Wedding Guest Dresses to Shop Now by Color

Choose your hue: pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and more!

Updated 04/02/19

Courtesy of Anthropologie

No matter the time of year, one of the easiest ways to narrow down your ideal wedding guest dress is by color. Whether you’re inspired by the season, invitation, venue, or the fact that you want to be as far from the bridesmaid dress color palette as possible, party dresses are infinitely more fun in a bright and cheerful color. Sure, a neutral dress is probably more versatile than a vivid shade—but black isn’t the most wedding-appropriate color to don (though most modern couples aren’t bothered by it), beige can feel a bit blah (despite taupe shades tending this year), and white, well, that’s just stealing the spotlight. Attending a wedding is your chance to experiment in the color department, especially if you don’t find yourself in too many situations that call for cocktail attire.

While color can feel intimidating to many, think of how many more compliments you field in a perky shade versus a darker tone. Plus, everyone takes photos at a wedding and brighter colors are a lot more photogenic than their neutral counterparts — that means a lot more likes on Instagram. Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love jewel tones and metallics for fall and winter weddings, but for spring and summer I do's, brighter shades feel more exciting and fresh. This year everything from highlighter hues to pretty pastels is majorly on trend and with pulsating energy to boot—one swift look at the designer runways of Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, and Marc Jacobs and you’ll realize that the rainbow served as a primary source of inspiration.

When choosing a color for a wedding guest dress, you don’t have to go entirely out of your comfort zone. Red and blue are always popular and look great on pretty much everyone whether you go for punchier versions or lighter styles. If you’re a bit more adventurous, super-saturated shades of pink, green, purple, and yellow are always impactful while their pastel counterparts are stunning but slightly more subdued. Another way to embrace color is to play with print. Everything from floral motifs to color-blocked patterns feel fresh as a wedding guest and can feel more toned down than solid shades. Also think about fabric—bright colors feel more dynamic in satin, lace, and chiffon while linen, viscose, or cotton will feel a bit more tempered.

If you’re ready to embrace the color wheel for your next wedding guest dress, ahead we’ve edited an assortment of styles broken down by color, from in-your-face hues to understated shades.

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Courtesy of Zara

Zara Ruffled Dress

SHOP NOW: Zara, $30

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Jason Wu x Eloquii Pleated Detail Midi Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $90

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BB Dakota Sweet Escape Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $90

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Maeve Artemis Midi Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $160

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Mara Hoffman Diana Dress

Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

SHOP NOW: Mara Hoffman, $595

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Courtesy of Revolve

Capulet Camille Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $172

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Saylor Safia Dress

Courtesy of Saylor

SHOP NOW: Saylor, $253

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Rixo London Elanor Midi Halterneck Dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $373

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Sea Lola Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of Sea

SHOP NOW: Sea, $480

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ML Monique Lhuillier Claire Lace Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $595

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Courtesy of Lulus

Lulus Flirty Fleurs Green Floral Print Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Lulus, $67

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Reformation Pearl Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $248

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BCBG Max Azria Cape Sleeve Maxi Dress


SHOP NOW: BCBG Max Azria, $298

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Bec and Bridge Tropicana Silk Slip Dress

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $400

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Eywasouls Malibu Elke Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $420

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Courtesy of H&M


H&M Satin Wrap Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $99

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Mango Long Asymmetric Dress

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $120

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Cece Etched Floral High/Low Midi Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $139

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Milly Italian Linen Kendal Dress

Courtesy of Milly

SHOP NOW: Milly, $199, was $495

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Love Shack Fancy Lillian Dress

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

SHOP NOW: Love Shack Fancy, $525

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Courtesy of ASOS

Sisters of the Tribe Asymmetric Midi Dress With Tie Front


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And Other Stories Ruffle Strap Midi Dress

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: And Other Stories, $99

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Ali and Jay Sure Thing Maxi

Courtesy of Orchard Mile

SHOP NOW: Orchard Mile, $138

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Forest Lily Dotted Mesh Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $144

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Kitri Maya Satin Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Kitri

SHOP NOW: Kitri, $215, was $330

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

Topshop Cutout Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $57, was $95

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C/Meo Collective Perfect Part Midi Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $180

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Talulah Scarlett Ruffle Midi Dress

Courtesy of Intermix

SHOP NOW: Intermix, $320

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Self Portrait Dark Red Arabella Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $390

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Allen Schwartz Eden Bustier Dress

Courtesy of Allen Schwartz

SHOP NOW: Allen Schwartz, $485

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