30 Trendy Summer Wedding Guest Dresses That Will Turn Heads

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sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • 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 Nov 13, 2020
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If you're attending any summer weddings this year, it's time to start thinking about what you'll wear. Stiff, heavy fabrics are a no-go when Mother Nature turns up the heat, so it's time to trade those in for lighter lace, chiffon or linen summer wedding guest dresses. A dress makes an obvious choice for your summer wedding attire. Easy to slip on and great for keeping you cool, summer wedding guest dresses run the gamut from flowy maxi dresses to flirty fit-and-flare styles. Bright, summery colors like yellows, pinks and greens make great options, but we're totally loving soft, pastel hues and prints this year as well.

And if you're looking to save a little money, you can look at summer dresses to wear to a wedding and beyond. Or, consider a dress rental service, like Rent the Runway. They've got options for guests and bridesmaids alike, and you can choose from thousands of styles. That way, you're bound to find cute summer wedding guest dresses that match your taste and fit you perfectly. Below, we share our favorite finds for the best summer wedding guest dresses.

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Summer Beach Wedding Guest Dresses

Turn heads at the summer nuptials you're invited to when you opt for one of these beauties. Metallic heels or sandals and your favorite accessories are the perfect way to make these frocks wedding ready.

Amanda Uprichard Amory dress

This Amanda Uprichard sundress is a little bit sweet, a little bit sexy. Spaghetti straps and a V-neckline give way to an A-line body in an all-over contrasting pattern in sunny yellow and black.

Amanda Uprichard Amory midi dress in Yellow Floral, rent from $30, RenttheRunway.com

Orange off-the-shoulder floral dress

This floral maxi dress is easy and breezy, making it a great option for a beach wedding. Even if you won't be by the sea, the off-the-shoulder neckline and bright color palette make it a great summer wedding guest dress. Pair it with block heels to complete the vibrant look.

Curvy Sense floral wrap dress in Rust, $45, CoEdition.com

Black mini dress with tassel sleeves and hemline

Why not go for a classic LBD with a beachy upgrade? This fun design has tassels around the sleeves and hemline, making it the perfect dress for dancing. Give this summer wedding guest dress a pop of color with bright accessories—or, keep it all black if you're going for a sleek monochrome look.

Mestiza New York Shimmy Shimmy tassel dress in Black, $495, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Jason Wu blue floral sleeveless dress

A summer beach wedding guest dress should be breezy and light. This sleeveless, ruffled midi dress by Jason Wu certainly fits the bill. A pretty blue background fits with the event's ocean vibe, while the feminine floral pattern gives this dress a fancy flair.

Jason Wu blue floral sleeveless dress in Blue, rent from $100, RenttheRunway.com

Zimmermann Brightside frill polka dot midi dress

You'll shine like the sun in this stunning yellow maxi dress. Ruffles abound on the neckline, the cap sleeves and the hemline, lending a flirty, feminine vibe. The lightweight silk fabric will look right at home in the sand, no matter how hot the weather gets.

Zimmermann Brightside frill polka dot midi dress in Sunflower Pearl Dot, $750, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Rust orange T-shirt dress with tie front

This bright hue is ideal for a tropical wedding. A front tie helps elevate the casual T-shirt cut. Pair it with espadrilles and a woven handbag for the ultimate summer wedding guest outfit.

ELOQUII cross front flutter sleeve dress in Peppery Vermillion, $100, ELOQUII.com

Song of Style Loki midi dress

This sky blue cotton frock is one of our favorite summer beach wedding guest dresses, simply because it's totally adorable. The sleeveless design and midi length will look right at home in the sand, and the figure-flattering gathered waist is a pretty touch.

Song of Style Loki midi dress in Powder Blue, $238, Revolve.com

Dark green scoop neck slip dress

Here comes the... most chic wedding guest ever! This silky, bias-cut midi dress is the perfect go-to for a summer beach wedding. It's available in multiple trendy colors just right for warm weather. With spaghetti straps and a thigh-high slit on both sides, you won't have to worry about overheating.

Anthropologie bias slip dress, from $118, Anthropologie.com

SWF Sunset dress

A long-sleeved option makes our list of the best summer beach wedding guest dresses, and that's because this breezy rayon dress will allow the ocean breeze to flow right through it, keeping you cool and covered at the same time. Plus, we can't imagine more apropos colors than these gorgeous sunset-inspired hues.

SWF Sunset dress in Sunset, $298, Revolve.com

Blue tiered maxi dress with tie straps

Did you know bridesmaid brand Azazie has guest-appropriate looks too? This easy boho maxi summer wedding guest dress has a ruffled neckline and tassel tie straps, giving it a chic, Mediterranean-inspired look.

Azazie Ibiza dress in Dusty Blue, $89, Azazie.com

Black V-neck mini dress with ruffle sleeves

The LBD, elevated. You're sure to turn heads when you show up at a summer wedding in this breezy frock. Shoulder detailing compliments a low V-neck, while a barely-there length keeps you cool even in the hottest temps. Choose blush or ivory to lighten things up a bit.

Amanda Uprichard Belle dress in Black, $185, Revolve.com

Formal Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Attending a formal summer wedding? No worries! Simply keep with the lighter materials, but opt for a longer skirt and a summer wedding guest dress with a more formal aesthetic. We've got some great choices here.

Purple and pink floral dress with ruffle on front

This formal summer wedding guest dress is as romantic as can be. Together, the floral pattern and row of ruffles make this a must for warm weather soirées. Plus, you can easily wear it to brunch or a winery with your friends after the wedding day.

ASTR the Label floral ruffle chiffon dress in Lilac Floral, $89, Nordstrom.com

Dress the Population Karlie sheath

This silver sequined sheath should definitely be on your short list of formal summer wedding guest dresses. The shimmery fabric pops against sun-kissed skin, while the dramatic side slit ensures there's always just enough breeze so you don't overheat.

Dress the Population Karlie sheath in Silver Sequin, rent from $30, RenttheRunway.com

Dusty rose silk kimono dress

This formal kimono-inspired summer wedding guest dress will take you from the ceremony to the after-party in style. With loose sleeves and a tie waist, you'll be comfortable and elegant for the occasion.

ASOS DESIGN Curve kimono sleeve pleated wrap midi dress with tie waist in Rose, $60, ASOS.com

Jay Godfrey Carlo sheath

You're sure to turn heads in this beautiful gown, where you'll shine like the sun as you dance the night away. The bright yellow is a perfectly summer-friendly hue, and the pretty front ruffle detailing makes it a solid choice for a summer wedding guest dress.

Jay Godfrey Carlo sheath in Yellow, rent from $35, RenttheRunway.com

Structured palazzo pant red jumpsuit

A structured jumpsuit is a great alternative for the guest who'd rather skip a dress. This bright red color formalizes the look, making it appropriate for any summer wedding.

ELOQUII palazzo pant jumpsuit in Red, $120, ELOQUII.com

Verishop Gaia floral midi dress

This pretty blush midi made our list of the best summer wedding guest dresses because of its scoop neck, spaghetti straps, and a floral jacquard pattern.

ASTR the Label Gaia midi dress in Blush Floral Jacquard, $98, Verishop.com

Maxi Dress Summer Wedding Guest Dress

An easy, breezy maxi dress is a safe bet for a summer wedding. Dress it up or down, depending on the occasion's dress code.

Maeve Giulietta maxi dress

If you're in search of a wedding-ready maxi dress for a summer ceremony, look no further than this pretty black-and-white dress from Anthropologie. A dramatic V-neck and a thick waistband are just a few of the figure-flattering features of this pretty maxi.

Maeve Giulietta maxi dress in Black Motif, $158, Anthropologie.com

Fuschia red and blue one-shoulder maxi dress with ruffles

You'll never want to take this showstopping maxi off. With a one-shoulder top and trending high-low skirt, this eye-catching gown is a must for style guru guests.

Show Me Your Mumu Stunner maxi dress in Bethany Blooms, $198, ShowMeYourMumu.com

Blue floral print off-the-shoulder maxi plus-size dress

Regardless of the venue, this floral off-the-shoulder maxi dress will make a statement. The tiered ruffle skirt offers a twirl-worthy silhouette.

City Chic Haven floral maxi dress in Cobalt, $129, CoEdition.com

Green pleated halter top maxi dress

A halter neckline effortlessly formalizes a maxi dress. This green pleated design is a great option for a semi-formal wedding—just pair it with delicate jewelry or a statement handbag to complete the look.

ASOS DESIGN halter neck pleated maxi dress in Green, $60, ASOS.com

BISHUIGE maxi dress

Stay comfy with this full-coverage dress that'll keep the sun's rays away while keeping you cool. Short sleeves offset the long skirt, and 23 pattern choices ensure you'll find exactly what you're looking for in a plus size summer wedding guest dress. Since this summer wedding guest dress is extra-casual, it's a great option for a backyard gathering or relaxed celebration.

BISHUIGE maxi dress in Floral Light Blue, from $29, Amazon.com

Rust orange off-the-shoulder plus-size maxi dress

Looking for a summer wedding guest dress you can definitely repurpose? Go for a casual off-the-shoulder maxi. It's formal enough to work for a wedding, but you can also dress it down for your next brunch date.

ASOS DESIGN Curve off shoulder maxi dress in texture dobby in Rust, $51, ASOS.com

Casual Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Looking for a casual summer wedding guest dress? You've certainly got lots of options. Whether you go with a simple tank dress, or find something fancier and pair it with casual shoes, you'll look like a million bucks in one of these casual frocks on our list.

Puff sleeve light blue mini dress with small red polka dots

Pretty puff sleeves frame this mini dress, which features a deep plunging neckline. The loose A-line skirt is ideal for showing off your best moves at the end of the night.

BP. floral deep-V minidress in Blue Glow Dancing Daisy, $49, Nordstrom.com

Plus-size pink lace mini dress

This easy shirt dress is wedding-appropriate thanks to the lace overlay. Pair it with your favorite strappy sandals for a casual ceremony.

Torrid lace button shirt dress in Desert Sand, $76, Torrid.com

Alice + Olivia Bauery puff sleeve dress

For a casual summer wedding guest dress that gets the job done, we love this Alice + Olivia mini dress. With a cute square neckline and super puffy sleeves, it transitions perfectly from seaside nuptials to a slightly dressier dancefloor. Add a touch of glam with a statement necklace and some silver heels.

Alice + Olivia Bauery puff sleeve dress in Powder Blue, $375, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Sleeveless chambray mini dress with ruffles and tie front

You can't beat chambray in the summer. Choose this casual frock for a laid back wedding to show off your summery style. With a ruffle neckline and a belted waist, your look will be effortlessly chic.

Draper James belted sleeveless chambray ruffle shift dress in Dark Wash Solid, $98, DraperJames.com

Staud Lychee lace eyelet trim sheath

The best casual summer wedding guest dress is one that makes you look pulled together without being overstated, and this sheath dress from Saks absolutely nails it. A casual look overall, the navy color and contrasting trim give this frock an upscale nautical vibe.

Staud Lychee lace eyelet-trim sheath in Midnight White, $215, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Ribbed blue puff sleeve midi dress

Trend-setting guests, this midi dress is for you. Puff sleeves and a stretch bodice make for an unforgettable look—and with a shirred skirt, you'll feel like a vision.

Never Fully Dressed Plus square neck puff sleeve shirred midi dress in Blue Floral Print, $141, ASOS.com

Neutral pink tunic dress with shirred ruffle hemline

Keep it casual in this light tunic dress. Pair it with woven accessories for the ultimate summer wedding guest outfit.

Anthropologie Natalie flounced tunic in Neutral Motif, $138, Anthropologie.com

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