The 42 Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses for 2023

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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
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Updated Mar 27, 2023
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If you're gearing up for a busy wedding season by browsing through summer wedding guest dresses, you certainly aren't alone. According to The Knot 2022 Real Weddings Study, the majority of all weddings typically take place between May and October. If you're invite is full of multiple wedding invites for this year, re-wearability might be a priority for you as you search for the perfect look. On top of that, there are other factors you may want to consider, such as weather, location and of course, dress code. Dress codes for different events can be difficult to decipher, especially in the summertime when tricky themes like 'beach formal' and 'daytime attire' come into play. Luckily, we're here to help. As your go-to source for all things wedding guest attire, we're breaking down exactly what to wear to a summer wedding, with 42 shoppable looks for every kind of dress code. After you've explored our picks, head to our wedding guest shoe roundup to find a style to top off your look with.

2023 Trends: Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Wondering what to look for in a wedding guest dress? These three trends are a great place to start. Puff sleeves, cutouts and halter necklines are expected to be some of the hottest styles for 2023. Of course, trends may come and go, but one rule of thumb for wedding guest attire always remains true: unless asked to by the couple, never wear white to a wedding. Follow this tip and you're sure to be golden no matter what you decide to wear.

Puff Sleeves

Puff sleeves were one of the biggest fashion trends of summer 2022, and they're showing no signs of slowing down as we head into the 2023 season. Whether we're talking flowy peasant sleeves or a more structured juliet style, puff sleeves are a great way to create a whimsical look.

Cutouts

It's no surprise that cutouts are making their way into the spotlight as we head into summer 2023. 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, for instance, or more daring, like side slits that extend into an open back.

Halter Necks

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

Nordstrom: 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 Nordstrom. Their virtual Wedding Shop makes it easy to browse looks from all your favorite brands, like ASTR the Label, Cinq à Sept and Mac Duggal, all in one place. We love that they offer free in-store pickup and returns, as well as tailoring and alteration services.

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 perfect look 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.

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.

The Best Wedding Guest Dresses Summer 2023

Ready to start shopping? Here's 42 wedding guest dresses that will keep you looking (and feeling) cool this summer.

1. Badgley Mischka Butterfly Belted Gown

Here's a pick that's sure to make your heart flutter. This adorable tiered crepe gown features a colorful butterfly print, floor sweeping length and an oversized waist-cinching bow. We love this trendy option for a garden wedding this summer.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 22

2. Abercrombie & Fitch Satin Pleated Cutout Maxi Dress Green

With sexy side cutouts and a bright green color, this pleated V-neck gown has summer written all over it. Pair it with a structured bamboo purse and some comfortable woven espadrilles for a look that's perfect for a tropical destination wedding.

Dress Code: Cocktail

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

3. Reformation Veria Silk Dress Tarragon

You simply can't go wrong with florals for summer, and this stunning silk gown proves it. Its halter neckline makes it a trendy pick for 2023, while its classic sheath silhouette keeps things timeless.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 24

4. ASTR The Label Santorini Floral One Shoulder Midi Dress

Here's a dress that will seamlessly take you from day to night. With an off-shoulder neckline featuring one puff-sleeve, a defined waist and a handkerchief hemmed skirt, this midi length option is both sultry and sweet.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

5. Lulus Farah Black Print Midi Wrap Dress

This timeless look is guaranteed to become a staple in your summer 2023 wardrobe. With so many ways to dress it up or down, this darling flutter-sleeved midi dress is great for any type of event. Plus, it comes in two fun patterns.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XXS - XL

6. Sachin & Babi Margaux Strapless Taffeta Embellished Column Gown

This strapless red gown is as elegant as it is comfortable. Its column skirt offers maximum breathability, making it a guaranteed way to beat the heat at a wedding this summer.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: 0 - 26 W

7. Show Me Your Mumu Codie Cut Out Dress

Looking to make a statement at a semi-formal affair? We love this jade-colored satin midi dress with sexy side cutouts. Its straps are convertible, allowing you to change up your look as you please.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XXL

8. Faithfull The Brand Vittoria Midi Dress Sol Print

What's not to love about this sol-printed midi dress? It's comfortable, casual and chic. Pair it with your favorite sandals and you've got yourself the perfect look for a laidback backyard wedding.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - S

9. Sachin & Babi Caroline Taffeta One-Shoulder Bow Mini Dress

This fuschia mini dress is nothing short of perfection. We love the drama its asymmetrical silhouette brings, with a single puff-sleeve and an oversized bow embellishment that drapes across one hip.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 0 - 16

10. Marchesa Notte Blue Eyelet Midi Dress

This midi dress is just blooming with charm. Its figure-flattering silhouette and charming floral print are just two of the standout features that make it an all-around win for a summer wedding with a semi-formal dress code.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: 0 - 16

11. A.L.C. Moira Pleated Maxi Dress

There's no better way to embrace the summer sun than to show a little skin. This black pleated gown features side cutouts that extend into a dramatic open back, and convertible straps that can be worn a variety of different ways.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: 00 - 14

12. Abercrombie & Fitch Cowl Neck Maxi Dress Green

A simple slip dress is a definite wardrobe staple in our books, whether you're looking to dress it up for a wedding or down for everyday wear. This green cowl-neck option, made from lightweight chiffon fabric, checks off all the boxes. Plus, it's available in petite and tall lengths.

Dress Code: Cocktail

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

13. Show Me Your Mumu Lady Corset Dress Garden Romantic

This blush gown is serving flirty florals with a side of feminine charm. Its corset-style bodice and tiered skirt with a leg slit are totally on-trend for summer 2023 and we can't help but swoon.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: XXS - XXL

14. Cinq a Sept Dinah Dress

Who says short dresses have to be casual? This green satin mini dress is rewriting the rules in the most lovely way. It's draped detailing adds a subtle touch of glam to this otherwise streamlined cocktail look.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 00 - 10

15. Reformation Joana Silk Dress

Talk about understated excellence. This simple strapless gown, made from 100% lightweight silk charmeuse fabric, is a stunning pick for 2023. Its light lavender color is sure to dazzle under the sun for an outdoor wedding.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

16. ASOS EDITION floral embroidered organza midi dress in steel blue

If you're looking for a modest option that doesn't sacrifice on style, this just might be the dress for you. Its V-neckline and flutter sleeves provide unique coverage, while its floral details and open back add a touch of playfulness you're sure to love.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: 0 - 10

17. Abercrombie & Fitch Plunge Pleated Mini Dress Black

For a casual dress code, you can't go wrong with a stylish mini dress and sandals. This little black dress is an option we know you'll have on repeat all summer long. Its deep V-neck and elegant pleating bring a touch of sophistication to the casual look.

Dress Code: Casual

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

18. STAUD Calluna Dress Kiwi

Good news for those who love color: Summer is the perfect time to break out the neons. With sheer organza fabric and a dramatic ruffle hemmed skirt, this fashion-forward pick is sure to make a statement this season.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

19. Sachin & Babi Kayla Gown Pastel Sunset Hydrangea

It's all in the details of this pastel colored-colored maxi dress. We can't get enough of its pink and orange hydrangea pattern, or its halter neckline, which features an oversized draped bow.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 22W

20. ASOS DESIGN Curve Flutter Sleeve Midi Tea Dress With Tie Detail

Keep comfort top-of-mind this summer with a lightweight floral midi dress. This bright green option pairs perfectly with a set of sneakers for a casual wedding look.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: 12 - 26

21. Lulus Heavenly Hues Magenta Maxi Dress

You simply can't go wrong with a classic. We love this magenta maxi dress for any kind of wedding. Its lightweight fabric, deep V-neck and leg slit make it a breathable option for the summertime.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XS - 3XL

22. Showpo Caro One Shoulder Tiered Mini Dress Multi Floral

For another asymmetric neckline option, consider this tiered midi dress. Its whimsical floral print and charming cut-out details make it perfectly suited for a semi-formal summer wedding.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: 0 - 16

23. ELOQUII Halter Dress With Braided Detail

We're getting major vacation vibes from this black halter neck dress with braided detailing. Add a pop of color with a bright pair of sandals (or even go barefoot), and you're ready to celebrate in the sand at a beach wedding.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: 14 - 28

24. Reformation Poppies Silk Dress

Can't decide on just one color for your summer wedding guest dress? With this fun floral option, you won't have to. With daring side cutouts and a brightly colored floral design, this 100% lightweight silk dress is guaranteed to stand out.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 0 - 12

25. A.L.C. Issa Maxi Dress Vivid Orange

Maybe you're escaping the heat and heading somewhere cooler for a wedding this summer. If so, a bright-colored gown can be a great way to keep with the season's theme. We love this long sleeve orange option with a plunging neckline and side cutouts.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 00 - 14

26. Sachin & Babi Margaux Gown Green Narcissus

We are simply obsessed with this green floral gown for a formal dress code wedding. Its strapless neckline and A-line silhouette offer a sense of timeless elegance you're sure to love.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 14

27. Hemant & Nandita Pink Puff Sleeve Dress

A casual dress code doesn't have to limit your outfit options. This mini dress, featuring whimsical puff sleeves, a charming bubble hem and a plunging neckline, offers all the glam of a formal look in a short and sweet package.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - XL

28. Faithfull The Brand Tropiques Maxi Dress Black

This black dress, made from lightweight textured linen, was practically made to be worn to a beach wedding. Its straps are convertible, so you can style the look in a number of ways. Plus, it's available in other fun summer colors like tangerine and carmel.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: XS - XXL

29. ASOS DESIGN Curve Ruched Waist Detail Midi Dress

Here's a plus-size option you're sure to love. This long-sleeved floral midi dress features a plunging neckline and unique side cutouts. Its sheer sleeves and flowy skirt are made from lightweight material that will keep you cool throughout the day.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: 12 - 26

30. A.L.C. Delfina Pleated Dress Deep Mint

If you're a minimalist on the search for a sleek and modern summer wedding guest dress, consider this asymmetric pleated gown. It's available in a variety of colors, so you can find the best fit, no matter what your preference is.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size Range: 00 - 14

31. Ieena for Mac Duggal Ruffle Shoulder Gown

A black tie affair calls for a look with ample drama, and this blue floral gown offers just that. Its shoulder ruffling and open back with criss-crossed straps are just a few of the details that make this a standout pick.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 0 - 16

32. Petal & Pup Rosetta Dress Olive

With so many ways to style this simple strapless gown, we know it will quickly make its way into your wardrobe rotation. For a casual summer wedding, pair it with your favorite heeled sandals for a look that's as cute as it is classic.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: 0 - 16

33. ELOQUII Ruffled Tiered Dress Black Onyx

Looking for a plus-size little black dress to wear to a semi-formal wedding? This tiered babydoll dress is one of our top picks. We love its sweetheart neckline and flutter sleeves. Plus, it's also available in peach!

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: 14 - 28

34. Old Navy Matching Fit & Flare Crinkled Halter Maxi Dress

You'll look as good as you feel in this comfortable maxi dress. Its colorful floral design, v-neck, and open back make it ideal for summer. Plus, it's available in tall, petite and plus sizes, so you can find the perfect fit.

Dress Code: Casual

Size Range: XS - 4XL

35. FARM Rio Brown Maxi Dress

Here's a dress you're sure to have on repeat all summer long. Whether you pair it with pumps for a formal event, or go barefoot in the sand, this asymmetric gown, featuring side cutouts and an open back, is guaranteed to wow.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: XXS - XL

36. Show Me Your Mumu Reese Ruffle Dress Hibiscus

You'll feel like you're on island time while wearing this colorful hibiscus-printed midi dress. The ruffled details throughout give it a flirty and feminine look we love. If neutrals are more your jam, not to worry—it's also available in 12 other colors including black and soft beige.

Dress Code: Beach Formal

Size Range: XS - 3XL

37. A.L.C. Renzo II Pleated Midi Dress Riviera

This simple-yet-stunning navy blue dress will make the perfect addition to your closet during the busy wedding season. Its pleated satin fabric can easily be dressed up with heels, or dresses down with flats. It's also available in a number of other festive colors.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 00 - 14

38. STAUD Millie Dress Navy Organza

You'll turn heads for all the right reasons in this unique gown. The sheer organza gown features buttons down the front, two front pockets, a waist belt and a slip dress underneath.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 00 - 16

39. ELOQUII Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress Bright Green

You can't go wrong with this classic style. Its kimono sleeves and A-line silhouette are simply timeless. With four other colors to choose from, this is a plus-size option that has it all.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: 14 - 32

40. Petal & Pup Anabelle Halter Neck Maxi Dress Black Floral

This black floral dress can be worn during day or night celebrations. The high-neck look is also guaranteed to get you compliments this summer.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

41. ASTR The Label Athena Midi Dress

This floral midi dress is ideal for a traditional church ceremony this summer. With long sleeves, a mermaid silhouette and a unique strappy halter neck detailing, it offers modesty, without compromising on style.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Size Range: XS - XL

42. Ivy City Co. Pixie Dress Blue

Here's a Bridgerton-inspired look you're sure to love for a summer garden wedding. The tiered tulle mini dress is available in light blue and pink, and even comes in kids sizes, so you can match your mini-me.

Dress Code: Formal

Size Range: XXS - 5XL

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