Fall weddings can be a bit trickier to dress for than their spring and summer counterparts. With a chill in the air, sleeves and longer hemlines often feel necessary, reducing the number of shoulder-baring styles and short hemlines you may naturally reach for during the warm-weather months from your rotation. But cooler weather hardly means your options are limited, because they’re not. Fresh fall trends are a perfect starting point when figuring out what to wear to a fall wedding, and this season, ruffles are a romantic trend that makes for a perfect wedding-guest dress.
New-season ruffles range from subtle flourishes to dramatic frills in an assortment of colors and prints that are flawless for fall weddings. While ruffles may seem sugary-sweet, the trend isn’t solely reserved for ultra-feminine tastes. In fact, there are many versions of ruffled dresses that feel sleek and sophisticated—an ideal option for those who tend towards minimal dresses but want to veer slightly more whimsical with a fall wedding guest look.
If you’re one for floral prints, ruffled versions abound in darker colors from jewel tones to mixed-print styles. Or, if a pattern is your preference but not so much a flowery motif, polka dots, snake prints, and paisley dresses with ruffles are refreshing alternatives. If you like to make a statement with color, go for ruffles in one of fall’s leading shades: yellow and hot pink. If that sounds a little intimidating, classic shades like red and navy are impactful, while softer hues like moss and dusty rose are decidedly chic. Tones like rust, plum, and Forrest green are seasonal hits, too. Ruffles are gorgeous in the form of lace as well, from high-neck silhouettes with flouncy skirts to flutter-sleeve shapes with slimmer skirts that hit just below the knee. Asymmetrical ruffles will make the boldest statement whether with a cascading design that flows top to bottom or a tiered skirt with frilled sleeves to match.
Whether your silhouette of choice is a micro-mini, tiered maxi, or asymmetrical midi with long sleeves, puffed shoulders, or a strapless designs, there’s certainly a ruffled wedding guest dress for you. Ahead, scroll through our edit of 45 styles, ranging from under-$50 finds to splurge-worthy takes. You may just ruffle a few fashion feathers on the fall wedding circuit.