10 Dress Styles to Wear to a Wedding

Invited to a wedding and not sure what to wear? We've got you covered with 10 can't-miss looks that work for every season and style.
  1. Winter Wedding: Formal

    Your goal at a semiformal winter wedding is to look fun and festive. A dress in any jewel tone (think emerald green, royal purple, sapphire, or ruby/magenta) should do the trick. Plus, these colors look good on almost anyone!


    Dress by Alfred Angelo
  2. Summer Wedding: Formal

    Dressing for a black-tie wedding in the summertime is all about looking elegant. Heels are a definite do, and a pashmina is a good idea too (it's likely the AC will be on full-blast). As for your dress: A floor-length chiffon gown is our favorite option. It's soft, ethereal, and light enough for any outdoor setting


    Dress by Anita Valenta
  3. Fall Wedding: Casual

    If the bride and groom have opted for a laid-back dress code, they're hoping you'll show up comfy but clean-cut. Feel free to wear a dress with a design or bright colors. Just use the invitation as a guide. If the wedding colors are pink and blue, you should avoid those colors -- you don't want to look like a bridesmaid. 

    Dress by WTOO
  4. Fall Wedding: Cocktail

    Cocktail attire for weddings in the fall is our favorite because anything goes, and it's finally time to break out that LBD, or gold cocktail dress you've been dying to wear. Just make sure it's not too sexy (read: no plunging necklines) -- you don't want to draw any attention away from the bride.

    Dress by BHLDN
  5. Fall Wedding: Formal

    'Tis the season to go all out. Yep, a black-tie wedding in the winter months means it's likely the couple has pulled out all of the stops jazzing up the ballroom (it's sure to be indoors) and focusing on the details, so they want their guests to look just as good. So consider a glitzy gown. Whether studded with sequins or encrusted with crystal, sparkly embellishments will make any style -- long or short -- feel more special.

    Dress by Ines Di Santo
  6. Summer Wedding: Formal

    The buzzword here is chic, not cute. If you're going short, make sure it's nothing too poufy, and don't forget to add statement accessories.

    Dress by Jim Hjelm
  7. Spring Wedding: Casual

    Beware -- casual doesn't mean you can stroll in wearing a sundress and flip-flops. You still have to look like you're going to a wedding. Focus on wearing breathable fabrics like cotton or linen, especially if the wedding is outdoors. Lighter colors are a great idea too. Just steer clear of ivory or white.

    Dress by Monique Lhuillier

  8. Fall Wedding: Cocktail



    Dress by Noir by Lazaro
  9. Summer Wedding: Casual

    Keep it sleek and simple. A casual summertime wedding could be in, or outdoors, so wear something light and airy. Fresh colors like peach and pastels are great options.


    Dress by Ann Taylor

  10. Winter Wedding: Casual

    Put down the cable-knit sweater! The invitation said casual, not log-cabin chic. Keep the accessories simple, and hair pulled back for a effortless look.