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

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Summer is swiftly approaching, and with it comes the four—or is it five?—weddings you optimistically RSVP’d to back in winter. 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 summer wedding guest dresses to get you through the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, no matter your budget, body type or dress code. We’ve also got expert tips on the best trends to look out for, plus what not to wear if you want to stay on the happy couple’s good side.

The Top 5 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses at a Glance

Meet the Experts

The Top Summer Wedding Guest Trends for 2023:

  • Maximalist Prints. A true standout from the other trend predictions on this list, vibrant colors and bold prints are expected to thrive this summer. But proceed with caution—the last thing you want is to draw too much attention to yourself and potentially upstage the happy couple. “If you’re on the hunt for a vibrantly-hued wedding guest dress this summer, I recommend opting for clementine orange, which is Stitch Fix’s Color of the Year,” advises Reese. “The saturated, juicy orange will give your look (and your mood!) a boost that’s perfect for celebrating the happy couple on the reception dance floor! The best part? This shade is flattering across a wide variety of skin tones.”
  • Solid Hues. “Solid colors are a major go-to this season, whether it’s a bright pink or a baby blue pastel,” says Loizou. If a maximalist print isn’t really your vibe, but you’re sick and tired of your same old LBD, opt for a single cheery hue instead. “Sticking to one color allows more room to have fun and get creative with accessories,” Loizou explains. To shake things up, try adding a contrasting clutch or some vibrant earrings.
  • Timeless Classics. “Last summer, we saw a 21 percent increase in requests for wedding-specific looks from clients,” says Reese. And that trend is only continuing as we head into summer ’23, “with requests for items that can be worn again and again for other weddings and more formal occasions.” Folks want dresses that aren’t necessarily tied to a hot trend, or even a specific season, preferring classic black or navy satin midis over Barbie pink cutouts. “Having a staple wedding guest dress that can be paired with items you already have in your rotation will ensure you always have an option that you feel comfortable reaching for again in the future.”
  • Dark Florals and Small Blooms. Floral prints will always be a hot option for spring and summer, but according to Reese, those with a navy or black background, in addition to smaller scale blooms, are the way to go in 2023. “Small floral patterns are more neutral than many expect,” she explains, “which adds to their versatility.” If you do want to go lighter, Loizou suggests sticking with those smaller scale florals and leaning into baby pink or summery shades of green. “Opt for scattered prints in light greens or pale pinks to add a romantic touch to your look.”

What to Avoid in a Wedding Guest Dress in 2023

We’ll state the obvious first: Don’t wear white. This includes shades of ivory, cream and champagne hues, too. “Even certain pastels (like very light yellow and pink) can be colors to avoid if they pull too close to white in person or in photographs,” advises Reese. “If you’re going for a patterned option, it’s also a safe bet to stay away from a dress with a white-based background as well.”

Lastly, Loizou stresses what we’re calling the Goldilocks rule. “Extravagant dresses, headpieces and trains are all a no-go, but you should also avoid being too casual,” she says. Stick with frocks that hit right in the middle like satin midis, one-shoulder styles, jewel and earth tones, etc.

Where to Buy Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

There are, obviously, tons of places to pick up wedding guest dresses online, and while we love having a bounty of options, it can start to feel overwhelming incredibly quickly. The best place to start is by scrolling through our top picks below, all of which were cherry-picked by PureWow’s most fashionable editors, with special attention paid to those pieces with breathable silhouettes, lightweight materials and summer-ready colors that won’t upstage the happy couple. That said, if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, we suggest checking out Anthropologie for dresses that feel incredibly special with a range of price points, ASOS for more affordable styles to fit any budget or Nordstrom for classic silhouettes you can wear for years to come.

The Absolute Best Places to Shop for a Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress

Cocktail-Ready Wrap

1. Adrianna Papell Metallic Stencil Midi Dress

Adrianna Papell

  • Size Range: US 0 to 30
  • Pros: bra-friendly, lightweight
  • Cons: no reviews available

This faux-wrap dress has all the benefits of a true wrap silhouette with none of the hassle of having to adjust it throughout the day. That said, the belt is adjustable and removable, so you can play around with different ways to knot it or swap it out altogether for something in a contrasting hue or a sturdier silver leather style. Speaking of silver, it’s those dainty metallic flowers throughout that really make this frock stand out, and make it easy to coordinate your jewelry, shoes and bag.

One-Shoulder Gown

2. Farm Rio Orange Blooming Garden Maxi Dress

Farm Rio

  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Pros: adjustable tie at the back, strapless bra-friendly
  • Cons: hand wash or dry clean only

Farm Rio is one of our favorite places to pick up cool silhouettes in vibrant, original prints, and we expect this one-shoulder stunner is bound to be one of the brand’s top picks this summer. There is a cutout in back and the bust is adjustable with a tie that is large enough to cover the band of a strapless bra. And the lightweight material has a decent amount of stretch and is highly breathable.

Moody Florals

3. Lulus Floral Bustier Dress


  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: strapless bra-friendly, under $100, adjustable straps
  • Cons: may not be a good fit for larger chests

This tiered stunner is one of the best-selling wedding guest dresses at Lulus, with more than 100 rave reviews and multiple colors/patterns to choose from. “This dress is perfect for a wedding guest dress in spring!,” writes Katie P. “Fits perfectly and I love that the straps are adjustable to fit your bust. I got so many compliments on this dress and it was so comfy to wear at the outdoor wedding I went to. 10/10 would recommend this dress to anyone!” It purportedly runs true to size, though some women with smaller busts found the top fit better if they opted for a strapless bra rather than going braless.

Abstract-Print Gown

4. Diarrablu Satu One-Shoulder Dress


  • Size Range: XS to 3XL
  • Pros: Black-owned brand, super comfortable silhouette, machine washable
  • Cons: may be too long for petites

This breezy silhouette is so flattering and comfortable, but what really made us fall in love with this gown is the unique print. All the brands’ designs are handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal, and made using sustainable materials. Each item is also made to order to further help reduce waste. Some reviews suggest this dress runs a little large, but since it is designed for a flowing fit, we recommend using your bust measurements to determine your size. “This dress is absolutely stunning and exceeded my expectations” says reviewer Emma Joan. “The fabric drapes beautifully. I'm typically a size 28W and wasn't sure the 3X would fit, but it runs large and fits me well. So, I'd suggest sizing down if you're unsure.”

Fan Favorite Strapless

5. Petal + Pup Rosetta Dress

Petal + Pup

  • Size Range: US 0 to 16
  • Pros: lots of color options, strapless bra-friendly
  • Cons: reportedly runs large

This best-selling dress from Petal + Pup is made from a lightweight linen that’s breathable, soft and has just the right amount of stretch. The back of the bust is also smocked to better accommodate larger chests, but multiple reviews do say that this style runs large. So even though with big boobs may find they need to go down one size for the best fit. “Absolutely love this dress,” says Reagan P. “Bought it for a summer wedding and was worried about it being too sheer but it’s perfect. So breathable, too!”

Long-Sleeve Mini

6. Karen Millen Pleated Mini Dress

Karen Millen

  • Size Range: US 14 to 20
  • Pros: machine washable, bra-friendly, breezy silhouette
  • Cons: no reviews available

This gorgeous mini may have long sleeves, but the pleated skirt and lightweight materials offer plenty of breathability to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. It is also bra-friendly with a V-neckline that’s sexy but not too low cut. And the two black trims around the waist add such an elevated and elegant touch. Oh, and did we mention it’s machine washable to boot? Just be sure to lay it flat to dry.

Sunny Tulle

7. Ieena for Mac Duggal One-Shoulder Gown

Ieena for Mac Duggal

  • Size Range: US 0 to 20
  • Pros: strapless bra-friendly, lightweight
  • Cons: material has little to no stretch

Just because the dress code says black tie doesn’t mean you have wear only dark colors. This stunning yellow gown feels much more seasonally appropriate than black or navy, but is every bit as formal. Susanne E. writes, “I purchased this to wear at my daughter’s wedding in June. I tried on many different gowns but this was my favorite—very flattering and comfortable too. The fabric is lightweight and floaty and the yellow color would complement a variety of complexions. Definitely a winner!”

Cotton Halter

8. Boden Ruched Tiered Dress


  • Size Range: US 2 to 22, also Petite
  • Pros: made of cotton, adjustable halter neck, machine washable
  • Cons: not bra friendly

Fabulous for a cocktail or formal dress code, this tiered maxi comes with an adjustable halter neckline and smocking at the back of the bust for added comfort and support. The top shows a bit too much skin to work with your typical strapless bra, but numerous reviewers say the thicker material combined with the structured waist and smocked back made them feel well supported even while going braless. “This dress has wow factor!,” writes one reviews. “Absolutely beautiful. I found it slightly small so would size up if between sizes.”

Trendy Chartreuse

9. By Anthropologie Sweetheart Bubble-Hem Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: trendy silhouette, adjustable straps
  • Cons: reportedly runs large

Who knew the bubble hem would be making a comeback in 2023? Unlike the early aughts minidresses we sported with the voluminous detail, this maxi feels wonderfully modern and fun, aided in no small part by that amazing green hue. (It also comes in black, white, light blue and hot pink.) Reviews say it runs a little large, so you may want to size down. Oh, and did we mention it’s also machine washable? Score!

  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: Black-owned brand, strapless bra-friendly, works for multiple seasons, has pockets
  • Cons: reportedly runs small

This stunning strapless gown is the ultimate wedding guest dress, in our opinion, because it can be worn in any season and dressed up or down to fit tons of different dress codes. Reviews suggest it runs small, so you may want to consider sizing up one (or two if you have a bigger bust) from your usual, but there are also petite lengths available for shorter gals. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets? Perfect for hiding tissues, lip balm or even some mid-ceremony snacks.

Fruit-Inspired Midi

11. Farm Rio Mango Macaws Dress

Farm Rio

  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: can be worn with a strapless bra, machine washable, unique print
  • Cons: no reviews available

Between the asymmetrical hemline and the flirty ruffled sleeves, this dress was made for dancing. The cotton/viscose blend is soft and lightweight, and we can't get enough of the adorable button detail at the bustline for a subtly chic touch. Farm Rio dresses tend to run true to size, but if you’re between sizes, we suggest going for the larger to avoid odd pulling in the cups or waist.

One-Shouldered Floral

12. Shoshanna Frida Dress


  • Size Range: US 0 to 14
  • Pros: strapless bra-friendly, comes with pockets
  • Cons: dry clean only

The combination of the flared A-line skirt and draped one-shoulder bodice makes this dress incredibly flattering and comfortable to boot. Plus, it comes with pockets so you can covertly stow some extra tissues or snacks for the ceremony. Shoshanna dresses tend to run true to size, but when in doubt you can always check the brand’s size guide. (Note: This dress is currently available for pre-order and should be ready to ship on April 17, 2023.)

Off-the-Shoulder Midi

13. Reformation Butterfly Dress


  • Size Range: US 14 to 24
  • Pros: sustainably made, strapless bra-friendly
  • Cons: hand wash only

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 the dress comes in more color options as well. As for the fit, there isn’t much stretch to the material, so we suggest ordering based on your largest measurement to maximize comfort.

Vibrant Column

14. Alice + Olivia Lilita Maxi Dress

Alice + Olivia

  • Size Range: US 0 to 14
  • Pros: timeless silhouette, can be worn with a strapless bra
  • Cons: shoulder straps are not adjustable

A strapless column dress is a classic silhouette, but when done in Barbie pink and tangerine orange, it suddenly feels fresh and new. A slit in the skirt makes it easier to walk and dance without feeling constricted. Unfortunately, the straps are not adjustable, however there is enough coverage up top to sport this beauty with a strapless bra.

Grecian Pleats

15. Abercrombie & Fitch Pleated Cutout Dress

Abercrombie & Fitch

  • Size Range: XXS to XXL, also Petite and Tall
  • Pros: could potentially be worn with a strapless bra, lots of color options, works for multiple seasons
  • Cons: dry clean only

Equal parts sexy and classic, this stunning maxi is begging to be taken for a twirl. The sultry V-neckline and cut-outs add some spice without exposing too much skin. If you have long legs, this dress may fit you more like a midi, so check the size chart if you’re looking for something floor length.

Timeless Classic

16. Show Me Your Mumu Claire Midi Dress

Show Me Your Mumu

  • Size Range: XXS to 3X
  • Pros: bra-friendly, tons of color options, fits true to size
  • Cons: reportedly runs small

The shoulder straps on this midi are not adjustable, but do come with removable bows for an extra feminine touch. That said, the matching satin belt can be swapped out for an embellished or contrasting style if you prefer. Plus, it comes in a whopping 29 different color options, including a ‘60s floral pattern, to sweeten the deal. Some reviewers mentioned having to get the straps altered, particularly those on the petite side. Per one shopper, “This dress is beautiful with such a flattering fit. The neckline is so classy and the slit adds a little sass. The length is perfect, so you don’t need to get it hemmed. The only alteration needed is that the straps are a little long, but the stitching in the straps makes alterations very easy.”

Vibrant Ombré

17. Delfi Collective One-Shoulder Pleated Dress

Delfi Collective

  • Size Range: XS to L
  • Pros: breathable material, comfortable silhouette, can be worn with a strapless bra
  • Cons: may be too long for petites

“My day-to-day wardrobe is exclusively neutral, but I love wearing bright colors to weddings (especially in the summer), and this pleated, one-shoulder number is a showstopper,” says wellness director Sarah Stiefvater. Indeed, this ombre gown looks even more stunning with movement. We love that the silhouette is very forgiving as well, so you won’t feel self-conscious about indulging in delicious food and ample Champagne. The neckline also works with a strapless or one-shoulder bra.

Summer-Ready Black

18. ASOS Embroidered Midi Dress


  • Size Range: US 0 to 14
  • Pros: works for multiple seasons, under $100
  • Cons: fabric has very little stretch

Why yes, you can wear black to a summer wedding. The trick is to buy something in a lightweight material and/or flowy silhouette to avoid overheating. This ASOS frock checks both boxes, with the added bonus of delicate floral embroidery to really amp up the summery vibes. Although the front offers full coverage, the back has a pretty keyhole for a subtly sexy touch. (That keyhole does mean your bra would show in back, but for those who don’t want to go braless we think you will do just fine either opting for a pretty black lace number or having a friend help pin the keyhole closed where needed.)

Pretty Woman-Inspired

19. SIR Vivi Frill Dress


  • Size Range: 0 to 4 (roughly US 0 to 10)
  • Pros: made from a silk/cotton blend, works for multiple dress codes and seasons, adjustable tie at the back
  • Cons: not bra friendly

This dress is giving us major Vivian Ward vibes (remember her brown polka dot dress from the polo match?) in all the best ways. The brown-and-white polka dots feels festive and fun, while the maxi length and sexy cutouts help to elevate the overall look. And the silk/cotton fabric is incredibly soft and airy. The back is open with an adjustable tie to better fit the bust, so if you think you’ll want some additional support up top, we suggest picking up a backless bra or trying boob tape. Oh, and be sure to check the size chart before you add to cart, as SIR has its own sizing system.

Smocked Ruffles

20. Tuckernuck Midi Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to XXXL
  • Pros: bra-friendly, lightweight, machine washable
  • Cons: frequently sells out

This easy midi perfectly bridges the gap between your trusty LBD and a vibrant summer floral. The smocked bodice and A-line skirt also make it an incredibly comfortable option that’s also bra-friendly. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets? Reviewers say it runs fairly true to size, but if you have bigger boobs you might want to consider going up one. “Great dress and super flattering,” writes one reviewer. “So versatile, and it‘s comfy too. I would recommend sizing up if you are bigger in the chest.”

  • Size Range: XXS to XXL
  • Pros: made from real silk, adjustable halter tie, lots of color options
  • Cons: not bra friendly

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, if that’s more your style. According to reviews, this frock runs true to size, and while a regular bra will show in back, sticky cups should fit seamlessly underneath for extra coverage at the bust.

Curve-Hugging Midi

22. Rhode Lulani Dress


  • Size Range: US 0 to 14
  • Pros: bra-friendly, flattering silhouette
  • Cons: high price point

PureWow’s fashion editor, Abby Hepworth, loves this dress so much she owns it in two colors, and wishes she could justify buying a third. “I’d been eyeing this style for awhile and then finally found it on a resale site and jumped at the chance to try it on—and I’m so glad I did! I will say, the fabric has essentially no stretch and the dress runs small (I’m usually a size 8 but definitely needed a 10 and honestly might have been more comfortable in a 12), but it looks like a dream and made me feel sexy without actually showing much skin. And when a special occasion dress can be worn with a plain ol’ T-shirt bra and granny panties? That’s the dream, folks.”

Eco-Friendly Blooms

23. Reformation Nadira Dress


  • Size Range: US 14 to 24, also Petite and 0 to 12
  • Pros: made from sustainable materials, adjustable tie straps
  • Cons: bust reportedly runs small

This timeless floral midi is sure to become your new go-to favorite for events and weddings. The straps are fully adjustable, and the back of the bust has smocking for a more comfortable fit up top. Reformation does note that the bust on this frock runs small, so be sure to double check the size chart keeping your cup size top of mind. And if you're between sizes, you should likely go for the larger.

Ruffled One-Shoulder

24. Eloquii Chiffon Ruffle Dress


  • Size Range: US 14 to 28
  • Pros: strapless bra-friendly, machine washable
  • Cons: fabric has very little stretch

This lightweight stunner can be dressed up for more formal events, or down for more casual cocktails. And the material is breezy to keep you comfortable all night long. Plus, those ruffled tiers will look fabulous as you break a move on the dance floor. Eloquii tends to run true to size, but the material of this frock doesn’t have much stretch, so if you’re between sizes you might be more comfortable with the larger option.

Draped Jersey

25. Norma Kamali Diana Dress

Norma Kamali

  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Pros: very comfortable, strapless bra-friendly
  • Cons: internal bodysuit does not allow for additional shapewear

This best-selling stunner is wildly comfortable and looks good on essentially every body type. There are also tons or colors (and some alternative styles) to choose from, so even if this delicate sea green isn’t quite up your alley, we bet there’s a different shade you’ll fall head over heels for. The stretchy material, combined with ruching all along the bodice, makes this dress super comfy and gives you a lot of room to adjust the length or shift how it lays on your frame. It also has a bodysuit built in to help smooth your silhouette further and makes it easier to go bra-free if you like. Reviewer Kelly writes, “I wear this dress so often, I looooove it! So comfortable, butter soft, can boogie all night in it. The inner bodysuit is a little odd at first, but it keeps the dress from riding up, so it's crucial.”

High-Low Hem

26. Lulus Floral Lace-Up Maxi Dress


  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Pros: under $100, straps are adjustable with lace-up detail in back
  • Cons: hand wash only

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 other hues, but it’s the lavender and pink variation that really stole our hearts. Reviews suggest it runs true to size (although the material has little to no stretch) and is super comfortable, though some found the top to be more revealing than they liked. “I cannot hype this dress up enough,” writes one shopper. “The skirt is multiple layers of fabric that is great quality. The corseted back makes it fit and flattering on everyone. Even works for larger busts!”

Sexy Slip Dress

27. Show Me Your Mumu Verona Cowl Dress

Show Me Your Mumu

  • Size Range: XXS to 3X
  • Pros: lots of color options, adjustable straps, material is soft and stretchy
  • Cons: bust reportedly runs large

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. Some reviewers suggest it runs a little big, but almost all rave about how flattering the draped silhouette looks on multiple body types. Mary W., a reviewer who bought and wore this dress as a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding, says, “I have more of a curvy body type with a lower belly pooch, so I was worried about this dress accentuating my “problem areas”. I was also worried the dress would look like a potato sack (like other slip style dresses do), but this is such a flattering style. Gorgeous dress, very flattering! I’m actually excited to wear it again.” Add a sparkly belt and statement earrings for a black-tie affair, or opt for more colorful, casual accessories for cocktail dress codes.

Striped Sequins

28. Mac Duggal Vertical Sequin Sheath Dress

Mac Duggal

  • Size Range: US 0 to 24
  • Pros: flattering silhouette, works for multiple seasons
  • Cons: some reviewers found the embellishment around the armholes irritating

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. Plus, the vertical design lengthens your figure, while the contrasting beading around the waist nips you in for an hourglass shape. According to reviews, this dress runs a smidge small, so take that into consideration if you’re between sizes.

Black-and-White Lace

29. Shani Lace Sheath Dress


  • Size Range: US 2 to 16
  • Pros: bra-friendly, works for multiple seasons
  • Cons: fabric may feel heavy

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. Per one reviewer, “This is such a nice dress. Beautifully made. Substantial material that flatters. Looks exactly as pictured on the site. I ordered my usual size (which is a bit snug these days) and this had a roomy fit on me so I’ll say it runs 1/2 size big.” Indeed, other reviewers say this dress runs a little big, so take that into consideration when ordering.

Burnout Florals

30. Tanya Taylor Harley Dress

Tanya Taylor

  • Size Range: US 00 to 22
  • Pros: bra-friendly, easy flattering silhouette, fully lined
  • Cons: dry clean only

It may have been the gorgeous aqua hue that first grabbed our attention, but the delicate floral texture is what really stole our heart. The breezy silhouette will look fabulous on just about every body type, and the V neckline is cut just low enough to feel sexy without giving away the whole farm. Plus, you can easily make this midi work for multiple dress codes with the help of either more casual accessories (like a straw clutch and simple sandals) or formal ones (like dangling statement earrings and strappy silver heels).

‘60s Patchwork

31. Mandira Wirk One-Shoulder Dress

Mandira Wirk

  • Size Range: XXS to 3X, also Petite
  • Pros: can be worn with a strapless bra, roomy fit
  • Cons: reportedly runs large

The dreamy print and ‘60s silhouette of this one-shoulder maxi has us dreaming of a trip to Palm Springs. Reviewers say the roomy cut runs a bit large in the top, but otherwise rave about how comfortable the lightweight material feels. “The sleeve is gorgeous and dramatic, but not at all overpowering,” notes one reviewer. “I love the colors for summer and can't wait to wear it out on the town.”

Timeless Sheath

32. Abercrombie & Fitch Strapless Dress

Abercrombie & Fitch

  • Size Range: XS to XL, also Petite and Tall
  • Pros: comes with removable straps, timeless silhouette, can be worn with a strapless bra
  • Cons: reportedly runs large

It may have been the sleek, ‘90s-inspired silhouette that first caught our attention here, but it’s the painterly floral print that made us truly fall in love. Plus, we appreciate that it also comes with removable straps if you want a bit more support up top. Reviews say it fits beautifully and runs true to size, and the fabric does have some stretch for a more comfortable fit. As an added bonus it’s also machine washable—just be sure to lay it flat to dry.

Barbie-Approved Cutouts

33. Silk Maison Palace Silk Dress

Silk Maison

  • Size Range: XXS to XXL
  • Pros: adjustable top, made from real silk
  • Cons: requires some finagling to accommodate a strapless bra

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. According to reviews, it runs true to size, but if you’re unsure, we suggest ordering based on your hip or waist measurement as the bust is more adjustable.

Party-Ready Plaid

34. J.Crew Collection Taffeta Dress


  • Size Range: US 00 to 24
  • Pros: adjustable strappy back, vibrant colors, has pockets
  • Cons: not bra friendly

Sweet from the front, sexy from the back, this strappy A-line just screams party. The adjustable, lace-up back gives you some wiggle room with the fit in the bust, but note that the material doesn’t have much by way of stretch, so we suggest using your waist measurement to find your best fit. The lightweight taffeta can also be dressed up or down to fit whatever dress code you like.

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