Summer is here which means so is wedding season, making now the perfect time to shop for some stylish wedding guest dresses. Luckily there are plenty of joyful dresses up to the job this season, from sophisticated floral dresses to vibrant coloured and minimalist styles.
Summer wedding guest dresses
While winter wedding dress codes can feel restrictive, for spring and summer, you can throw the rule book out of the window.
The location will dictate your choice somewhat. For example, heat is a big factor for destination weddings, so you'll want to prioritise styles that will keep you cool. I'm personally a big fan of silk slip dresses or oversized linen or crepe styles, which Australian fashion brands particularly excel at.
For church weddings, especially in the UK, you'll want to cover up a little bit more, but you can keep things interesting by choosing a dress with voluminous shoulders or statement sleeves. I also love the cut-out trend for something subtly sexy and chic. Opt for a design that has a keyhole detail at the waist - Christopher Esber and Aje are great for this.
It's safe to say prints will never go out of fashion, especially where weddings are concerned, whether you're into stripes, tropical prints or polka dots. If you aren't keen but still want to make a statement, then bright hues are also a massive lure this season, from hot pinks to acid greens.
Black tie weddings call for a midi or maxi-length dress for maximum elegance. If you're on a budget, head to sustainable brands like Omnes or Nobody's Child, or if you're looking to invest in a designer brand Taller Marmo is having a moment right now, as is Tove. Self Portrait is also a failsafe go-to.
We've scoured the web to bring you the very best wedding guest dresses we could find, taking into account varying budgets and price points. Keep scrolling to shop the best wedding guest dresses for spring and summer.
Shop the best wedding guest dresses:
Short sleeve wedding guest dresses:
Australian brand Aje is known for its incredible wedding guest dresses. This puff sleeve silhouette is extremely wearable, while the bright green shade feels very appropriate for the season.
If you're on the petite side, this dress is an absolute winner for wedding season! I recently tried it on as a part of my petite try-on and thought it would look just perfect, no matter whether you're heading to a local or destination wedding.
Floral wedding guest dresses:
With a classic silhouette and a modern print, this Bernadette dress is timeless enough to see you through wedding seasons for years to come.
Emilia Wickstead is an expert in crafting elegant, wedding guest-ready dresses and this dress is exactly that. The beautiful floral prints makes it a perfect option for summer, garden weddings.
Long sleeves wedding guest dresses:
We love this jewel-toned Mango dress, which is available in up to a size 26 - it's just perfect for an autumn or winter wedding.
Taller Marmo is a new favourite amongst the fashion set. These chic kaftans will certainly be one of the most comfortable wedding guest dresses you'll ever wear.
Lace wedding guest dresses:
With lace and a double-tiered shape, this dress is just perfect for a black-tie wedding or an overseas affair.
Self Portrait is known for its wedding-ready lace dresses. This is just one example of the many iterations they have online.
Sleeveless wedding guest dresses:
The dress made popular by Sarah Jessica Parker in season one of And Just Like That is back, this time in a pretty peach colourway.
Now this is what we call a standout shade. The bright orange hue will make a statement, while the A-line silhouette will ensure you remain comfortable all day.
Beloved by editors and influencers alike, Tove is certainly a brand on the rise. This blue maxi dress in a silk-chiffon fabric is cut on the bias for the perfect fluid drape.
While this dress might look relatively minimalist, the detailed shoulder detail elevates the item to make it wedding guest ready. If orange isn't your shade, this sleek silhouette is also available in a classic black colourway.
With a straight silhouette and polka dot pattern, this dress is a modern classic. Not to mention, M&S offer it in petite, regular and long lengths to make sure you can find the perfect fit.