The Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses for 2024

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Photos, left to right: Retrofête, Abercrombie & Fitch, REVOLVE
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Updated Apr 04, 2024
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Since you're here, there's a good chance that your inbox is full of save-the-dates and wedding invites for summer 2024 (after all, our Real Weddings Study shows that it's one of the most popular times of year to get married). Well, if that's the case, let us save you some stress and help you find a summer wedding guest dress you can re-wear all season long.

It can be tough to decide what to wear to a summer wedding—especially when tricky dress codes like 'beach formal' and 'daytime attire' come into play. And we can't forget about factors like heat and humidity. The good news is that there are plenty of options to get you through the dog days of summer in style, and we've rounded up 40 of our favorites here. Keep reading to browse our shoppable picks, and get expert advice on seasonal styling.

P.S.: Once you've found a dress, you can head over to our wedding guest shoe roundup to find a pair to top off your look.

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40 Top Summer Wedding Guest Dress Picks for 2024

Ready to start shopping? You've come to the right place. When it comes to summer dresses for wedding guests, we've rounded up every style under the sun. From festive frocks to laidback linens, these 40 dresses will have you looking (and feeling) cool all summer long.

Petal + Pup Angelique Strapless Maxi Dress in Black Floral

Petal + Pup strapless maxi dress in black floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Petal + Pup

Summer heat, meet your match. With a strapless neckline and a breezy A-line silhouette, this botanical-printed maxi dress will be your saving grace during an outdoor wedding this season.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

Runaway Brazilio Dress in Blue Floral

Runaway blue floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Petal + Pup

Lounging under the palms in a dress that matches the setting? Yes, please! Pair this palm tree-printed maxi dress with sandals and sunnies for your next summer beach wedding.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XXL

Lulus Goddess Aura Chartreuse Satin One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Lulus chartreuse satin maxi summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

Hot summer nights call for a dress that's even hotter. Enter: This chartreuse maxi dress. Its asymmetric one-shoulder neckline and belted waist make it a sexy pick for the season.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

Retrofête Megan Long Dress

Retrofête floral maxi summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Retrofête

This dress was practically made for sipping cocktails under the summer sun. Its comfortable A-line silhouette and hibiscus floral print will have you reaching for it on wedding days and vacays.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XXS - XXL

Abercrombie & Fitch Ruffle Strap High-Low Maxi Dress in Pink

Abercrombie & Fitch pink maxi summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

This festive fuschia dress is wedding reception-ready. Featuring a flouncy high-low silhouette, it's perfect for showing off your dancing shoes. Get ready to bust a move.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: XXS - XXL (Petite and Tall Available)

Rococo Sand Ocean Maxi Dress

Rococo tropical summer wedding guest dress
Photo: REVOLVE

Trust us: If you're heading to a destination wedding this summer, you'll want to add this dress to your packing list. Its colorful tropical print is guaranteed to get you in the vacation mindset.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: XXS - XL

ELOQUII Rosette Sash Mini Dress in Passion Pink

ELOQUII rosette sash pink mini summer wedding guest dress
Photo: ELOQUII

This fuschia midi dress is nothing *short* of perfection in our books. With a ruched waistline, a draped sash, and a mini rosette detailing, it's sure to make a statement this summer.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 14 - 32

Delfi Collective Giselle Halter Pleated Ombre Maxi Dress

Delfi Collective halter pleated ombre maxi dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Here's a look that seriously deserves its place in the sun. The pleated maxi dress's unique ombré design, featuring layers of yellow, orange, and pink, is reminiscent of a summer sunset.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

Hutch Aisha Dress

Hutch tropical summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Hutch

You simply can't go wrong with a tropical print this time of year, and this midi dress proves it. Made from a linen blend and featuring a breathable silhouette, it's as comfortable as it is cute.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XXS - XL

AMUR Losey Ruffle Neck Gown in Sun Coral

AMUR coral strapless summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Amur

Ring in aperitivo season in this Aperol spritz-colored gown. Its elevated silhouette, cut from lustrous satin fabric, makes it ideal for a formal or black-tie event this summer.

Dress Code: Black-Tie

Size Range: 00 - 14

Petal + Pup Madeira Dress in Orange Floral

Petal + Pup floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Petal + Pup

We're getting major vacation vibes from this floral maxi dress. Top off your look with a pair of platform sandals and you'll be ready to celebrate in the sand at a coastal destination wedding.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

Showpo Paige Maxi Dress in Green

Showpo green maxi summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Showpo

With sexy side cutouts and a thigh-high leg slit, this V-neck gown has 'summer' written all over it. Pair it with a bamboo purse and some woven espadrilles for the perfect wedding guest look.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: 2 - 16

MISA Karolina Dress

MISA floral midi summer wedding guest dress
Photo: MISA

This floral midi dress is guaranteed to become a staple in your summer 2024 wardrobe. With so many ways to dress it up or down, it's an unmatched option for beach days and wedding days alike.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XXS - XL

ELOQUII Gathered Sleeve Column Dress in Black Onyx

ELOQUII black column summer wedding guest dress
Photo: ELOQUII

No matter the season, you can't go wrong with a little black dress. We love that this plus-size option features a one-shoulder neckline and a thigh-high leg slit for breathability.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 14 - 32

ASTR The Label Blythe Floral Plisse Midi Dress in Bright Floral Multi

ASTR The Label floral midi wedding guest dress
Photo: ASTR The Label

This floral-printed midi dress is just *blooming* with charm. Thanks to its classic A-line silhouette and its pastel colorway, it will take you from spring to summer in style.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

L'IDEE Renaissance Halter Side-Slit Pleated Maxi Dress in Blue

L'IDEE blue halter neck summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This sky-blue pleated maxi dress has us on cloud nine. Featuring a halter neckline, a cutout bodice, and an open back, it's certainly a standout style for the season.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

PatBO Bloom Cutout Maxi Dress

PatBO floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Rent The Runway

Go from wedding hour to cocktail hour in this fashion-forward maxi dress. Thanks to its unique cutout bodice and colorful tie-dye design, it's sure to earn you the title of 'best-dressed guest'.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 0 - 10

Mac Duggal Plus Chiffon Pleated V-Neck Ruffle Gown

Mac Duggal yellow chiffon summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Rain or shine, this vibrant yellow maxi dress is sure to bring a touch of summer sunshine to your next event. Top off your look with a pair of nude-colored pumps and you'll be golden.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 12W - 20W

Rococo Sand Ocean Mini Dress

Rococo floral mini summer wedding guest dress
Photo: REVOLVE

The weather's not the only thing that's going to be *hot* this summer. Once you step into this sexy floral mini dress, which features a plunging neckline and wrap waist, you'll have a major confidence boost.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XXS - XL

Abercrombie & Fitch Drama Ruffle Tiered Gown in Pink Floral

Abercrombie & Fitch floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

Healing to a destination wedding in Hawaii this summer? Say 'aloha' to the perfect wedding guest dress. Its fuschia color and festive floral print are sure to make a statement against the beach's white sand.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XXS - XXL (Petite and Tall Available)

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fatima Dress

Derek Lam patterned smock summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Rent The Runway

Backyard wedding season is quickly approaching. Get ahead of the game by getting your hands on a laid-back look right now. This colorful and casual smock dress has got to be one of our top picks.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: 00 - 18

Reformation Ember Dress in Aquamarine

Reformation blue summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

This aquamarine-colored maxi dress is practically begging to be worn by the beach this summer. Pair it with pearl accessories and you've got yourself a nautical-inspired ensemble.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 12

Sachin & Babi Dolce Dress in Antico Botonico

Sachin & Babi floral summer wedding guest mini dress
Photo: Sachin & Babi

This floral mini dress is guaranteed to become your new go-to for warm summer days. Not only is it fashion-forward, but it's also functional. Its long puff sleeves offer sun protection without sacrificing style.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: 0 - 14

Aritzia Hera Dress in Pink

Aritzia pink mini summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Aritzia

Who says short dresses have to be casual? Certainly not us. With an elevated silhouette and ruffled trim, this pink chiffon mini dress is rewriting the rules in the loveliest of ways.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XXS - XL

Abercrombie & Fitch Strapless Asymmetrical Ruffle High-Low Maxi Dress in Blue Floral

Abercrombie & Fitch strapless floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

This floral-printed dress is ready for its dance floor debut. Thanks to its strapless neckline and asymmetric skirt, it won't restrict you as you show off your moves.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: XXS - XL (Petite and Tall Available)

Lulus The Way I Feel Brown Cutout Midi Sweater Dress

Lulus brown midi cutout summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

Heading to an outdoor wedding this summer? Might as well get your tan on. With sexy side cutouts that extend into an open back, this midi dress shows just the right amount of skin.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: XS - L

Faithfull The Brand Messina Midi Dress in Isadora Floral

Faithfull The Brand floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Faithfull The Brand

Here's a summer wedding guest dress that can double as a swimsuit cover-up. You'll love it whether you're lounging poolside or sending your loved ones down the aisle.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - XXL

Reformation Myla Silk Dress in Sunshine

Reformation yellow silk summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

Step into the season in this sexy silk maxi gown. Its elevated silhouette, featuring a halter neckline and side leg slit, makes it ideal for a formal dress code wedding this summer.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 12

ELOQUII Halter Neck Ruffle Maxi Dress

ELOQUII halter neck ruffle summer wedding guest dress
Photo: ELOQUII

What's not to love about this halter-neck maxi dress? It's comfortable, casual, and cute! Pair it with your favorite sandals and you'll be ready for a laidback beach or backyard wedding.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: 14 - 32

Abercrombie & Fitch Premium Linen Scalloped Midi Dress in French Blue

Abercrombie & Fitch blue linen scalloped summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

A simple strapless dress, like this sky blue option, is a wardrobe staple in our books. Whether you dress it up for a wedding or down for everyday wear, you're guaranteed to get plenty of use out of it this season.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XXS - XL (Petite and Tall Available)

AMUR Pia Pleated Midi Dress

AMUR off-the-shoulder blue floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Rent The Runway

Everything about this look says 'summer', from its off-shoulder neckline and ruffled trim, to its blue and green botanical print. All that's missing is some stylish sunglasses and your favorite pair of heeled sandals.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 16

Petal + Pup Morgan Tiered Dress in Green

Petal + Pup green tiered summer wedding guest midi dress
Photo: Petal + Pup

From weddings to weekend brunch, you're guaranteed to have this puff-sleeved midi dress on repeat all summer long. We love that it can easily be dressed up with wedges or down with sneakers.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - XL

Sachin & Babi Giorno Dress in Alto Giardino

Sachin & Babi floral midi wedding guest dress
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Whether you're headed to a destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast or staying local, this lemon-printed maxi dress is sure to bring an 'Italian summer' vibe to your next event.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - XL

Fame & Partners Eira Dress

Fame & Partners orange summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Rent The Runway

Go ahead and get your feet wet. This dress is the perfect length for a long walk on the beach this summer. Plus, who can resist that bright orange color?

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: 0 - 16

Petal + Pup Caroline Maxi Halter Dress in Red Orange

Petal + Pup floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Petal + Pup

Seriously, you're going to want to add this dress to your wedding guest wardrobe. Its festive floral print makes it ideal for summer (or any time of year for that matter).

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

Lulus Island Vacay Red Tie-Back Maxi Dress

Lulus red cutout summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

Just as its name suggests, this dress was made for an island vacay. Whether you choose to pair it with sandals or go barefoot in the sand, you'll be glad you brought it along.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - XL

MISA Rosalia Dress

MISA red floral summer wedding guest dress
Photo: MISA

Not only is this maxi dress super stylish, but it's also made from 100% lightweight cotton. In other words, it will keep you cool and comfortable as you dance the night away at a summer event.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XXS - XL

Reformation Joana Silk Dress in Hyperion

Reformation silk summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

Show off your summer tan in this sexy strapless midi dress. Made from irresistibly smooth silk charmeuse fabric, you'll feel as good as you look while wearing it.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: XS - XL

Abercrombie & Fitch Giselle Pleated Cutout Maxi Dress in Blue

Abercrombie & Fitch pleated blue summer wedding guest maxi dress
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

Heading to a beach wedding this summer? This ocean blue midi dress is sure to make a splash. Because it's available in standard, petite, and tall sizes, it's easy to find your exact fit.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: XXS - XXL (Petite and Tall Available)

Abercrombie & Fitch Lace-Up Back Maxi Dress in Light Blue Pattern

Abercrombie & Fitch lace-up blue maxi summer wedding guest dress
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

Considering this dress has palm trees and ocean waves printed right onto it, we'd say it's certainly a fitting option for a summer event. However, if solid colors are more your style, it also comes in a vibrant red.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XXS - XL (Petite and Tall Available)

Wondering what to look for in a summer wedding guest dress? These three trends are a great place to start. Tropical prints, cutouts, and halter necklines are expected to be some of the *hottest* styles for 2024 (and chances are, they might already be in your closet). Let's break it down:

Tropical Prints

Don't get us wrong, classic florals will never go out of style, but this year, we're seeing tropical prints take center stage. It makes sense, really. Palm tree and hibiscus flowers are synonymous with summer, so why not incorporate them into summer clothes? If you want to switch things up this season, swap your classic floral frock with a tropical-printed maxi for an island-inspired vibe.

Cutouts

It's no surprise that cutouts are making their way into the spotlight as we head into summer 2024. Warm weather offers the perfect excuse to show a little skin and a side or midriff cutout can be an excellent way to do so. The options are virtually endless when it comes to cutouts. They can be sweet and subtle, like a keyhole slit, or more daring, like side cutouts that extend into an open back.

Halter Necklines

With nostalgia taking over the internet, throwback styles like halter necks are quickly making their way back onto the scene. The '90s-inspired trend was practically made for summer, as it's often paired with an open back for a lightweight, breathable feel. Plus, halter necks show off the shoulders, making them a great way to get your tan on under the sun at an outdoor wedding this summer.

Where to Buy Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

Now that you know what to look for in a summer wedding guest dress, it's time to go shopping. These four retailers are our go-to's for all things wedding wardrobe-related (and better yet, they'll all deliver straight to your door).

Reformation: If you've got a jam-packed wedding season ahead of you and are looking for a timeless outfit that can be worn again and again, Reformation is the perfect place to begin your search. The classic, understated looks available in their Wedding and Party Dresses section will quickly make their way into your most-worn rotation—and because they're made from high-quality sustainable materials, they'll last for years to come.

Abercrombie & Fitch: Whether you're shopping online, or in-store at one of their many locations throughout the country, you're sure to find countless summer wedding guest dress options at Abercrombie & Fitch. Their virtual Wedding Shop makes it easy to browse options all in one place. Plus, we love that most of their dresses are available in standard, petite and plus sizing.

REVOLVE: With a fashion-forward look from REVOLVE, you'll be well on your way to earning yourself the title of 'best-dressed guest' this summer. Their Occasion Ready Dresses section allows you to sort through a variety of designer options in all different colors and patterns, including mini dresses, gowns, and everything in between. With all the season's trendiest looks in their lineup, it's easy to find a standout pick at REVOLVE.

Sachin & Babi: Sachin & Babi is your one-stop shop for all things event attire. No matter the dress code of the wedding you're attending, you're bound to find a look you love on their website. Within their Wedding Guest section, you'll find plenty of modest options as well. Plus, if you decide to opt for a pantsuit, romper or jumpsuit instead, Sachin & Babi carries an exciting array of wedding-ready options you're sure to love.

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