Chic Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dresses from Black Tie to Casual

Wedding season has officially begun. Do you have any weddings that you will be attending this summer? I’m lucky enough to say that I am, as I love weddings and the last one I attended was my own! I’m looking forward to the festivities with family and friends and I can’t wait to get dressed up for it. This time around, I’m in the wedding, so it’s a bridesmaid dress for me. However, for those of you that aren’t standing up, I’ve gathered some beautiful spring/summer wedding guest dresses that I hope will take some of the guesswork out of finding the right look for you.

Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

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 Dresses For A Cocktail Summer Wedding

Most of the weddings I’ve ever attended have required cocktail attire, so that’s definitely my wheelhouse. I think this dress code has the most options. You can go for multiple lengths in your dress (mini, midi or maxi) or you an even try a jumpsuit. You can incorporate assorted colors, textures and silhouettes into your cocktail attire look as well. If you want to try something that will stand out, this chiffon wrap maxi dress is a wonderful option. All of the little details make this dress feel special, and the maxi length and wrap front almost guarantee a level of comfort you won’t get in a fitted, shorter or strapless dress.


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I personally like something more simplistic, but still with interesting details. If you have the same preferences, I would suggest this asymmetrical satin gown. This is one where you can up the ante with some accessories. The right bold shoe and jewelry combinations will really make this dress feel perfect.

Dresses For A Black-Tie Summer Wedding

I will admit, I’ve never attended a black-tie wedding. I always thought it would feel so luxurious, and I still have my fingers crossed that one day I’ll attend one. If you made the list to a black tie wedding this summer, here are a few options you can try. If you want to stick to black in color, why not get creative in the details by trying this floral applique gown? The florets attached to the skirt of this dress are definitely unique and beautiful. It is beautiful, but with a touch of whimsy.

If you prefer more straight-forward options. I also found a corseted, front-slit, satin gown and this bright pink side tuck ruffle gown. Both of these are absolutely stunning. You can wear either of them with minimal jewelry and accessories and still feel like the belle of the ball (with the exception of the bride of course!)

Dresses For A Casual Summer Wedding

Let’s not forget about the weddings that are a little more parred down; small informal weddings, brunch weddings or weddings that just have a more laid-back vibe. You still want to look polished and put together, even though you may not be in full-glam. For weddings that are more casual, forgiving fits and fabrics and even florals are a good way to go. This solid color off-the-shoulder, high-low dress can be styled so many ways. You can add some fancier heels with it and upscale jewelry to dress it up, or pair it with flat sandals to dress it down. Either way, it makes a great base to wear for a casual wedding.

We haven’t seen a lot of prints in this post, but if prints are your preference, they are perfect to wear to a daytime wedding. Florals are always a good pick, so I found this cotton maxi dress that could work as a wedding guest dress, but also would be great to wear throughout the summer.

Expert Style Tips

  1. When possible, shop your closet. I know we all love a nice shopping trip to find a new dress for an occasion. Cutting the tags off of a new cocktail dress is so satisfying. However, before heading out to your favorite store or filling your online cart full of options, take a minute to see what you have stored away in the back of your closet. I bet we all have at least one dress that may fit the occasion.
  2. When shopping for new, find an option that can be repurposed. OK I realize that if you are looking for a dress that is for a black-tie wedding, you may never end up needing to wear that dress again. Some women may run in prominent social circles, but us normal gals may not be so lucky. For any cocktail or casual wedding attire you are on the hunt for, consider how and where you can wear it again before making the purchase. It’s always optimal to get more than one use out of your pieces.
  3. Consider renting. There are a ton of clothing rental options available these days. So, if investing in a formal gown or new cocktail dress isn’t for you, try renting. It will give you a peace of mind knowing that you can wear the dress and send it back from whence it came once the night is over. No commitment necessary.

Shop Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

ASOS DESIGN Pleated Textured Chiffon Wrap Button Detail Maxi Dress, $84.99

Elliatt Andrea One-Shoulder Satin Gown, $199

Floral Applique Gown, $278

V. Chapman June Corset Front-Slit Gown, $415

Eliza J Sleeveless Side Tuck Ruffle Gown, $188

Sarin Mathews Womens Off The Shoulder Short Sleeve High Low Cocktail Dress, $43.

Desi Floral Print Sleeveless Stretch Cotton Maxi Dress, $128

–Carmen Turner

You may also like to read more of Carmen’s fashion posts like Cozy Casual Fashion: Where Comfort Meets Style for Women Over 50 and Basic Black is Back In A Big Way for Spring/Summer 2024.

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