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31 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses to Get You Through the Season in Style

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2022 is officially the Year of the Wedding, so you know you’re going to need to stock up on more than a few summer wedding guest dresses to keep up with all the events on your calendar. Some are black tie, most are cocktail casual and your cousin has opted for “beach party chic,” whatever that means. And of course, there’s also the hot and humid weather to contend with. But there’s no need to stress—we’ve tracked down the absolute best frocks to get you through the summer wedding season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, no matter your budget, body type or style.

The Top Summer Wedding Guest Trends for 2022:

  • Cut-Outs. Showing some skin is in. Dresses with cut-outs at the waist, neckline and back are a top trend for this season. As an added bonus, they offer extra breathability to help prevent you from overheating on the dance floor. Just be sure not to show too much skin (á la Kendall Jenner). This is the wedding, not the bachelorette party.
  • Bold Colors. Leave your demure pastels and muted florals for another year and instead opt for brighter options like hot pink, sunshine yellow or Kelly green. If you’re worried about your preferred shade being a bit too attention grabbing, opt for a shorter silhouette and keep your accessories to a minimum. A warning however: Non-white wedding dresses are traditional in certain parts of the world (for example many Indian brides wear red on their big day), so be sure to do a little research ahead of time to avoid accidentally offending anyone.

  • Slip Dresses. The simple ‘90s silhouette is having another major moment in 2022. This time around, longer maxi lengths are preferred over shorter hemlines, making them even more versatile for multiple dress codes. In fact, a sleek slip dress might just be your absolute best pick if you’re on the hunt for a single dress you can wear to anything and everything. Just swap out your accessories to fit the theme and you’re good to go!

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vince summer wedding guest dresses
Vince

1. Vince Pleated Satin Slipdress

We came for that stunning blue color but stayed for the incredibly flattering pleating and seaming in the bust. Plus, those thicker straps are bra-friendly, so there’s no need to struggle with a strapless.

Size range: 1X to 3X

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Lulus

2. Lulus Floral Lace-up Maxi Dress

There’s a beautiful lace-up detail at the back of this dress that lends a sexy vibe without being too overt. It also comes in multiple other hues, but it’s the lavender and pink variation that really stole our hearts.

Size range: XXS to XL

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Eloquii

3. Eloquii Fitted Trumpet Dress

This simple but stunning midi can be dressed up or down to fit multiple dress codes, and also comes in black if you’re not keen on bright colors. Our favorite way to wear it, however, is with stand-out gold accessories like extra-large hoops or strappy platform heels.

Size range: 14 to 28

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Reformation

4. Reformation Butterfly Dress

This eco-friendly frock is one of our favorites for any basically summer event. The off-the-shoulder neckline is supremely flattering, as is the midi length, and it comes in three great floral prints, as well as black-and-white polka dots and solid red and navy.

Size range: 0 to 12

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Tuckernuck

5. Tuckernuck Lace Blythe Dress

This textured frock is one of Tuckernuck’s best-selling styles because it’s both super comfortable and wonderfully elegant. It also comes in a more subtle pale blue hue, but we think Barbie pink is definitely the way to go in 2022.

Size range: XXS to XXXL

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Saks Fifth Avenue

6. Shoshanna Everlie Lace Dress

This mini was made to be spun on the dance floor. And while the lace top does show off a bit of skin, you can absolutely wear a regular bra with this cutie, so long as you choose a coordinating white style.

Size range: 0 to 14

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Show Me Your Mumu

7. Show Me Your Mumu Verona Cowl Dress

This simple slip comes in a ton of beautiful colors, and we’re honestly tempted to pick up two (or maybe even three) to rotate throughout the season. Add a sparkly belt and statement earrings for a black-tie affair, or opt for more colorful, casual accessories for cocktail dress codes.

Size range: XXS to 3X

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Revolve

8. L’idee Bisous Bella Dress

Yes, that goldenrod yellow hue is a showstopper, but the real reason we adore this dress (which also comes in blue, black and green) is the forgiving draped silhouette.

Size range: XS to L

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Abercrombie & Fitch

9. Abercrombie & Fitch Smocked Puff-sleve Midi Dress

The stretchy smocked fabric of the bodice will hug your curves while simultaneously smoothing any lumps or bumps for a super-flattering overall silhouette. Wear the puff sleeves up on your shoulders for a more demure, Bridgerton vibe, or down for a sexier off-the-shoulder look.

Size range: XXS to XL, also Petite and Tall

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City Chic

10. City Chic Sienna Dress

You can never go wrong with an LBD, but this one in particular is the perfect blend of sexy and casual, making it a total no-brainer for cocktail receptions. Honestly, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to pick up this dress in every other color too, especially while it’s on sale.

Size range: 12 to 24

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J.Crew

11. Crew Fitted Crepe Bustier Dress

Get a little bit of the Jessica Rabbit vibe without going full sexpot in this fitted midi. The material is surprisingly comfy with enough stretch to allow you to really boogie on the dance floor. (P.S. It also comes in black.)

Size range: 00 to 24

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ASOS

12. Asos Blouson Sleeve Midi In Organza Check

This dress offers coverage without risk of overheating thanks to the super-lightweight material and strategic cutout at the waistline. And, yes, it’s bra-friendly too.

Size range: 0 to 14

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Nordstrom

13. Mac Duggal Vertical Sequin Midi Sheath Dress

Sequins and embellishment can feel heavy for summer, but this sleeveless midi is surprisingly lightweight and will keep you looking and feeling cool all night long.

Size range: 0 to 24

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Tanya Taylor

14. Tanya Taylor Blaire Dress

No, this comfy wrap dress doesn’t come cheap, but the adjustable waist, fun ruffles and muted floral print make it well worth the investment. In fact, we’d argue you could wear this stunner for summer, fall and spring weddings just by switching up your accessories, making it a must-have in our book.

Size range: 0 to 22

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Lilly Pulitzer

15. Lilly Pulitzer Valli Shift Dress

This lightweight mini works for all sorts of different venues—an outdoor cocktail hour, English garden ceremony, beachside reception—and that Robin’s egg blue looks beautiful on almost all skin tones.

Size range: 00 to 16

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Nordstrom

16. Shani Lace Sheath Dress

If an all-black dress feels too heavy for summer, try a black-and-white print instead, like this lace number by Shani. The botanical pattern is a fun take on floral without feeling too old-school.

Size range: 2 to 16

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Adrianna Papell

17. Adrianna Papell Floral Chiffon Gown

This cheery maxi has so many gorgeous details—the keyhole neckline, knotted waist, floaty sleeves—to separate you from the pack of other floral frocks at the party. The material is also super lightweight to prevent you from overheating even in mid-July.

Size range: 0 to 30

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Reformation

18. Reformation Veria Silk Dress

Yes, a long black gown will always work for a black-tie affair. But this floral halter is equally as appropriate and way more fun. Make it pop even more with colorful drop earrings and a bold clutch, or go the classic route with touches of gold instead.

Size range: 0 to 12

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Anthropologie

19. Anthropologie Halter-neck Mini Dress

This ‘70s-inspired mini looks like satin but is actually made of viscose, which won’t show sweat nearly as much, meaning you don’t have to stress about your underarms when you should be enjoying your bestie’s big day.

Size range: XS to 3X, also Petite

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Farm Rio

20. Farm Rio Octocool Wrap Dress

Farm Rio is one of our favorite places to shop for bold patterns and vibrant colors. This maxi combines the best of both worlds with a Valentine’s Day color palette and an abstract octopus print that is sure to bring in tons of complements.

Size range: XS to XL

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ASOS

21. Lavish Alice Gathered Sleeve Mini Dress

The ruching on this minidress helps to camouflage any bumps you may feel self-conscious about all without the need for special shaping underwear. And that throwback floral print is just too pretty to pass on.

Size range: 14 to 22

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Silk Maison

22. Silk Maison French Bow Halterneck Silk Dress

This gorgeous maxi has an adjustable halter neck and a stunning open back that hits just low enough to be flattering without scandalizing Grandma. And, yes, it comes in less vibrant shades like black or copper.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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Madewell

23. Wvn Nosara Maxi Dress

This cheerful maxi features an adorable bow in back and a bra-friendly cut-out for bonus airflow. It’s also made from 100 percent organic cotton for extra breathability and is machine-washable, too.

Size range: XS to XL

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Saks Fifth Avenue

24. Rhode Lulani Dress

This patterned midi will give you a bombshell hourglass figure and offers excellent sun protection for outdoor weddings thanks to those cute puff sleeves and crew neckline. A note on sizing: It runs a little tight in the hips, so if you’re between sizes we suggest going with the larger.

Size range: 0 to 12

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Anthropologie

25. V. Chapman Lily Dress

The ruched material plus cascading mini ruffles conform to your figure while masking any lumps or bumps, for an overall smoother silhouette.

Size range: 0 to 14

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Show Me Your Mumu

26. Show Me Your Mumu Claire Midi Dress

The shoulder straps on this midi are entirely adjustable, and the matching belt can be swapped out for an embellished or contrasting style if you prefer. Plus, it comes in a whopping 19 different color options, including two patterns, to sweeten the deal.

Size range: XXS to 3X

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Anthropologie

27. Anthropologie One-shoulder Midi Dress

Swap out your usual LBD for one with a bit more pizazz like this tiered midi that features a shirred bodice and stunning embroidery all along the skirt.

Size range: 00 to 16

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Saks Fifth Avenue

28. Shoshanna Iris Dress

Lightweight chiffon, a subtle touch of gold and dainty ruffled sleeves make this dress a stunning must-have for hot summer weddings. Plus, the V-neck and pleating on the bust are super flattering on both smaller and larger chests.

Size range: 0 to 14

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Silk Maison

29. Silk Maison Palace Silk Dress

This silk stunner has an adjustable tie on the side so you can ensure the top fits exactly right, and a hidden zipper (also at the side) to make slipping in and out of the dress all the easier. And, yes, you can absolutely accommodate a strapless or one-shoulder bra under there without fear of it peeping through on the side or at the back.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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ASOS

30. Missguided Faux Wrap Dress

We came for the beautiful lilac floral print and asymmetrical hem and neckline but stayed once we discovered the flattering racerback and the fact that the straps are adjustable. Oh, and did we mention it’s also machine washable? Score!

Size range: 12 to 24

anthropologie elyse slip dress summer wedding guest dresses
Anthropologie

31. Anthropologie Elyse Bias Slip Dress

This Anthropologie slip dress has been a best-seller for the brand for years, both because of the flattering silhouette and the incredibly comfortable (slightly stretchy) material. Note: Some reviewers found it to run a little bit big, so if you really want to show off those curves you might want to consider sizing down.

Size range: XXS to 3X, also Petite