Whether you have a go-to formula or mix it up every time, finding the perfect wedding guest dress is always fun. From the dress to the shoes, handbag, and jewelry, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something new and fresh trends are a great place to start if you need a little inspiration.
While we’re still in the thick of summer, your weekends are likely filled with weddings aplenty whether you’re traveling to a far-flung destination or attending a local ceremony. This means, summer dresses are still a perfect choice as a wedding guest, though, it doesn’t hurt to consider trends that are at once big for the warm-weather season and carrying into fall (we’re all about getting you the most bang for your buck!). Yes, channeling your personal style and choosing wedding guest dresses that make you feel the most confident and comfortable is important, and we support that! At the same time, however, acknowledging trends each season is a great way to step outside your comfort zone if you’re feeling the need to try something new—no harm in a little inspiration every now and again. If you’re already the trend-following kind, there’s no greater feeling than putting your signature stamp on the newest looks (and seeing all the ‘likes’ roll in on social media after posting a photo of your extraordinary ensemble—no shame in the game).
To keep you super stylish for every wedding you have on your calendar now, through the end of summer, and into fall, ahead, we’re breaking down five fresh trends that make for perfect wedding guest attire. From the next big color to the ultra-flattering silhouettes the fashion crowd is obsessed with, you’ll stand out in these fashionable dresses.
Color is a great way to stand out as a wedding guest and opportunity o experiment with hues you don’t normally wear. Right now, yellow has proven to be an It shade on the rise from pale to vibrant. Despite being intimidating to many women, variations of the color compliment a range of skin tones, though, we’re all for the boldest shades like dandelion and chartreuse.
Above: A New Day Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress
SHOP NOW: Target, was $27.98, now $19.58
Lucy Paris Marissa Ruffled Floral Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $98
BCBG Max Azria Golden Glow Handkerchief Dress
SHOP NOW: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $248
Keepsake Lace Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: ASOS, $419
Whistles Aina Devore Dress
SHOP NOW: Whistles, $559
Drama seekers are undoubtedly drawn to the puffy shoulder trend from ‘80s-inspired minis to romantic midi and maxi dresses that channel the Old West. IN bold colors, splashy prints, and bohemian-style prints, there’s a version for every taste.
Above: Keepsake Need You Now Floral Dress
SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $129.50
Dôen Vetiver Dress
SHOP NOW: Dôen, $198
LPA Shirred Button Up Dress
SHOP NOW: Revolve, was $218, now $138
C/meo Collective Daisy Print Off Shoulder Dress
SHOP NOW: ASOS, $245
LoveShackFancy Angie Dress
SHOP NOW: LoveShackFancy, $475
In balmy weather, a wedding guest dress that allows for breathability is key (an especially important component if you’re the type to show off your moves on the dance floor) and eyelet is the perfect way to look feminine and romantic for a wedding. More than on-trend, eyelet is timeless so you can keep any dress in the fabric in rotation for seasons to come.
Above: H&M Embroidered Dress
SHOP NOW: H&M, $69.99
ASOS DESIGN Premium Broderie Maxi Dress With Contrast Straps
SHOP NOW: ASOS, $119
Joie Halone Eyelet Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $143.28
Rebecca Taylor, La Vie Eyelet Poplin Dress
SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $375
Ulla Johnson Marjorie Dress
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $550, now $385
The slip dress is one of those iconic silhouettes we just can’t quit and the perfect wedding guest look if a fussy dress doesn’t interest you. Right now, ‘90s-style versions are the ticket from slinky spaghetti straps to cowl necks and halter necklines. If this look feels a bit bare, layer an elegant blazer over top in a tonal color—you’ll look sophisticated and fashion-forward as ever.
Above: Topshop Jacquard Bow Slip Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Topshop, $45
Réalisation The Jeet - Flower Power
SHOP NOW: Réalisation, $210
FRAME Satin Tank Dress
SHOP NOW: FRAME, $375
Theory Satin Slip Dress
SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $395
Fleur Du Mal Cowl Neck Slip Dress
SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $485
Another iconic shape, wrap dresses are universally flattering whether you choose one with flutter sleeves, cascading ruffles or a tiered skirt. Wrap dresses are often more demure in shape, too, making them ideal for a wedding at a church. The mood at the moment is a cross between French girl style and ‘90s chic, coming in a range of floral motifs from ditsy prints to Laura Ashley-style blossoms and punchy blooms.
Above: Zara Floral Print Wrap Dress
SHOP NOW: Zara, $49.90
WAYF Polermo Layered Maxi Wrap Dress
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $139
Whimsy + Row Lola Wrap Dress in Vintage Floral
SHOP NOW: Whimsy + Row, $168
Reformation Gwenyth Dress
SHOP NOW: Reformation, $218
Ganni Silvery Crepe Wrap Dress
SHOP NOW: Intermix, $280