12 Dress Styles for a Wedding Guest

Black dress with feathered sleeves.
Feather-Trimmed Knit Midi Dress by Elie Saab | Available at Moda Operandi

From sophisticated city weddings to chic ceremonies in the countryside, it can be challenging to figure out what to wear to a wedding as a guest, especially while keeping the changing seasons and trends in mind. There are so many factors that go into picking a style, but ultimately you want a gown that makes you feel confident and stylish and fits well.

We loved gathering our top picks for each season for you. Match the dress of your choice to the time, location and formality of the wedding you will be attending! From a black-tie formal gathering to a laid-back country wedding, we have a variety of full-length, midis and mini dresses for you to choose from.

Fall Styles

Sequins, satin and metallic textiles take center stage for autumn.  Mix these textures with rusty amber and copper hues, and you will be up-to-date on autumn trends. Sheer chiffon and heavily embellished florals make the ultimate dynamic duo for the months to come.

1. Metallic Floral Embroidery Gown

Metallic square-neck dress by Sachin & Babi
Audrey Metallic Floral Embroidery Gown by Sachin & Babi | Available at Nordstrom

2. Velour Deep V-Neck Gown

Spaghetti Strap Velour Slip Gown by Monique Lhuillier
Spaghetti Strap Velour Slip Gown by Monique Lhuillier | Available at Bergdorf Goodman

3. Sequined Midi Dress

Multicolored, chevron-patterned sequin midi dress by Rixo
Sequined midi dress by Rixo | Available at MyTheresa

Winter Styles

Choosing a dress for a winter wedding can be difficult, especially when you factor in the climate and location of the occasion.  With sequins and satin being a fashion statement for the season, these three designs will have you sparkling and snug in the frosty weather.  Deeper hues like crimson will set the festive mood. Heavily embellished gowns, faux fur and heavier fabrics are also good options to consider, especially for chillier destinations. 

4. Feather-Trimmed Midi Dress

Black midi dress with yellow sleeves paired with a yellow purse.
Feather-Trimmed Knit Midi Dress by Elie Saab | Available at Moda Operandi

5. Sequin One-Shoulder Mini Dress

Sequin One-Shoulder Mini Dress by Borgo De Nor | Available at Borgo De Nor

6. Festive Mini Dress

Festival Mini Dress
Festival Mini Dress by The Vampire’s Wife | Available at Harrod’s

Spring Styles

When spring is in the air, it’s time to include light yet lively colors in your fashion choices. Vibrant pops of pink and sky blue are just a few of the hues that are favored in spring, along with perfectly placed bows and ruffles.

7. Strapless Crepe Maxi Dress

Hot pink maxi dress with a bow across the front.
Holly Strapless Crepe Maxi Dress by Lauren’s Closet | Available at Moda Operandi

8. Bustier Satin Midi Dress

Bonded satin bustier satin midi dress by Jill Sanders
Bonded satin midi dress by Jill Sanders | Available at MyTheresa

9. Ruffle Shoulder Gown

Canary yellow ruffle-shoulder taffeta gown by designer, Elie Saab.
Ruffle-Shoulder Gown by Elie Saab | Available at Harrods

Summer Styles

Sweet summertime calls for vivid and brilliant colors to nourish the fashion soul.  Electric aquamarine, sunset coral and sparkling gold will have you radiating with confidence.  Shimmering sheer fabrics and elegant flowy gowns are also clever picks to prepare for the summer heat.

10. Sea Foam Sparkly Plunge Cutout Gown


Sea foam green shimmery long sleeve gown for summer.
PatBo Sparkly Plunge Cutout Gown | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

11. One-Shoulder Ruched Cocktail Dress

One shoulder sleeve coral sparkling fitted midi dress for summer wedding guest
One Shoulder Ruched Cocktail Dress | Available at Theia Couture

12. Off-The-Shoulder Flounce Dress

Ocean blue off the shoulder maxi dress with a bow.
Off The Shoulder Ruffled Neckline Flounce Dress by Monique Lhuillier | Available at Monique Lhuillier

Match the dress of your choice with beautiful accessories, and your outfit will be complete! Read more on the Houston Wedding Blog to see our top shoe and jewelry picks. You can also click the link to our Pinterest board for more fashion-forward inspiration.

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