26 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses For Black-Tie Affairs & Casual Parties

Finding a wedding guest dress you feel comfortable and look great in is no small feat. Add in the complexities of dressing for summer — hello, wrinkly fabrics and visible sweat marks — and you’ve got a major project on your hands. The good news? Even if your calendar is already chock-full of save-the-dates through September, you don’t have to waste your weekend braving the fluorescent-lit dressing rooms at your local mall to find the perfect summer wedding guest dress.

The best summer wedding guest dresses for every kind of body, budget, and occasion do exist — and they can all be delivered to your doorstep faster than you can say, “Miss me with that bouquet toss.” 

Whether you’re shopping for a stylish plus-size cocktail dress for your cousin’s formal wedding, a trendy dress that won’t break the bank for your BFF’s casual backyard affair, or a slip dress you can toss a jean jacket over come fall, we’ve got you covered.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 26 best summer wedding guest dresses on the market, spanning a wide range of sizes, styles, and price points. All you have left to do is pick out that perfect mani color, strap on your trusty pair of dancing shoes, and raise your glass to the happy couple. 

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Black-Tie Wedding Guest Dresses

Dress to impress for black-tie weddings. The formal affair calls for cascading gowns in satin, tulle, and silk fabrics. Feel free to dive into your red carpet dreams of rich gem tones, or opt for lighter, pastel-hued shades. No matter your vibe, there’s a range of summer wedding guest dresses perfect for your upcoming formal affairs.

Shop Lulus

Lulus Spellbinding Beauty Navy Glitter Sleeveless Tulle Maxi, $, available at Lulus

BCBG Max Azaria Kiana One Shoulder Gown

This elegant blue gown not only boasts a showstopping color, but also its side cutout gives some unexpected ooh la la vibes.


BCBG MAX AZARIA Kiana One Shoulder Gown, $, available at BCBG MAX AZRIA

Asos Edition Satin Off-the-Shoulder Drape Wrap Maxi Dress

This pinkish taupe hue is the perfect modern neutral. It’ll look great with both demure and over-the-top accessories.

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ASOS EDITION Satin Off-the-Shoulder Drape Wrap Maxi Dress, $, available at ASOS

Birdy Grey Mia Convertible Satin Dress

Two dresses for the price of one, this terracotta number from Birdy Grey can be worn on the shoulder or off.

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Birdy Grey Mia Convertible Dress Curve, $, available at Birdy Grey

L’Idée Renaissance Sleeveless Pleated Gown

Elegant with a hint of ’70s style, this emerald-hued number gives serious Studio 54 vibes.

Shop Saks Fifth Avenue

L’IDEE Renaissance Sleeveless Pleated Gown, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Reformation Frankie Silk Dress Es

Available in two patterns and this stunning solid blue hue — in sizes 14 to 24 — this Reformation dress is bound to turn heads at any occasion.

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Reformation Frankie Silk Dress Es, $, available at Reformation

Cocktail Wedding Guest Dresses

Get ready to dance all night long, cool drink in hand, while wearing a sleek cocktail dress. Pick a midi-length style with eye-catching details, like a one-shoulder neckline, puffy sleeves, or a frilly skirt for a bit more summer pizzazz. Cocktail dresses are tried-and-true and will have you looking perfectly on theme no matter what.

Shop Nordstrom

ELLIATT Cassini One-Shoulder Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress

Hot weather doesn’t stand a chance against this flowy number with its seriously on-trend puff sleeves.

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& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

Norma Kamali x Revolve Diana Gown

With stylish ruching and a dramatic one-shoulder design, this Norma Kamali x Revolve gown will have all eyes on you.

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Norma Kamali x Revolve Diana Gown, $, available at Revolve

Embellished Bandeau Column Midi Dress

Just a hint of sparkle at the top of this Karen Millen gown means you can leave those oversized accessories at home.

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Karen Millen Embellished Bandeau Column Midi Dress, $, available at KAREN MILLEN

Eloquii Tiered Puff Sleeve Dress

Light, flowy, and perfectly sunny, this Eloquii dress just screams “summer.”

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Eloquii Tiered Puff Sleeve Dress, $, available at Eloquii

River Island Lime Green Fringe Mini Bodycon Dress

Dramatic fringe and a bright color are sure to make this River Island number a summer staple.

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River Island Lime Green Fringe Mini Bodycon Dress, $, available at River Island

Casual Wedding Guest Dresses

The styling opportunities are endless when it comes to a casual wedding. You can opt for a mini, midi, or maxi dress in a simple one-tone shade with subtle touches, or you can choose a cheerful pattern. The perk with these wedding guest dress designs is that you can actually wear them to plenty of other events, too.

Shop Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Lace-Up Back Slip Midi Dress, $, available at Abercrombie

UO Theodora Poplin Mini Dress

Comfy and bright, this popular Urban Outfitters dress looks just as good with a denim jacket as it does on its own.

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Urban Outffiters Theodora Poplin Mini Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters

BTFBM Ruffle Cap Sleeve Belted Maxi Dress

At only $45.99, this BTFBM number is as elegant as it is budget-friendly.

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BTFBM Ruffle Cap Sleeve Belted Maxi Dress, $, available at Amazon

Saloni Neelam Dress

This colorful dress has some unexpected and stylish details, like cutouts on the waist and puff sleeves.

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Saloni Neelam Dress, $, available at Shopbop

Love by Design Athen Plunging V-Neck Maxi Dress

Live your Angelina Jolie moment with this v-neck dress that has a dramatic slit.

Shop Nordstrom Rack

Love by Design Athen Plunging V-Neck Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Madewell Ruffled One-Shoulder Midi Dress

This midi dress has stylish and unexpected details, like a belted waist and a ruffle on one shoulder.

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Madewell Ruffled One-Shoulder Midi Dress, $, available at Madewell

HBEYYTO V Neck Swiss Dot Sundress

A Swiss-dot sundress can go from a park picnic to a casual wedding with little more than a change of accessories.

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HBEYYTO V Neck Swiss Dot Sundress, $, available at Amazon

Beach Wedding Guest Dresses

Embrace your whimsical side for summer beach weddings. Slide into sandals, wedges, or espadrilles and feel airy and cool in a tropical-colored frock. Lightweight maxis or midis with a flowing skirt not only look dramatic in the summer breeze, but they can also protect you from — ahem — wardrobe malfunctions.

Shop Farm Rio

Farm Rio Yellow Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $, available at Farm Rio

Ghost London Grace Dark Green Satin Midi Dress

Silky, light, and fluttery, this Ghost London dress has “summer” written all over it.

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Ghost London Grace Dark Green Satin Midi Dress, $, available at Ghost

Anthropologie The Lorelei Ruched-Bodice Midi Dress

Floral details and spaghetti straps make this Anthropologie midi dress the perfect beach wedding look.

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Anthropologie The Lorelei Ruched-Bodice Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Free People On My Level Maxi Dress

The hottest days don’t stand a chance against this flowy number from Free People.

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Free People On My Level Maxi Dress, $, available at Free People

Pinup Fashion Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress with Pockets

The only thing better than a comfy maxi dress? One with pockets, of course.

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Pinup Fashion Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress with Pockets, $, available at Amazon

SheBird The Emma Satin Dress With Built-In Bra

No patience for a bra in hot weather? No problem! This one from SheBird has one built right in.

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Shebird The Emma Satin Dress with Built-in Bra, $, available at Shebird

Staud Ombré Floral Tie-Strap Gown

Embrace your inner fairy princess with this stunning ombré number with comfy adjustable tie straps.

Shop Saks Fifth Avenue

Staud Ombré Floral Tie-Strap Gown, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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