When it comes to finding perfect wedding guest dresses, there’s never been more choice on the high street – and trust us, that’s a good thing. With wedding season now a year-round event, and (if your postbox looks anything like ours) the invitations for 2021 stacking up fast, 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 43 of the absolute best wedding guest dresses and outfits that are available to shop right now.
From floaty maxis to dainty florals, flawless tailoring and even a puff-sleeved beauty or two, no matter what your style or the type of wedding you’re attending, there’ll be something in the mix for you.
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Before we even start, let's get a few rules out the way to help you choose the right wedding guest oufit:
- 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.
43 of the Best Wedding Guest Dresses for 2021
1. Mustard Stripe Satin Midi Dress – New Look, £25.99
A summer wedding calls for a splash of bright and cheerful colour and there's nothing more cheerful than yellows and mustards, which is why we love this New Look dress. The turn-up sleeves and wrap-around style are universally flattering while the midi-length, pencil-pleat skirt keep things classy.
2. Blue Ditsy Sweetheart Mini Dress – Miss Selfridge, £29.99
Blue is a beautiful choice for spring and summer, and a floral pattern is always welcome at weddings. We adore the frill edge of this Miss Selfridge design along with the angled neckline and puff sleeves. Team with some wedges for a laidback look with plenty of charm.
3. Short Sleeve Floral Midi Dress – Matalan, £18
Florals again but this time with pink and red hues that are simply perfect for summer nuptials. The floaty sleeves and skirt hem of this Matalan dress will keep you cool and so are ideal for 'I dos' in sunnier climes. We'd be teaming this beauty with some strappy sandals and a bright and bold clutch.
4. Ditsy Floral Midi Dress – Warehouse, £52
If you prefer something that’s more fitted than floaty, Warehouse’s slightly more tailored shapes could be a winner for your wardrobe, as this ditsy floral dress proves. The gathered bust and mid-calf hem length will flatter any body type, while the subtle puff sleeve adds a little extra statement.
5. Fluted Hem Lace Pencil Dress – Very, £70
Designed as part of Michelle Keegan's Very collection, it's no wonder this yellow lace dress is both super-flattering and glamorous. Michelle knows exactly how to show off her shape and create a showstopping impression. This dress is screaming out for some gold strappy heels and a professional blow-dry that would make our Mich proud!
6. New Look Pale Grey Satin Ruffle Trim Belted Midi Dress – £27.99
The joy of this satin New Look midi dress is that it’ll go with literally any colour accessory you own, so you can recycle pieces from your existing wardrobe and sort your whole wedding look for under £30. The way the ruffles drape across the front is super elegant and will really show off your shape.
7. Sweet Satin Wrap Front Maxi Dress – Abercrombie, £92
We're in love with this green number from Abercrombie as a destination wedding guest dress pick. The tie shoulder straps are so on-trend and the tie waist draws attention to the mid-section. A flash of thigh offers a hint of sexiness without going overboard.
8. Sienna Jersey Maxi Dress – Boden, £90
If you love the idea of wearing a green gown but think the design above is a little too revealing for your liking, why not check out this Boden beauty? Made from comfy jersey fabric and with a cinched waist band, this dress will look as good as it feels!
9. Melanie Ponte Dress – Boden, £90
We're getting serious Duchess of Cambridge vibes from this pink, ruched sleeve number from Boden. We reckon Kate would rock this frock with a complementary fascinator and a beautifully styled half-up-half-down 'do.
10. Harleen Dress – Reformation, £265
We have so many Reformation dresses on our wishlist right now and Harleen is pretty near the top! In signature flattering Reformation style, this green gown has a beautiful fit and flare silhouette and a stunning open back that'll look amazing at a summer or destination wedding.
11. High-Neck Wrap Dress– Abercrombie, £59
If you fancy wearing a mini dress rather than the popular midi styles often seen at weddings, then stick with a high-neck style like this one from Abercrombie. The adorable gathered sleeves and conservative bodice keep it classy enough for a wedding while still allowing you to show off those pins.
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12. Maxi Dress with Floral Embroidery – ASOS, £180
We're obsessed with this embroidered maxi dress from ASOS. The muted pink really is a suits-all shade while the statement florals make the piece totally bold and unique. Don't overdo it on accessories if you plump for this dress; a gown like this does all the talking.
13. Tie-Strap Midi Dress – Abercrombie, £50.40
This Abercrombie dress is pretty, delicate and the perfect choice for a spring wedding. We'd wear this with some nude courts or sandals and perhaps drape a pastel pashmina over our arms to cover-up with as the night draws to a close.
14. Pink Embroidered Organza Maxi Dress – Miss Selfridge, £70
Be still our beating hearts – how beautiful is this floor-length Miss Selfridge maxi? The pastel pink colour, layered organza skirt, crossover back and intricate embroidery make it a real show-stopper that will ensure all eyes are firmly on you (after the bride and her bridesmaids, of course).
15. Heart Print Midi Dress – Oasis, £56
Look very closely and you’ll see that Oasis’ red patterned number isn’t actually a floral or an animal print fabric: it’s dotted with hundreds of tiny interlocking pink and red hearts. On a day that’s all about love, what could be appropriate? Play up the romance even further with a clutch in a complementary tone.
16. Nikita Dress – Reformation, £265
Seriously flattering, this Reformation dress will cling to your curves in all the right places. Plus, built-in cups and tie straps mean you can banish your bra to the drawer for the day and put worries of strap-slip or unflattering lines to the back of your mind - ideal!
17. Bee Dress – Reformation, £235
Reformation have done it again with this gorgeous floral print yellow dress. Cute gathered puff sleeves, a V-neckline and a fit and flare silhouette all make for a super-flattering combination while the bright yellow hue will bring a guaranteed ray of sunshine to the nuptials - whatever the weather!
18. Kazumi Heritage Print Maxi Dress - Phase Eight, £140
Deep forest green chiffon meets with pastel pink florals in this dreamy creation by Phase Eight. We think this gown would look good at any time of the year but we can't help but imagine ourselves rocking this beauty at an autumnal wedding!
19. One Shoulder Midi Spot Dress – ASOS, £48
Fun and romantic, this asymmetric ASOS dress will put you in the mood for love. The statement bow will earn you some major style points from your fellow guests, while the fluted hemline will give your legs the freedom to work the dance floor.
20. Plunge Front Midi Dress – ASOS, £65
Frill seekers, meet your dream wedding guest outfit for 2021. This is from up-and-coming British brand Dark Pink via ASOS. From the lace inserts on the front to the ruffled cuffs, the emerald colour to the slit in the front of the skirt, we’re seriously impressed for the £65 price tag.
21. Textured Floral Wrap Midi Dress – ASOS, £130
Tiered dresses with puff sleeves have been huge news in 2020 and they're not going anywhere for 2021. This trend-led piece from ASOS is literally made for weddings with its pastel green hue, midi length and romantic floral textured pattern.
22. Linda Frill Jumpsuit – Phase Eight, £125
The Linda jumpsuit from Phase Eight instantly solves the dilemma of finding the right length of top to tuck in by attaching it directly to the trousers – genius! The soft pink and bow on the back of the waistband keep it super feminine – we’d particularly favour this look for inner city weddings where you might have to walk between venues.
23. Maxi Dress with Embellished Neckline – ASOS, £50
This pastel blue, embellished neckline number from ASOS is so breathtaking it's in danger of stealing the attention away from the bride (almost!). We love the layers of light chiffon and the bell sleeves coupled with the sequin details that add subtle sparkle.
24. Biarritz Dress – L.K. Bennett, £450
Is it just us or could you totally see a 1950s Audrey Hepburn in this yellow gown from L.K. Bennett? We love the vintage glamour and golden colour and think a black tie wedding would be the perfect place for this gown fit for a silver screen star.
25. Deneuve Midnight Dress – L.K. Bennett, £250
A favourite brand of the Duchess of Cambridge, we could totally see Kate rocking this demure L.K. Bennett midnight blue dress at one of her engagements - and if it's good enough for royalty, it's certainly good enough for us! Wear with some metallic shoes to bring out the subtle shine of the button detail.
26. Aydin Dress – Chi Chi Clothing, £68
We're loving the flattering triangular waist panel on this plunge gown from Chi Chi Clothing. The tightly pleated skirt gives a nod to traditional wedding wear while the satin finish and V-neck place this dress firmly in the modern day.
27. Oti Dress – Chi Chi Clothing, £70
Traditionally, many brides choose lace for their big day and we reckon there's nothing wrong with guests choosing the pretty fabric too. In fact, we're pretty taken with this red lace topped number from Chi Chi Clothing, the high-low skirt and sweetheart bodice make this a winner for us too.
28. Oceana Dress – Chi Chi Clothing, £75
Speaking of lace, how about this fitted pastel dress from Chi Chi Clothing? Featuring all over lace in a bold, floral pattern, this gown was practically designed for weddings! We love the cinched-in waist and pencil skirt - so sophisticated.
29. Dusty Blue Floral Pleated Midi Dress – Pretty Little Thing, £32
Pretty Little Thing isn’t just for purse-friendly party clothes – just take a glance at this lady-like midi, complete with angel sleeves and flirty pleated skirt. We’d pick up the pink and white from the pattern in the rest of our look: blush heels, pearl jewellery, or even a rosy pink padded headband.
30. Floral Low Back Slip Dress – Warehouse, £34
If you’re not afraid of a spaghetti strap, a slip dress is always a good idea. Our favourite of the season is Warehouse’s blooming floral design, which calls for black shoes and a bag that can hold its own against the brights – like this yellow crossbody, for instance.
31. Puff Sleeve Belted Dress – & Other Stories, £85
Queen of the belted dress (and coat!), we reckon the Duchess of Sussex would love this & Other Stories mini dress. As Meghan knows, a belted dress is one of the most flattering designs around and gives a standard gown a sophisticated and thoroughly modern makeover.
32. Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress – & Other Stories, £95
Yes, we've selected another tiered, puff-sleeve number, but in our defence these dresses are not only beautiful but also allow plenty of room to move on the dance floor! We're lusting after this peach and lilac & Other Stories dress for a spring 2021 wedding.
33. Ruffle Hem Midi Dress – & Other Stories, £85
We don't know about you, but we're obsessed with the re-emergence of the '90s square neckline and slinky dress silhouette. A simple frill hem and a thigh split give this & Other Stories dress just the right amount of detail while letting the brilliant blue and on-trend shape do all the talking.
34. Aurora Red Polka Dot Dress – Kitri, £165
Kitri is a hidden gem that fashion editors have been loving for the last few years, and more and more people are waking up to its charms. Its online store is packed with mid-priced midis like the Aurora, which features a maxi length and volume sleeves for an in vogue ’70s feel.
35. Marigold Embroidered Swallow Midi Dress – Monsoon, £130
Sometimes an embroidered gown is just the ticket, particularly when crafted in midnight blue and featuring a gorgeous swallow design like this Monsoon dress. We think silver accessories look perfect with dark blues and we wouldn't hesitate to team this with some statement dangly earrings and matching heeled sandals.
36. Wrap Jumpsuit – Monki, £35
We get it, a dress isn't for everyone and a jumpsuit is a great dressy alternative. We're loving this pink number from Monki. It would look amazing with some statement earrings and a pair of heeled sandals. If you fancy upping the glamour, you could even add a metallic waist belt.
37. Asymmetric Shift Dress – Monsoon, £70
This sophisticated pop of colour would be welcome at any wedding of ours! We're in love with the gathered sleeves and button detailing and reckon this Monsoon dress would look amazing with black courts and a matching fascinator.
38. Long Wrap Dress – Monki, £35
We love a bold print here at Hitched HQ - especially if it's animal! This wrap-around dress from Monki would be great for a wedding taking place during the colder months thanks to its long sleeves and midi length that works perfectly with a pair of boots!
39. Sutton Dress – Chi Chi Clothing, £80
Lace is a wedding staple, and not just for bridal gowns. We love the Sutton’s wide-set, two-tone twist on a conventional pretty-in-pink style. The contrasting band will nip in your waist and the lined chiffon skirt means it’s not even the tiniest bit see-through, as other less expensive versions can sometimes be. There’s also a cute cut-out detail on the back.
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40. Florence Dress – Monsoon, £170
Been invited to a black tie wedding? Finding something that suits the occasion as well as fits and flatters can be tricky but we reckon we've nailed it with this embellished Monsoon dress. The floaty sleeves and silver sequin pattern is giving us serious Gatsby vibes!
41. Satin Dress – H&M, £49.99
Grey definitely doesn't have to mean dull in our book. In fact we think this grey gown from H&M is far from boring! The muted tone lets the ruffled neckline and waistband take centre stage and gives off a stunning sheen worthy of even the most luxe weddings.
42. Pleated Satin Dress – £49.99
Another satin number from H&M, we're head-over-heels for this gorgeously green wraparound dress. Fluttering sleeves give this a whimsical feel while the tie waist allows you to adjust the dress to your shape. Not bad for less than £50!
43. Fitted Dress – H&M, £34.99
If you're a lover of simple shapes, then why not give this fitted dress a try? Stretch fabric fits perfectly to your figure while a fluted hem gives the dress a flirty feel and the muted tone ensures you'll never suffer a clash with the wedding colour scheme!
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