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Dressing up for a black tie wedding is a ton of fun. Who doesn’t love grabbing their finest jewels and putting on a lavish, floor length gown for an elegant evening in a stunning venue? And black tie wedding guest dresses are easier to shop for than you might think. We’ve gathered our favorite 19 for you to shop before the big day.

Best Black Tie Wedding Guest Dresses At A Glance

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1. Mac Duggal Slit Sleeves Flare Gown

Best Open Shoulder Gown

An open shoulder, floor length gown is a stunning black tie wedding option. This emerald green shade will have you glowing and would look gorgeous with a pair of black sandal pumps.

Buy It ($398; $250)

Size range 0 to 20


2. Retrofête Dana Dress

Best High Neckline Dress

The mismatched sleeve lengths paired with a high neckline comes across as regal and sexy. We love the daring slit and would suggest a sleek hairstyle with this one.

Buy It ($485)

Size range XXS to XXL


3. Anthropologie One-Shoulder Silk Midi Dress

Best Petite Dress

The luxurious silk material is enough to make you fall in love with this gorgeous gown. The shapely silhouette features some ruching around the hip that falls into a high slit, which is great for extra mobility on the dance floor. Our favorite part? This midi won't fit you like a maxi, because the petite sizing is 41 and a half inches long to hit mid-calf.

Buy It ($260)

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4. Theia Jane Satin Gown

Best Draped Gown

Draping is so much fun, and this bold blue hue is a spring and summer favorite. The tie waist is adjustable and there’s even a hidden back zipper.

Buy It ($695)

Size Range 0 to 16


5. Bardot Amalfi Slip Dress

Best Halter Dress

A classic red dress will always be a beautiful choice for a wedding (as long as you’re not matching the bridesmaids). This halter neck tie drapes down the open back for a sultry, lustrous look.

Buy It ($118)

Size range XS to XL


6. Lulus Infinite Glory Dress

Best Mermaid Dress

You can’t go wrong with a simple, black, mermaid dress for a black tie affair. This one has a scoop back and the straps are easily adjustable.

Buy It ($89)

Size range XXS to XL


7. Retrofête Ophelia Dress

Best Long Sleeve Dress

We have to admit, we’re kind of obsessed with this wide neckline and bell sleeve combination. The sleek and romantic style would look just about perfect with a pair of gold pumps.

Buy It ($585)

Size range XXS to XXL


8. Shona Joy La Lune Cowl Maxi Dress

Best Cowl Neck Dress

The Grecian flare of a cowl neck will most likely never go out of style. This maxi dress is a great choice to rewear to another wedding, and the color is lovely for spring and summer.

Buy IT ($295)

Size range 2 to 10


9. Solace London X Revolve Petch Maxi Dress

Best Open Back Dress

The conservative neckline contrasts beautifully with the open back on this number, and a bold pair of earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

Buy It ($410)

Size range 0 to 10


10. Lulus Rare Beauty Maxi Dress

Best Tulle Dress

Oh hello, hot stuff. The straps cross in the back and are adjustable, plus there are two high slits on the underlining for an extra bit of flare.

Buy IT ($69)

Size range XXS to 3X


11. Susana Monaco Tube Open Back Dress

Best Cut Out Dress

To wear cut-outs without scandalizing poor Aunt Judy, you need to go subtle. This gown has two small side cutouts around the ribcage that open to the midback and show just a hint of skin.

Buy It ($198)

Size range XS to XL


12. Reformation Buttercup Dress

Best Knee-Length Dress

Don’t want floor-length? This knee-length silhouette is sweet and feminine. The bodice is sleek and the fun skirt will twirl whimsically on the dance floor.

Buy It ($278)

Size range 0 to 12

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13. Fame and Partners Tassiah Jumpsuit

Best Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit is one of our favorite choices on the list, from the chic puff sleeves and wide leg silhouette to the bronze satin material and off the shoulder neckline, this suit is incredibly stylish. The best part? You can submit your measurements, so the garment is tailored just for your body. Just make sure you order in time because shipping can take four to seven weeks.

Buy It ($315)

Size range custom

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14. Show Me Your Mumu Jasmine Halter Mini Dress

Best LBD

Haven’t you heard? Tradition is out the window, because wearing black to a wedding is totally allowed (unless the bride specifically asks you not to). This mini satin LBD has cross neck detail for a sleek and romantic look.

Buy It ($148)

Size range XS to XXL


15. ASOS Design Pleated Twist Maxi Dress

Best Plus-Size

This short sleeve, satin maxi is low cut and has a minimal opening on the back to contrast the floor length skirt. We’d definitely style it like this model with some big earrings and a sleek ponytail.

Buy IT ($65)

Size range 12 to 26


16. Lulus In Love Forever Maxi Dress

Best Ruffled Dress

We will definitely be wearing this dress for more than just weddings. The wrap style and ruffled hems are perfect for summer, but work well into the fall too. Some reviewers note that if you have a larger bust, you may want to opt for a dress with a smidge more coverage.

Buy It ($89)

Size range XS to XL


17. ASOS Design Bardot Midi Dress

Best Midi Dress

From the puff sleeves to the ruched midsection, this little number basically screams “chic queen”.

Buy It ($65)

Size range 12 to 26


18. Katie May So Juicy Gown

Best High Slit Gown

A high slit gown is best paired with a feminine detail like this extra draped fabric in the midsection. The cowl neckline is gorgeous, and did we mention the back is cowled as well?

Buy It ($250)

Size range XS to XL


19. Lulus Love and Beyond Floral Maxi Dress

Best Floral Dress

Believe it or not, you can wear floral prints to black tie weddings. The playful flower embroidery over the sheer chiffon brings a decided level of delicate elegance.

Buy It ($78)

Size range XS to XL

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