What to wear to a summer wedding 2022: the best dresses to wear as a guest (2023)

SUMMER is just around the corner, and for many that means a diary filled with weddings.

For those who are looking for the best wedding guest dress to wear to a summer wedding there are plenty of retailers on the high street, designer, and even rental sites to shop.

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When it comes to shopping for wedding guest dresses midi length dresses are very on trend, although maxi and mini are also a great choice.

Satin designs are a popular choice, while those looking for something a little less fitted may prefer bardot designs, or an on trend puff sleeve number.

Of course, summer is prime time to opt for colour and prints, so now is the time to step away from a muted colour palette, and towards more vibrant summer shades - and the options are endless.

High street retailers including M&S, River Island and Mango are ideal for those looking for a stylish but affordable summer wedding guest dress, as well as online superstore ASOS, alongside Never Fully Dressed, Nasty Gal and more.

While those who are looking to blow the budget Daily Sleeper, Rixo, Rotate, are having a moment.

We have sifted high and low to bring the best wedding guest dresses to shop for those upcoming summer weddings this year.

Shop our top wedding guest dress picks for a summer wedding

1. River Island

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A summer wedding is all about colour, vibrancy and lightweight designs, and this River Island design ticks all of those boxes.

Pair with neutral accessories, or colour clash with candy pink shade, to be bang on trend this summer.

This design comes in five colours, including a printed version, so you are spoilt for choice.

  • Green Satin Backless Slip Midi Dress, £42 from River Island - buy here

2. Mango

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Mango has just dropped its new summer collection, including a number of gorgeous dresses that are perfect for weddings.

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Mango's impressive dress selection includes printed designs, vibrant colourways, as well as understated pastel hues, and an array of styles to suit every shopper's preferences.

We're obsessed with this tiered floral number, which you can pair with neutral accessories, or vibrant reds and lilac heels to bring out the colours in the floral design.

  • Ruffled floral print dress, £79.99 from Mango - buy here

3. M&S

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When it comes to shopping for a wedding guest dress a floral number is a failsafe option, and is perfect for the warmer months.

This vibrant turquoise Maxi Dress is a chic choice for weddings that can also be dressed down throughout the year with a pair of sandals or trainers.

  • Autograph Cupro Rich Floral Round Neck Waisted Maxi Dress, £79 from M&S - buy here

4. ASOS

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ASOS has a designated wedding shop section curated to include some special picks to help you on your shopping spree.

For those who want something chic, and lightweight, but also flattering, and ideal for all temperatures, this tea dress is ideal.

Team with gold accessories to bring out the ditsy print, or white sandals, or maybe even add in a pop of colour with your accessories to shake it up.

  • ASOS DESIGN cupped midi prom dress, £65 from ASOS - buy here

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5. & Other Stories

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& Other Stories are made with eco-conscious fabrics, and deliver on stunning designs.

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Not only can you find yourself a flattering wedding guest dress for a summer wedding, but it's also worth checking out their on trend accessories and shoes.

This patterned midi dress will look great with metallic accessories and is a must for summer.

  • Printed Sleeveless Midi Dress, £75 from & Other Stories - buy here

6. Daily Sleeper

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Daily Sleeper has been loved by Millie Mackintosh, Leona Lewis and many more celebrities, so it is no surprise it has got our seal of approval too.

If you are heading to a summer wedding, a small ceremony or destination wedding, this lightweight, blue, linen dress with a flattering Bardot cut will see the compliments come flooding in.

  • Michelin Linen Dress, £160 (Was £320) from Daily Sleeper - buy here

7. Nobody's Child

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Nobody's Child is not only stocked on its main website, but also in M&S, so shoppers can snap up the stylish designs from the eco-conscious label.

Nobody's Child has a selection of midid designs, wrap dresses, puff sleeve designs, as well as slip dresses, in various colourways and prints.

This geometric midi, slip style dress is a perfect choice for a warm day.

  • Kiki Midi Dress, £75 from Nobody's Child - buy here

8. Never Fully Dressed

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Never Fully Dressed has attracted a lot of attention from shoppers for the ability to style one dress multiple ways.

What we love is you can wear the dresses on their own, dressed up or worn casually, or layered under a jumper, so you can get multiple wears out of your purchase.

This pink leopard print is sure to turn heads this summer.

  • Pink Leopard Floral Dress, £89 from Never Fully Dressed - buy here

9. Norma Kamali

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Norma Kamali has created a fashion brand, which prides itself on flattering designs to suit all body shapes.

Fans of Sex and The City may have even spotted Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw wear the one shoulder ruched dress on the latest instalment.

  • Diana one-shoulder jersey mini dress, £205 from Matches Fashion - buy here

10. Reformation

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Reformation is another favourite fashion retailer, especially with celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Adele - to name a few.

For those who want to spend a pretty penny on a summer appropriate wedding dress, look no further than this gorgeous red dress.

  • REFORMATION Kourtney scoop-neck crepe midi dress, £248 from Reformation - buy here

11. Boohoo

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Boohoo has left no stone unturned when it comes to the vast selection of summer dresses, and wedding appropriate attire.

Shoppers can find wedding guest dresses, plus sized designs, petite or tall options, and Boohoo has it all - and at very purse friendly prices.

  • Tall Porcelain Satin Pccasion Midi Dress, £28 (Was £35) from Boohoo - buy here

12. Nastygal

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From satin slip dresses, to midi length creations, Nastygal has it all.

This plunging pleated maxi dress is great if you're looking for something a little different, and is loose enough to keep you cool on warmer days.

The Ruffle Plunging Maxi Dress comes in a variety of colours so you can wear one in every colour for all of your weddings this year - noone will even know it's the same design.

  • Ruffle Plunging Pleated Maxi Dress, £55 (Was £69) from Nastygal - buy here

13. Hobbs

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This Hobbs Sahara Polka Dot Dress has caught our attention and giving us major Audrey Hepburn or Chanel vibes.

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  • Hobbs Sahara Spot Fit and Flare Midi Dress, £179, John Lewis - buy here

14. (AD) John Lewis & Partners Lemon Midi Dress

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This lemon print midi dress is a great choice for a wedding this summer.

It's perfect if you're looking for something a little darker, but the fruity pattern keeps things fun.

We'd pair with gold heels for the wedding and wear again with trainers after the big day.

  • (AD) John Lewis & Partners Lemon Midi Dress, £42, John Lewis - buy here

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FAQs

How should a guest dress for a summer wedding? ›

For a summer wedding, it's best to wear dresses that match the bright, breezy vibes of the season. Instead of dark colors and heavy fabrics, the most stunning summer wedding guest dresses are flowy and light — think brights pops of color, sweet pastels, floaty silhouettes, and breathable materials.

What should a 55 year old woman wear to a wedding? ›

6 Stylish Women Over 50 Who Have Mastered Wedding Guest Dressing
  • Pink Dress + Coordinating Flats + Straw Hat. Photo: ...
  • Shorts Suit + Coordinating Accessories. Photo: ...
  • Long-Sleeve Top + Midi Skirt. Photo: ...
  • High-Waisted Trousers + Tank Top + Blazer. Photo: ...
  • A-Line Midi Dress + Heels. Photo: ...
  • Statement Suit + Coordinating Shoes.
12 Jul 2022

What does an older woman wear to a wedding? ›

Fit-and-flare wedding guest dresses for older women

A fit-and-flare dress, knee-length or longer, can be chic and flattering. If the wedding isn't super formal, you could buy shop for something that's re-wearable — more of a cocktail dress vs. a ball gown.

Is a black dress appropriate for a summer wedding? ›

Is a black dress appropriate for a summer wedding? Our resounding answer is yes! When you style black right, you certainly can! A black dress or skirt is effortlessly elegant.

What colors can you wear to a summer wedding? ›

The best summer wedding colors range from shades of orange to pale pink, blue, and green. However, when choosing a summer color palette, you must consider the temperature and color wheel. For instance, warm colors include red, yellow, and orange. Alternatively, cool colors include purple, blue, and green.

How should a 60 year old woman dress for a wedding? ›

What Do Older Ladies Wear To A Wedding? Older ladies typically wear a knee-length or full-length dress, while some may also opt for a pantsuit.

What guests should not wear to a wedding? ›

By avoiding these fashion faux-pas, you will make a tasteful fashion statement and show respect for the bride and groom.
  • White. One of the most obvious mistakes at a wedding is to match the bride. ...
  • A Black Tuxedo. ...
  • Anything Too Revealing. ...
  • Denim or Jeans. ...
  • Low-Cut Outfits. ...
  • Sheer Material. ...
  • All Black. ...
  • Flip Flops.
31 May 2018

What colors should not be worn to a wedding? ›

Here are the colours that are off limits for wedding guest attire.
  • Any shade of white. OK, this is probably pretty obvious, but you really can't wear white to a wedding. ...
  • Gold (and other metallics) ...
  • Light pastels. ...
  • Neon. ...
  • The colour the bridesmaids are wearing.
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What dress length is most flattering for petite? ›

Best Dress Length for Short Women

The best dress length to make short legs look longer: 2″-3″ above your knee. The most versatile length for petites: right at your knee. The ideal length to make a petite girl appear taller and leaner: ankle length.

Can you wear a long dress to a wedding? ›

Absolutely! Wearing a maxi dress to a wedding is a great choice year-round. Be comfortable and fashionable when you spare the gown and wear a maxi-length dress to a wedding. Also known as a tea-length or a full-length dress, a maxi dress is long with a hemline that typically rests at or just below your ankles.

How much should a grandparent give for a wedding gift? ›

She offers these guidelines to wedding-goers wherever they might be: A distant relative or co-worker should give $75-$100; a friend or relative, $100-$125; a closer relative, up to $150. If you are wealthy, are you expected to inflate the gift? No, Cooper says. “If they do, it's because they're just generous people.”

What is cocktail dress for ladies? ›

Simply stated, a cocktail dress is a semi-formal dress intended to be worn to late-afternoon or early-evening social gatherings, events, or occasions. The answer to the transitory space between casual daytime wear and fancy evening wear, the cocktail dress was born.

Is it rude to wear red to a wedding? ›

Tradition dictates guests avoid wearing red out of fear that it could take attention away from the happy couple,” explains Hurwitz. “Visually, it's quite bold. In a photo, your eye is immediately drawn to the color, especially if it's next to neutrals like white, black, gray, or beige.”

Is a black floral dress OK for a wedding? ›

Black is generally appropriate for conservative or traditional weddings, too, just bear in mind the point we made at the beginning of this feature - a non-black dress is always the safer option (unless it's white, of course!).

Can I wear black to a wedding in 2022? ›

"It is perfectly acceptable and chic to wear black to evening, black tie, and winter weddings."

Can you wear floral to a wedding? ›

Can I wear a floral pattern to a wedding? Yes! A floral print outfit is an appropriate and stylish choice for all seasons and types of weddings.

What do you wear to a 5 pm summer wedding? ›

For Women: A skirt and top or nice pants with a pretty top, and a casual sundress or casual cocktail would certainly be appropriate. For Men: If it's a very casual event, just a nice collared or button-down shirt in a short or long sleeve, worn with a tie, and some dress pants might suffice.

What is summer chic attire? ›

A Summer Chic outfit can often be recognized by the use of pastel colors and airy, summery fabrics. Summer Chic for women. Summer Chic, like Casual Chic, is an informal dress code, but upgraded with chic details. The most obvious for ladies is a beautiful, flowy dress. This can be long or short.

What do you wear to an outdoor summer wedding? ›

"Floral and flowy" is Grotts's motto for a casual summer wedding. "Strapless, halter or sleeveless but with a wrap," she says. For footwear, go for sandals or wedges. "To be extra chic, dresses with solid tassels around the sleeves or hemline act as a built-in accessory," she adds.

What do you wear to a 6 pm summer wedding? ›

Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, so first take into account what time the event is taking place. At noon, it's perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six, it's more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress.

What should you not wear to a wedding? ›

By avoiding these fashion faux-pas, you will make a tasteful fashion statement and show respect for the bride and groom.
  • White. One of the most obvious mistakes at a wedding is to match the bride. ...
  • A Black Tuxedo. ...
  • Anything Too Revealing. ...
  • Denim or Jeans. ...
  • Low-Cut Outfits. ...
  • Sheer Material. ...
  • All Black. ...
  • Flip Flops.
31 May 2018

What does summer formal attire mean? ›

Formal Summer Wedding Attire

These days, though, the term "formal attire" can also mean a dress code that's slightly less formal than black tie or black tie optional. This means that a tuxedo or floor-length gown might not be required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.

What do you wear to a 5 pm summer wedding? ›

For Women: A skirt and top or nice pants with a pretty top, and a casual sundress or casual cocktail would certainly be appropriate. For Men: If it's a very casual event, just a nice collared or button-down shirt in a short or long sleeve, worn with a tie, and some dress pants might suffice.

Can you wear a long dress to a wedding? ›

Absolutely! Wearing a maxi dress to a wedding is a great choice year-round. Be comfortable and fashionable when you spare the gown and wear a maxi-length dress to a wedding. Also known as a tea-length or a full-length dress, a maxi dress is long with a hemline that typically rests at or just below your ankles.

Can you wear navy blue to a summer wedding? ›

Can you wear a navy blue dress to a wedding? We're glad to report that it's a resounding yes in our book. In women's fashion, darker hues automatically feel more dressed up. Navy is a classic neutral that you can rely on for all dress codes and types of wedding attire.

What does dressy casual mean for a wedding? ›

What does dressy casual mean? It's a way to describe an overall aesthetic that is basically not-all-the-way-formal-but-please-don't-wear-jean-shorts. Swann explains that dressy casual is typically requested for daytime weddings—and the earlier the event, the less formal the attire.

What should a woman wear to a 6pm wedding? ›

If the wedding is at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., you typically want to wear cocktail (semi-formal) attire. Again, you want to consider the style of the couple getting married, as well as the venue, but unless otherwise noted, this time period calls for a cocktail dress, jumpsuit or pantsuit.

Can you wear black to a 6 pm wedding? ›

Yes, you can wear black! Just choose a style that's suitable for a particular time and place. "Black is perfectly acceptable to wear to a wedding.

What color should you not wear to a wedding in 2022? ›

Don't Wear White

It's also best to avoid colors that are white adjacent like light gray or super pale pastels. You never know what those shades will look like in the lighting of the venue so it's better to play it safe and pick a more saturated hue.

Can I wear a floral dress to a wedding? ›

Can I wear a floral pattern to a wedding? Yes! A floral print outfit is an appropriate and stylish choice for all seasons and types of weddings.

What is summer formal attire for a woman? ›

A formal summer sundress with sandals or a jumpsuit that's light and dressy. A good rule for a beach wedding is to avoid heels and opt for dressy sandals or flats. If you prefer to go with heels, wedges might be your best bet.

Can you wear a cocktail dress to a formal wedding? ›

Black Tie Optional (Formal)

According to Corry, men can wear a dark suit instead of a tuxedo and a conservative tie instead of a bow tie. For women, "a chic cocktail dress is perfect," says Corry. Dressy separates are okay, too.

What does semi-formal mean for a summer wedding? ›

Semi-Formal Wedding Attire for Men and Women

Women following this directive might opt for a cocktail dress or a polished set. Semi-formal also translates to shorter hemlines, bold prints, or elevated separates like a festive top paired with tailored dress pants.

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