What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: The Best Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
Fall is a beloved season for weddings, and it's not hard to see why—after all, the most popular wedding date in the U.S. did fall in October last year. With cooler temperatures, picturesque views and low travel rates, it's a great season for a wedding. If you'll be attending autumn nuptials, you'll want to start shopping for fall wedding guest dresses as soon as possible. Since the weather can be unpredictable, determining what to wear to a fall wedding isn't always easy. Fall wedding guest dresses are typically characterized by rich jewel tones, long sleeves, heavier fabrics and prints that echo the changing of seasons. However, this doesn't mean you're restricted to predictable choices that make you run the risk of sharing the same outfit with another guest or being uncomfortable (think: overheating in a long sleeve velvet gown at an outdoor wedding).
Before you choose your fall wedding attire, look at the wedding invitation to get an idea of the dress code. You'll likely dress differently for an outdoor wedding in a barn than you would at an extravaganza at a downtown hotel. Take note of the formality and accordingly.
What to Wear to a Fall Wedding
Wondering exactly what to wear to a fall wedding? With so many fall wedding guest dresses available, it can be hard to narrow down your choice to just one. The most-asked question about fall wedding attire is usually what color dress to wear. There's not one right answer—the choice comes down to your personal preference (and the dress code). Colorful, jewel-toned hues of marigold, maroon, deep purple, turquoise or dark green that reflect the change in scenery are ideal for a fall wedding. You can also experiment with floral prints or other patterns if that's more your style. Fabric is also an important aspect of your fall wedding guest dress. Velvet, satin, silks and shimmering materials are all great options. Lace wedding guest dresses in bright colors with different colored shifts underneath are also appropriate.
When shopping for fall wedding guest dresses, it's important to be mindful of your budget. Whether you're looking to save some cash or wanting to splurge instead on statement accessories, there are plenty of places to get affordable fall wedding guest outfits. You can rent a pricey designer dress from Rent the Runway for a fraction of the cost, or shop affordable retailers like Lulus, Nordstrom, ASOS and more. To help you narrow down the best fall wedding guest dresses, we've rounded up 65 options for every style. Below, find the best formal gowns, trendy midis and comfortable jumpsuits that are appropriate for any fall wedding.
In this article:
- Affordable Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
- Fall Wedding Guest Dresses With Sleeves
- Plus-Size Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
Affordable Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
If you get invited to a lot of weddings (or you're simply a bargain shopper), your budget may be small. Not to worry—there are plenty of affordable fall wedding guest dresses under $150. Whether you're looking for a jewel-toned mini or a boho maxi, shop our favorites here.
A unique eye-popping autumn-red dress with bell sleeves, this bohemian little number makes for gorgeous fall wedding attire. Compliment it perfectly with a pair of gold earrings.
Rebecca Minkoff Grin Dress in Red, $50 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
This color is perfect for a fall wedding early in the season—the fabric won't leave you feeling too hot when the weather is still warm. And with loose sleeves and a belted waist, your look won't sacrifice comfort for style.
Chi Chi London Amanya dress in Yellow, $105, CoEdition.com
Lulus Much Obliged wrap maxi dress, $69, Lulus.com
Sister Jane Indulge ruffle mini dress in Cotton Candy, $106, Shopbop.com
Finders Keepers Be Still dress in Marsala, from $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Perfect as a semi-formal or casual wedding guest dress for fall, this short lace design can be upgraded with heels or elegant accessories.
H&M lace skater dress in Powder Pink, $70, HM.com
A timeless wrap dress is a closet staple. This black and floral print is wedding appropriate, but can be re-worn for other events too.
Kiyonna Essential wrap dress in Black Floral Print, $98, Nordstrom.com
Lulus Zoelle ruffled long sleeve mini dress in Burgundy Floral Print, $52, Lulus.com
We can't help but swoon over this elegant V-neck maxi dress. This rich jewel-tone color is enhanced with lace lining and a pleated skirt, making it an excellent formal fall wedding guest dress.
ASOS DESIGN premium lace insert pleated maxi dress in Forest Green, $95, ASOS.com
ELOQUII flounce hem midi dress in Cabernet, $100, ELOQUII.com
Zara polka dot jumpsuit in Violet, $70, Zara.com
ASOS DESIGN soft pleated midi dress with drawstring waist and frills in Blush, $67, ASOS.com
The high neckline and simple sleeves of this dress make it conservative and comfortable. Add bold earrings or a trendy headband to elevate your fall wedding guest attire.
Uniqlo rayon long-sleeve shirt dress in 72 Purple, $40, Uniqlo.com
It doesn't get prettier than this. When paired together, a high neckline and satin fabric create a stunning look perfect for an autumnal wedding. If you need a formal fall wedding guest dress, this gown deserves a spot in your online shopping cart.
Lulus Classic Elegance satin sleeveless mock neck maxi dress in Wine, $77, Lulus.com
Your search for fall wedding guest attire should include this feminine ruffle-trim dress. The unique ruched halter neckline makes this a stunning choice for fashion-forward guests.
ASOS DESIGN halter neck ruched waist midi dress with pleat skirt in Mint, $72, ASOS.com
Stretch knit fabrics are perfect materials for fall wedding guest dresses. This pretty number has a curve-flattering fit and a ruched tie-side detail that creates an asymmetrical focal point.
ELESOL knot-front side slit long sleeve ruched dress, $30, Amazon.com
Forever21 Ditsy floral midi dress in Rust/Blush, $20, Forever21.com
Drop hemlines are having a moment, making this navy dress perfect for fall. Pair it with ankle booties and minimal jewelry.
Closet drop hem mini dress in Navy, $89, ASOS.com
Not ready to give up summer style just yet? Consider a bright striped midi that hugs you in all the right places. Form-fitting and head-turning, this wrap dress has a fun multi-color stripe pattern that's cheery and bright (but definitely fall-appropriate).
ELOQUII sunburst pleated midi dress in Stripe, $130, ELOQUII.com
A frock in navy is one of the best fall wedding guest dress ideas there is. The cold shoulder sleeves are a fun way to spice up this otherwise classic silhouette.
Lulus Shifting Dears long sleeve dress in Blue, $46, Lulus.com
Comfort meets chic with this stretch crepe sheath dress. The fabric is made to move, meaning you can hit the dance floor in style.
DB Studio V-neck stretch crepe midi dress with ruffled slit in Wine, $90, DavidsBridal.com
ML Monique Lhuillier Back Down dress, $65 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Cooler temperatures mean longer sleeves and thicker materials for fall wedding guests. In fact, extra-oversized sleeves are having a serious moment. Concerned about getting too hot on the dance floor of the reception? Oranza or lace sleeves will keep you cool even at the wildest after party. To give some contrast to long sleeves, pick a shorter hemline or a lower neckline, which will give your look more balance. Here, find the best fall wedding guest dresses with sleeves.
Designed for fall weddings in cooler climates, this vivacious long sleeve dress has trendy blouson sleeves and a colorful floral print.
Leith long sleeve floral print dress in Green Spring Medley, $79, Nordstrom.com
ELOQUII flare sleeve scuba dress in Black, $100, ELOQUII.com
Nicole Miller Such a Duchess dress, $40 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
For a romantic fall wedding, this satin midi dress is a go-to. The playful bright red color and wrap effect makes it an incredibly pleasing choice for your fall wedding attire.
ASOS DESIGN midi dress with batwing sleeve and wrap waist in Red, $72, ASOS.com
This floral print dress has sheer billowing sleeves, and it'll look simply amazing if paired with high-heel ankle booties. Add a structured straw handbag to finish your cute wedding look.
Chelsea28 button long sleeve midi dress in Red Couture Blossom, $139, Nordstrom.com
ASOS DESIGN lace up detail long sleeve mini dress in Chestnut, $56, ASOS.com
To find what to wear to a fall outdoor wedding, consider a dress with long sleeves and lots of florals. This dress fits the bill with its flowy fabric and statement sleeves. The blue pattern makes for a great fall wedding guest dress.
Slate & Willow long puff sleeve surplice dress in Navy, from $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Jenny Yoo Ryland velvet dress in Marigold, $295, BHLDN.com
A flattering style for almost every body type, this wide-sleeve, elastic waist jumpsuit is designed for a contemporary fit and total comfort. And, the deep V-neckline and wide pant legs are ideal for fall.
ASOS DESIGN Curve kimono sleeve culotte jumpsuit in Terracotta, $60, ASOS.com
Polka dots on the sheer tulle sleeves and neckline give this shorter number a playful vibe. Turn up the elegance with some statement earrings and sky-high stilettos.
Junarose dot swing dress in Black, $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Le Kasha Noto cashmere dress in Black, $750, Shopbop.com
Looking for something a bit more avant-garde? Go for this bold black frock, which is embellished with bead-centered velvet flowers and has a flared mesh skirt weighted by a velvet hem.
Mac Duggal long sleeve fit and flare velvet embellished cocktail dress in Black, $498, Nordstrom.com
ASOS DESIGN midi dress with cape kimono sleeve in Khaki, $119, ASOS.com
Kiyonna Mademoiselle lace dress in Sapphire Blue, $148, CoEdition.com
With its deep hue and faux wrap effect, this dress is sultry without being overly revealing. Dramatic balloon sleeves make this gown a total showstopper.
Show Me Your Mumu Lady long sleeve wrap dress in Merlot, $198, ShowMeYourMumu.com
Switch things up with a one-shoulder long sleeve dress. This bright yellow color is all about rustic elegance, and it's great for a semi-formal wedding.
Lovers + Friends Ana dress in Yellow, $165, Revolve.com
Here's a frock for anyone looking for a glamorous fall wedding guest dress. This coral midi has a belted waist and ruched bodice, making it super flattering and on-trend.
Rachel Comey Proposition dress in Coral, $625, 11Honore.com
Your search for a fall wedding guest dress with sleeves may end with this beauty. If you're a fan of pattern mixing, you'll love the incorporation of floral embroidery, polka dots and paisley prints on the sheer sleeves.
Maeve Cassidy embroidered midi dress in Navy, $220, Anthropologie.com
Looking to splurge? Fall wedding attire can include designer pieces, like this stunning metallic kaftan. The one-size silk-chiffon blend can be belted at the waist to create a cinched silhouette.
Taller Marmo Bizet fil coupé silk-blend chiffon kaftan in Black, $1,445, NET-A-PORTER.com
With a high neckline and puff sleeves, this regal floral mini is the definition of glam. Wear your hair up and accessorize with dainty gold jewelry to show off this bold style.
NBD Levigne mini dress in Dark Floral, $258, Revolve.com
Not only is the color scheme perfect for a fall wedding guest dress, the knit fabric will keep you warm for a late autumn date. The glitter material ensures you'll shine from all angles.
Emerald Sundae glitter knit long sleeve V-neck dress with ruching in Teal, $90, DavidsBridal.com
This luxe maxi is a no-brainer for any formal fall wedding. A subtle metallic sheen makes a glamorous finishing touch for this ankle-length dress with long, sheer sleeves and a timeless silhouette.
BHLDN Nikka dress in Black, $295, BHLDN.com
The right plus-size fall wedding guest dress for you depends on your personal style and the formality of the event. We've got a variety of gorgeous choices right here.
Plus-size fall wedding guest dresses include this cranberry-hued stunner. With a belted waist and sheer sleeves, this outfit will prove you're always one step ahead of what's trending. Pair it with block heels and delicate jewelry to complete the look.
ELOQUII sheer maxi dress with puff sleeves in Floral, $140, ELOQUII.com
We can't take our eyes off this dazzling gown. Wear your hair in an updo with this classic sparkler, and add some teardrop crystal earrings or arm jewelry to complete the look.
Badgley Mischka Award Winner gown in Blush, $70 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
City Chic Dark Side dress in Black, $79, CoEdition.com
There's no doubt that fall is the best time to wear an orange dress. Cut from a jacquard linen blend, this plus size fall wedding guest dress has versatile puff sleeves that can be styled off-the-shoulder or partially on.
Mara Hoffman Adelina dress in Orange, $395, 11Honore.com
The sweet design of this lace bodice gown is perfect for a rehearsal dinner or reception. With its lace panel and pleated chiffon skirt, this dress is already extremely chic, so you can keep the accessories simple—perhaps black heels and silver bangles.
City Chic panelled bodice maxi dress in Black, $109, CoEdition.com
Wondering what to wear to a fall outdoor wedding? This off-the-shoulder pleated midi is a great option. Not only is the hue perfectly fit for the season, the unique bodice leads into a flowy pleated skirt for maximum twirling ability.
ASOS DESIGN Curve exclusive fallen shoulder pleated skater midi dress in Burgundy, $56, ASOS.com
You'll get a ton of compliments on your fall wedding outfit if you wear this dramatic glitter gown, complete with a mock cape. This unique look is an ideal fall wedding guest dress if the event is formal.
Betsy and Adam glitter drape sleeve plus size sheath in Black/Silver, $290, DavidsBridal.com
We're loving the eye-catching scrollwork on this Gatsby-esque sheath. Another plus? Navy is an excellent choice for a wedding of any season, but it works particularly well in the fall.
Julia Jordan Gatsby sheath in Navy $50 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Shopping for something that's exceptionally chic? This Blair Waldorf-esque mini dress is a stunner. With oversized organza sleeves and a statement tie neck, your look will be posh as can be.
ELOQUII organza sleeve tie neck dress in Black, $110, ELOQUII.com
Show off your bold sense of style in a two-tone sequin midi. The high neck and long sleeves make this frock a glam option for any fall wedding.
Dima Ayad two-tone sequin midi dress in Navy/Pink, $945, 11Honore.com
If you need demure fall wedding guest attire, consider this pretty floral-printed number. Slight off-the-shoulder sleeves and a knee-length hemline keep your look modest, while the generous floral pattern keeps the dress looking modern.
Torrid premium ponte twisted off shoulder skater dress in Black Floral, $66, Torrid.com
Love the summery look of silk cowl-neck dresses? This gorg silhouette gets a fall-worthy update in this velvet design by Jenny Yoo. With six color options, you can't go wrong—but we love English Rose, Marigold and Dark Berry for a fall wedding guest dress.
Jenny Yoo Bentley velvet dress, $198, BHLDN.com
Kiyonna embroidered elegance gown in Onyx, $328, Nordstrom.com
Celebrating a special evening celebrating with friends? You'll need to find a fall wedding guest outfit fit to the occasion. With its cinched waist and bright print, this sophisticated dress will effortlessly take you from day to night.
Veronica Beard Joia dress in Red Multi, $650, 11Honore.com
With cape shirt sleeves and a sleek pencil skirt, this rose wedding guest dress is the perfect combination of structure and style. Pair it with statement earrings to add a fun pop of texture.
ASOS DESIGN Curve structured cape sleeve shirt midi pencil dress in Rose, $72, ASOS.com
Torrid Special Occasions lace and tulle midi dress in Green, $160, Torrid.com
A maxi dress is a lovely choice for a fall outdoor or evening wedding. The A-line silhouette of this gown flatters, and its floor-reaching hemline is stunning in any formal setting. The V-neckline provides the perfect canvas for your favorite jewelry.
Jenny Yoo Ellis velvet dress in Dark Berry Velvet, $295, BHLDN.com
If you're torn between elegance and playfulness, this is the perfect choice for you. The silhouette is long and glamourous, and the beading adds a bit of whimsy. Plus, the Gunmetal color is more unexpected than your average black dress.
Adrianna Papell long beaded gown, from $254, Amazon.com
Black and white will never go out of style. This maxi dress has elegant shirred sleeves and an allover polka dot print, making this a lovely fall wedding guest dress.
Vero Moda Curve maxi dress with deep cuffs in Black Ditsy Floral, $67, ASOS.com
Turn heads with a figure-highlighting chiffon dress. Delicate flowers are tastefully strewn across the high-low-length garment to give it a late-summer-early-fall vibe.
Standards & Practices floral chiffon maxi dress in Floral Print, $109, Nordstrom.com
Trade a dress for a formal jumpsuit if you're all about comfort. With a belted waist and high neckline, this one is an excellent choice for a fall wedding that's less stuffy and more fun.
ELOQUII halter neck wide leg jumpsuit in Oxblood, $140, ELOQUII.com