Wondering What to Wear to a Barn Wedding? Read This Guide for Guests

Show up to the rustic setting in style.
Three barn wedding guest outfits
Photos, left to right: Anthropologie, Bonobos, Arula
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
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Sarah Title
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert
  • Sarah writes a variety of content for The Knot and WeddingWire, including bridal fashion advice and product recommendations.
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Updated Apr 15, 2024
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Barn weddings are becoming more and more popular and it's no mystery why. This rustic wedding venue lends itself perfectly to a nature-inspired aesthetic. Barn wedding venues are typically set on a large plot of land surrounded by greenery, mountain views or some other breathtaking scenery. Here, the landscape takes center stage and is often reflected in everything from the decor to the laidback vibe of the wedding. If you've recently recieved an invitation to a barn wedding, you may be wondering what to wear. After all, your typical wedding guest attire might not fare well against the more rugged outdoor setting. Luckily, we're here to help. As your go-to source for all things wedding attire-related, we're breaking down exactly what to wear to a barn wedding, plus rounding up a few of our favorite shoppable looks for the occassion.

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What to Wear to a Barn Wedding

As you're picking out your outfit for a barn wedding, consider channeling this rustic and natural aesthetic in your wedding attire. A floor-length gown might not fit in with the more casual wedding vibe, while a midi dress with a floral print could be just right for the dress code. Neutrals, earthy hues and textured fabrics are all wedding guest options that will fit right in at a barn wedding venue. Of course, you'll want to consider the weather before you make any final decisions—if this is a summer wedding, you may not want to opt for a long-sleeve dress. However, a fall wedding might lend itself to that exact look. If you're still feeling stumped, don't worry. Here's a few more helpful tips to keep in mind when picking out an outfit for a barn wedding:

Think about function in addition to style.

A barn wedding is likely going to have natural elements mixed into the decor and part of the wedding might even be outside on the grass, so you'll want to think about that when you're choosing an outfit. "When dressing for an outdoor barn wedding, function is as important as style," says Sarah Horton, brand director at Show Me Your Mumu. "Rustic settings often allow guests to embrace a casual elegance with shorter hemlines, and less heavy textured looks like beading."

Add some personality to your look.

Since the wedding reception is taking place in a more casual setting (compared to a country club or hotel), use this as an opportunity to lean into the aesthetic of the day. "Dressing for a barn wedding gives you more freedom to throw on a fun pair of boots or hat, where that might look out of place at a country club," says Lilly Sisto, press and partnerships manager at LoveShackFancy. Jazz up your outfit with a unique bag, belt or shoes to embrace the vibe of the venue.

Leave the ball gown at home.

Since a barn wedding errs on the more casual side (though not typically casual enough to warrant jeans), you'll want to leave your black tie attire at home. "Ditch floor-length gowns for shorter mini or midi length dress with a low block heel," Horton advises. Shoes with a sturdy base are the way to go, since it's likely there will be an outdoor aspect to the wedding and you don't want to have a difficult time walking on the grass.

Where to Buy Barn Wedding Outfits & Rustic Dresses for Weddings

Now that you know exactly what to wear, you're probably wondering where to buy barn wedding outfits. Not to worry: We've got you covered. These four online retailers are perfect for when you're pinched for time, since you can seamlessly shop your favorite looks with the click of a button and have them sent straight to your doorstep:

Abercrombie & Fitch: Whether you're looking for barn wedding guest attire for men or for women, Abercrombie & Fitch is sure to have something you'll love. They carry a wide selection of casual and semi-formal dresses, as well as flannels and button-downs. Better yet? Most styles are available in standard, petite and tall lengths.

Anthropologie: Anthropologie has everything you need to show up to your next wedding in style, including dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. Browse through their extensive selection of styles that are ideal for a barn wedding, including options from beloved brands like FARM Rio, Reformation, Mac Duggal and more.

Arula: Arula offers plus-size looks that are totally barn wedding-ready. From stylish smock minis to flowing maxis, you're guaranteed to find something to wear to your next event (and long afterward). Of course, we can't go without mentioning their stylish selection of cowboy boots, that are ideal for topping off your look with.

Banana Republic: Many of Banana Republic's pieces have an inherently rustic feel to them, making this the perfect place to shop for barn wedding attire. Shop online or stop by one of their many store locations throughout the country to browse their extensive selection of clothing for both men and women. And, of course, don't forget to check out their accessories!

Barn Wedding Attire Ideas

We asked a few fashion experts at some of our favorite brands to give suggestions for barn wedding attire. "Classic florals and dusty solids perfectly complement a fall barn wedding," Horton recommends. "Light, flowy, casual elegance is key—at a barn wedding you want to look feminine and chic while still feeling comfortable taking a stroll through the fields during cocktail hour." Another recommendation is to take a closet staple and accessorize it accordingly. "I always love a slip dress," Sisto suggests. "You can dress it down for a barn wedding." When in doubt, you can't go wrong with these editor-approved picks:

FARM Rio Green Ocean Tapestry Maxi Dress

FARM Rio tapestry maxi dress for barn wedding guests
Photo: FARM Rio

Going bold with patterns might feel like risky wedding guest attire move, but since a barn wedding typically doesn't call for formal attire, this could be your opportunity. This midi dress features an eccentric and colorful print, you're sure to love for the occasion.

Size Range: XXS - XL

Indochino Hartley Cotton Stretch Olive Suit

Indochino olive suit for barn wedding guests
Photo: Indochino

It's all about the earthy tones when it comes to rustic weddings, so lean into the natural vibe and opt for a cotton stretch olive suit. This look is made from a cotton-spandex blend for a more relaxed and flexible fit.

Size Range: Custom

Shoshanna Sicily Eyelet Maxi Dress

Shoshanna eyelet maxi barn wedding guest dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This western wedding guest dress is the perfect complement to a country setting. Ideal for an outdoor wedding, pair this pretty piece with a statement belt and a pair of cowgirl boots to go full country in your wedding guest attire.

Size Range: 0 - 12

Banana Republic Signature Italian Flannel Suit Jacket and Pant

Banana Republic brown suit for barn wedding guests
Photo: Banana Republic

This khaki-colored suit will perfectly complement your setting at an upcoming barn wedding. Of course, it's classic enough that you'll be reaching for long after the event is over as well. Pair it with suede boots for an even more rustic look.

Size Range: 29 - 40

Arula Saige Floral Dress

Arula floral barn wedding guest dress
Photo: Arula

This flutter-sleeve floral mini dress is an easy-breezy outfit choice that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day. Not to mention, it can easily be matched with a pair of cowboy boots or a cowboy hat if you're looking to lean into the country wedding vibe.

Size Range: 10 - 24

Abercrombie & Fitch Classic Blazer and Suiting Set Pant in Navy Blue

Abercrombie & Fitch navy blue barn wedding guest suit
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a classic blue suit. This option, which is also available in cream, is guaranteed to become your new go-to for work days and wedding days alike.

Size Range: 10 - 24

Lulus Ready for Sunshine Rust Orange Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Lulus rust orange barn wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

When you're considering colors for your barn wedding guest dress, you want to focus on natural, earthy tones. This rust-colored midi dress offers just that, with added romantic details like an off-the-shoulder neckline and belted waist.

Size Range: XS - XL

Proper Cloth The Utility Shirt in Rust Low Twist

Proper Cloth brown shirt for barn wedding guest
Photo: Proper Cloth

Being that a barn is a more casual setting, you might choose to skip the suit altogether. A button down shirt, like this navy and yellow one, is another elevated option, which would look great paired with chinos or slacks and a pair of loafers.

Size Range: XS - 4XL

Arula Ophelia Dress in Black

Arula black midi barn wedding guest dress
Photo: Arula

Keep things classic with this smocked midi dress. Its streamlined silhouette can easily be dressed up or down depending on the vibe of the occasion. P.S.: If you're a bride, you're in luck because it's also available in white.

Size Range: 10 - 24

Bonobos Fireside Flannel Shirt in Harvest Plaid

Bonobos flannel shirt for barn wedding guest
Photo: Bonobos

Nothing says 'western wedding' quite like a classic flannel. This navy blue and yellow option can easily be dressed up with chinos and a pair of suade boots for a semi-formal occassion, or dressed down with jeans and sneakers for everyday wear.

Size Range: XS - XXL

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