When it comes to finding perfect wedding guest dresses, there’s never been more choice on the high street. With wedding season now a year-round event, you’ve probably got more than a few big days in your calendar already.
We know you’ll want to look your best for all of them, and we’re here to help. To save you hours trawling through the website of every fashion retailer known to woman, we’ve rounded up 42 of the absolute best wedding guest dresses and outfits that are available to shop right now. Most of these work year-round with just a jacket needed for chiller days. If you're attending a winter wedding, then we've got a dedicated article for the best winter wedding guest dresses which will keep you feeling warm, yet looking cool.
From floaty maxis to dainty florals, flawless tailoring and a puff-sleeved beauty or two, no matter what your style or the type of wedding you’re attending, there’ll be something in this mix for you.
Before we even start, let's get a few rules out the way to help you choose the right wedding guest outfit:
- White is a total no-no. Doesn’t that go without saying?
- Don’t upstage the bride. By all means be experimental, but don’t go too OTT.
- Don’t wear anything too skimpy. The couple’s grandparents will be there, remember.
- Be bright and colourful in the summer! The photographs will look all the better for it.
- Don’t be too casual. You’ve got to make an effort.
- Take a pair of flats! Who can really dance all night in heels?
So, without further ado, here’s our edit of the best wedding guest dresses of the moment. Get scrolling and take your pick.
1. Karen Millen Mono Floral Woven Linen Jumpsuit - £139, Debenhams
This monochrome floral look has an on-trend halter neckline and flattering wide legs. Combined with the linen-viscose fabric, it'll keep you cool at a summer wedding and look beautiful topped with a fitted blazer at autumn and winter weddings. We love how it's styled here with a leather belt and simple gold jewellery.
2. Long Satin Wrap Dress - £39.99, H&M
You can't go wrong with a wrap dress - universally flattering and seriously comfortable, we adore this chic monochrome design from H&M. It looks a lot more expensive than its £39.99 price tag so we're predicting lots of compliments!
3. Green Bow Front Midi Dress - £29.99, Quiz
This simple forest green strappy dress from Quiz has been given a fun upgrade with the addition of a beautiful bow on the bodice. Pair with metallic accessories and a gorgeous half up half down hairstyle for a sophisticated look.
4. Red Polka Dot Asymmetric Midi Slip Dress - £38, River Island
Sophisticated and slinky, a slip dress is a great choice for a fancy wedding. This copper colour looks gorgeous on all skin tones, and it's elevated by the stylish polka dot print and super-shimmery fabric.
5. Pink Floral Cut Out Midi Dress - £42, River Island
How cool is this retro long sleeved dress! Boasting a trendy '70s vibe and bright splashes of colour, it's a playful outfit choice that suits a wedding bursting with florals.
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6. Tie Back Printed Midi Dress - £129, Coast
Speaking of florals, just look at the gorgeous colour clashing combination on this orange and pink beauty from Coast. It is crafted from lightweight fabric so it can easily be worn in the warmer months as well as the cooler seasons layered up with a chic blazer.
7. Frill Sleeve Tie Back Top - £59, Coast
There's no rule to say you can't wear a fabulous top paired with trousers or a skirt to a wedding and this tulle top from Coast will pair wonderfully with either! It is unique, playful and seriously trendy.
8. Floral Woven Stretch Mini Dress - £145, Karen Millen
We don't know which feature we love more on this stunning dress - the flattering neckline or the contemporary floral print. It's not your typical wedding guest dress but it's one that you won't regret rocking.
9. Hammered Satin & Lace Woven Slip Dress - £145, Karen Millen
We don't recommend you wear white to a wedding as a guest, but this pretty slip dress combines fresh white with a pop of pink making it totally wedding-ready. The black lace adds some edge to this otherwise feminine get-up.
10. Joy Jumpsuit - £179, Ghost
The Joy jumpsuit from Ghost will take pride of place in your wardrobe. It features long blouson sleeves which complement the wide leg style perfectly and is crafted from sumptuous khaki satin.
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11. Joseph Knit Dress - £129, Never Fully Dressed
This fabulous, striped style is both beautiful and practical: it's a stunning mix of blue, orange, beige and brown block stripes and is made from luxurious knit fabric. If you are attending a winter or autumn wedding and are worried about staying warm - this is your solution.
12. Sabrina Dress - £248, Rixo
Rixo is a brilliant option for fashion-forward wedding guests - their trend-led designs are a fail-safe option that will have you looking the best dressed there. The Sabrina dress is one of our favourites thanks to the frilled collar and pretty polka dot pattern.
13. Wysteria Floral Tiered Organza Midi Dress - £109, Oasis
This high fashion dress from Oasis is the definition of drama. It'll be the talking point among wedding guests with a eyes on the puff sleeves, tiered skirt, and crocheted front.
14. Harpia Dress - £195, Ted Baker
Everything about this Ted Baker dress is fabulous, from the loud floral print to the trendy oversized puff sleeves. Pair with statement heels like this model is wearing.
15. Dove Dress - £57, Dancing Leopard
We adore this tailored dress which will draw every eye to you. Black is totally acceptable for a wedding when matched with bright accessories so we'd dress this up with some statement heels and bright lipstick.
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16. Zoe Midi Dress - £69, Dancing Leopard
Animal print will never fall out of favour, and this dress brings cheetah print bang up-to-date with striking green. With a black background, the colour never gets too overwhelming so you can wear this dress year-round and make a different impact every time.
17. Molly Pink Checked Dress - £165, Kitri
18. Petite Ruffled Sleeve Midaxi Dress - £45, Dorothy Perkins
If you're petite it can be tricky to find a dress that doesn't swamp your stature but Dorothy Perkins has a lovely selection of petite pieces. The ruffled sleeves on this dress is what really won us over, as well as the gorgeous rust colour.
19. Jett Asymmetric Dress - £72, Pretty Lavish
This classic satin style has a contemporary twist with the cut out shoulder and trendy lime hue. If you want a smart dress that works for a relaxed wedding, we love this easy-to-wear style, especially dressed up with block heels and a cute shoulder bag.
20. Blythe Pleated Fit And Flare Dress - £159, Hobbs
For a more formal and traditional wedding guest outfit look to Hobbs. The Blythe pleated dress is a beautiful shade of pastel blue and you can get the matching shoes, jacket and fascinator too. It would look amazing as a mother of the bride dress as well.
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21. Ruched Sleeve Blazer Dress - £40, Boohoo
Don't dismiss mini dresses for a wedding. If they fit the formality of the day, we can't recommend a stylish mini enough. This blazer dress comes in vibrant purple, classy black or elegant green and is a steal at £40.
22. Colour Pop Floral Wrap Midi Dress - £85, Wallis
Bold and eye-catching, this colour pop floral print dress is a wonderful choice for a boho wedding. From the sleeves to that wrap detail on the chest, there's lots to look at and so much to love.
23. Simara Ombre Pleated Dress - £149, Phase Eight
The Simara dress from Phase Eight features a striking ombre design and pleated texture that makes for a really elegant look. The full skirt will flare out in the most beautiful way as you dance at the reception.
24. Pink Spot Satin High Neck Midi Dress - £29.99, New Look
Coming in monochrome or pink, this New Look dress is an amazing budget buy! At less than £30, it looks far more expensive and features lots of glamorous details including an open tie back and an asymmetric tiered hem.
25. Sigmund Dress - £248, Reformation
This absolutely gorgeous long-sleeved dress has the sexiest thigh split that makes it suitable for every season. The Sigmund gown has a slim-fitting bodice, relaxed skirt, slightly puff sleeves and a super on-trend square neckline. There isn't a bit of it we don't love.
26. Wide Jumpsuit - £49.99, H&M
Wedding guest outfits often come in floral patterns so it's nice to see something a bit different here. Featuring beautiful watercolour shades, this jumpsuit from H&M will look stunning in photographs and the cut drapes beautifully over the body.
27. Lace Corset Dress - £199, Whistles
How stunning is this cornflower blue shade! The corseted bodice and sheer puff sleeves makes for a wonderful hourglass silhouette that cinches the waist and billows out at the hem. The lace overlay screams chic wedding wear.
28. Scatter Sequin Midi Dress with Batwing Sleeves - £75, ASOS
Are you going to a glamorous wedding? Pale gold sequins and a sultry silhouette with a plunge neck and front split make this dress ideal for a glitzy affair. You'll feel a million pounds in this and look amazing under dance floor lights!
29. V-Neck Embroidered Lace Midi Dress - £98, Chi Chi London
The Natalya dress is the perfect example of feminine florals. The delicate lace is adorned with blue and pink flowers from the airy cap sleeves to the scalloped hem. It's a really lovely piece you'll use time and time again.
30. Lulu Pistachio Asymmetric Drape Midi Corset Dress - £159, House of CB
House of CB are known for their incredibly sexy dresses and the Lulu pistachio number is no different. Crafted from ultra luxe duchesse satin and with a special boned corset for a sculpted fit, it's made for a glam wedding. It's super flattering on your cleavage and drapes wonderfully over the hips.
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31. Jonas Two Piece - £248, Reformation
Reformation are one of our go-to brands for high-quality guest dresses you'll want to wear again and again. This time, we're drawn in by this tropical print two-piece which features an on-trend cropped top and high waisted skirt. There's a flirty hint of flesh but the puff sleeves and midi skirt length make this great for a more modest, formal occasion too.
32. Ana Animal Embroidered Midi Dress - £140, Monsoon
This bestselling dress from the sustainable S.E.W collection features bright pops of colour with ocean-hued animal patterns. Falling to just above the ankle, this lightweight design works across the seasons and would look great topped with a jacket in winter.
33. Nikita Dress - £248, Reformation
Yes, we found summer in a dress for you. The delicate floral pattern on this Reformation dress goes perfectly with the feminine silhouette. It's a super flattering shape, as well as being comfortable, and has gorgeous touches all over from the ruffle edged neckline to the strap ties.
34. Puff Sleeve Midaxi Dress - £95, SilkFred
The bold, red, heart print pattern makes this dress ideal for a day of love. With puff sleeves and a sweet split detail, it's a lovely gown for transitional weather.
35. Sasha Purple Swirl Midi Dress - £129, House of CB
Featuring rich autumnal tones, the Sasha dress has a cool '70s vibe that will turn heads. Made from soft and silky ruched organza mesh, it's a dream to wear and it features an inbuilt underwired bra so there's no messing around with strapless ones that slip down all evening! A great dress to party the wedding reception away in.
36. Katalina Dip Dye Fringe Dress - £225, Phase Eight
This dress was made for dancing! With tiered dip-dye fringing, the movement on this gown is incredible and it's perfect for a glam wedding or one with vintage, 1920s vibes. This is an investment dress you'll want to crack out for every fancy party.
37. Gavin Dress - £218, Reformation
Reformation gowns are on the pricier end of the spectrum but they're worth every penny. You'll be the best dressed guest in one of their looks and we've got our eyes on the Gavin dress in this silky crepe fabric. It comes in eight different colourways and patterns, but we love this dainty 'Teacup' print.
38. Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress - £40, ASOS
Casual dressers, look away; this is for the drama lovers. A maxi dress in cherry red with ruffle trims is a guaranteed winner for fancy weddings where you need to make an impact with your outfit. Considering this one comes in at just £40, it looks way more expensive than it costs.
39. Satin Floral Embroidered Midi Dress - £65, ASOS
No, you're not dreaming, this is really a dress you can buy so snap it up now. Super flattering on taller bodies and elongating on shorter frames, this glossy maxi drapes beautifully across the body from its high neck to cowl back and over the hips. Navy is a timeless choice for wedding guests and the floral embroidery elevates the whole look.
40. Phase Eight Multi Daryl Pleated Maxi Dress - £150, Next
Pleated for a rich, textured finish, this Phase Eight dress has bags of volume and movement. The floral pattern is fresh and vibrant while the wrap bodice accentuates your silhouette. An all-rounder you'll look chic and comfortable in all day.
41. One Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress - £75, Chi Chi London
Maxi prints are great for weddings as they photograph so well. This dress ticks all the boxes with a fresh one-shoulder neckline, a bright yet sophisticated floral print and tiered maxi skirt.
42. Double Layer Pleated Embroidered Midi Dress - £60, ASOS
How pretty is this floral embroidery. It suits the navy hue so well and looks beautiful against the sheer chiffon. Reviews say to size up to fit across the chest and we love a floaty, comfortable fit so you can eat as much as you want anyway.
Want even more options? Our winter wedding guest dresses edit should be next on your list.