Our Favorite Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Body Type and Style (2024)

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Chelsea Frank is a contributing writer for Brides, with 10 years of freelance writing experience. As a travel podcaster and expert, she is a pro at finding great travel-ready products for all skin types and climates - particularly for luscious curls!

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Everyone has their go-to clothing brand for special occasions. But when wedding season rolls around, multiple events can mean multiple looks, and it could be good to switch things up from the norm. While shopping for outfits that fit within specific dress codes and styles can sometimes seem overwhelming, think of it as an opportunity to open yourself up to new labels you may have not tried otherwise.

To help you with your search, we’ve put together a list of the best retailers to shop for wedding guest attire. Some are brands you probably already know and love, while others may pique your interest for the very first time. And no matter your budget and style, we're sure there's something on this list for you.

Fashion stylist Elisabeth Kassab suggests looking for dresses on sites with a wide selection and good shipping and return policies. That way, you can feel free to peruse and try on items without worrying about getting stuck with a dress you don’t want. To this point, we've vetted all the online merchants on this list and noted how they handle shipping and returns. Get ready to fill your wardrobe with the season's hottest wedding guest attire.

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • What to Look For

  • FAQ

  • Why Trust Brides

Lulus is an affordable, trend-focused brand that's a treasure trove of special occasion dresses—all at affordable price points. We love the variety of styles, silhouettes, and sizes (XXS-3X), so every guest can find something that speaks to their individual aesthetic. We’ve shopped the site for all kinds of events, and while it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options, it helped us focus by offering filters for dress code, season, color, silhouette, and more. And when the design we had our eyes on was out of stock, the site suggested similar styles.

Once we had our dress, we finished the look with a pair of coordinating shoes and clutch for a one-and-done shopping experience. The shoes are also high quality (one of our editors had a pair of stilettos from the brand that lasted through all four years of college). Whether you’re looking for a casual dress or a gown for a black-tie wedding, Lulus has it all—at an affordable price point. Plus, they offer free shipping for purchases over $50 and free returns within 10 days of delivery.

Size range: XS-XXL | Shipping: Free shipping over $50 | Returns: 30 days; Free return within 10 days of delivery, $4.99 + $1.49 restocking fee per item after 10 days

Featuring 650+ established and innovative designers like Zimmermann, Valentino, Self-Portrait, Halpern, and Ganni, this luxury global shopping experience is unbeatable, with tons of variety both in price point and style. Based out of the UK, they deliver to over 176 countries and offer 24/7 advice through their fashion-concierge team "MyStylist" to help with any styling questions. Note that shipping is free over $300 with free returns, and Customs Duty is pre-paid with no additional charges on delivery.

Size range: XXS-4XL | Shipping: Free for orders over $300| Returns: Free

ASTR The Label offers flirty, feminine, and fun wedding guest dresses that also happen to be wallet-friendly. We love that there are so many gorgeous floral designs to choose from, perfect for spring and summer weddings. They also offer the ASTR Social Club, a tiered point system where you can earn 2 points for every dollar spent. Every 20 points is a $1 ASTR dollar back for you to spend on your next wedding guest dress. Most pieces are reasonably priced, ranging between $40 to $188 with free shipping over $75, and free returns.

Size range: XS-XXL | Shipping: Free US shipping over $75 | Returns: Free returns within 28 days of your order ship date

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue has been offering luxury items and a customer-service focused experience since 1924. Founded in New York City. the company was based on the ethos of bringing consumers expertly curated assortment of fashion, along with highly personalized customer service. It's safe to say that this still rings true today. Browsing Saks, you'll find both cutting-edge and classic styles you can wear to any kind of wedding—and you can bet the quality will be top-notch. In addition to bold dresses and sleek jumpsuits, you'll also find a wide range of gorgeous accessories to pair with your wedding outfit.

Size range: 0-40; XXS-4XL | Shipping: $9.95 for orders under $100 | Returns: Free within 30 days of delivery.

From edgy, unconventional dresses to sophisticated designer gowns, there is a bit of everything on Moda Operandi. The price ranges from $59 to a whopping $119,000 for a single gown, which shows their incredibly diverse assortment of brands and styles, including both emerging and veteran designers. The site breaks everything down into easy-to-shop categories and subcategories, and there are a ton of gorgeous options for chic bags, shoes, jewelry, and more.

Size range: 0-20 | Shipping: Shipping cost starts at $10. | Returns: Free within 28 days of delivery.

Known as one of the OG eco-friendly fashion brands, Reformation has made a name for itself within the millennial and Gen-Z communities. Their pieces are always one step ahead of the current trends and are a staple brand for anyone looking for a fashion-forward, on-trend look. Plus, with their focus on sustainable practices, it’s a purchase you'll feel good about making. They’ll even pay you to send in Reformation clothing you don’t wear anymore so they can use the fibers to make new clothes. We also love that they offer free shipping to all 50 states, and free returns within 30 days.

Size range: XS-3X | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free returns within 30 days of delivery date

Nordstrom is a one-stop shop for all wedding guest attire. They carry a wide variety of brands in all price ranges, and with their quick shipment options, it’s a great choice if you’re in a pinch for time. They have a super generous free shipping and return policy; there’s no time limit for returns or exchanges, but will be handled on a “case by case” basis. In addition, their size ranges are inclusive from XXS-4XL, with petite and maternity options.

Size range: XXS-4X, plus Petite & Maternity | Shipping: Free for all 50 states & Puerto Rico | Returns: Free and no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Toward is a first-of-its-kind luxury shopping platform for environmentally conscious clothing brands. They insist their partner brands guarantee fair working conditions throughout the supply chain, enact ethical treatment and transportation of animals, and cause minimal environmental harm. The brand sells a variety of pieces from Vivienne Westwood to Ganni and have a selection of dresses that will stun at any tropical destination wedding. Note that they have a more restrictive shipping and return policy, and they do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. Territories.

Size range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free express shipping on orders $250+ | Returns: 14 days. You must use their return label form. They will refund the purchase price plus tax but not shipping charges.

For contemporary co*cktail attire and occasionwear, keep Dia & Co. on your radar. With sizes ranging from 0 to 36, the size-inclusive online retailer carries chic dresses that are flattering for all body types. We love that they offer a one-time style box curated by a stylist to help you on your aesthetic journey, and have a fun style quiz if you’re feeling stuck on what to wear, or want to figure out your perfect fit and style to flatter your body shape. Plus, there’s free shipping for orders over $75.

Size range: 0-36 | Shipping: Free for orders over $75 | Returns: Within 30 days of your order shipment date.

With hundreds of new drops every day, Revolve is always on the cusp of what’s new and trendy, especially in occasionwear. And with so much inventory, you can always find a gorgeous dress on sale. Kassab loves Revolve “because of their wide selection and incredible shipping/return options.”

The online retailer carries reasonably-priced brands like Bardot and BCBGeneration, along with higher-end brands such as Retrofête and Sau Lee. They are also fairly size inclusive, with sizes from XXS to 4XL, and offer free shipping and returns.

Size range: XXS-4X | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free. They accept returns for a full refund within 60 days and exchanges within 90 days.

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Tobi is a fast-fashion retailer based in Los Angeles that carries stylish and affordable occasionwear dresses. Its West Coast influence can be seen through the brand's trend-focused and youthful designs that lean toward the sexier side. We love that they have so many categories to select from to really hone in on the vibe you’re looking for (which is great since there’s so many styles and it can get a bit overwhelming). There’s free shipping over $75 and free returns within 10 days of delivery.

Size range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free shipping over $75 | Returns: Free returns within 10 days

Eloquii is a size-inclusive brand with fashionable options for every type of wedding. The company recently launched The Black Creatives Project (BCP), which empowers Black creatives and business people, influencers, and professionals. They also offer tons of amazing accessories at a super affordable price point, so this can act as your one-stop- shop for the full wedding day look.

Size range: 14-28 | Shipping: Based on the merchandise total of your shopping bag. Calculated and displayed at checkout. | Returns: $5 Deducted from the return. Returns for bridal by ELOQUII are accepted within 14 days; non-bridal returns are accepted within 30 days.

With tons of styles on the platform, ASOS is a trend-driven brand that offers dresses with modern, edgy twists—all at super affordable price points. They also have their own inclusive collection, with options for all body types including curve, petite, tall, and maternity and sizes ranging from 00-26. They offer free shipping over $50 and free returns within 28 days of delivery.

Size range: 00-26 | Shipping: Free over $50 | Returns: Free within 28 days of delivery

For wearable, trend-focused pieces, look no further than Zara. From relaxed shift dresses to bejeweled minis, Zara has options for every style imaginable at prices you’ll love. They offer accessories, shoes, and even beauty products to make Zara your one stop shop for all your wedding guest attire needs. Plus, there’s free shipping over $50.

Size range: XS-XXL | Shipping: Free over $50 | Returns: Free dropoff at any store or $3.95 USD when returned within 30 days of shipment date.

The global online retailer Shopbop has made a name for itself amongst online fashion retailers for carrying over 1,000 of the top brands in fashion. With new pieces added daily, the site always has something unique to offer. Plus, they have a selection of accessories, shoes, beauty, and bags to top off your look that is to die for, and they offer free shipping and returns. They’re also Amazon Prime eligible, which makes it even more convenient.

Size range: XXS-3XL | Shipping: Free worldwide | Returns: Free within 15 days of delivery.

There’s a reason this brand has been a favorite of celebs like Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gigi Hadid for years. Alice + Olivia has a range of cheeky, vintage-inspired, and whimsical dresses, jumpsuits, and two-piece sets for any type of wedding. Their dresses fall on the pricier side, but they are definitely investment pieces you’ll want to wear for years to come. You can also enjoy free shipping.

Size range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free | Returns: Within 14 days of delivery. In person store returns or orders placed with ShopRunner are free. Mail in returns have a $15 restocking fee, which will be deducted from your refund.

You're undoubtedly already familiar with this boho-inspired brand, best known for airy fabrics, asymmetrical hemlines, and free-flowing silhouettes. But did you know that Anthropologie has a great selection of occasionwear? They feature notable brands like Bronx and Banco, Mac Duggal, AMUR, and Cynthia Rowley, and we love that you can shop by dress code and body type to make your search even easier. Plus, free shipping on orders over $50.


Size range: XXS-4XL | Shipping: Free on orders over $50 | Returns: Within 30 days of the purchase date. Free in store and $5.95 on most mailed in returns.

Sachin & Babi features a wide selection of structured, glam, and stylish gowns for black-tie or formal affairs. It’s a great brand if you’re looking for a more conservative, elegant gown that still has a modern touch. We love their attention to embellishment and tailoring, with high quality materials and design at the forefront. They are also size inclusive, offering size 0-20, and offer free returns within two weeks.

Size range: 0-20 | Shipping: Free on orders over $500 | Returns: Free within 14 days

This Australian online fashion retailer has about 2,000 dresses on its website with over 100+ new styles dropping weekly. They offer both exclusive in-house designs and over 80 local and international brands including Lioness, WeWoreWhat, Runaway the Label, etc. Plus, most are priced under $100, so not only are the options fashion-forward but cost-efficient. You can return within 21 days for store credit or within a week for a refund, but it’ll cost you $14.95.

Size range: XXS-4XL | Shipping: Free on orders over $100 | Returns: $14.95 Return within 7 days for a refund; return within 21 days for store credit

With bold, bright colors and classic silhouettes, Amanda Uprichard is a go-to brand for spring and summer occasion dresses. We love that they offer dresses for a variety of dress codes: like this one for a dressy casual affair, or this gorgeous silk number for a more formal event. With free shipping and returns, and lots of sub categories to make your search easier, this brand makes shopping with them a breeze.

Size range: S-XL | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free within 14 days of the original shipping date

If you have a full calendar of weddings this year, you may want to consider renting a dress (or two) from Rent The Runway. This online service allows you to lease designer clothing for one-time wear, a great option for those without extra closet space to spare. If you’ve never rented, here’s how it works: You’ll select a delivery date 1-2 days before you need the item and keep it for 4 or 8 days at a time. A free backup size is included in every order to ensure a proper fit! All shipping and returns are free. We especially love that reviewers can post photos in the dress so you can get an idea of how it may look on, and if you love a style - you can choose to purchase it at a discount.

Price Range: $15 to $335. Memberships start at $69

Size range: Varies depending on brand | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free for rentals (return date in your confirmation email), $5.95 for purchases within 7 days

You may have seen Fame and Partners at Saks Fifth Avenue or Shopbop, but did you know that it’s the first mass-produced, made-to-order label? This eco-conscious brand carries a range of stylish wedding guest dresses—and since each piece is made to order, they are helping to reduce waste during production. When you join Fame and Partners, you get $20 off your first made-to-order item. Their online site also has an outlet section where you can shop a selection of discounted evening wear!

Size range: Made to order items are built for your measurements. | Shipping: Free | Returns: Within 30 days. Made to Order: They charge a Zero Waste Fee. Refund less a 25% fee of the order subtotal. Ready to Wear: Refund less than 10% fee of the order subtotal.

Zelie for She is a BIPOC-owned brand based in Los Angeles that specializes in fashion-forward, uniquely designed plus-size clothing. Their dress and sets selection runs from 1X to 3X, and is perfect for any style of wedding but especially for individuals with their own unique sense of fashion expression. Each design runs for a limited time making whatever you buy that much more special. They are also reasonably priced, with most looks around the $100 to $150 mark.

Size range: 1X-3X | Shipping: Free on orders $150+ | Returns: No refunds. Exchange or store credit within 10 days from delivery.

Net-a-Porter is a one-stop shop for all things designer, especially occasionwear. From red-carpet-worthy gowns to mini sundresses, the online retail giant has a look for any style of wedding you may be attending with an expertly curated assortment of gorgeous styles, straight off the runway. They also have an incredible assortment of shoes and accessories, from top brands, to finish off your glamorous look. We appreciate their easy free shipping (over $150) and returns policy so you can shop without worry.

Size range: Depends on designer. | Shipping: Free on orders $150+ | Returns: Free within 28 days of delivery.

11 Honoré

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Size-inclusive online retailer 11 Honoré is the sister site for Dia & Co. It specializes in designer clothing flattering for all body types. In addition to carrying brands like Ganni and Diane Von Furstenburg, 11 Honoré created their own collection featuring fashion-forward occasionwear dresses.They offer generous free shipping over $75 and free returns within 30 days of your order’s shipment date.

Size range: 10-30 | Shipping: Free for orders over $75 | Returns: Within 30 days of your order shipment date.

Luxury sleepwear brand Sleeper has ventured into new territory with its versatile dress collection. Their easy-to-wear linen dresses are a great option for an outdoor summer wedding, and their beautiful slip dresses are super versatile for a variety of dress codes and venues. Plus, many of their dresses are bump-friendly, so mothers-to-be take note. Do note they have a more restrictive shipping and return policy, with $15 shipping under $350 and return cost at the buyer’s responsibility.

Size range: XS-3XL | Shipping: Standard shipping cost is $15 and all orders over $350 will ship for free anywhere in the world. | Returns: Within 14 days of receiving your order at your own expense.

Imagine a place where you can buy brands like Valentino, Stella Mccartney, and Zimmermann for half off. Sounds too good to be true? Online retailer, The Outnet—sister site to Net-a-Porter—makes this dream a reality. If you’re searching for a designer dress for a black-tie wedding without a ridiculous price tag, The Outnet is your best bet. They feature tons of subcategories to hone in on your desired style and look. Plus, they have free shipping on orders over $100 and free returns. It’s like this site just wants to save you money.

Size range: 00-16 | Shipping: Free on orders over $100 | Returns: Free within 28 days of delivery.

If you’re not already familiar with the UK brand, Rixo, you’re in for a treat. This emerging label has a variety of wedding guest-appropriate maxi dresses, featuring vintage-inspired silhouettes, bold prints, and bright hues. This is a shop for the color-obsessed - perfect for summer and spring wedding looks. We love that their sizing is inclusive, ranging from 6-24, and that they have a whole bridal section for bridesmaids, mother in law, and other wedding event looks. Note that because it’s an overseas brand, shipping will cost $18 and returns will be at your own expense!

Size range: 6-24 | Shipping: $18 to the US | Returns: At your own expense within 14 days.

& Other Stories

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With collections designed in Paris, Stockholm, and Los Angeles, & Other Stories caters to various styles, from relaxed sundresses to luxe-looking slip dresses. Their dress selection is very wearable and sure to be closet staples. Prices are reasonable, ranging from under $60 to around $500. With accessories, shoes, and bags available, you can shop the entire look. They also offer super generous free shipping and returns, making shopping worry-proof.

Size range: 0-12 | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free within 30 days.

Sandy Liang’s unique, one-of-a-kind dresses guarantee that you'll never get caught twinning with anyone this wedding season. From satin, cut-out mini dresses to dramatic tulle midis, this brand is for the guest who isn’t afraid to take fashion risks. We love that they also have a bridal section including veils, and offer accessories including handbags, jewelry, and hair pieces to complete the look. Do note that shipping is $10 and they do not offer refunds, only exchanges at your return shipping expense.

Size range: XSS-L | Shipping: $10 domestic shipping. Free on orders over $300 | Returns: No refunds. Exchanges within 14 days of purchase are at the customer’s expense.

This Australian line is known for its boho-chic, ultra-feminine, super sophisticated dresses. If you're planning on attending a beach wedding, this is one brand you don't want to miss. With clever color combinations, powerful prints, and smart detailing, there’s a reason this brand is beloved by celebs and influencers. Note that they do not have a drop down menu for sorting price points, but they offer easy subcategory options for dress codes, time of day, color, size, and length. Also, free returns within 15 days!

Size range: S-L / 0-4 | Shipping: $10. Free on orders over $500 | Returns: Free within 15 days.

Femininity and elegance are at the core of each Needle & Thread dress. The British brand has a stunning collection of embellished, sophisticated evening gowns that are perfect for a formal or black-tie wedding. We love that they have a whole wedding section for wedding guests, mother of the bride, flower girls, and bridesmaids. They also make shopping simple with subcategories like length, color, size, etc. Note that shipping and returns will be around $10 each.

Size range: 0-20 | Shipping: $9.95 for orders under $350 | Returns: $10 within 14 days of delivery.

Cult Gaia is on trend at the moment, and for good reason. Their styles are absolutely to die for with interesting silhouettes, cool cut outs, and premium fabrics. Each piece looks like wearable art, and with show-stopping accessories to pair with it, you’ll definitely be turning heads at the wedding. To start, we definitely recommend the iconic Mara dress and pair with this clutch. Shipping is free on orders over $150 and free returns within 7 days.

Size range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free on orders over $150 | Returns: Free within 7 days

The Mac Duggal Design House is known for its signature luxe fabrics, intricate hand-beading, and feminine designs that create gorgeous statement outfits for wedding guests. From red carpet worthy gowns to relaxed flirty pieces, there’s something for every size, shape, and preference at Mac Duggal. Gwyneth Paltrow, Carrie Underwood, Vanessa Hudgens, Kylie Jenner, Eva Longoria, and Khloé Kardashian are just a few of the many celebs who have worn these looks. Shipping is free, but returns will cost you $12 within two weeks of shipment.

Size range: 0-30 | Shipping: Free | Returns: $12 within 14 days of shipment date.

Although Birdy Grey is known as a hub for bridesmaids dresses, they also offer a great selection of wedding guest dresses and accessories that are elegant, classy, and super affordable. In fact, all dresses are under $100. Choose from a wide variety of colors and fabrics, and even get free swatches to ensure you’ll love the color and texture. Shipping rates vary, and returns will cost you a $10 restocking fee, but exchanges are totally free.

Size range: XS-3XL | Shipping: Shipping rates vary based on the items in your cart, shipping speed, and the destination.| Returns: 45 days to return eligible items. $10 restocking fee for each item returned at a returns bar, with an additional $2 processing fee for items returned by mail. Exchanges are free.

The sister site to REVOLVE, FWRD has an incredible roster of top designers and elite brands, both veteran and up-and-coming artists. Their products are hand selected by a team of experts, and they will also include authenticity cards and dust bags if available. With prices ranging from under $50 to over $11,000, there’s definitely a wide variety of styles and brands to choose from. Plus, they have a super easy free shipping and return policy.

Size range: 0-16 | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free within 30 days.

The ultra-romantic, sensual, and elegant gowns at Australian label Alamour are perfect for black tie and formal affairs. With bold colors, feminine silhouettes, beautiful draping, delicate lace, and intricate sequin embellishments, Alamour The Label is for the guest that wants to feel sexy and sophisticated. We love that they offer such a wide variety of pieces at a range of price points - they feel and look more expensive than they are! They also have a sample sale section for discounted gems (some even go for $20), and free shipping over $167 USD.

Size range: XXS-5XL | Shipping: Free over $250.00 AUD ($167 USD) | Returns: Free within 30 days.

If you never want to roll up wearing the same dress as another guest, put Modatrova on your radar. With an incredible eye for unique, distinctive, and smart emerging brands, each piece is carefully curated to ensure you are always the best dressed guest. Each piece is shipped directly from their brand partners, so shipping info varies—just check out the item description for shipping details.

Size range: Varies by brand. Typically XS-XL | Shipping: Varies by brand/item. Refer to item description for accurate info. | Returns: Within 7 days of receipt. To initiate, email orders@modatrova.com with order number in the subject line.

A.L.C. makes incredible dresses that are considered classics with a modern twist. With gorgeous fabrics, smart detailing, and flattering construction, everyone looks good in an A.L.C. dress. We love that you can find a variety of styles from dressy casual to formal gowns, and even check out their dressy suit section for a more androgynous wedding guest look. Plus, you get free shipping over $200.

Size range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free over $200 | Returns: $10 restocking fee within 30 days of receipt.

Wolf & Badger is a B Corp-certified global marketplace for more than 2,000 independent brands specializing in sustainably and ethically produced products. Not only are they size and budget inclusive, they make browsing simple and easy with lots of categories to select from. We especially love that there’s a sustainability section, which includes several subcategories like “Organic,” “Low Impact,” “Non-Toxic Dyes,” and “Happy Worker,” so eco-minded shoppers can easily find garments that align with their ethical standards. There’s also free shipping over $250 and free returns within two weeks.

Size range: XXS-5XL | Shipping: Free over $250 | Returns: Free within 14 days of receipt.

Inspired by an island off the coast of Nantucket, Tuckernuck is a versatile marketplace with a sporty, classic, and preppy feel. With both in-house designs and curated pieces from hundreds of other designers like Farm Rio, Rhode, and Ciao Lucia, Tuckernuck sells a wide variety of pieces from casual dresses to vacation-style wear to formal gowns at a range of price points. We love that they’re size inclusive, have a generous free shipping and free return policy, and offer a fun boutique-style shopping experience.

Size range: 0-40; XXS-4XL | Shipping: Free | Returns: Free within 30 days of delivery.

What to Look forin Wedding Guest Attire

  • Dress Code: “Definitely pay attention to the invitation to see if the dress code says black tie or not,” says Kassab. “You don’t want to show up wearing a co*cktail dress to a black-tie wedding.” Here’s a breakdown of four of the most popular dress codes:
  • Black Tie: Black tie means formal attire. Think gowns, floor-length dresses, and nothing too revealing. “If you are attending a black-tie wedding this spring/summer, I would go for a floor-length dress the pastel family,” Kassab suggests.
  • co*cktail: co*cktail means semi-formal attire that is stylish and sophisticated without being overly extravagant. You can wear a knee-length or slightly shorter dress, and even a jumpsuit that can be dressed up with accessories, shoes, and elegant handbags.
  • Beach/Destination Wedding: This dress code is typically more relaxed and casual due to the nature of the location. You can go for any reasonable length of dress in light, flowy fabrics (linen is a popular choice for super hot and humid climates!), and pair it with dressy sandals or wedges to complete the look.
  • Dressy Casual:A dressy casual dress code is the most relaxed one, but it's important to strive for sophisticated comfort. Think a casual dress or skirt and nice top, accompanied by dressy ballet flats or kitten heels.
  • Shipping and Return Policies: “Make sure you order from somewhere that has great shipping and returns," affirms Kassab. "That way if your options don’t work, you’re not stuck."
  • Season: Pay attention to the season when shopping for your wedding guest dress (both in color choice and fabrics). For fall and winter, think rustic autumnal colors like browns, burnt orange, burgundy, and deep greens. Go for a thicker material like velvet, brocade, thick silks and satins, or vegan leather. For summer and spring, Kassab says that “it’s always nice to see some color and have fun with your wedding looks in the warmer months." Opt for bright, vibrant colors like pinks, purples, and blues and go for breathable and flowing fabrics like linen, chiffon, lace, silk, and cotton.

FAQ

  • Can I wear the same dress to more than one wedding?

    Yes! “I think if you get a classic style and color, such as this one from Norma Kamali, you can definitely wear it to multiple weddings," says Kassab. "There are so many different ways to style a dress like this that it can look totally different depending on the accessories."

  • What styles/colors should I avoid as a wedding guest?

    Kassab recommends that any wedding guest avoids wearing white. "This also goes for colors that can be mistaken for white like a light beige, nude, or silver,” she adds.

  • How much should I spend on a wedding guest dress?

    How much you should spend depends on your budget and comfort level. Wedding guest dresses can range from around $50 to thousands of dollars, depending on brand, materials, construction, and embellishments.

    “If it’s something more simple and timeless you could get multiple wears out of, I would definitely invest more," explains Kassab. "But if it’s a bold color or printed piece that you know you will only wear once, you may not want to break the bank."

Why Trust Brides

Chelsea Frank has been a lifestyle writer for nearly 10 years. She’s contributed to dozens of online publications, researching and writing on a number of topics, from clean beauty and fashion to travel and wellness. She’s also an anxious soon-to-be bride, on the hunt for the perfect dress.

Bridescontributor Dagmara Cintron is an New York City-native living in Los Angeles where she is a contributing writer for several publications covering emerging Latina artists, fashion, local L.A. stories, and more. Having been in the fashion digital space for over seven years, she has scoped top products across the fashion, beauty, and home decor space. As a fashion copywriter, she also has a special passion for shopping and finding the best deals.

  • Elizabeth Kassab is a stylist and personal shopper based in New York City and Michigan.

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Guest Attire

Our Favorite Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Body Type and Style (2024)

FAQs

What is the best dress code for attending wedding? ›

1) Do Consider the Wedding Dress Code
  • Black Tie: floor length gowns, black ties, tuxedos.
  • Formal: floor length gowns, tuxedos optional, black suits acceptable.
  • Semi-Formal: below the knee dresses, dress shirts, slacks.
  • Casual: sundresses, collared shirts, khakis.

How do I choose a wedding dress for guests? ›

12 tips for choosing the perfect wedding guest dress
  1. Find out what the bridesmaids are wearing.
  2. Shortlist your most flattering colours.
  3. Avoid cream or white dresses.
  4. Make it seasonal.
  5. Remember, it's not a funeral.
  6. Match with your +1.
  7. Stay classy.
  8. Find a bag which compliments the outfit.

What is the most popular wedding dress code? ›

Semi-Formal or co*cktail

This attire is one of the most popular dress codes, and for a good reason. It fits in with almost any wedding venue and is relatively easy for guests to follow. A semi-formal dress code calls for suits for men and co*cktail dresses for ladies.

How do you tell guests about dress code? ›

Put It on the Invitation

The simplest way to tell your guests what they're expected to wear is to put a dress code in the invitation. There is a time-honored glossary of dress-code wording short enough to include on invitations, or on a card inserted with the invitation.

How do you say dress code on an invitation? ›

Here are a few examples.
  1. "Is there a dress code?" ...
  2. "Are there any styles or colors you'd prefer me to wear?" ...
  3. White-Tie Attire. ...
  4. Black-Tie Attire. ...
  5. Black-Tie Optional Attire. ...
  6. Formal Attire. ...
  7. co*cktail Attire. ...
  8. Semi-Formal Attire or Dressy Casual Attire.
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What is the elegant dress code for ladies? ›

A midi or mini party dress styled with heeled sandals, a clutch bag can create an elegant look. If the occasion is slightly more formal, a long party dress would be appropriate too paired with silver or gold jewellery. Received an invite in the warmer months?

What does dressy casual mean for a wedding? ›

Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual, or co*cktail

All of these terms mean essentially the same thing. Ties are optional, but guys do need to wear a suit or sport coat. Leather dress shoes or dressy loafers are fine.

What are the levels of dress code? ›

If you ask someone what the dress code at their office is, they'll generally give you one of four dress codes: business professional, business casual, smart casual or casual. There are some other in-between dress codes, but these four generally cover the spectrum of what your average American wears to work every day.

What are the best colors to wear to a wedding? ›

Neutral shades are timeless options that won't detract from the wedding's formal atmosphere. For a more colorful look, consider wearing shades of blue, lavender, or pink to show that you're in the celebratory spirit. If the wedding is in a tropical destination, opt for colors like yellow, orange, and green.

Should wedding guest dresses be short or long? ›

It really depends on the wedding's dress code and the couple's preference. If the wedding is formal, a long dress might be more appropriate, but for a casual or beach wedding, a short dress could work perfectly.

What to wear to a wedding as a guest female? ›

Women wedding guests should wear full-length dresses, be it a ballgown, a sheath or an A-line dress. High heels are strongly recommended. Feel free to accessorize with opulent jewelry and even elbow-length white silk gloves.

What is the taboo color for wedding dress? ›

When attending a wedding, it is important to avoid wearing any color that might be too close to white or off-white. The most common shades that should be avoided are: Ivory: A pale-yellowish shade of white. Champagne: A warm beige color with a hint of gold.

What color are most wedding dresses? ›

It is very traditional for brides to wear white on their wedding day. When you start looking at wedding dresses online or at a bridal shop, you will see wedding dresses labeled with many different color names, from white to ivory to off-white to diamond white to cream and many color names and shades in between.

What is the most common wedding dress color? ›

What are the Most Popular Wedding Dress Colors? The most popular wedding dress colors are shades of off-white and ivory, which are more universally flattering. However, we've also noticed that many brides opt for a gown with a lining in a shade of blush or nude to allow the details on their dresses to pop!

Do you need to specify dress code for a wedding? ›

White tie, black tie, and black tie optional are typically the only dress codes that should be mentioned on an invitation, but others can be listed on your wedding website, especially in a FAQ section. Formal attire is not very different from black tie optional, but will generally feel a little less strict.

What is a standard wedding dress code? ›

One of the most popular Dress Codes, according to all of the Wedding Planners we consulted, 'co*cktail' implies dresses of around knee-length for ladies and a suit, or trousers and a blazer, with the option of a tie for men.

How do I ask my guest to wear a certain color? ›

If you're going to request a certain dress code or color from your guests, be upfront about this from the beginning. That means notifying them of this on the invitation or even the save the date. This gives guests time to find an appropriate outfit or bow out if they're not able to follow it.

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