This Romantic Wedding Guest Dress Trend Is Perfect For Fall and Winter Weddings

Feminine and fresh

Updated 11/14/18
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Courtesy of ML Monique Lhuillier

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.

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A New Day Printed Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of A New Day

SHOP NOW: Target, was $24.98, now $22.48

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Who What Wear Floral Print Ruffle Placket Midi Dress

Courtesy of Who What Wear

SHOP NOW: Target, was $32.99, now $31.34

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Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Floral Print Woven Ruffle Tiered Dress

Courtesy of Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel

SHOP NOW: Target, was $34.99, now $22.74

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Ava & Viv Plus Size Floral Print Ruffle Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress

Courtesy of Ava & Viv

SHOP NOW: Target, $39.99

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Vanity Room Lilac Bodycon Mini Dress with Ruffle Detail

Courtesy of Vanity Room

SHOP NOW: Target, was $47.99, now $31.19

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M Patterned Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $49.99

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Express Ruffle Elastic Waist Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Express

SHOP NOW: Express, $59.90

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Junarose Ruffle Panel Shift Dress

Courtesy of Junarose


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ASOS DESIGN Pleated Ruffle Square Neck Midi Dress With Long Sleeves

Courtesy of ASOS


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Zara Lace Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $69.90

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Chaps Floral Ruffle Shift Dress

Courtesy of Chaps

SHOP NOW: Kohl's, was $110, now $59.99

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Minimum Printed Maxi Dress With Ruffle Waist

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, was $146 now $86

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Lane Bryant Ruffle Hem Lace Fit & Flare Dress

Courtesy of Lane Bryant

SHOP NOW: Lane Bryant, $89.95

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Madewell Silk Waterlily Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of Madewell

SHOP NOW: Madewell, was $168, now $99.99

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Wayf Miranda Tiered Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of Wayf

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, was $100, now $59.98

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Mango Snake Print Gown

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $119.99

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Wilfred Louise Dress

Courtesy of Aritzia

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $128

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Yaura Slash Neck Ruffle Midi Skater Dress

Courtesy of Yaura


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MICHAEL Michael Kors Paisley Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

SHOP NOW: Dillard's, was $135, now $81

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Eloquii Ruffle Front Print Maxi

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $149.90

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Little Moon Orchid Dress

Courtesy of Little Moon

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $175

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Capulet Pansy Dress

Courtesy of Capulet

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $185

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Parker Josie Ruffled Silk Dress

Courtesy of Parker

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, was $378, now $189

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Yumi Kim Galloway Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, was $218, now $129.95

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Hemant & Nandita Emilie Patchwork Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Hemant & Nandita

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $238

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Ottod'Ame Jace Ruffled Dress

Courtesy of Ottod'Ame

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, was $248, now $149.95

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Diane von Furstenberg Short Sleeve Ruffle Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

SHOP NOW: Diane von Furstenberg, $248

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Saylor Mollie Dress

Courtesy of Saylor

SHOP NOW: Saylor, $264

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Corded Paisley Lace Dress

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

SHOP NOW: Michael Kors, was $295, now $154.88

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Cape Sleeve Maxi Dress



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Nicole Miller Silk Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of Nicole Miller

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, was $395, now $198

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Kate Spade New York Leopard-Print Velvet Lace Dress

Courtesy of Kate Spade

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade, $428

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alice + olivia Lashay Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of alice + olivia

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $440, now $308

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Shoshanna Elnora Dress

Courtesy of Shoshanna

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $455

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Zimmermann Flounce Neck Midi Dress

Courtesy of Zimmermann

SHOP NOW: Zimmermann, $495

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Jason Wu Grey Silk Long Sleeve Ruffle Dress

Couretsy of Jason Wu Grey

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $495, now $331.65

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ML Monique Lhuillier Jacquard Cocktail Dress with Ruffle Skirt

Courtesy of ML Monique Lhuillier

SHOP NOW: 11 Honore, $495

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Tanya Taylor Garden Floral Crinkle Blaire Dress

Courtesy of Tanya Taylor

SHOP NOW: 11 Honore, $525

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See By Chloé Frilly Dress

Courtesy of See By Chloé

SHOP NOW: Chloé, $535

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Joie Anawrette Dress

Courtesy of Joie

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $548, now $274

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Saloni Isa Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of Saloni

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $695

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Rebecca Taylor Glistening Rose Velvet Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $795

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