One of the best parts about attending a wedding is that it's the perfect excuse to dress up and showcase your unique personal style. While finding a plus-size wedding guest outfit may have seemed difficult in the past, today, there are plenty of size-inclusive options that will flatter any body shape.
If you're stuck on what to wear to an upcoming wedding, let the season and dress code guide you in the right direction. In general, there are a few features you should always look for in a wedding guest outfit: the silhouette, neckline, and material. For example, a winter black-tie wedding usually requires floor-length silhouettes, while mini dresses with bright colors and lightweight fabrics are ideal for casual summer weddings.
To take the guesswork out of your search, we extensively researched various plus-size wedding guest dresses available with these features in mind. Some of our top picks include the ASOS DESIGN Curve Exclusive Plunge Pleated Midi Dress, Reformation Juliette Dress, and Lulus Forever Your Girl Black Bodycon Dress.
When choosing the color of your outfit, it's best to avoid picking white, ivory, or cream and the bridal party's color. If unsure, you can ask the bride or bridal party in advance.
Read on for the best plus-size wedding guest dresses for every dress code and season.
Best Pleated Style: ASOS DESIGN Curve Exclusive Plunge Pleated Midi Dress
We love this fit-and-flare dress for its flattering shape and color. The pastel hue looks great on all complexions, while the silhouette complements any body shape. The pleated detailing and lace accents add elegance, while the v-neckline provides a little bit of drama. The midi length makes it a great pick for weddings in warmer weather, like spring or summer. Wear this with strappy heels and statement earrings for a bold look, or dress it down with sandals and studs.
For a Garden Wedding: Reformation Juliette Dress ES
For an utterly romantic outdoor wedding set in a luscious garden or an intimate backyard setting, this floral dress is a stylish and practical choice. Its smocked bodice is super comfortable and flattering, while the midi-length skirt is ideal for walking across grass-covered venues. What's more, the pin-thin straps are adjustable ensuring a perfect fit.
Most Sexy: Lulus Forever Your Girl Black Bodycon Dress
With a v-neckline, princess-seamed bodice, and wrap skirt with a bodycon fit, this mini dress from Lulus exudes sexy. Like any classic LBD, this is the best transition piece to take you from the aisle to the afterparty. Made from polyester, rayon, and spandex, it has a stretchy and comfortable fit. While we're partial to the black shade, it does come in more lively colors, like bright pink and royal blue, if you're shopping for a spring or summer event.
Best Color-Blocked Style: Hutch Bow Tie Dress
Bold and effortlessly chic this color-blocked dress will stand out in all of your photos. We love the playful nature of the large bow detail at the strapless neckline, and the combination of rich brown and black makes it a great choice for a fall wedding. As a bonus, this dress even has pockets so you could skip a clutch if you travel light. Made of cotton, polyester, and spandex, this dress is stretchy and comfortable.
Most Unexpected Floral Print: ASOS DESIGN Curve Short Sleeve Tie Detail Floral Midi Tea Dress
Bright and cheery floral dresses are a must-have for any of your summer weddings, and this ASOS Design dress fits the bill. We love the playful mix of floral prints and colors and the plunging neckline. The body-skimming skirt is flattering, and the tie front adds a trendy look. Style it with strappy heels or colorful sandals for a completed look.
Best for a Spring Wedding: BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress
Stun at spring or summer weddings in this simple yet elegant slip dress. Designed with a flattering cowl neckline and a thigh-high slit, this style is equal parts sophisticated and sexy. It comes in various colors, from this dazzling amber shade to ice blue to deep burgundy, so you can find a color that suits any season. The ankle-length makes it appropriate for formal weddings, but you could don this number at more casual events, too. It's made of lightweight polyester fabric, so it won't make you overheat in warmer weather. Pair this with statement earrings and heels for a completed look.
Best for a Casual Wedding: Eloquii Open Front Maxi Dress
If you're invited to a casual wedding, you can't go wrong with this alluring off-the-shoulder dress in a fresh floral print. It has a flattering fitted bodice and a-line skirt, and the midi length makes it ideal for warm-weather weddings. It's made of polyester for a stretchy and lightweight fit. Pair it with a pair of nude heels and simple jewelry for a polished look.
For a Destination Wedding: Reformation Daytona Silk Dress Es
We love this swoon-worthy style for a destination wedding set on the beach of some fabulous tropical locale. The bright orange floral print will undoubtedly set you apart from the crowd while the silky slip silhouette gives off a sultry vibe. Highlight your decolletage with a simple necklace and opt for matching orange shoes for a chic, monochromatic look.
Best Little Black Dress: Reformation Mara Dress
A flattering sweetheart neckline, sexy thigh-high slit, and open-back are just a few details that set this LBD apart from the rest. It has a fitted bodice and a full skirt, making for a silhouette that flatters various body types. Made of lightweight fabric, this maxi-length dress can get you through any event all wedding season long.
Best Under $80: Lulus Fleur-tation Green Floral Print Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress
There's no denying that attending a wedding can be hard on your wallet. Luckily, this gorgeous style won't break the bank and is versatile enough to be worn to a wide array of warm-weather weddings. We love the flattering (and comfortable!) smocked off-the-shoulder neckline and the side slit adds an element of sexiness to the look. The floral pattern makes it a great pick for spring and summer weddings, while the high-low skirt makes it appropriate for semi-formal and casual events. Style it with block sandals for a finished look.
Best Festive Attire: ASOS DESIGN Curve Kimono Sleeve Gold Sequin Maxi Dress
Attending a wedding that calls for festive attire? Consider donning this gold sequin dress for a dazzling look. We love that the kimono sleeves and open-back add a dramatic touch, while the plunging front provides a flattering and sexy look. It's made of 100 percent polyester and boasts a body-hugging silhouette for added allure. Style this with a bold red lip and minimal accessories.
Most Versatile: Reformation Nadira Dress Es
This floral dress is a fresh, fun, and versatile pick that should be in every wedding guest's wardrobe. The tie straps and flowing skirt ooze romance, while the bustier neckline and fitted bodice are beyond flattering. Wear this flower-flocked dress with casual espadrilles for a laidback look or pin-thin strappy sandals for a more formal affair.
Best for Dancing: ASOS DESIGN Curve Textured Tiered Floral Midi Dress with Lace Insert and Open Back
This pretty floral frock dress is sure to speak to the romantic at heart. Its lovely layered skirt has tons of movement thanks to its cascading ruffle design making it the perfect dress for dancing the night away. What's more, the open-back detail will photograph beautifully for all those dance floor candids.
For a Winter Wedding: Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress
Stylish, warm, and practical, a velvet long-sleeve dress is the perfect ensemble for a winter wedding. This body-hugging style by Jenny Yoo looks and feels luxurious and comes in five beautiful colors from french blue to dramatic dark berry. Pair yours with a faux fur shrug for added warmth and glamour.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: 11 Honoré Collection Carter Maxi Dress
Details like voluminous puff sleeves, an elegantly draped cowl back, and a gentle train lend this black gown a decidedly romantic aesthetic. Crafted from a stretchy knit fabric, the Carter maxi is designed to be body-hugging for a head-turning look. Its floor-length silhouette makes it a stylish and appropriate choice for a black-tie wedding.
Best Jewel Tone: Jenny Yoo Mara Velvet Maxi Dress
Dresses in jewel tones are a stunning choice for fall or winter weddings. They look rich and luxurious and are the perfect complement to a wedding with a moody color palette. This captivating gown by Jenny Yoo is crafted in sumptuous velvet adding texture and warmth to your autumn-approved look.
For a Daytime Wedding: Eloquii Eyelet Tie Front Full Skirted Maxi Dress
This perfectly pink dress is as sweet as ever for a spring or summer wedding. Its easy and flattering silhouette is crafted from 100 percent cotton making it a light and breezy option for a sun-soaked ceremony. We love this eyelet number for a casual daytime wedding.
For a Beach Wedding: Show Me Your Mumu Midge Midi Dress
Headed to a beach wedding? This tropical print dress is a must-have for any warm-weather nuptials. Its bright colors and relaxed silhouette make it particularly fitting for a beach wedding. Plus, since this dress works well for everything from a casual wedding to a pool party to a brunch date, you'll be sure to get lots of mileage out of it.
What to Look For in a Plus-Size Wedding Guest Outfit
When shopping for a wedding guest outfit, it can be helpful to narrow down your options by picking silhouettes that work best for the season, dress code, and for your body type. Certain silhouettes like A-line, empire waist, and fit-to-flare are some of the most flattering cuts out there–no matter your shape or size. For formal affairs, opt for floor-length gowns with dazzling details like beaded embellishments and trendy puff sleeves. Attending a more casual celebration? Opt for mini dresses or wrap silhouettes in flirty floral prints and soft pastels. And don't forget about necklines! From off-the-shoulder to square and deep–V, there are scores of pretty necklines out there perfect for highlighting the shoulders and décolletage.
What silhouettes will work best for my body type?
What are some flattering necklines?
This all depends on what features you're looking to emphasize. If you want to showcase your shoulders, opt for off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, strapless, or halter necklines. For those who want an outfit with a sexier cut, plunging necklines and scoop neck silhouettes are flattering, elongating, and alluring.
What colors should guests avoid wearing to a wedding?
Although not all brides choose to wear white, it's generally a good rule of thumb for guests to avoid wearing anything white, cream, or ivory. Black-tie affairs and winter weddings often call for darker ensembles, such as deep green hues, black, or navy blue. Spring and summer weddings offer ample opportunity to play with colors and patterns, especially if the ceremony and reception are held outdoors. Consider pastel shades, floral prints, and bright colors.
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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.