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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