The 25 Best Plus-Size Summer Wedding Guest Dresses That Are Sizzling Hot

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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Apr 15, 2024
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'Tis the season for plus-size summer wedding guest dresses. That means ceremonies in the sun, receptions under the stars and plenty of color. There's been a maximalist renaissance regarding plus-size wedding guest dresses for summer, and I'm here for it. Bold colors, breezy fabrics and larger-than-life prints just make me want to grab my sunnies and an Aperol Spritz immediately. I chatted with plus-size content creator Taelor Pawnell, a.k.a. @stylishsista, who tells me she's been drawn to bold hues like pinks, purples, pale blues and corals herself this season. "I think we're slowly shifting from super minimal modern dresses in exchange for dresses with unique design details such as embroidery, fun floral patterns, textured plisse or pleats," says Pawnell. "I've seen many romantic A-line silhouettes with textures, patterns and tiered ruffles."

With so many great options, you can't choose a summer plus-size wedding guest dress, whether it's a chiffon maxi for a beach wedding or a mini sundress for a casual backyard gathering. If you need help narrowing down your choices, I've put together a few of my favorite dresses below to prepare you for those summer nights.

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    The Best Plus-Size Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

    Ready to look cool for the summer? Check out these 25 plus-size dresses for hot weather that will have you looking sizzling hot.

    1. Best Plus-Size Maxi Dress for Summer: ELOQUII Flower Bustier Maxi Dress

    yellow plus size wedding guest dress with flower by ELOQUII.
    Photo: ELOQUII

    Make a summer statement in this stunning off-the-shoulder plus-size wedding guest dress from ELOQUII, featuring a botanical flower on the bodice. Whether you're attending a beach wedding or a tropical destination affair, this yellow maxi dress is the perfect way to show off your bright side.

    Size Range: 14-32 | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal, Beach

    2. Best Casual Summer Plus-Size Dress: Lane Bryant Crew-Neck Fit & Flare Midi Dress

    Lane Bryant Crew-Neck Fit & Flare Midi Dress
    Photo: Lane Bryant

    One of the go-to brands for breezy styles, Lane Bryant, has the most gorgeous plus-size wedding guest dresses for summer. I'm low-key obsessed with this purple and yellow color combo with floral prints that flatter the curves and can easily be worn again and again.

    Size Range: 14-32 | Length: Midi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal

    3. Best Mini Plus-Size Dress for Summer: ASOS EDITION Curve Textured Cinched Pleat Waist Mini Dress in Coral

     ASOS EDITION Curve textured cinched pleat waist mini dress in coral
    Photo: ASOS

    The key to finding the perfect plus-size wedding guest dress for summer is finding something that is breathable and easy to move in. So, when I tell you this orange mini dress from ASOS is equal parts cool and comfortable, believe me—this is one of the hottest dress styles out there right now, and you certainly won't get overheated in the summer temps.

    Size Range: 12-26 | Length: Mini | Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual

    4. Best Plus-Size Maxi Dress for Summer: Dhruv Kapoor Smocked Flounce-Hem Dress

    Dhruv Kapoor Smocked Flounce-Hem Dress
    Photo: Anthropologie

    Smock designs have been a plus-size summer wedding guest dress favorite for years, so I knew I had to pull this beauty from Anthropologie. With an eye-catching floral design and a flouncy flared skirt, this maxi has a feminine edge that can easily be dressed with colorful heels and a relaxed bun.

    Size Range: XXS-3X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Cocktail, Beach

    5. Best for Destination Weddings: Abercrombie & Fitch Emerson Open-Back Maxi Dress

    Abercrombie & Fitch Emerson Open-Back Maxi Dress
    Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

    This one-shoulder plus-size summer dress just screams tropical destination wedding. The pattern is super fun and can be dressed down with sandals for a wedding in the sand or dressed up for a reception overlooking the ocean. "The perfect spring/summer dress," says one reviewer. "You can dress it up for a wedding or down for more casual wear. I love it," says one reviewer.

    Size Range: XXS-XXL | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal, Beach

    6. Best Printed Plus-Size Dress for Summer: By Anthropologie Square-Neck Embellished Midi Dress

    By Anthropologie Square-Neck Embellished Midi Dress
    Photo: Anthropologie

    Nothing is more quintessentially summer than a printed maxi dress, so why not wear this tropical number with a pair of cute woven sandals to your next summer wedding? Pairing the dress with either sneakers or summer sandals allows you to dress it up or dress it down. This plus-size wedding guest dress comes in standard, petite and plus sizes, so it's easy to find the perfect fit.

    Size Range: XXS-3X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Beach, Cocktail, Semi-Formal

    7. Best Plus-Size Cocktail Dress for Summer: Abercrombie & Fitch The A&F Giselle Pleated One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

    Abercrombie & Fitch The A&F Giselle Pleated One-Shoulder Maxi Dress
    Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

    The Barbiecore aesthetic is perfectly on trend right now, and this plus-size Abercrombie & Fitch wedding guest dress is just that. With its hot pink hue, pleated fabric and one-shoulder strap that shows a little skin, it's the perfect plus-size wedding guest dress for summer.

    Size Range: XXS-XL | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal

    8. Best Floral Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Reformation Nadira Dress

     Reformation Nadira Dress
    Photo: Reformation

    Every slay-worthy summer wedding guest dress needs a floral touch, and this Reformation maxi dress checks all the boxes. Add on a clutch, simple gold hoops and a pair of kitten heels and you're ready to party.

    Size Range: 2-24 | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Formal

    9. Best for Summer Backyard Weddings: ELOQUII Puff Sleeve Linen Mini Dress

    ELOQUII Puff Sleeve Linen Mini Dress
    Photo: ELOQUII

    If you're going to a backyard or casual summer wedding, opt for this flowy dress from Lane Bryant for an easy, breezy plus-size wedding guest outfit. I'm obsessed with linen for summer because of how light and comfortable the fabric is. Plus, who can resist a long puff sleeve?

    Size Range: 14-28 | Length: Mini | Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual

    10. Best Dropped Waist Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress: ASOS LUXE Curve Cupped Organza Mini Dress in Green Floral Print

    ASOS LUXE Curve Cupped Organza Mini Dress in Green Floral Print
    Photo: ASOS

    If we could only describe this ASOS dress in one word, it would be iconic. From the bright green hue to the all-over ruffle design, there's no way this mini dress could not have caught my eye. The drop waist highlights all the right places, and the sheer, lightweight organza fabric will keep you cool while you're looking hot.

    Size Range: 14-26 | Length: Mini | Dress Code: Semi-Formal

    11. Best Pink Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress: Hutch Bow Halter Slim Mini Dress

    Hutch Bow Halter Slim Mini Dress
    Photo: Anthropologie

    Want to feel pretty in pink at your next wedding event? You're in luck. This plus-size wedding guest dress for summer checks all the boxes with flutter sleeves and dainty tie details. Just be prepared to have everyone ask you where you got this gorgeous gingham dress from.

    Size Range: XXS-3X | Length: Midi | Dress Code: Semi-formal; Cocktail

    12. Best Beach Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress: ELOQUII Ombre Flare Skirt Maxi Dress

    ELOQUII Ombre Flare Skirt Maxi Dress

    The breezy silhouette of this statement-making ombre maxi dress from Lane Bryant is a beach wedding dress staple. Accessorize with a cute pair of wedges and a plane ticket to Turks & Caicos, and you're ready for your bestie's summer destination wedding.

    Size Range: 14-26 | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Beach, Cocktail

    13. Best Plus-Size Bridal Shower Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Ivy City Co. Haven Dress

    Pink and Orange Ivy City Co Dress
    Photo: Ivy City Co.

    "Obsessed" doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about this Ivy City Co. dress. Whether you're attending a bridal shower brunch or a daytime ceremony, the Haven dress is the perfect vibrant floral maxi for the occasion. Don't forget to add a cute headband or sunhat before you walk out the door.

    Size Range: XXS-5X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual

    14. Best Blue Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Birdy Grey Lola Dress in Chiffon Colbalt Blue

     Birdy Grey Lola Dress in Chiffon Colbalt Blue

    Something blue but make it summer. This ruffle tiered dress is ultra-feminine and comes in over 50 gorgeous hues (but I love the colbalt blue for summer!), and it's available in sizes up to 3X. The bustier bodice and comfortable chiffon fabric give this plus-size wedding guest dress for summer a fun party vibe.

    Size Range: XS-3X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Formal

    15. Best Black Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Beaded Faux Wrap Dress with Dolman Sleeves in Black Bronze

    Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Beaded Faux Wrap Dress with Dolman Sleeves in Black Bronze
    Photo: Adrianna Papell

    There's so much to love about this faux wrap dress from Adrianna Papell. The plus-size wedding guest dress for summer is covered in a mix of multicolor sequins and beading throughout and features a deep v-neckline and loose dolman sleeve so you can easily move on the dance floor.

    Size Range: 0-26 | Length: Midi | Dress code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal

    16. Best Halter Plus-Size Summer Wedding Guest Dress: Lane Bryant Halter Tie-Neck Dress

    Lane Bryant Halter Tie-Neck Dress
    Photo: Lane Bryant

    The beauty of a navy dress is that it works for nearly any wedding season. Since summer calls for outdoor receptions and warmer temps, opt for a fabric you won't easily overheat in, like this Lane Bryant plus-size mini dress made with matte jersey fabric and a short side slit.

    Size Range: 14-30 | Length: Maxi | Dress code: Cocktail, Formal

    17. Most Colorful Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Ivy City Co. Bowie Dress

     Ivy City Co. Bowie Dress
    Photo: Ivy City Co.

    This dress is a total bow-ment. This darling pink and orange dress from Ivy City Co. boasts a collared high neckline and 3/4 puff sleeves with a ruffled cuff, making it perfect for a summer celebration. Lean into the theme and add a cute pair of bow earrings and heels.

    Size Range: XXS-5X | Length: Mini | Dress code: Semi-formal, Dressy Casual

    18. Best Affordable Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress: A New Day Women's Belted Midi Bandeau Dress

    Target A New Day Women's Belted Midi Bandeau Dress
    Photo: Target

    Heading to a wedding on the Amalfi Coast or maybe even the South of France this summer? Then, this affordable plus-size summer wedding guest dress from Target is calling your name. The bandeau top and belted waist are everything, not to mention the removable straps and flowy skirt that give off all the romantic vibes.

    Size Range: 0-26 | Length: Midi | Dress Code: Dressy Casual, Semi-Formal

    19. Best Ruffled Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Ivy City Co. Emily Dress in Sorbet

    Patchwork is making a comeback this summer, and we love to see it. The print on this Ivy City Co. dress is bright and bold, and the fabric is super flowy and perfect for weddings in humid temperatures. One reviewer even said, "I can't emphasize enough how much of a must-have this Emily dress is. It's perfect for spring and summer, plus it's neatly stitched, and the puffy sleeves add a very elegant, feminine appearance."

    Size Range: XXS-5X | Length: Midi | Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual, Western

    20. Most Comfortable Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: By Anthropologie Halter Plissé Maxi Dress

     By Anthropologie Halter Plissé Maxi Dress
    Photo: Anthropologie

    Elevate your wedding guest style with this bright blue plus-size wedding guest dress. The simple silhouette is ultra-flattering, and the halter neckline and pleated viscose fabric elevate the look. From ceremony to cocktail hour, this floral plus-size wedding guest dress is the perfect way to add a bright pop of color to your wardrobe.

    Size Range: XXS-3X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Formal, Cocktail, Beach

    21. Best Lace Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Hill House Lace Ellie Nap Dress

    This lace plus-size summer wedding guest dress from Hill House is both gorgeous and available in six versatile colors (although I recommend staying away from the white, of course.) I particularly love the ruffled shoulders and tiered maxi skirt. You can easily transition this piece seasonally, making it well worth the price tag.

    Size Range: XXS-2X | Length: Midi | Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual

    22. Best Semi-Formal Plus-Size Summer Wedding Guest Dress: City Chic Callie Flutter Sleeves Mini Print Dress in Miami

    City Chic Callie Flutter Sleeves Mini Print Dress in Miami
    Photo: City Chic

    It wouldn't be a summer plus-size wedding guest dress round-up without a dress covered in palm leaves. Case-in-point: this City Chic mini dress is appropriately named "Miami" because our temperature rises just looking at this ruffled number.

    Size Range: 12-24 | Length: Mini | Dress Code: Semi-Formal, Dressy Casual, Beach

    23. Best Formal Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dress for Summer: Adrianna Papell Foil Printed Asymmetric Gown with Ruffled Detail in Sage Gold

    Adrianna Papell Gold Foiled Green Gown
    Photo: Adrianna Papell

    So maybe the summer wedding you're attending requires black-tie or formal wedding guest attire. This sophisticated gold-foiled wedding guest dress from Adrianna Papell was made for a black-tie or formal summer wedding. It costs under $300 and has a sleeveless asymmetrical neckline for comfort when the day reaches peak heat.

    Size Range: XS-3X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Black-Tie, Black-Tie Optional, Formal

    24. Best Plus-Size Jumpsuit for Summer Wedding Guests: Ivy City Co. Lindsay Jumpsuit

     Ivy City Co. Lindsay Jumpsuit
    Photo: Ivy City Co.

    Maybe a dress isn't in the cards for you, but a jumpsuit is! Playful and fun, this flirty piece from Ivy City Co. features a delicate dusty blue lace overlay that gives plenty of texture and visual interest. Plus, the sweetheart bodice, cinched with a tie, will look hot, hot, hot at a casual outdoor wedding. Complete your stylish wedding guest look with loose curls, a rattan bag and strappy heels.

    Size Range: XXS-5X | Length: Maxi | Dress Code: Dressy Casual, Semi-Formal, Beach

    25. Best Fitted Plus-Size Weddin Guest Dress for Summer: By Anthropologie Sleeveless Draped-Back Asymmetrical Slip Midi Dress

    By Anthropologie Sleeveless Draped-Back Asymmetrical Slip Midi Dress
    Photo: Anthropologie

    Summer has sexy silhouettes on the mind, and this colorful midi dress from Anthropologie is perfect for a wedding in paradise. Not only can this dress be worn multiple times, but it can easily be dressed up or down based on the wedding venue. Just don't forget the sunglasses, because you'll be shining pretty brightly.

    Size Range: 00-26W | Length: Midi | Dress Code: Beach, Semi-Formal, Cocktail

    Where to Buy Plus-Size Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

    ASOS: Do you have multiple weddings to attend this summer? Then look no further than ASOS, which carries a treasure trove of curvy options. "I always find myself looking at ASOS first when shopping for wedding guest dresses," Pawnell says. "I feel like they have really unique, special occasion dresses that are usually hard to find in plus sizes. You have to frequently check out the site and be willing to try/return as stuff sells out quickly and the sizing is not the same across brands."

    Lane Bryant: Lane Bryant is an iconic size-inclusive clothing brand, and their summer plus-size wedding guest dresses should not be slept on. They also have an amazing accessory section, so don't forget to stop there for sandals, jewelry and sunglasses before you checkout (Psst: They often have great deals, so check back to their site frequently.)

    ELOQUII: There's no shortage of trendy prints, bold colors and flattering silhouettes when shopping for warm weather-approved fits from ELOQUII. With dresses and jumpsuits available in sizes 14 to 28 (and sometimes up to 32), you'll easily win the award for best-dressed guest.

    Ivy City Co.: If you love twirly dresses and fun pastels, then Ivy City Co. definitely needs to be on your radar this season. "I've been eyeing a few dresses at Ivy City Co., and I love that they are size inclusive and have 12 sizes, including 5X for their dresses," Pawnell says. "I feel like their whole aesthetic is summer romance, and they do it well."

    Tips for Choosing a Plus-Size Summer Wedding Guest Dress

    Before you start adding one (or many) of these plus-size wedding guest dresses for summer to your shopping cart, Pawnell shared a few of her expert tips to make the most of your online shopping experience.

    • Check out the return policy. "Is it for store credit? Full refund? How long is it? Do they provide the return label, or will you? You want to make sure you have enough time to try it on and pivot if it doesn't make you feel amazing and comfortable," says Pawnell. "Comfort and breathable fabrics are key in the summer, especially for outdoor weddings."

    • Search social media. "Sometimes if I'm eyeing a dress, I'll look on the social media pages or search the name of the dress on Instagram or Tiktok to see if someone else did a try-on and their thoughts on the dress when there aren't enough reviews," she tells me. "Bonus points if you're able to see it on a body that looks like yours; it helps me have an easier time clicking purchase."

    • Do a wear test. "When you've purchased a dress to try on at home, do a full test to make sure it's just right. Can you raise your arms in it? Can you drop down? Twirl? Sit? Hug? Does your slit come up too high when you sit? Is the neckline too low? Think of all the things that you'll be doing at a wedding and act them out in it," Pawnell says. "There is nothing worse than being in a restricting outfit when you are just trying to have fun. (This tip applies to the approach you take to the shoes you plan to wear too!)"

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