Everyone is searching for wedding guest dresses in 2023 like never before. You likely have invitations to dozens of weddings this year, or at least that’s how it seems. When I receive an invitation, one of the first things I consider is: what am I going to wear? I’m always looking for the best wedding guest dresses for the occasion.
With many dress styles, types of weddings, and dress codes to consider, it’s overwhelming to decide what to wear to a wedding as a guest. I feel that way sometimes, too! You don’t want to make a mistake and wear the wrong outfit; furthermore, you want to look spectacular in any wedding guest dress you choose.
To help you dress the part, I made this list: a spectacular round-up of the best wedding guest dresses for any type of wedding in 2023.
I was searching for what to wear to a wedding and the search results that popped up were seriously lacking. I figure other women like me feel the same way, so… I made my own list! I hope this dress guide helps you decide exactly what to wear to a wedding (as it has helped me) and provides you with more options.
In this blog post, you’ll find top outfits for wedding guests at beach, cocktail, semi-formal, or formal nuptials, along with seasonal attire suggestions for fall, winter, spring, and summer.
You’ll find the best long-sleeve dresses, midi, maxi, and mini length skirts. I’m even including a floral dress section because it’s my fave. :) And I included a plus-size dress section because there are far too few options out there with extended sizing.
Get in: we’re going dress shopping!
What to Wear to a Wedding As a Guest
First, let’s chat briefly about dress code guest etiquette tips, just in case you want/need a few suggestions.
When deciding what to wear to a wedding, these four suggestions will keep you on good dress code footing as a guest in 2023, no matter what season or style of wedding.
1. Follow the dress code.
If there is a dress code e.g. cocktail, black tie, semi-formal, formal, or casual, follow it as closely as possible. If you need a cue on formality, use the invitation as your guide. Also, navigate to the couple’s wedding website to look for a possible dress code, if you’re unclear, or consider the venue and time of day to decide the best outfit you should wear as a guest.
What do you wear to a wedding if you don’t know the dress code?
When in doubt, your best option is to follow a cocktail dress code. What is cocktail attire for women? Great question: it means to dress up, but don’t choose a female guest outfit that is too formal. This means a dressy jumpsuit, cocktail dress, mini, or maxi guest dress, and add accessories to dress up your look (think jewelry, a fun evening bag, and a nice pair of heels).
2. Consider the season.
Wear an ensemble that is in line with the particular season in style, length, and color. Be sure to avoid pastels in winter, and don’t wear deep rich jewel tones in the spring. Choose a fabric that is warm in the winter (like velvet); err on the side of a lightweight chiffon dress in the summer months.
Dress appropriately for the weather: don’t wear a long-sleeve dress in the humid summer, and don’t wear a mini dress in the winter without a wrap or shawl. Also, be mindful of the floral patterns you select. There are certain prints that do better in summer vs. winter, and I’ll guide you on those later on in this blog post.
3. Don’t wear anything too short or skimpy.
A good rule of thumb and proper etiquette for wedding guest attire is to avoid anything too revealing, short, or skimpy. You don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself and upstage the bride.
4. Don’t wear white.
A wedding guest outfit should never include the color white, ivory, champagne, etc. as it is the bride’s color to wear on her wedding day. Don’t even be tempted to wear an outfit that has a pattern with mostly white on it; avoid at all costs!
I also recommend you avoid bright red. Other shades of red are appropriate for wedding guests to wear — burgundy, merlot, wine, just to name a few — but bright red has a tendency to attract attention, particularly in photos. Did you know that? It means the eye is drawn to your outfit first, which the bride may not appreciate when her photos return. Just an FYI!
If you follow those easy dress guidelines, you’ll be properly outfitted as a wedding guest for the occasion.
Here are the top guest dresses to wear to a wedding in 2023. I am confident you will find the best guest attire for women for any kind of wedding.
Wedding Guest Dress Styles for 2023
Let’s begin with beach weddings: here’s exactly what to wear as a wedding guest in 2023 to a beach or seaside celebration.
Best Beach Wedding Guest Dresses
For women, beach wedding attire is pretty straightforward: wear a pretty floral sundress, a lightweight maxi dress, or a jumpsuit. Footwear options include a dressy sandal, block heel, or flats; avoid flip-flops as a wedding guest, as they are too informal. Floral prints are welcome here, particularly if you choose a wedding guest dress in a maxi-length. (Need shoe-spiration? Read this post!)
1. Beach Wedding Guest Dress in Floral Print, $92
This is THE answer to what to wear to a beach wedding as a guest in 2023 or honestly, beyond. :) I adore this classic dress style and navy color palette shown here. By Lulu’s. Shop here.
2. Satin Maxi Length Dress, $94
This pretty blush color is brimming with beachy attire! I love the floral pattern and the maxi length on the skirt. Get it here.
3. Slate Blue Ruffled Maxi Dress, $79
Sweet ruffles, a beautiful shade of seaside blue, and a maxi length: this is one of the best beach wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer. By Lulu’s. Buy it here.
4. Floral Print Satin Midi, $74
Make an entrance in this stunning satin midi length dress with a beautiful and fun tropical floral print. This is one of the best destination wedding guest dresses, too! It is perfect for a tropical wedding easide at a resort or locally for a summertime celebration. Shop this look here.
5. Swiss Dot Ruffled Dress with Tiers, $67
You’ll love wearing this as a guest outfit to a beach wedding. This dress features lovely layers of ruffles and a fun and flirty v-neckline with short sleeves. Get it here.
6. Sage Green Floral Maxi, $94
This long-length maxi dress is a perfect attire option for a seaside ceremony. This dress has a strappy neckline, a deep v-neck, and a wrap style. This shade of sage green is a fashionable choice of the moment and I do not see this color going away anytime soon. Available here.
Best Cocktail Wedding Guest Dresses
What should you wear to a cocktail wedding? It’s easy to follow a cocktail dress code.
A woman invited to a cocktail wedding should wear a dress or a dressy jumpsuit.
Accessorize your look with a fun pair of earrings or a necklace, dressy heels, and an evening bag.
Don’t wear jeans, shorts, or pants to a cocktail wedding. An exception is a jumpsuit that is dressy and stylish, preferably with a wide-leg or ankle-length pantleg and paired with dressy heels and an evening bag.
Cocktail wedding guest dresses are generally short (knee-length) and can be midi (mid-way between the ankle and knee), as well. Do not wear floor length wedding guest dresses to cocktail weddings.
7. Black Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $64
Can you wear a jumpsuit to a cocktail wedding? Absolutely! This dressy pantsuit is a perfect clothing option for guests attending a wedding with a cocktail dress code. Shop here.
8. Strappy Midi Cocktail Dress, $69
This stylish attire features a strappy neckline, flattering bodice, and trendy midi-length. Shown in navy blue, but also available in more colors here.
9. Burgundy Cut-Out Cocktail Dress, $69
This is one of the best fall wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer for a cocktail dress code! Love this cut-out style, one-shoulder neckline, and the perfectly on-trend midi length. Shop here.
10. One-Shoulder Satin Asymmetrical Midi Dress, $72
If you’re looking for a guest outfit that offers trendy elements, try on these threads: you’ll find luxe satin fabric, an asymmetrical hemline, and a fun one-shoulder neckline with a skinny strap. The asymetrical style is growing in popularity. It’ similar to a high-low hemline but cuts higher on the knee. Buy here.
11. Green Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $58
This is one of the top cocktail wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer: an off-the-shoulder neckline, bodycon silhouette, midi length, and such a pretty color! Get it here.
12. Black Wrap Dress, $59
Slip into a little black dress for cocktail hour! This is a fan-favorite guest dress for cocktail weddings and is easy to accessorize. The tulip hem is a stylish accent. Get it here.
Best Formal Wedding Guest Dresses
If you’re deciding what to wear to a formal wedding as a guest, make it an elegant floor-length gown.
Formal in this section also refers to black tie or semi-formal.
For this dress code, wedding guests are asked to wear a formal outfit. Accessorize with glamorous touches like fancy earrings and a matching necklace, a formal evening bag, a pair of high heels, and a faux fur wrap or capelet in cool weather.
13. Sleeveless Maxi Dress with Deep V-Neckline, $99
Va-va-voom! This elegant wedding guest gown is the perfect attire for what to wear to a formal wedding. It is a sleeveless, deep v-neck gown with a fitted silhouette and a flared mermaid hem. Get it here.
14. Black Tiered Maxi Dress, $99
Wear this evening gown in classic black to a formal wedding and dance the night away! I love the tiered style here and the elegant maxi length. Buy it here.
15. Elegant Backless Maxi Dress, $89
This is one of the best formal wedding guest dresses of the moment! I adore this color, the maxi length, and stylish cut-out on the back. See it here.
16. Black Lace Sleeveless Maxi, $84
This is one of those wow-worthy skirts you’ll love to wear! It features elegant black lace and a high neckline, long skirt and a gorgeous slit on the skirt. Get it here.
17. Off-The-Shoulder Formal Gown, $109
This is one of the best wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer for formal, elegant receptions. It has a unique overlapping off-the-shoulder neckline, a princess bodice, and a figure-flattering mermaid skirt. Shop here.
18. High Neckline Formal Gown, $89
For elegant evening attire, you’ll love this wedding guest attire: a high-neck sleeveless dress with an open back with a cross-over design. This is one of the most formal guest gowns in this list. You can shop this look here.
Best Long Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses
Now that you know what to wear to a wedding as a guest for dress codes and styles, let’s talk about very specific dress styles you may be looking to wear. The first: wedding guest dresses with long sleeves. If you’re attending a wedding during cooler months in the fall or winter, long sleeve wedding guest dresses make a great option. You’ll stay warm while staying on-trend with fashion, as well as with an appropriate dress code for the season.
Notice the different lengths of these dresses.
For a cocktail wedding, you’ll be on the lookout for long sleeve wedding guest dresses with a short hemline or midi-length.
A formal wedding guest would wear a maxi-length skirt.
Finally, for a semi-formal wedding, you can choose either length you like best.
19. Burgundy Long-Sleeve Dress with Lace, $89
This stylish lace dress is a maxi-length, form-fitting silhouette with long sleeves and an open back. Love this style! Shown in burgundy. See more colors here.
20. Off-The-Shoulder Dress with Sleeves, $89
This beautiful dress is ideal for a cool-weather wedding and features off-the-shoulder sleeves and a fun maxi-length skirt made for dancing. Shown in grey with other color available here.
21. Black Balloon Long Sleeve Cocktail Dress, $75
I love this style! This is one of the best cocktail wedding guest dresses 2023 has right now, in a chic and stylish short length. So cute! Buy here.
22. Satin Dress with Long Sleeves, $74
Go glam! This shiny satin dress features an emerald green color, maxi length, and long sleeves. You can shop here.
23. Open Back Gown with Long Sleeves, $69
A maxi dress like this is perfect for dancing the night away! This gown has long sleeves and a high neckline, open back and flared skirt. Buy here.
24. Floral Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, $85
Make a statement in this fun floral patterned dress featuring long sleeves and a wrap style. Buy here.
25. Embroidered Long Sleeve Short Dress, $58
Here’s truly one of the best wedding guest dresses with long sleeves and a short hemline! I love this style! Shown in burgundy. Buy now.
26. Swiss Dot Long-Sleeved Mini Dress, $69
What a pretty dress! You can wear this stylish mini wedding guest dress in this shade of blue which has a swiss-dot fabric, a tie front, and long sleeves. Get it here.
27. Long Sleeve Lace Bodycon Dress, $59
This is one of my favorite wedding guest dresses with long sleeves. I love the lace, the bodycon style, and high neckline. It’s perfect wedding guest attire. Shop here.
Best Midi Wedding Guest Dresses
Next up: the best midi wedding guest dresses! This length is one popular trend for 2023: the length is perfectly in the middle of a mini and a maxi. It hits right between the ankle and knee, which is flattering and offers a trendy twist. Here are some of the top midi wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer.
28. Tiered Flutter Sleeve Midi Dress, $78
Gorgeous! This fashionable wedding guest dress offers lovely lace tiers, flutter sleeves, and a flattering ribbon tie at the waist. I want to wear this dress to a wedding! Get it here.
29. Thin Strap Midi Dress in Mauve, $69
This is a classic wedding guest outfit: a midi-length dress in mauve with thin straps and a flattering v-neckline. Shop here.
30. Navy Blue Ruffled Midi, $78
Not sure what to wear to a wedding as a guest? This navy blue dress goes with every style and kind of wedding! It has an elegant navy blue color, a sleeveless neckline, and sweet ruffles. Get it here.
31. One-Shoulder Cut Out Asymmetrical Midi, $69
What a gorgeous dress for a wedding guest! I love the midi length; the asymmetrical hemline and cut-out neckline add to the style of this elegant gown. Get it here.
32. Black Sleeveless Bodycon Dress in Midi Length, $72
This is a classic little black dress in a midi length and is perfect to wear for cocktail weddings! Love this style. Shop here.
Let’s head to the next popular guest dress style: maxi!
Best Maxi Wedding Guest Dresses
We’re rounding up the best maxi wedding guest dresses in this section. Maxi-length skirts are fun for dancing and are ideal for formal weddings, beach weddings (when you choose a casual or floral print), and semi-formal weddings.
33. Denim Blue Maxi Dress with Short Sleeves, $76
Ooh, I’m loving this dress in a pretty shade of blue with short sleeves and a dance-worthy skirt that hits at floor-length. Buy here.
34. Floral Maxi with Elbow Length Sleeve, $69
I can’t decide if this is the best fall wedding guest dress or best maxi — let’s call it both! It has long sleeves, a nice long-maxi length skirt, and a pretty floral pattern. Love this one! Also available in burgundy. Sho here.
35. Dusty Purple Velvet V-Neck Dress, $99
This plunging neckline maxi dress features the prettiest shade of purple in luxe velvet fabric. Get it here.
36. Forest Green Maxi Dress, $89
It’s no wonder this is consistently one of the top maxi wedding guest dresses every season. It is shown in green, but if that’s not your color, go for any of the other shades: blush, royal blue, black, and more. It’s one of the most universally flattering fits with a deep plunging v-neckline, a long flowy chiffon skirt, and a flattering bodice with gathered fabric. It’s one of the best wedding guest dresses 2023 family and friends will be wearing, that’s for sure! Get it here and see more colors here.
37. Tulle Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress, $98
Now this is a fun dress to wear to a wedding! Shown in classic black with a festive flutter sleeve made of black tulle. See it here.
38. Elegant Satin Mock Neck Maxi, $84
Wear this dress in a pretty peach-toned blush shade with a mock neckline, sleeveless bodice, and maxi skirt. Love this one! Available in blush, burgundy, copper, blue, and green here.
39. Cowl Neck Maxi Dress in Emerald Green, $112
If you want to wear a dress to a wedding that will wow guests, this is it! It features a slip style and cowl neck, sheer chiffon, and draping on the back. It is one of the most versatile and elegant dresses for wedding guests this year.
40. Burgundy Cut-Out Maxi Dress, $72
Dress to the nines in this one-shoulder maxi dress with a chic cut-out and a one-shoulder style. Get it here.
Best Mini Wedding Guest Dresess
Now that we covered midi and maxi guest dresses, let’s talk mini! If you want to show some leg and dance the night away in a chic mini dress, these are some of the most unique wedding guest dresses due to their fun, flirty short length hemlines and skater type skirts.
41. Polka Dot Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $64
A short mini guest dress like this balances itself nicely with long sleeves and a cute ruffled-tier skirt. This is perfect for casual wedding guest dresses or cocktail weddings. Shop here.
42. Bodycon Mini Dress with Open Back and Long Sleeves, $48
This metallic black and silver dress is covered in the front to reveal a sultry open back. Great mini dress for your next evening reception! See it here.
43. Black Skater Dress with Strappy Neckline, $49
A mini skirt, deep v-neck, and classic black color will make this your new go-to wedding guest dress. Get it here.
44. One-Shoulder Velvet Mini Dress, $59
Oh, how I adore this guest dress for a fall or winter wedding! It has a deep emerald green velvet fabric, one shoulder, and a mini length. Cute! Buy it here.
45. Long Sleeve Tie Front Skater Mini Dress, $68
This wedding guest attire features a skater skirt and a flattering tie at the waist. The balloon sleeves add an extravagant accent. Shown in wine red. Shop here.
46. Plum Velvet Mini Dress, $48
The pattern, the velvet fabric, the length: everything about this mini wedding guest dress is the best! Get yours here.
47. Dark Teal Green Lace Mini, $69
Rock this adorable lace green dress to your wedding reception and party all night long! I love the cut and silhouette of this shift dress in a mini length. Buy here.
48. Burgundy Halter-Style Skater Skirt, $48
A skater skirt, halter-style, and deep shade of burgundy make this a wedding guest dress to wear in fall and winter, especially when you want to dance the night away! Other colors are available for any type of wedding. Get it here.
Best Floral Wedding Guest Dresses
Floral prints are fun wedding guest dresses to wear. Here are some of the top floral print wedding attire options for guests in 2023.
49. Mustard Yellow Floral Print Maxi, $96
Ahh, I love this floral backless maxi! I’m not usually a huge fan of mustard yellow, but for some reason, this dress gets it. You can shop this look here.
50. Black Floral Cut-Out Dress, $78
This stylish long sleeve dress features a pretty floral print, a midi length, and chic cut-outs on its bodice. Get it here.
51. Floral Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $64
What a cute wedding guest dress! Shop now.
52. Rust Red Midi-Length Floral Dress, $74
The dress has a pretty blossom print in rust red and a chic midi length hem. Available here.
53. Satin Maxi Green Floral Print, $94
What’s not to love about this garment? It is a wedding-guest favorite with spaghetti straps, a fabulous floral allover print, a wrap-style skirt, a high-fitted waist, and a tie. Absolute perfection! Buy now.
54. Daylily Floral Pattern Maxi, $66
One of the biggest dress trends of the moment is a high-low hem. Add this floral daylily print and you’ll be the best-dressed guest at the wedding! Get this style here.
55. Mustard Yellow Mock Neck Floral Print, $79
I adore this gown! Get it with a mock neck style and a chic floral print with sweet little ruffles on the shoulders from here.
Best Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dresses
You have to check out the fabulous plus-size wedding guest dresses we are sharing in this section. These guest dresses range in size from 1X to 3X and are beautiful and figure-flattering. Here are some of the best plus-size dresses for wedding guests to wear in 2023.
56. Lace Ruffled Tiered Maxi Dress, $92
Twirl around the dance floor in this sumptuous sleeveless lace dress with elegant tiers, a deep red burgundy color, and stylish ruffles on the shoulder. Buy here.
57. Black Bodycon Plus Size Dress with Tulip Hem, $46
You’ll look beautiful in this black tulip hem dress featuring a bodycon style, thin straps, and a mini length made for dancing! Buy now.
58. Dark Blue Long Sleeve Maxi, $79
Make a grand entrance in this elegant chiffon dress featuring sheer long sleeves and a wrap-style skirt. Buy now.
59. Half-Sleeve Sheath Dress, $59
This dress is a fan favorite for many reasons: it’s essentially the perfect little black dress with a short skirt, elbow-length sleeves, and a goes-with-everything classic black color. Love this one! Get it here.
60. Mauve Midi-Length Dress, $69
Go with this mauve dress in the prettiest shade of purple! It features a flattering gathered bodice, thin strap neckline, and slight high-low hem with a faux-wrap silhouette. Get it here.
61. Burgundy Maxi Dress with Flutter Sleeves, $79
Who doesn’t love a classic burgundy maxi dress? The flutter sleeves add a little something to the silhouette and I’m loving the stylish slit in the skirt. Buy yours here.
Best Wedding Guest Dresses That Hide Belly
Frequently, we get requests for what to wear to a wedding that hides your belly. If your midsection is making you self-conscious, here are some of the best wedding guest dresses that hide the tummy area. These are also great suggestions for bump-friendly or maternity wedding guest dresses, as they are designed to be more flattering in the midsection.
62. Navy Blue Shift Dress with Cut-Out Long Sleeves, $49
This dress features black chiffon and a shift silhouette, making it the perfect wedding guest dress to hide the tummy area. You can get it here.
63. Long Maxi Dress with Flowy Waist, $89
This flowy chiffon material is figure-flattering and features a long, maxi-length skirt and a deep v-neckline. Comfortable and stylish! Shop here.
64. Long Length Skirt with V-Neckline, $89
A classic black maxi dress is universally flattering and easily conceals your midsection. You can shop here in many different color options.
65. Elegant Slate Blue Dress, $79
Wear this wedding guest attire and rock the night away with a figure-flattering wrap-style dress and a stylish flutter sleeve. Love it in slate blue, as shown. Buy here.
Now let’s take a look at the most popular fall wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer. And wow, let me be the first to say that this season has some serious competition! There are way too many fall frocks to choose from!
Best Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
Let’s take a look at the top fall wedding guest dresses in 2023. The leaves are changing colors outdoors and it’s getting cooler outside, but the wedding guest dresses for fall 2023 are hotter than ever!
Although some of the dresses on our list are already perfect for autumn guest attire, we are highlighting a few more that work perfectly for the season. ‘Tis the season for deep, rich hues: swap out your favorite summer florals for fall flower patterns or solid color dresses. You’ll see bright oranges turning to copper or rust, red changing to wine and burgundy, and lavender becomes a plum or shade of mauve for a more subtle color palette for the fall months.
66. Backless Long Sleeve Dress for Autumn, $59
This affordable guest dress brings an elegant look with a sultry open-back style, long sleeves, and a stretch-knit fabric that is comfortable all night long. After all, you want the dress you wear to the wedding to be super comfortable! Get yours here.
67. Navy Midi Dress with Thin Straps, $69
When in doubt of what to wear to a wedding, a classic navy blue dress, particularly in a midi length, is always a good choice. You’ll be perfectly dressed for any type of wedding or reception style. See this guest attire option here.
68. Black Embroidered Sheer Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $58
I want to wear this dress to the next wedding I attend! I love everything about it: the sheer sleeves, the cute scalloped hemline, and the embroidery! Adding to cart! Go get yours here.
69. Tie Strap Pleated Midi, $79
Four words: emerald green pleated midi. That’s what makes this one of the top dresses to wear to a wedding in 2023 with all the best colors and trending accents! Get yours here.
70. Classic Black One-Shoulder Maxi, $68
You can’t go wrong with a fabulous frock like this: a maxi-length classic black dress with a one-shoulder neckline. Shop this look here.
71. Glam Velvet Tulip Hem Dress, $84
Get ready to mix and mingle with wedding guests in one of the best fall dresses for 2023. I couldn’t dream up a better autumn wedding guest dress if I tried! Rich velvety fabric, a tulip hem, and a strapless style makes this a lovely wedding guest outfit choice for cooler weather. Buy yours here.
72. Velvet Floral Tiered Skirt, $94
Nothing says fall quite like a lovely tiered maxi length skirt and a rich velvety texture; add this floral print and it’s one of the best dresses to wear to a wedding, period! Get it here.
73. Copper Off-the-Shoulder Velvet, $69
I’m just going to go ahead and vote this the best fall wedding guest attire around! Copper is very in this season, but that’s not it: the dress continues to wow with velvet material, a long maxi-length, and a perfect off-the-shoulder neckline. You can see it here.
Best Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
Are you planning to attend a winter wedding? If you’re not sure what to wear as a guest in the winter, don’t worry: here are some helpful guidelines to pick out your guest outfit. First, choose something that is seasonal in terms of length and fabric. Swap out the lightweight fabrics here and choose a richer texture, like velvet or satin. You’ll find dark tones of plum, red, emerald green, and navy blue in abundance during the wintertime. Flowery prints from summer dresses are out, but new decadent floral patterns emerge in winter, as you’ll see in some of the dress examples below. Don’t forget to dress warm and cover up with a pashmina or faux fur shawl: it’s the perfect accessory for a wintry wedding reception.
Here are some of the top dresses to wear to a winter wedding in 2023.
74. Velvet Burnout Wrap Floral Frock, $88
If you thought you couldn’t wear floral print dresses to a winter wedding, think again! This is one of the best winter wedding guest dresses with a burnout velvet fabric and a rich floral pattern. Get it from here.
75. One-Shoulder Blue Floral Print Velvet Maxi, $84
A chic, one-shoulder neckline and a long-length silhouette — plus a splash of icy blue — make this one of the best winter wedding guests dresses 2023 has to offer right into the new year! I’m predicting we’ll be seeing this style in January of 2023, too. Shop here.
76. Short Mini Dress in Velvet, $49
There’s something about this velvet mini dress that makes me think of the winter holiday season. Best suited for late November and December weddings, this mini dress is an adorable dance-worthy outfit for guests to wear during the wintry months. Don’t forget to wrap warmly for cool weather: I think a faux fur stole like this will pair nicely! Get the dress here.
77. Satin Faux-Wrap Midi Dress with Elbow-Length Sleeves, $59
Can you imagine a more fitting midi dress for the winter wedding season? I love the satin fabric, the wrap-style, and the pretty emerald color. Get this dress from here.
78. Long-Sleeve V-Neck Chiffon Dress, $89
You can warm up during the wintry months without losing your sense of style! This fashionable frock features long puff sleeves with button cuffs; a cascading chiffon skirt makes this twirlable and the navy blue color goes with every kind of wedding. Wear it now! here.
For more winter guest attire options, check out these outfits.
Best Spring Wedding Guest Dresses
When spring season rolls around, guests are ready to go short and pick out pretty pastel palettes of colors. After a long cold winter, you’re ready to wear something cute and short, get in the sunshine, and dance the night away at the springtime nuptials. Here are the best spring wedding guest dresses 2023 will have to offer once the wintertime snow melts away.
79. Sage Asymmetrical Mini Dress, $58
Although sage green is appropriate for many months of the year, I think it is at its finest in spring. This mini dress is a pretty cut and features a stylish asymmetrical hem. Shop here.
80. Blush Pink Floral Maxi, $94
This shade of pink is perfect for wearing to a wedding in the spring. What a pretty floral pattern! Available here.
81. Mauve Pink Bodycon Guest-Dress, $46
Slip into a springtime dress and dance the night away! You can get it here.
82. Slate Blue Maxi-Length Dress, $59
This is one of the best spring wedding guest dresses of all time. I love the color, the length, and its flowy chiffon skirt. Get it now.
Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses
If you’re attending a summer wedding as a guest, remember to dress comfortably for the temps but don’t underdress! A perfect summer guest outfit may include a maxi dress in lightweight material (like chiffon or cotton), a short mini dress for a cocktail beach wedding, or a stylish midi-length dress in a floral print. For women, dresses are the most appropriate guest attire due to the heat, as a jumpsuit may be just too hot for the occasion. Keep the length suitable etiquette-wise, but don’t wear anything too heavy or long-sleeved. You’ll be sweating the night away if you do!
Now is the time of year to bring out the bright pops of color. Hot pink, bright yellow, green, blue — anything goes in the summertime, as long as it fits the formality and tone of the wedding. When in doubt, look to the invitation for a hint (the venue will help you decide) of the wedding dress code formality. Pair your dress with a nice dressy heel, dress sandal, espadrille, or wedge; carry an evening bag and accessorize your look with jewelry.
Here are the most popular guest dresses in summer for any type of wedding.
83. Hot Pink Tiered Midi Skirt, $78
Bright and bold, this hot pink dress makes a fun summer wedding guest outfit choice! Shop now.
84. Ruffled High-Low Maxi, $89
A pop of bright yellow makes this a summertime guest favorite! Wear it to your upcoming 2023 summer wedding. Buy here.
85. Blue Floral Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $48
Attend your next wedding in this bold floral pattern and chic off-the-shoulder neckline. You can get this type of dress here.
86. Lace Shift Mini Dress, $68
One of the best guests dresses 2023 has to offer is in a shift lace style, shown here! I love the color: it’s such a pretty shade of blue. The floral detail is remarkable! Shop this look.
87. Flutter Sleeve Yellow Wrap Maxi, $66
When you’re not sure what to wear to a summer wedding as a guest, opt for something bright and sunny like this yellow flutter sleeve maxi. It’s the perfect outfit for any type of wedding! Shop here.
Best Brands for Wedding Guest Dresses
As you may have guessed, these dresses are from the same fabulous collection: all by Lulu’s. I hope you’re now an avid fan as I am! It is one of the best brands for wedding guest dresses based on quality, reviews, sizing, price, and style. You really can’t go wrong with their top picks, particularly when you see rave reviews from customers. See some examples here.
If you need more suggestions, you can browse here: it’s my go-to!
In addition, they offer extended sizing from XS to 3X. Unlike many dress retailers, they offer plus size dresses in 1X to 3X. They also focus on an entire wedding section with guest dresses, bridesmaid attire, mother of the bride outfits, and bridal gowns (like these!) They also offer shoes and evening bags to complete your look.
On To You:
I hope this dress guide helps you pick out what to wear to a wedding. If you have suggestions to add, I’d love to hear them, or new dresses for the mix — let me know! I’m loving the variety guests have at their fingertips these days with outfits, let it be jumpsuits or dressy pantsuits, mini, midi, or maxi length skirts, and many neckline styles.
I think the hardest part will be deciding which dresses I decide upon for the weddings I have coming up.
Are you in the same spot as me?! :)
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Perfect guide! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Morgan, I’m happy you enjoyed it! I hope it gives you some dress ideas!
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