5 Fresh Dress Trends To Wear As A Wedding Guest Right Now

Ultra-stylish looks you’ll love

Updated 07/31/19

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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.

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Yellow

Courtesy of A New Day

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

YELLOW DRESS
Courtesy of Lucy Paris

Lucy Paris Marissa Ruffled Floral Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $98

YELLOW
Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

BCBG Max Azria Golden Glow Handkerchief Dress

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yellow dress
Courtesy of Keepsake

Keepsake Lace Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $419

yellow dress
Courtesy of Whistles

Whistles Aina Devore Dress

SHOP NOW: Whistles, $559

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Puffy Shoulders

Courtesy of Keepsake

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

yellow dress
 Courtesy of Dôen

Dôen Vetiver Dress

SHOP NOW: Dôen, $198

red dress
Courtesy of LPA

LPA Shirred Button Up Dress

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pink dress
Courtesy of C/meo Collective

C/meo Collective Daisy Print Off Shoulder Dress

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $245

blue dress
Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

LoveShackFancy Angie Dress

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Eyelet

Courtesy of H&M

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

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green dress
Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Premium Broderie Maxi Dress With Contrast Straps

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pink dress
Courtesy of Joie

Joie Halone Eyelet Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $143.28

purple dress
 Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor, La Vie Eyelet Poplin Dress

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yellow dress
Courtesy of Ulla Johnson

Ulla Johnson Marjorie Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $550, now $385

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Slip Dresses

Courtesy of Topshop

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

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flower dress
Courtesy of Réalisation

Réalisation The Jeet - Flower Power

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slip dress
Courtesy of FRAME

FRAME Satin Tank Dress

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slip dress
Courtesy of Theory

Theory Satin Slip Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $395

slip dress
Courtesy of Fleur Du Mal

Fleur Du Mal Cowl Neck Slip Dress

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $485

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Wrap Dresses

Courtesy of Zara

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

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flower dress
Courtesy of WAYF

WAYF Polermo Layered Maxi Wrap Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $139

wrap dress
Courtesy of Whimsy + Row

Whimsy + Row Lola Wrap Dress in Vintage Floral

SHOP NOW: Whimsy + Row, $168

wrap dress
Courtesy of Reformation

Reformation Gwenyth Dress

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $218

flower dress
Courtesy of Ganni

Ganni Silvery Crepe Wrap Dress

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