When you think of wedding guest dresses, floral prints are likely one of the first styles to come to mind. Feminine, romantic, and whimsical, everything from tulips to daisies and lilac motifs is perfect for every wedding guest, right? Wrong! The reality is not everyone is totally into florals for spring, summer, or any time of year. We know, groundbreaking. If you fall into this camp, stick with us.
This season, a variety of print trends abound that are perfect for the anti-floral wedding guest, all of which are cheerful, fun, and fresh to wear to a wedding. For classic tastes, polka dots and gingham prints are major, coming with a retro mood that, at once, feels achingly modern. More than black and white spots, polka dots are available in a range of colors from mocha-colored (which give us major Pretty Woman vibes) to red, purple, and multi-colored variations. Super fun and graphic whether you go for a ‘90s-style slip or ladylike midi dress with sleeves. On the gingham front, this look is best for casual, daytime or rustic weddings like an intimate garden setting, a vineyard or barn venue, or nuptials hosted in a backyard. Despite not being a floral print, gingham still reads feminine and sweet, especially silhouettes with ruffle detailing, a flounced hem or flutter sleeves.
For the fashionably brave, bold stripes in a rainbow palette are on deck this season. Likewise for charming fruit motifs, tropical designs, and animal print. Each of these styles is flawless for an unexpected wedding guest look. To ensure an incredibly elegant effect, be sure to go for sophisticated silhouettes like sheaths, wrap dresses, minimal slips, and A-line cuts as each style definitely skew more flamboyant than subdued. We love these prints for weddings by the beach from tropical destinations to the Amalfi coast where spirits are high and the mood is cheerful. Of course, you can rock these at any venue, too, so long as you’re unafraid to be a stylish focal point.
Ready to shop for a non-floral wedding guest dress? Ahead, we’ve assembled an edit of 30 dresses sure to please with options for every budget—under-$50 finds, included!