These Are the Wedding-Guest Dresses You'll See at Every Wedding This Summer

We're taking the mystery out of wedding-guest attire

Updated 06/10/17

Photo by Kallima Photography

Summer means only one thing to us: wedding season! And while we at Brides are constantly immersed in all things wedding dresses, we love wedding-guest dresses even more. We're sure your mailbox is just as inundated with wedding invitations as ours are, so we're here to help narrow down what everyone is wearing to weddings this year. Your Instagram is about to get flooded with wedding hashtags, and these are the fashion trends you're going to be seeing with them. Want to make sure you're on the pulse of wedding-guest fashions?

These are the six trends we're betting on for 2017's wedding season.


Gingham is catapulting among the fashion set, and this summer it's going to be everywhere. Get ready to see wedding guests in gingham skirts, tops, dresses, shoes, and clutches—though we just hope not all at once, as there is such a thing as too much gingham. ("Addy" dress, $218, the Reformation)


Crochet and summer go hand in hand, but this material previously deemed too casual for weddings is taking its turn for the fashion-forward. You'll have that bohemian-goddess vibe at all your beachside nuptials this summer. ("Delilah" crochet shift dress, $69.95, Free People)


Remember that Cult Gaia straw clutch that literally reached cult status? Be ready to see straw clutches as the accessory of summer 2017 weddings. Just make sure yours is roomy enough for all the essentials. ("Alicia" pom-pom-embellished woven raffia clutch, $120, Sophie Anderson; available at Net-a-Porter)


Even if the bridesmaids aren't wearing yellow, you can bet guests will! The sunny shade popped up all over the runways, and we can bet you'll see plenty of yellow dresses in all shades at this summer's weddings. (Lace sheath dress, $448, Diane von Furstenberg; available at Nordstrom)

Bare Shoulders

It's not just the bride who's going for a bare shoulder these days. Cocktail and formal dresses are all getting a hint of Flashdance in this new take on shoulder-baring tops. ("Grace" off-the-shoulder dress, $625, Saloni; available at Shopbop)

Statement Earrings

Delicate studs are a thing of the past. Expect to see tassels, fringe, and lots of pom-poms on your friends' ears at all of this summer's weddings. (Hand fan gold-tone wool earrings, $170, Katerina Makriyianni; available at Net-a-Porter)

Wedding Party Dancing

Photo by Nicola Lemmon


Believe it or not, some brides are calling on their guests (or bridal parties) to wear all-white ensembles for the festivities. We love breaking with convention, so we're in 100 percent support of throwing the old tradition out and having a white party—super Insta-worthy.

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