Wedding guest dresses can be a nightmare to shop for, so we've edited the best styles for you to shop now. From winter weddings to destination dos, we've got all bases covered with these gorgeous gowns.
This season, sophisticated prints, fall florals and rich velvets are filling the rails – meaning there are plenty of wedding guest dresses in the shops to choose from.
With everything from high street bargains (that will leave you with more cash to splash on shoes), to designer dresses that really are worth the spend (go on, treat yourself), we’ve tracked down something for every style, shape and budget.
If you’re after a timeless design to see you through the party season too, we suggest one of the versatile floral dresses on the high street. Our favourite is Self Portrait’s darkly demure number.
For fashion forward wedding guests, we recommend you embrace the slip dress revival; H&M’s slinky version can be yours for just £29.99. And for anyone wishing to experiment with a striking silhouette, see Duchess-endorsed and London-based brand Saloni’s neoprene, off-the-shoulder dress.
Pretty lace dresses are always a safe choice for weddings, and from icy blues to flirty reds we’ve found the prettiest options out there. There are plush velvet dresses aplenty too. This key catwalk trend (see Alberta Ferretti, Monse and Giorgio Armani for inspiration) has take over the high street; the plum-coloured Topshop wrap dress is sure to sell out fast.
If you’re looking for an iconic AW16 catwalk dress, Roksanda’s burgundy and blush, silk-blend plissé gown is a true investment piece. We also adore Zimmermann’s romantic scarlet guipure lace dress.
With dresses like these, you don’t really need to worry about accessories. If you do want to accessorise your look through then make sure to check out our edit of the key AW16 high heels and best new season designer handbags to pull together the ultimate wedding guest outfit.
So, your hunt for the perfect dress ends here. Without further ado, scroll on to shop our Marie Claire edit of the best wedding guest dresses.
Pair this dress with killer heels and a glossy blow out for your prom.
Try autumn/winter 2016’s velvet trend early and be the envy of all your friends.
This pretty icy blue lace dress will see you through many party season events to come.
If you’re after something extra special, look no further than Warehouse’s red lace dress.
One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favouite brands, this chic Saloni off-the-shoulder dress comes with a discreetly boned bust.
Florals are an unexpected, but very welcome autumn trend. For endless summer vibes, choose this Topshop number for your next wedding. Best of all the cinched-waist with self-tie fastening is super-flattering.
This romantic smock dress is perfect for many weddings to come. We love the delicate guipure lace appliqués across the hemline, and the pop up satin collar, which ties with sashes at the back – wear it with a chignon to show off this pretty detail.
Zimmermann’s burgundy dress is part of a capsule collection celebrating the Australian brand’s partnership with Net-a-Porter over the past 10 years. The all-over lace finish is sexy without being inappropriate (the bride would not thank you for that!).
Offset the bold floral print of this dress with matching colourful accessories.
This pretty boho dress from Maje has a cool contrasting velour trim around the collar, cuffs and hem. Perfect for a low-key wedding.
Florals and wedding season go hand in hand. This cool maxi dress puts a modern twist on tradition.
Got an invite to an evening wedding? This season’s slip dress is for you. Wear it with layers of stacked bangles and a flick of black eyeliner.
We were immediately drawn to the pretty chantilly lace trim on this vintage-style tea dress. Wear it with flat sandals and loose but glossy waves for a demure look.
Super-elegant and artfully embellished, this muted lilac dress can do no wrong in our eyes.
Give a nod to the sixties in this monochrome dress. The sporty halter neckline keeps the look modern.
With it’s powder pink mesh inserts and printed sequin embellishment, this dress requires little in the line of accessories.
Ensure you stand out from the crowd in this head-turning striped dress. Plus, you know what they say, vertical stripes are super-flattering.