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With the spring season on the horizon, now is the time to think about the upcoming wedding season. And if you're attending a spring wedding, you will need a dress that aligns with the bride’s set dress code. Chilly temperatures are slowly fading away removing the need to coordinate a coat or fur to match your dress, and making shopping for a wedding that much easier.
What to Expect at a Spring Wedding
Weddings will become more casual with less of a black-tie feel. “I believe we will see more guests wearing midi and mini-length dresses. Even though the length may be more casual than a long formal gown, I think people are going to start having more fun with their wedding guest fashion,” says Lanie List, founder and CEO of Lovely Bride.
Guests will start to be more fashionable with their attire due to the lack of in-person events this past year. “We need to make up for an entire year we wore sweats and watched weddings via Zoom. We’ve all been dreaming about the day we can safely attend a wedding again, and we’ll see that excitement come through in wedding day fashion,” List says.
This spring, choose bold patterns and bright colors. After spending most of the year indoors, now is the time to play with designs and shades outside of your typical comfort zone. “With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to rock bright colors, modern cutouts, or unexpected details like a cowl neckline or an asymmetrical hem,” List notes.
Read on for the best spring dresses with classic silhouettes, bold prints, and shades that fit any wedding dress code.
Best Wrap: Linen Dress in Marlena
This linen wrap dress is comfortable and versatile. It has deep pockets to hold your essential items and an enhancing shawl collar. The fabric is light linen, which is excellent for the warmer months. It also comes in multiple shades depending on the mood you want to set.
Most Cost Effective: ASOS Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeve
This batwing dress is an elegant look at a cost-effective price. After all, you don't need to spend a ton of money to look chic at a wedding. The dress has a wrapped waist that creates a subtle detail, and there's a tie in the back to cinch your waist.
Most Fashion Forward: Dessy Group Cowl-Neck Convertible Midi Slip Dress
“Our Lovely bridal party collection with Dessy Group has so many great fashion-forward options for wedding guests for Spring. With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to rock bright colors, modern cutouts, or unexpected details like a cowl neckline or asymmetrical hem,” List says.
Best Silhouette: Dessy Asymmetrical Drop Waist High-Low Slip Dress in Teagan
A puff sleeve is always an elevated look on any dress. This slip dress has a high-low silhouette with a dropped waist, creating the illusion of movement in the dress. There is also a slit on the side for additional symmetry and a V-neck that rests slightly off the shoulders.
Best Illusion: Dessy Bishop Ruffled Chiffon Cutout Maxi Dress in Harlow
If you want a playful option for a spring dress, this cutout maxi is just that. Its full length and relaxed fit will provide maximum comfort. From the back, the cutouts on the bodice give the illusion of a two-piece, and the chiffon also makes the dress great for all figures.
What is the best color to wear?
Yellow, pink, and green dresses are all great options to wear. Dresses with patterns and floral design also work really well for the spring season—just be sure you aren't wearing the same color as the bride's bridal party, and of course, stay away from white!
Can I wear black?
What accessories can I wear?
If your look is minimal, you should certainly dress it up with a statement necklace and earrings. However, if you're playing around with color and patterns, it might be best to opt for a piece of simple jewelry.
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Taylor Lane is a beauty and fashion expert with over five years of experience. Her work has appeared on W, Women’s Health, Aedit, The Zoe Report, The Sunday Edit, and Self.
Shelby Wax is the senior editor at Brides covering Real Weddings and trending stories. Before joining Brides in 2021, Shelby was the editor at Lonny Magazine, a home and lifestyle digital publication.