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50 Best Summer wedding guest dresses | Best dressed guest

50 Best Summer wedding guest dresses | Best dressed guest

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Last Updated on December 19, 2023 by Eve Dawes

The most beautiful wedding guest dresses for Summer

Summer wedding guest dresses for however casual or formal the wedding dress code. These are the best wedding guest dresses for summer from classic to on trend styles from designer to more affordable styles under $100. As well as wedding guest coord matching sets as they’re so on trend for Summer. I love a Summery dress for these occasions but if it happens to be cooler you can always add a pashmina or light blazer. Here are the most stunning wedding guest dresses for Summer that are perfect for black tie weddings to beach weddings to casual affairs. Whether you’re looking for a cute summer wedding guest dress, on trend fashion statement looks or sexy wedding guest dress there’s a dress for whatever your personal style and budget.

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Long and short sleeve floral dresses for cooler summer days

The Summer wedding guest dress trends this year include:

  1. Bright bold colors (if appropriate).
  2. Satin slip dresses make stunning wedding guest dresses and you can always add a blazer for modesty at the church service.
  3. Feminine floral dresses.
  4. Fringe dresses.
  5. Styles with volume in the shoulders, sleeves and/or skirts.
  6. Cute and colorful blazer and skirt or short coord sets.
  7. Bodycon dresses (just not too sexy).
  8. Wedding guest coord matching sets for an easy coordinated look.

As always stay away from cream or white dresses to wear to a wedding unless you’re the bride or it specifically asks you to in the dress code.

What dresses should a guest wear to a summer wedding?

Go for lighter fabrics and colors for summer weddings. Black’s not necessarily a faux par in America (it is in a lot of other countries) but doesn’t really look appropriate for a Summer wedding. Especially when there are so many other colors you could wear even if you don’t like vibrant colors.

Plus, if you’re going to be at an outdoor wedding or outside a lot in the heat, black is the worst color for making you feel even hotter and sweatier. Probably not the look you’re going for.

Sexy wedding guest dresses are acceptable if done in a certain way and not verging on scandalous. If in doubt about anything, avoid it and go for another option.

This is a pretty good wedding guest attire cheat sheet for US weddings. Wedding guest coord sets are also another great option for Summer weddings if you don’t want to wear a dress to the wedding and easy to layer if the weather’s looking a bit hit or miss.

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Michael Costello periwinkle dress (also comes in pink and blush)

Best Summer wedding guest dresses

It’s almost Summer and a lot of these stunning wedding guest dresses I’ve been adding have been selling out fast. Summer is the busiest wedding season so definitely try and order your dress well in advance so that it’s not sold out.

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I absolutely love shopping for dresses to wear to weddings and these fashion forward and chic dresses for Summer wedding guests will ensure you feel fabulous. A lot of these dresses would also be beautiful for other special occasion events to get the most CPW from them.

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Satin maxi comes in more colors

What colors should I wear to summer weddings

Pretty much anything but black and white (which I mentioned above). Normally I wouldn’t add the brightest colors as you don’t want to upstage the bride. However, wedding etiquette rules are always changing and if the brides fashion forward she’ll want her guests to look and feel their best.

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Pink satin midi slip dress

So since bright colors like hot pink are a major fashion trend this year, unless it’s a really formal dress code, I say go for it. Floral patterns and prints can also look really seasonally appropriate and fresh for Summer weddings and can range from everything from floral gowns for formal events to more casual long dresses.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that my style is very feminine so most of these Summer dresses for wedding guests are elegant and romantic. Whether that’s ruffle detailing, sweetheart neckline or sexy side slit. Don’t worry, there’s nothing that shows too much skin!

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50 Best Wedding Guest Dresses Summer

The Summer wedding guest dresses this year are some of the prettiest and most flattering I’ve seen. As always there’s a mix of designer to high street brands.

Some of these are pre order to avoid them being sold out and to hopefully make sure there’s less chance of someone else wearing the same dress as you!

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Yellow satin slip dress under $150 (also comes in pink and black)

Shop designer summer wedding guest dresses

These are the prettiest and most on trend looks for Summer wedding guest trends! Zimmermann and Oscar De La Renta have some of the most stunning dresses this season.

Shop summer wedding guest dresses under $500

Wedding guest dresses for this Summer and wedding guest coord sets, from elegant to sexy wedding guest dresses starting at $60. Including the prettiest florals and fashion forward bright solids. Here’s the trending styles to wear this season.

It’s all in the details | Summer wedding guest dresses

The best dresses to wear to this Summers weddings. There’s a lot from Revolve as they have the best free shipping and returns policy to make it easy to try a few things on. As well as lots of breathable fabrics and airy skirts perfect for the warm weather.

  1. Floral halterneck floral print maxi dresses are cute Summer wedding guest dresses options. This one has the sexiest low back and most beautiful floaty material.
  2. Strapless floral satin midi. If you’re worried about tan lines or just want to show off toned shoulders, I absolutely adore this fitted style.
  3. Zimmermann always has the prettiest Summer styles and this pastel blue elegant midi dress is a sophisticated but feminine option.
  4. This 1 shoulder floral maxi dress would be stunning for outdoor or beach weddings and the colors are perfect for Summer. One-shoulder necklines always look so sophisticated.
  5. This bright pink tailored shorts suit is an on trend wedding guest coord set and can be worn on repeat all summer long. Perfect for if it’s a cooler day and you want a pop of color. This blazer and shorts suit has such a flattering and classic cut.
  6. LoveShackFancy blue gown. This romantic maxi dress also comes in pink.
  7. Sunshine yellow satin slip maxi dress/gown. This elegant but sexy wedding guest dress has a thigh high slit and would look incredible with a Summer tan.
  8. Violet fit and flare midi dress by Bronx and Banco. The prettiest, elegant, cocktail dress for Summer wedding guests.
  9. Michael Costello Periwinkle strapless bodcon. This strapless dress has super flattering ruching and is boned so you don’t have to worry about if falling down while hitting the dance floor. It’s available in both periwinkle and pink.
  10. This Zimmerman mini dress is ever so retro chic in it’s cut but the style is so now. I’m absolutely obsessed with this look and most of their Spring Summer collection.
  11. A long sleeve floral mini dress looks modest and chic for wedding guest dresses for Summer. This has the prettiest shades of pink.
  12. This bodycon floral print dress is a great budget buy and would work for so many other summer events. River Island dresses tend to run true to size and the quality has always been reliable for me.
  13. More bright yellow to bring the sunshine. This fully lined halterneck dress is ever so flattering on your arms and would also work for Fall weddings.
  14. This pink dress is poetry as Carrie would say and a classic that you could wear year after year. If you want to end up on the best-dressed guest list this is the dress to do it in. The pink is perfect for Summer and the style is so romantic and feminine.
  15. More pink to make them wink. This is such a glamorous, strapless style that’s very Marilyn Monroe.
  16. This cute summer wedding guest dress has the daintiest tiny button details and adjustable shoulder straps. It comes in both blue and yellow. It runs slightly big so you may wish to size down.
  17. A simple and elegant dress that comes in lots of colors and is under $100.
  18. Baby blue backless lace mini dress for under $100 that’s modest in the front and sexy in the back. Open backs are a great option for being a little sexy but still wedding appropriate. Baby blue is also one of the color trends for Spring Summer that suits most people. I find that this brand tends to run true to size.
  19. Katie May dresses are a great brand for quality and fashion dresses. This floral, high low satin gown is perfect for formal affairs during the summer season.
  20. If it’s a Black Tie wedding dress code this red gown is the perfect balance of sexy and formal..
  21. Wedding guest coord blazer and skirt or shorts matching sets are great for layering for dates you’re not sure if it’ll be hot or cooler.

Shoes and bags to complete your Summer wedding guest outfit

The right accessories and heels can make or break a wedding guest outfit. These are the most stunning and on trend shoes, bright colors, platforms (perfect for lawns), nude strappy heels and bags that will work with all of these cute Summer wedding guest dresses.

What dresses not to wear to a summer wedding

Some things you might want to avoid and that are generally a faux pas to wear to a Summer wedding include:

  • Black dresses.
  • Sheer dresses.
  • Sexy wedding guest dresses that show too much skin.
  • Heavy fabrics which look out of place.
  • Plunging necklines that are cut too deep.
  • Shorter hemlines are great, just do the sit test first to make sure it’s wedding appropriate.

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