As Invitations Arrive—28 Wedding Guest Dresses to Shop Now

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While there weren’t too many opportunities to show off our wedding guest dresses last year, 2021 looks a bit more promising. As the vaccine continues to roll out, brides and grooms are putting a date on the calendar and sending out invites to friends and loved ones. It all makes for what wedding planners and forecasters are calling the post-pandemic wedding boom. And if you’re a recipient of any number of these wedding invites, you might be left with a question you haven’t had to ask yourself for a minute: What shall I wear?

After months in comfort-first clothing, the idea of going all out—in heels, a dress, and such—maybe a daunting one, but the quest for the best wedding guest dress doesn’t have to be an unpleasant one. Pick a cheerful or elegant dress that makes you feel great but also allows you to celebrate fully should an all-night dance party be on the itinerary. Whether you’re attending a socially distanced outdoor wedding or looking for a formal little black dress, there are several wedding guest dresses to help you win best-dressed attendee just ahead.

Countryside GatheringPhoto: Meredith Heuer

Depending on the exact location, outdoor spring weddings can be a little chilly. So reach for a dress with sleeves, like Malene Birger’s pleated design, or one that looks lovely with a shawl, like Zimmermann’s halter dress.

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Malene Birger Lemona pleated midi dress

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Farm Rio Vase forest maxi dress

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Zimmermann luminous halter gown

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Sir Amerie open-back floral-print dressMicro Wedding in the ParkPhoto: Anne Rhett Photography

Bring some more romance to the park with a lace, floral, or ruffled dress from designers like La DoubleJ and Maygel Coronel.

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Chi Chi London off-the-shoulder lace cocktail dress

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Faithfull the Brand El Paso midi dress

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Maygel Coronel Maria reversible maxi dress

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La Double J Babe Amalfi-print cropped dressBlack Tie in the CityPhoto: Emmanuelle Pickett

This is your moment to go all out. Layers of tulle, sequins, and draping make an elevated statement, and designers like Prada and Self-Portrait show us how it’s done.

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Significant Other Caspian butterfly-sleeve dress

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Prada jersey and tulle sleeveless dress



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Needle and thread sunset sequin-embellished gown

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Self-Portrait dot mesh-trim midi dressWedding by the BeachPhoto: Shore Shooters Beach Photography

Lightweight fabrics like that on Jason Wu’s cotton dress or Jacquemus’s linen design are perfect for those shore-side ceremonies.

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Reformation Lillet georgette mini dress

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Jason Wu gathered poplin midi dress

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Jacquemus Tovallo midi dress

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Wayf Hampton sleeveless dressCasual Courthouse CelebrationPhoto: Eva Espresso

Elevated comfort is the name of the game here. Slip-on an easy-going dress with a polished finish, like Blaze Milano’s blazer dress or Tory Burch’s tunic.

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Ottolinger strappy cut-out midi dress

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Tory Burch midi shirt dress

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Asceno Ibiza linen maxi dress

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Blaze Milano Sunshine blazer dress



Cocktail Affairwedding guest dressesPhoto: Chris Tyler

Prepare to say cheers to the new couple in a fun dress that makes a glamorous statement. Metallics and jewel tones always work well for those memorable moments as you can see from Ganni’s silver mini and The Attico’s emerald frock.

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Maggie Marilyn printing for you halter midi dress



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Ganni shiny jacquard A-line dress

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The Attico green satin wrapped skirt

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Solace London Sanna stretch crepe gownRomantic Garden CeremonyPhoto: Collins Nai

You can never go wrong with a romantic bloom, be it a micro floral frock from LoveShackFancy or a bouquet-covered Erdem dress. If prints aren’t your thing, a charming pleated dress—like Duncan’s—also fits the bill.

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Duncan Beloved origami pleated dress



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Erdem Elmer carnation-print crepe dress

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Rixo Ingrid printed midi shirt dress

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LoveShackFancy Masie floral smocked tiered midi dress
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