The 45 Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses for 2022

Plus, a celebrity stylist reveals the top trends to look out for this season.
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Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Mar 23, 2022
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By now, you're probably well aware that 2022 is the year of the wedding boom. Since wedding season typically spans from May through October, there's a good chance you have quite a few summer nuptials coming up—which means you need great outfits on deck. When it comes to finding the best wedding guest dresses for summer, stiff, heavy fabrics are a no-go. Instead, light and airy maxis or minis with fun prints will be ideal for celebrating in warmer climates. Of course, it can be challenging to find a wedding-appropriate look when you know it's going to be hot or humid outside. (After all, the last thing you want is to sweat through your dress.) Not to worry: As your go-to guide for all things wedding guest fashion, we've rounded up the very best summer wedding guest dresses of 2022, along with the top trends to look for when you shop.

The Top Summer Wedding Guest Dress Trends of 2022

So, what's going to be big during summer 2022? We connected with celebrity fashion stylist Tara Swennen, who shares five major trends that are perfect for summer wedding guest dresses this year. Brush up on what you need to know, then shop our favorite wedding guest dresses for summer below.

Bold Colors and Patterns

Swennen recommends stepping outside your fashion comfort zone by opting for a bright color or a bold print, especially for a summer 2022 wedding. "Everyone is getting back into events after the pandemic, so most people are opting to go a little less traditional and have more fun with fashion," she tells us. "Bright colors and patterns are a really fun and practical choice for the summer."

Sheath Dresses

Don't feel pressured to spend a fortune on your wedding guest wardrobe, especially if you have a lot of upcoming events. Wedding expenses can add up quickly, which is why Swennen suggests savvy shopping (especially with inflation costs hitting hard in 2022). While she recommends shopping at retailers that offer payment plans, like Affirm, she also notes that investing in one great style that can be repurposed across seasons is a good way to maximize your budget. And when it comes to timeless silhouettes, you can't go wrong with a sexy sheath. "Sheath dresses can fit many dress codes and age groups," Swennen says. "Plus, this shape lends itself to bold and bright colors, perfect for summer." For a wedding in June through August, pair your sheath with strappy heels or a formal wedge sandal and your favorite jewelry. Then, to wear it during cooler months, swap your shoes for a classic pump and cover up with a wrap or shawl to give your sheath plenty of life in your closet.

'90s Nostalgia

It's no secret that the '90s are back in a big way, and this is one trend that's perfect for summer wedding guest dresses. "Nineties nostalgia is harkening in fashion these days," Swennen shares, noting that a slip dress is an easy, wedding-appropriate way to channel this trend. "When done in a fun color, a slip dress is a great go-to for guests."

Flirty Minis

If you're headed to a semi-formal or dressy casual summer wedding, Swennen suggests rocking a flirty mini dress that makes you feel your very best. "Younger generations are opting to flaunt their confidence in fashion these days. We'll see a lot of fun and flirty leg-baring pieces that are on the short side. They're perfect for dancing and keeping cool on balmy nights."

Jumpsuits

Don't fret if dresses aren't your thing. Prioritize your comfort without straying from the dress code by opting for a sleek and sophisticated jumpsuit for your next formal summer wedding. "Jumpsuits create a pared-back aesthetic while staying within the dress code," Swennen explains. "Look for elevated fabric, like silk, or details like a fitted waist or a unique neckline with one sleeve or a halter top."

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    Formal Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

    Although formal wedding guest outfits are often associated with dark colors and heavy fabrics, it's possible to find a comfortable look that's appropriate for summer. Search for lightweight materials, like linen or chiffon, that have longer skirts and elevated details (like a cinched waistline or structured bodice) for a true formal ensemble. Find our favorite formal summer wedding guest dresses here.

    Reformation Veria Dress

    Light green floral-print summer wedding guest dress with twisted halter neckline

    Earn yourself the title of "Best Dressed Guest" in this whimsical garden-inspired maxi dress. The soft floral print and pale green hue give off major cottagecore vibes, perfect for an outdoor summer wedding at an upscale location, like a country club or an estate. Wear your hair in a chic updo to show off the flattering halter neckline.

    Lulus Still the One Floral Print Maxi Dress

    Pink floral maxi wrap dress for summer wedding guest

    When you aren't sure what to wear to a wedding, Lulus is always a great retailer to turn to thanks to their wide array of dresses at fair price points. We're loving this pink floral-print maxi, which has a flattering tie-waist and a sky-high leg slit. Pair it with your favorite nude sandals to make this a great formal wedding guest dress.

    Petal & Pup Persia Dress

    Mint green silk cowl-neck slip summer wedding guest dress

    Your search for the perfect '90s-inspired slip dress ends here. This silky cowl-neck midi is a must for your next summer wedding, and not only because it's super affordable. Its versatile silhouette means it'll get plenty of use in your closet, from weddings to brunches and everything in between. As if that's not enough reason to add it to your cart ASAP, it comes in 12 vibrant colors too.

    Hello Molly Kiss the Girl Midi Dress

    blush pink summer wedding guest dress with V-neckline and tulle midi skirt

    Dress outside of the box with this ethereal blush-toned tulle midi, which has an airy skirt full of movement and a plunging V-neckline. You'll feel like a vision in this extraordinary formal wedding guest dress.

    ELOQUII Printed Ombre Mini Dress

    Pastel rainbow ombre summer wedding guest dress with sheer puff sleeves

    This multi-color ombre mini features all the colors of a stunning summer sunset, making it a great choice for your semi-formal wedding. The gauzy sheer puff sleeves and criss-cross neckline only add to the wow factor of this knockout frock.

    Abercrombie & Fitch Drama Ruffle Maxi Dress

    Watercolor blue and white ruffled formal summer wedding guest dress

    Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite summer wedding guest dress. This breezy design brings the romance thanks to the dramatic ruffle trim detail. We particularly love the watercolor blue shade for summer, but you can always opt for black if your personal style aesthetic skews minimal.

    Eliza J Floral Ruffle High-Low Maxi Dress

    Ruffled floral print formal wedding guest dress for summer

    It's true: High-low dresses are in again, which means this ruffled floral gown deserves a spot on our list of best summer wedding guest dresses. Pair it with sparkly jewelry to really dress it up.

    Amanda Uprichard x REVOLVE Cedar Gown

    Blush pink formal summer wedding guest dress with high mock neck and leg slit

    Meghan Markle sported this elegant silhouette at her wedding, so how much more convincing do you need to splurge on this pale pink maxi? The regal high neckline is super flattering, as is the belted waist that leads into high-low skirt. Wear your hair in a sleek updo, like a chignon, to show off the keyhole back.

    Ieena for Mac Duggal Floral Tie Back Gown

    Yellow floral print formal wedding guest dress for summer with side cutouts and stappy back

    Being a frequent wedding guest certainly isn't cheap, so we know how important it is to get the most bang for your buck. When it comes to finding a great wedding guest dress for summer, consider renting instead of buying—not only is this a more sustainable option, it may be a better fit for your budget than splurging on a gown you'd only wear once. We're partial to this airy chiffon maxi, which has a cheerful yellow and pink floral print and of-the-moment side cutouts that lead into an open strappy back.

    BHLDN Jules Beaded Maxi Dress

    Rusty pink beaded boho summer wedding guest dress

    When picking out a formal beach wedding guest dress, it's crucial to strike a casual-yet-elegant balance through your ensemble. We're partial to this beaded maxi dress, which is effortlessly sophisticated. It comes in seven gorgeous shades, ranging from terra cotta to lilac smoke to emerald.

    Saylor NYC Perrie Dress

    Yellow formal summer wedding guest dress with tiered ruffle midi skirt

    You'll look like a literal ray of sunshine in this bright yellow maxi dress, which is begging to be worn to a semi-formal summer wedding. This piece has just about every design detail in the books, from pleats and ruffles to lace and smocking. This eco-friendly frock will effortlessly carry you from spring to summer, which is why we recommend snagging it before it sells out.

    Reformation Marguerite Dress

    Blue and white floral print formal summer wedding guest dress

    Wearing white to a wedding is rarely ever encouraged unless you're explicitly asked, but this white floral-print dress gets a pass thanks to the dark blue background. We love the idea of pairing this wedding guest dress for summer with neutral heels and a rattan clutch for an added pop of texture.

    Sachin & Babi Dalia Dress

    Sage green tiered formal summer dress for wedding guest

    This mossy green midi will fit in beautifully at a variety of summertime wedding venues, from a lush garden to a sleek city rooftop. The tiered high-waist hits just above the hip and falls into an elegant a-line skirt that's perfect for twirling the night away on the dance floor.

    Elle Zeitoune Delila Ruffle Sheath Dress

    Formal pink sheath midi dress with statement ruffle neckline

    We're all about a statement shoulder, and this sheath is no exception. Perfectly in line with Swennen's trend prediction, this summer wedding guest dress has a structured ruffle neckline that leads into a pleated defined waistline.

    Y.A.S. Halter Neck Jumpsuit

    Orange mock-neck formal summer wedding guest jumpsuit

    Reminiscent of citrusy orange sorbet, this sleek jumpsuit is an excellent choice for formal summer wedding attire. The mock high neckline gives off a mod '60s vibe, while a satin strip across the waist will accentuate your shape. Pair this with your favorite set of heels for an upscale look that's comfortable and fashion-forward.

    Petal & Pup Stassie Dress

    Hot pink one-shoulder summer wedding guest midi dress with front cutout

    There's no better time of year to sport a hot pink frock, which is why this landed on our list of best summer wedding guest dresses. In addition to its ultra-chic one-shoulder neckline, this dress also boasts a front cutout that shows off a tasteful hint of skin.

    Hello Molly Tangy Bellini Dress

    Ice blue formal summer wedding guest dress with sheer balloon sleeves

    Who says something blue is just for the bride? This sheer-sleeve stunner is one of our favorite summer wedding guest dresses this year—not only is the flirty mini skirt in line with Swennen's trend predictions, the gauzy balloon sleeves are perfect for a high-end wedding on a hot summer day. Oh, and we'd be remiss not to mention the fashion-forward square neckline, which gives off all the Bridgerton vibes.

    Sau Lee Polka Dot Dress

    Periwinkle polka dot summer wedding guest dress with floral lace

    What's not to love about this adorable polka dot dress? The periwinkle shade is aligned with Pantone's "Veri Peri" color of the year, and it has a pop of texture thanks to 3D floral appliqués layered across the entire dress.

    Bardot Claudia Dress

    Formal red satin summer wedding guest sheath dress with crossed halter neckline

    If you're not sure what to wear to a formal summer wedding, we recommend this red-hot bias-cut maxi dress. As if the fiery color palette isn't bold enough, it also features a memorable front cutout that leads into a twist halter neckline and an open back. Trust us, you'll get plenty of compliments all night long.

    Adrianna Papell Pleated Metallic Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

    rose gold metallic formal summer wedding guest jumsuit

    Who knew comfort could be this stylish? You'll shine from all angles in this size-inclusive metallic jumpsuit, which has a rosy hue that's simply perfect for a June wedding.

    AMUR Mimi Mini Dress

    Teal blue pleated summer wedding guest dress with dramatic statement ruffle neckline

    Everyone you encounter will be captivated by this electric blue mini dress, which has an unforgettable ruffled accent that reaches behind the neck and down around the open back. If you're looking to splurge on a great wedding guest dress for summer, you've met your match.

    Show Me Your Mumu Deluca Dress

    Watercolor blue and green floral print midi wedding guest dress for summer with one puff sleeve

    The watercolor-inspired floral print on this summery green and blue wedding guest dress looks like a true work of art. The one-shoulder puff sleeve will draw attention to your neckline, so be sure to wear your favorite pair of earrings to complete this summer wedding guest outfit.

    Free People Extratropical Maxi Dress

    Formal red maxi beach summer wedding guest dress

    Need a wedding guest dress for summer that channels elevated resort-wear? Try this beachy maxi, perfect for an August wedding. Style it with a straw bag and wedge heels to complete your coastal ensemble.

    ASOS DESIGN Pleat Cowl Neck Midi Dress

    Bright pink floral wedding guest dress with high neckline

    You don't need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. We're loving this bright and bold floral midi as a summer wedding guest dress, especially because it's a budget-friendly option. If you're not one to reach for punchy color palettes, we recommend shopping outside your comfort zone to shake things up this summer.

    J.Crew Halter Cutout Dress

    Navy blue formal maxi summer wedding guest dress with halter neckline

    Opting for lightweight satin fabric is a sure way to prevent from getting too warm at a summer wedding, which is why we're all about this navy frock. It includes a unique halter neckline that falls into a drapey A-line skirt that's begging to be worn to a summer beach wedding.

    Casual Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

    Not all summer weddings are formal—in fact, if they're taking place at a laid-back location like a barn or a vineyard, the dress code might skew casual. Of course, that doesn't give a free pass to pull out flip-flops and a beach cover-up, as casual summer wedding guest dresses should still have an air of formality to them. To navigate this tricky dress code, we've rounded up our favorite casual summer wedding guest dresses right here. Below, you'll find laid-back midis and flirty minis that are wedding-approved.

    Lulus Tiers to My Heart Off-the-Shoulder Ruffled Dress

    Off-the-shoulder tiered mini dress for summer wedding guest

    If you don't often reach for green, here's your sign to shake things up this summer. This tiered ruffle mini dress is a stunning choice for a cocktail wedding, especially because of its unique colorway.

    Hill House Ellie Nap Dress

    Navy casual summer wedding guest dress with ruffle sleeves and tiered skirt

    If you follow a lot of fashion influencers, you may be familiar with the nap dress phenomenon: a super-comfy frock that's suitable for naps and formal events. (Yes, really!) This mega-popular design comes in a variety of great colors for summer wedding guest dresses, from poppy pink to moody floral. Dress it up by adding your favorite accessories, like a beaded headband or statement earrings, and your go-summer heels or wedges.

    LoveShackFancy Altie Dress

    Pink and purple floral print mini summer wedding guest dress with one puff sleeve

    Why wear two sleeves when you can sport just one? This asymmetrical puff-sleeve floral mini dress is a stunning choice for a casual garden party. Pair it with a pale pink clutch or hair accessory to elevate your summery ensemble.

    Selkie Puffed-Sleeve Square Neck Midi Dress

    Yellow mini summer wedding guest dress with puffed sheer sleeves and full skirt

    While this certainly isn't a true casual wedding guest dress, it's a great choice for a dressy casual or semi-formal summer wedding. The pale yellow hue is a lovely choice for the season, and we couldn't be more obsessed with the structured sheer sleeve and square neckline. The high skirt gives you the opportunity to style it with a seriously chic pair of shoes.

    J.Crew Linen Daydream Dress

    Blue and white floral print casual summer wedding guest dress with smocked bodice

    Trust us when we say linen is a summer wedding guest's saving grace, especially in the wake of rising temperatures. Follow the dress code and keep yourself cool by investing in this casual linen midi, which comes in a preppy zinnia-inspired floral print. The smocked bodice will provide hours of comfort as you mingle and dance.

    Lovers and Friends Teddy Mini Dress

    Simple lavender mini wedding guest dress for summer with ruffled hem

    Look lovely in lavender in this simple mini dress. The soft and subtle ruffled hemline is super high, which gives you the perfect opportunity to show off a statement pair of heels.

    Show Me Your Mumu Tropez Maxi Dress

    Casual beachy maxi summer wedding guest dress with one sleeve

    You don't have to be heading to a wedding in Saint Tropez to sport this insanely chic maxi. In addition to the one-shoulder flowy silhouette, the lightweight and breezy fabric makes this casual wedding guest dress perfect for a beach summer wedding in any location, from France to Florida.

    Saylor NYC Leigha Dress

    Multi floral print casual summer wedding guest mini dress with puff sleeves

    Channel all the cottagecore vibes in this multi-colored V-neck mini summer wedding guest dress, which has adorable mismatched floral patterns. This bold frock has so many fun design details, so keep your accessories simple as to not distract from the main attraction.

    ELOQUII Eyelet Tie Front Maxi

    Casual pink eyelet maxi dress for summer wedding guest with tie front

    Summer is the prime season to break out your favorite eyelet pieces tucked in your closet. We recommend adding this pretty pink maxi to your repertoire, as the tie-front and puff sleeves make it a no-fail summer wedding guest dress choice.

    The Kooples Button Front Dress

    vintage blue summer wedding guest dress for summer with button-front

    Accentuate your figure in this hourglass-shaped mini dress, which comes in a lovely dusty blue shade. Flutter sleeves and a line of buttons down the front give off a polished vintage vibe.

    Abercrombie & Fitch Knotted Halter Cutout Maxi Dress

    Black wedding guest dress with knotted cutout waist and thin halter neckline

    Every closet needs a good LBD, and this selection makes for a fun casual summer wedding guest dress. The knotted midsection will draw attention to your waistline and help keep you cool—a huge plus for a balmy July wedding. Formalize it with simple gold jewelry and your favorite pair of strappy black heels.

    LoveShackFancy Kodie Mini Dress

    Bright pink floral-print mini summer wedding guest dress with off-the-shoulder neckline

    Look pretty in pink with this candy-colored ruffled mini. Equal parts formal and playful, this cotton dress can be worn on or off the shoulder, allowing you to customize the look based on your style preference.

    Rachel Parcell Retro Floral Print Mini Dress

    Dark floral print summer wedding guest dress with mini skirt

    Lightweight cotton is a lifesaver for summer weddings set in a hot and humid climate. Avoid getting too overheated by sporting a breezy mini like this, which has a funky retro floral print and a comfortable babydoll silhouette.

    Lulus Twist Front Cutout Midi Dress

    Orange twist-front midi summer wedding guest dress with midsection cutout

    Cutouts are big this year, which is why this colorful twist-front midi is a great contender for your casual summer wedding guest dress. It's made of a stretchy ribbed knit material, which is a comfortable choice for avid dancers.

    Show Me Your Mumu Afternoon Tea Dress

    teal lemon-print casual summer wedding guest dress

    How darling is this lemon-print dress? Perfect for an afternoon garden party or a late-summer soirée in the middle of August, this statement maxi is a great choice if you want your guest attire to stand out. We love the idea of pairing it with a bright yellow headband to complement the bold print.

    Alice & Olivia Coley A-Line Dress

    Pink shift tank summer wedding guest dress with red colorblock hemline

    We're all about red and pink color-blocking in a wedding guest dress for summer. This round-neck pink mini features a ring of red along the hemline, ideal for guests who want to have some fun with their ensemble.

    Fourteenth Place Olive Wrap Dress

    light purple wrap dress with modern animal print

    Fashionistas, this modern animal print wrap dress is for you. In a sea of floral prints and bright monochrome colors, you'll stand out for all the right reasons.

    Nobody's Child Tiered Maxi Dress

    Multi-color red casual summer wedding guest midi dress with ruffled skirt

    Show off your playful sense of style in a summer wedding guest dress that's bursting with color. This pretty tiered-maxi has a small floral print and subtle puff sleeves, making it a fabulous selection for a casual outdoor wedding.

    H&M Slip Dress with Decorated Shoulders

    Green satin midi dress with metal chain straps

    It's all in the details when it comes to picking a great summer wedding guest dress, which is why we're loving this slip midi with unique chain straps. We guarantee plenty of fellow guests will want to know where you found this chic (and affordable!) option.

    Show Me Your Mumu Eden Midi Dress

    Fuschia stretch crepe summer wedding guest dress with thick straps

    Thick straps accent the square neckline of this fitted stretchy crepe dress, which is as stylish as it is comfortable. Consider this your new favorite casual wedding guest dress for summer.

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