As a wedding guest, various nuptials will likely take you to all sorts of locales whether it’s the beach, a backyard, the woods, and beyond. For your wedding guest dress, finding a style that befits the scene is a fun and easy way to narrow in on the type of dress you want to wear. If you’re the type who appreciates a good theme, this method of dressing is definitively for you!
Choosing a wedding guest dress that feels specific to a certain location is smart for making sure that you’re appropriately garbed. You never want to upstage the bride, but she’ll appreciate your effort in selecting a frock that’s in step with her venue.
Whether you’re attending one wedding after the next or have one or two on the calendar, here, we’ve pulled together an edit of dresses for every type of venue.
An at-home setting is an occasion to go for relaxed fabrics and abbreviated hemlines. A gingham print, frilled wrap silhouette, or bow-tie straps feel special without going overboard.
Ann Taylor Gigham Off The SHoulder Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Ann Taylor, $149
Lost Ink Tie Shoulder A-Line Dress, $64
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $64
RIXO London Abigail Dress
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $395
Look to a prim and proper shape for a church wedding. Dainty sleeves or a capelet-style top are feminine details that will help you avoid a too-bare look. As for the length, aim for to-the-knee or longer.
Finders Keepers Maella Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Fashion Bunker, $190
Forever 21 Dark Pink Tiered Maxi Dress
SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $78
Adeam Flounce Dress
SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $895
Go sleek and sophisticated for a big city wedding. A color-block satin maxi, tiered pastel gown, or silk midi dress are elegant choices.
Mango Wrapped Gown
SHOP NOW: Mango, $129.99
A.L.C. Verena Silk-Blend Sleeveless Dress
SHOP NOW: Barneys, $695
Glamorous True Decadence Ruffle Tier Dress
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $168
A garden wedding is a lovely chance to sport your freshest floral prints. A dress with feminine details like puffy off-the-shoulder sleeves, a smocked waist, or in a wispy fabric feels right on target.
Reformation Cordova Dress
SHOP NOW: Reformation, $248
Réalisation The Kate Summer Loving Green Dress
SHOP NOW: Réalisation, $195
Rebecca Taylor Lemon Rose Pleated Dress
SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $595
In The Woods
There’s something about a forest setting that feels magical and romantic. Embrace the natural elements by choosing a mixed-print slip, blossoming motif, or fresh shade of green.
H&M Patterned Dress
SHOP NOW: H&M, $69.99
Topshop Mixed Pansy Ruffle Slip Dress
SHOP NOW: Topshop, $100
Self-Portrait Lace One-Shoulder Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Stylebop, $369
For a wedding where your toes will be in the sand, choose an easy silhouette that billows with the sea breeze. A vivid print, graphic chevron, or delicate cotton style is tasteful yet relaxed.
Kalita Aphrodite Cloud Day Dress
SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $570
BCBGMAXAZRIA Edita Pleated Maxi Dress
SHOP NOW: BCBGMAZAZRIA, $398
A lake-side reception calls for easy elegance. An asymmetric midi, lacy drop-waist, or ruffled wrap dress are effortlessly chic.
Express Ruffle Wrap Maxi Dress
SHOP NOW: Express, $88
Dress The Population Lily Crochet Fit & Flare Dress
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $216
Borgo de Nor Isadora Ruffle Wrap Slip Dress
SHOP NOW: Intermix, $825
Whether you’re on a boat or at the yacht club, seersucker, gingham, and navy blue dresses are stylishly thematic.
Vineyard Vines Ric Rac Maxi Dress
SHOP NOW: Vineyard Vines, $168
Vince Camuto One-Shoulder Pinstripe Dress
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $149
Milly Ruffle Seersucker A-Line Dress
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $575
Channel the romance of an the Old West with on-trend prairie-style dresses. Puffed shoulders, micro-floral prints, and corseted waists are decidedly romantic.
Storets Bold Floral Print Dress With Belt
SHOP NOW: Storets, $89
Cinq à Sept Jocelyn Sleeveless Floral-Print Layered Silk Dress
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $595, now $297.50
SEA Asymmetric Ruffle Dress
SHOP NOW: Forward, $445
Heading to the tropics? There’s no better time to embrace bold colors and splashy patterns—palm motifs just happen to be major this season.
Diane Von Furstenberg Floral-Printed Silk And Cotton Dress
SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $298
New York & Company Petite Green Floral Strapless Sheath Dress
SHOP NOW: New York & Company, was $79.95 , now $55.96
Alice + Olivia Mazie Floral Dress
SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $440
A wedding among the grapes is another opportunity to play with florals. Everything from rosebuds to tonal prints are perfect.
ASOS DESIGN Curve One Shoulder Mini Skater Dress With Double Bubble Sleeve
SHOP NOW: ASOS, $56
Tibi Asymmetrical Belted Floral Dress
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $995
Whistles Luisa Satin Devore Dress
SHOP NOW: Whistles, $499