Summer Wedding Guest Dresses For Every Dress Code

Is it just me or does it feel like there are more weddings than usual this year? Two years of pandemic-related delays plus many more engagements during that period will do that, so if you’ve found yourself with a calendar full of wedding invites and are wondering what to wear, have no fear! I’ve rounded up some options for a variety of different dress codes. Take a look below for some stylish wedding guest dresses that will look great no matter how casual or formal the occasion.

Beach

Beach or tropical destination weddings require special attention paid to the elements. You’ll be outside, likely dealing with heat, humidity, and breeze. A flowy midi skirt or fitted style will stay put if an ocean breeze comes along, and you’ll want to search for lightweight fabrics like linen.

MISA Liv Dress

If you are heading to a beach wedding this summer, you cannot go wrong with a dress from MISA. I found myself drawn to this romantic ruffled dress featuring a bohemian pink and yellow floral print. It will look elegant on the breezy beach.

Rails Maeve Dress In Navy Lilac Gingham

This gingham-print midi dress is a great option for a beach wedding. Take on a nautical approach to your styling with this navy dress and pair with espadrilles and a woven clutch. It is also made with seersucker cotton so it will feel lightweight and comfortable no matter how warm the beach gets.

Casual

When it comes to weddings, “casual” is not an indication that jeans and flip flops are the move. Instead, I would recommend a jumpsuit, sundress, or a nice top and full midi skirt.

Hutch Zora Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit is a great choice for a wedding with a casual dress code. This one from Hutch brings the party with a colorful all-over print and wide-leg pants that will go with the flow on the dance floor, and keep you comfortable long into the night.

VICI Collection Floral Long Sleeve Chiffon Babydoll Dress

A short floral-print dress is a great option for a casual or daytime wedding celebration. This dress from VICI Collection features a fun retro floral print that will look great, and the fit and flare style is flattering.

Cocktail

Cocktail attire is a common but tricky dress code for wedding guests. You won’t need a ballgown here, but you should go for a nice knee-length or midi dress—or a suit, if you prefer—and accessorize with elegant jewelry and heels.

Milly Atalie 3D Floral Lace Dress

This ultra-flattering A-line dress from Milly would be a great choice for a cocktail attire dress code. It comes in signature Milly Pink and features floral lace appliques, a V-neck, and flattering hemline above the knees.

House Of Aama Louise Strapless Dress With Bustier & Ties

If you love an old-fashioned silhouette, this floral-print 50s-style midi dress from House of Aama is just the thing for you. I sometimes find people equate cocktail attire with dark colors and form-fitting dresses, but this is a fun dress option that fits the dress code while standing out from the typical attire.

Formal

Go for it with a floor-length gown here. Look for jewel tones and metallic hues if you are in need of inspiration, and you cannot go wrong with an elegant silk dress.

Beginning Boutique ​​Maybelle Champagne Formal Maxi Dress

Beginning Boutique features a wide variety of glamorous maxi dresses to wear to a wedding with a formal dress code, but I am particularly fond of this champagne-hued dress with a cowl neck and slip side.

Galvan London Sienna Dress In Coral

You cannot go wrong with a simple slip-style dress with an elegant halter neckline. I think this Galvan London dress is absolutely stunning, especially in this colorful coral hue, but it also is available in mint and black.

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