23 Western Wedding Guest Dresses You'll Love

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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Aug 17, 2023
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It's no secret that Western-inspired fashion has been a huge trend in the past year. With Nashville and Austin becoming some of the top bachelor and bachelorette party destinations, it's no surprise that the Western theme would carry over into weddings. Enter: western wedding guest dresses. The secret to pulling off Western style is all in the details. Think fringe, eyelet lace and flowing florals. Simply put, a Western wedding is the perfect time to bring out your inner cowgirl.

Whether you are going to be a guest at a rustic barn wedding or simply want to channel some Western style into your wedding guest attire, we've compiled the 23 best Western wedding guest dresses—that also just so happen to look amazing with a pair of cowboy boots.

In this article:

Our Favorite Western Wedding Guest Dresses You Can Shop Now

Grab your lasso and snatch up these quintessentially Western wedding guest dresses before they're gone!

Anthropologie The Marais Printed Chiffon Maxi Dress

This floaty maxi is boho chic at its finest. It would pair perfectly with a pair of leather boots and even a hat.

Arula Story Maxi Dress

This cooling sage dress is the perfect country-chic 'fit for a wedding in the open air. Complete the look with a shawl or denim jacket and your favorite cowboy boots.

Cleo Strapless Mini Dress

Strapless cocktail dress with fringe at hem

This fringe cocktail dress practically screams "rhinestone cowboy" — in the best way! Pair it with silver accessories to play into the beaded detail.

LoveShackFancy Natasha Mini Dress

Mini dress with ruffle details

A flirty mini dress was practically made for pairing with cowboy boots! This violet one would look incredible with a neutral pair with colorful embellishments.

L'Academie Miro Maxi Dress

Slip midi dress with funky print

Warm, earthy tones are perfect for a rustic wedding. This flowy slip dress features a gorgeous muted palette and a strappy plunging back.

Abercrombie Long-Sleeve Corset Mini Dress

Long sleeve mini dress

We love the corset detailing on this long-sleeve mini. Plus, this simple dress could just as easily pair with cowboy boots as it would with high heels. Consider it a wedding wardrobe staple.

V. Chapman Geranium Dress

Tiered mini dress with floral print

This midi is a floral dream. Sweet eyelet detailing and tie straps take it up a notch. Create contrast against the romantic floral dress with a classic cowboy hat.

Golden Hour Border Maxi Dress

Cue Kacey Musgraves "Golden Hour." This effortless maxi would look just as perfect at a barn wedding as it would an elegant affair.

Ulla Johnson Delfina Dress

The warm yellow hue of this tiered midi is practically begging for sunset lighting photos. We love the warm floral print and ruffled detailing on the neckline.

Sea New York Delphine Dress

The intricate pattern on this midi is reminiscent of western inspired Aztec prints, and the smock design is all kinds of country chic. Pair it with bone-colored cowboy boots, and you're ready to go!

Agua Bendita Fairy Maxi Dress

Maxi dress with plunging neck and colorful floral print

If you're headed somewhere warm, this maxi is your perfect companion. I would look just as effortless in a western wedding as it would at a beach wedding.

Alice + Olivia Katherina Long Sleeve Dress with Fringe

Long sleeve fitted dress with fringe at hem

Fringe is practically a western style staple. Pair this one with your favorite turquoise jewelry and some worn leather boots to give it an authentic feel.

Free People Real Love Embroidered Dress

Maxi dress with embroidered flowers

The warm cinnamon color of this embroidered maxi adds to the western inspired feel. Plus, it's perfect for dressing up or down.

Meme Chambray Midi Dress

For something casual (pay attention to the wedding dress code), a denim dress is perfectly on theme for a western wedding. Especially for a barn wedding or something outdoors, this denim midi will keep you comfortable all night.

By Anthropologie V-Neck Tiered Ruffle Dress

The cream and red hues of this ruffled v-neck dress remind us of dreamy meadows in the wild. Pair it with boots and your favorite pieces for a trendy floral country look.

ASTR The Label Camelia Floral Midi Dress

Vibrant colors are perfect for a western wedding. We're loving the pink shades of this one. Definitely add this one to your wishlist.

Free People Sienna Suede Mini Dress

Leather and suede details aren't just for your boots. If you opt for a suede dress like this one, try to pick a boot in a contrasting shade to keep it from looking too matchy-matchy.

Lulus Call Me Cute Red Swiss Dot Tiered Faux Wrap Mini Dress

This flirty mini is perfect for dancing the night away in your favorite cowboy boots. After all, these boots are made for dancing.

Reformation Filis Denim Mini Dress

Again, keeping the formality of the event in mind, a denim mini could be the perfect option for your next western wedding. We love the belted detail on this one from Reformation.

ASTR the Label Gaia Dress

Satin midi dress with cowl neck and front slit

While a satin midi dress may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a western wedding, the sage green color of this one is totally on point and this simple style is the perfect base for layering on the accessories. Whether you're planning on rocking cowboy boots, a western style belt, a cowboy hat, or all of the above, keeping your dress simple will allow your accessories to take center stage.

Show Me Your Mumu Outlaw Dress

Corduroy mini dress with front zip and belt

In the spirit of sticking to the theme, this corduroy mini dress is perfect for any hoedown. For a casual wedding, keep your accessories minimal with just a pair of cowboy boots and simple jewelry.

Walmart Boho V Neck A Line Dress Long Sleeve in Burnt Orange

This sunset-colored dress is the elevated version of a western dress, making it perfect for a special occasion. The long sleeves and skirt length make it perfect for the colder months, while silk ruffle accents keep it from feeling too heavy.

Bloomchic Floral Appliques Mesh Wrap Pocket Ruched Empire Waist Dress

Blue applique mesh gives this dress a handcrafted feel. Plus, its midi length is perfect for letting a pair of cowboy boots peek out from underneath.

What to Look for in Western-Style Dresses for Wedding Guests

When planning your attire for a Western wedding, it's important to first and foremost keep in mind the formality of the wedding. Will this be an elegant affair with touches of Western inspiration? Or a full-on hoedown that requires a comfortable outfit for dancing all night? The invitation should indicate a dress code that will guide you in the right direction.

While Western fashion is typically associated with cowboy hats and boots, the recent Western-inspired trend in fashion has lent itself to a more nuanced view of what can be considered western-adjacent. Fringe and turquoise jewelry lean a bit more boho-western, while a Dolly Parton-inspired look (hello, rhinestones) can be considered disco glam-western. A cottagecore floral dress can be given a western spin when paired with the right accessories—you can't go wrong with classic cowboy boots and a hat! No matter your personal style, there are elements of Western fashion that can be incorporated to make the style your own.

A western inspired color palette is typically composed of warm, earthen tones. Think of a desert sunset. Shades of mustard yellow, rusty orange, and camel are always a safe bet. Often, this color palette is punctuated with pops of turquoise and metals like silver and gold. Certain fabrics, such as denim, suede, and leather, are also associated with Western fashion. Depending on the formality of the event, you can choose to wear these fabrics either on their own as a dress, or just sprinkle them in with your accessories.

Lastly, you'll want to keep seasonal considerations in mind. A floral, chiffon dress that's perfect for a summer western wedding may feel out of place in the dead of winter. For the colder months, consider a more covered-up dress silhouette in heavier fabrics. If you're feeling daring, you could also spice up your wedding guest look with a cool western-inspired fringe jacket that'll keep you warm while elevating your style. The possibilities are endless!

Styling Tips for Wearing Wedding Guest Dresses with Cowboy Boots

A few tips for nailing the styling so you can focus on your boot-scootin' boogie:

Length Matters

It's important to keep in mind the length of your dress if you are opting to wear cowboy boots with it. If the proportions are off, it could throw off your entire outfit. A taller boot that hits at the mid-calf or above pairs best with a mini dress or one with a slit, while a short boot is perfect for pairing with longer dresses. Make sure you try on your dress and boots in advance so you are happy with how they look together. You could even go to a tailor to bring the hem up if needed.

Consider the Boot Color

Cowboy boots are one of the top shoe trends right now and they come in an endless array of colors and styles. For a country wedding, wearing a pair of cowboy boots with your dress is the easiest way to stick to the theme. If you are opting for a colorful dress, lean into a neutral, classic cowboy boot to balance it out. On the contrary, if you are wearing a neutral gown, try wearing a colorful boot to really make a statement.

Opt For Elevated Styles

Even though cowboy boots may often be seen as a more casual shoe, you can easily elevate them for a more formal event with the right accessories. A dress and boots is a classic Western chic style that can easily go from day to night. Opt for your favorite jewelry to keep the look polished.

Cowboy boots today come in a wide range of colors and styles, some more formal than others. A metallic or colorful option feels a bit more elevated than some classic leather styles, so keep the formality of the event in mind when choosing your boot.

Choose Complementary Details

An authentic Western boot is a classic for a reason, however, its trendier counterparts have definitely made their mark on the fashion world. Be sure to choose a boot that goes with your dress and the overall aesthetic you are going for. Do you want to look authentically Western or more trendy?

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