Long Sleeve Waterfall Hem Dress

SHOP NOW: Target, $36.99

dress
 Courtesy of Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda Ruffle Jungle Print Dress

SHOP NOW: Scotch & Soda, $165

dress
Courtesy of Yumi Kim

Yumi Kim Brookhaven Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $278

dress
Courtesy of Whistles

Whistles Adelaide Ruched Floral Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $339

dress
Courtesy of RIXO London

RIXO London Lisa Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $385

05 of 05

‘80s Minis

Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop Stud Velvet Frill Dress

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $85

dress
Courtesy of Keepsake

Keepsake Dreamlike Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $205

dress
Courtesy of Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait One-Shoulder Embroidered Minidress

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $440

dress
Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley Andi Ruched Mini Dress

Cynthia Rowley

dress
Courtesy of Dodo Bar Or

Dodo Bar Or Embellished Satin Minidress

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $544

Related Stories