70 Trendy Fall Wedding Guest Dresses to Wear in 2021
It's no secret that fall is a beloved season for weddings. And since 2021 is unofficially known as the year of the wedding boom, there's a good chance your weekends will be filled with nuptials for your friends and family. With cooler temperatures, picturesque views and low travel rates, fall is a great season for couples to say "I do." So, 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 as a guest 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).
To help you pick anthe dress code. This is the most important factor to take into consideration when choosing your look. You'll dress differently for an outdoor wedding in a barn than you would at an urban hotel, so read up on the couple's requested attire to accordingly.for every wedding on your radar, we've rounded up the very best fall wedding guest dresses to wear in 2021. But before you choose your fall wedding attire, look at the invitation to get an idea of
In this article:
- What to Wear to a Fall Wedding
- Affordable Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
- Fall Wedding Guest Dresses With Sleeves
- Formal Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
What to Wear to a Fall Wedding
If you're wondering exactly what to wear to a fall wedding, let the experts help you decide. "Once the fall season hits, we say goodbye to summer brights and start the transition into warm but cheerful color tones," says Blaire Walsh, Style Director of Rent the Runway. "This season gives guests the chance to play with assorted necklines, unique sleeve cuts and heavier fabrics."
In addition to the requested dress code listed on the couple's invitation, clues like the venue and the time of the event can offer additional fashion insight. "Location is a huge factor in deciding what to wear," explains SuitShop co-founder Jeanne Foley. "Look into where the ceremony and reception will be taking place, because that's the best indicator of determining the level of formality you can plan for." While you might opt for a casual sundress with a denim jacket for an afternoon barn wedding, for example, an evening soirée at an upscale restaurant would require a more formal look, like a sleek jumpsuit or an embellished midi.
Two resounding trends to come from the pandemic include open-air settings and alternative venues, both of which give guests more flexibility when it comes to choosing an outfit that's brimming with personality. "As more couples move away from traditional wedding venues, guests can explore prints that feel a bit louder and more modern, including bold floral and animal prints," explains a representative for sustainable fashion brand Reformation.
Fall wedding guest attire is most notably associated with jewel tones and rich fabrics like silk and textured floral print, and this won't change any time soon. "This season, expect to see plenty of moody floral prints and deep jewel tones like fuchsia, emerald, mustard, burgundy and plum," says Kristen Schnars, Director of Merchandising for Lulus. "Saturated pop colors like magenta, hot pink and shades of red are trending this year too."
When shopping for trendy fall wedding guest dresses, Schnars recommends looking for designs that feature satin silk fabric, floral burnouts and jacquard textures. One-shoulder dresses, asymmetrical ruffled hems and soft draped skirts will dominate this year—but if you're looking for a reliable silhouette you can re-wear for multiple events, she urges that you can never go wrong with a classic wrap dress.
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. Shop at budget-friendly retailers like Lulus, Nordstrom, ASOS and Abercrombie & Fitch, or rent your outfit from a service like Rent the Runway if you have a particularly busy wedding season. "For anyone looking to bring their fashion A-game without breaking the bank, renting is the perfect solution," Walsh says. "You get to wear something new to every event without feeling guilty for one-time wears."
Now that you know exactly what to wear to a fall wedding, it's time to shop. To help you narrow down the best fall wedding guest dresses, we've rounded up 70 options for every style and budget. Below, find the best formal gowns, trendy midis and comfortable jumpsuits that are appropriate for any fall wedding.
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. From jewel-toned minis to boho maxis, shop our favorites here.
Lulus Moriah Satin Wrap Maxi Dress
Mark our words: This gown is about to become your newest fall obsession. "When in doubt, wear a classic wrap dress for a fall wedding," Schnars recommends. We're particularly obsessed with this cold-shoulder satin number, which has a pretty ruffled neckline and a flattering tie-waist.
Abercrombie & Fitch Tie-Strap Smocked Midi Dress
This trendy floral print dress is, without a doubt, one of our favorite fall wedding guest dresses for 2021—and not just because it's part of our exclusive "Best Dressed Guest" collection with Abercrombie & Fitch. This flirty frock is completely on-trend with allover smocked fabric, tie straps and a square neckline, and the ruffled skirt serves as the perfect finishing touch.
ELLIATT Platinum Dress
Florals for fall? We're completely on board. This floral-print midi dress will turn heads thanks to its moody color palette and rich texture. And with a high leg slit, this fall wedding guest dress is one of our favorite 2021 finds.
UGUEST Long Sleeve V-Neck Dress
If you find yourself needing a fall wedding guest dress fast, we're here for you. At under $25, this cute fall frock comes in a variety of colors and prints from red floral to navy polka dot. And thanks to Amazon Prime delivery, this outfit will be on your doorstep in two days.
Glamorous Bloom Midi Wrap Dress
If you're expecting, dress your bump in style with this budget-friendly long sleeve midi floral dress. Bonus: This gown is designed fit your growing bump through all stages of pregnancy, including postpartum, which means you can keep this in your closet long after your baby arrives.
BB Dakota by Steve Madden Darcy Floral Midi Dress
Romantic tones of muted pink and green adorn this ruffled floral print midi, which is a fitting choice for an outdoor bohemian fall wedding.
Lulus You're My Type Satin Jacquard Midi Slip Dress
The name of this trendy fall wedding guest dress says it all—it's definitely our type, and the price is right. "A satin slip dress is a versatile option for any venue and style of event," Schnars explains. "The fabric is elevated, but the shape is more relaxed. That means you can wear flats or low heels and a cardigan for a daytime wedding, or statement earrings, an embellished clutch, and high heels for a formal evening affair."
In The Style Plus x Stacey Solomon Tiered Midi Dress
Live your best cottagecore-inspired life in a soft yellow and blue floral print midi. There's no doubt everyone will be asking you for shopping advice when you show up in a flirty frock like this.
HALSTON Mock Neck Drape Front Dress
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a timeless little black dress. This luxe knee-length number with an elegant mock neckline is a stunning choice for any fall wedding on your calendar. Add a leather jacket for an edgy touch, or wrap up in an elegant shawl for a formal affair.
Abercrombie & Fitch Strapless Mini Dress
Straps or no straps? That's the question with this form-fitting crepe dress, which also appears in our Best Dressed Guest Collection with Abercrombie & Fitch. Take the cami straps off to create a sultry silhouette, or leave them on if you know you'll need extra support when it's time to take over the dance floor. You can't go wrong with either option if you buy this fiery mini.
Lulus Fashion Find Ruffled Faux-Wrap Midi Dress
What's not to love about this black-and-white wrap dress? A trendy high-low skirt puts this at the top of our list of the best fall wedding guest dresses for this year.
Azazie Justina Dress
Score this affordable formal fall wedding guest dress for under $70. Though it looks like a classic sheath dress at first glance, the gathered hem skirt offers a delightful upgrade to this timeless silhouette. And, with plenty of available colors, this stunner is bound to become a staple in your formalwear rotation.
HelloMolly Cassie Dress
You'll receive all the compliments in this modern halter neck mini dress. The high cross strap neckline is offset with a flirty keyhole opening and an open back. Plus, the unique orange hue is a great alternative to floral print or jewel tones.
What's trendy, seasonal and red all over? You, in this fall wedding guest dress. Go bold with this crimson shimmering mini made from recycled polyester. We recommend wearing your hair in a sleek updo to let the puff sleeves have their moment.
Adrianna Papell Plus Size Floral Printed Midi Dress
Allow us to formally make the case for wearing a blush wedding guest dress in fall. This size-inclusive frock has a regal mock neckline that leads into a blouson bodice and flowing skirt. But the best part about this dress is the ethereal blush pink floral print. We love the idea of wearing this plus size floral dress for a fall wedding in a backyard or garden setting.
Abercrombie & Fitch High-Slit Midaxi Dress
Show a little leg in this sultry "midaxi" dress. This pretty fall wedding guest dress comes in five fall-worthy floral prints or a bright red hue for those that want to stand out.
City Chic Sun Kissed Dress
Sapphire is a stunning jewel tone for fall, and we love this transitional off-the-shoulder mini that can take you from backyard summer gatherings to semi-formal fall weddings.
Zara Flowy Satin Effect Dress
Look expensive without spending a fortune in this olive dress that's full of movement. We love the delicate ruffled neckline, which elevates this otherwise simple design.
PrettyLittleThing Slinky Ruched One Shoulder Midi Dress
Show off your curves in this figure-hugging ruched bodycon midi. The elegant jewel tone shade is an expert-approved color for a fall wedding guest dress.
Abercrombie & Fitch Off-The-Shoulder Mini Dress
If dressing up isn't your thing, we've got just the outfit for you. You don't need to worry about planning a look with this mini dress—the ruched bodice and puff off-the-shoulder sleeves make enough of a statement on their own. Just pair it with your favorite black sandals and you'll be fully dressed.
H&M Puff-Sleeved Dress
Buying wedding guest dresses can add up, so we understand the importance of finding budget-friendly options. If you're heading to a casual backyard wedding, try this simple floral print puff-sleeved dress. At under $20, you can't beat the price—just formalize it with a pair of strappy heels and simple jewelry, and add a denim jacket to stay warm at night.
Charles Henry Midi T-Shirt Dress
You can easily dress up this comfy T-shirt dress, which is why we love it for a laid-back soirée. There's no reason your fall wedding guest dress needs to be overly formal for a casual gathering, so pair this easy frock with espadrille sandals or ankle booties and a trendy wide-brimmed hat to make it wedding-appropriate.
J. Crew Smocked Neck Puff-Sleeve Dress
Preppy hearts will adore this smocked neck midi from J. Crew, which has an intricate cherry blossom print in a golden color palette that embodies autumn.
Fall Wedding Guest Dresses With Sleeves
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? Organza or lace sleeves will keep you cool even at the wildest afterparty. To give some contrast to long sleeves, pick a shorter hemline or a lower neckline to create a balanced look. Here, find the best fall wedding guest dresses with sleeves.
Reformation Port Dress
When it comes to September and October weddings, you might be stuck on what to wear. If you find yourself unable to narrow down your options, this dress is for you. "We recommend something lightweight that will keep you cool on those warmer fall days, but also has a sleeve to give you some coverage for chillier nights," says Reformation's brand rep. We love the fun prints that accompany the sustainable Port dress that serve as a playful way to transition from summer to fall.
Other guests will be green with envy if you opt for this emerald stunner. (Not to worry, though: It also comes in black if that's more your style.) With extended plus-size options, this dreamy gown combines classic elegance and a flirty open back. Not to brag, but we just found your new favorite fall wedding guest dress.
ELOQUII Tie Front Full Skirted Maxi Dress
A stylish off-the-shoulder neckline sets this plus size maxi dress apart. If you're falling for this gown, act fast—we have a feeling a trendy choice like this won't last for long.
Abercrombie & Fitch Cropped Long-Sleeve Portrait Neck Top
It's not a secret that two-piece sets are having a serious moment, and this one is definitely wedding-guest appropriate. With a super-flattering portrait neckline and 3/4-length sleeves, this top will make a statement in the best way—just don't forget to buy the matching midi skirt too.
HelloMolly Gorgeous Girl Dress
Because this reminds us of a rosy autumn sunset, this fall wedding guest dresses with ruffled sleeves is one of our favorites for this year. Covered in a light floral print and designed with a wrap-inspired silhouette, this outfit is one you'll definitely want to re-wear.
LoveShackFancy Popover Mini Dress
You might associate LoveShackFancy with summer wedding guest dresses, but the whimsical brand has plenty of fall-appropriate options too. Consider this ditsy floral print long sleeve mini dress for a wedding on the cusp between summer and fall—we love its cinched waistline and flounced skirt. Pair this easy fall cocktail dress with strappy sandals or nude booties to complete the look.
Marchesa Notte Ribbon Waist Dress
This ethereal long sleeve fall wedding guest dress looks like an oil painting come to life, and we can't get enough. With flowy sheer sleeves and a tiered skirt, this chiffon dress will get plenty of compliments.
In the mood to splurge? As big proponents of the "treat yourself" movement, we're all about this oxblood puff sleeve mini dress, which has a bow at the base of the neckline and a flattering ruched bodice.
River Island Plus Floral Print Mini Wrap Dress
How about lavender and pink floral print for autumn? This unexpected color choice will set your fall wedding guest attire apart.
Abercrombie & Fitch Long-Sleeve Draped Skirt Mini Dress
With an elevated luxe crepe fabric and an on-trend draped skirt detail, this size-inclusive fall wedding guest dress will elicit plenty of compliments.
BHLDN Mabel Dress
Plenty of Bridgerton-inspired trends have made their way into the wedding industry, including guest fashion styles. This airy square-neck maxi with three-quarter length sleeves is definitely something Daphne would wear, which is why we recommend choosing this as your next fall wedding guest dress.
Club L London Tall Sequin Mini Shift Dress
We call this long sleeve fall wedding guest dress "disco ball chic." With shimmer embellishments and a belted waist, this sequin shift dress will turn heads in the best way.
Reformation Sigmund Dress
Cooler temperatures don't mean you need to completely cover up. This crepe dress is just as sultry as it is weather-appropriate thanks to its long sleeves and sky-high leg slit. And, if you're always one step ahead of the trends, you'll adore its of-the-moment square neckline.
Cinq à Sept Zola Dress
If you're deciding between a few fall wedding guest dresses, we recommend this long sleeve mini. You'll find yourself dancing the night away in its full-bodied skirt. Plus, with cuffed balloon sleeves and a luxurious maroon hue, it's apropos for autumn.
Leila Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress
Can we hear a little commotion for the sleeves? If you're looking for the best dresses to wear to a fall wedding this year, we recommend this V-neck satin stunner. While the sleeves won't provide much warmth, they will provide an Instagram-worthy fashion moment. (Use one of our wedding guest caption ideas on your post to get all the likes.)
ELOQUII Puff Sleeve Faux Leather Dress
Feeling bold? Go all out with a faux leather fall wedding guest dress. In this neutral brown shade, you'll be fully dressed to impress at any social gathering.
Free People Astrid Dress
Still unsure about what to wear to a fall wedding? This blue floral print design will solve all of your fashion woes. A ruffled high neckline evokes regal flair, while layers of ruffles balance out the bodice.
Show Me Your Mumu Event Midi Dress
Awaken your inner free-spirit with this breezy floral print midi dress, which has a stunning one-sleeve silhouette. Add a neutral hat to create a boho ensemble fit for an outdoor fall wedding.
Sachin & Babi Satin Midi Dress
Voluminous puff sleeves and a strappy corset back make this cocktail dress a great choice for a formal fall wedding. The rusty red hue will match the foliage around you, making this a gorgeous October wedding guest dress.
Abercrombie & Fitch Wide Strap Midi Dress
We're obsessed with the thick straps on this slim-fit fall wedding guest dress, which would be perfect for a semi-formal or cocktail dress code.
ASOS DESIGN Mini Dress with Long Sleeves and Circle Trim
Revamp the traditional fall wedding guest dress color palette with this green long sleeve ruffled mini. The plunging neckline and open back allow you to show off some skin without sacrificing comfort.
Lovers + Friends Ana Dress
Fashionistas, you've met your match. Upgrade your wedding guest wardrobe with this swanky one-sleeve belted cocktail dress—the cheerful yellow hue looks just like a sunflower field bursting with color.
Adrianna Papell Satin-Trimmed Velvet Tuxedo Dress
Business casual, but make it chic. This high-class tuxedo dress is a fashion-forward choice for a formal or black-tie wedding. With a pop of satin and a curve-hugging tied waist, this velvet style is a great fall outdoor wedding guest dress.
ELOQUII Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress
If you have a soft spot for bell sleeves, invest in this form-fitting midi dress. The statement sleeves are sure to wow at any wedding.
Paige Vittoria Paisley Silk Mini Dress
Intricate paisley swirls cover this silk dress, which comes in a woodsy green hue. Matching neck and waist ties allow you to customize the look of this dress to wear to a fall wedding.
Conditions Apply Floral Maxi Dress
A bucolic wedding venue, like a farm or a barn, calls for a boho fall wedding guest dress—and this one certainly fits the bill. This ethereal maxi features an open back and a striking floral print, and we recommend adding it to your cart ASAP.
ASOS DESIGN Petite Satin Stripe Maxi Dress
Take a walk on the wild side in this plunging animal-print print gown, which is perfect for a trendy wedding in an urban setting. Fellow guests will be positively stunned by your unforgettable sense of style.
Michael Costello x Revolve Franky Mini Dress
If you love the look of ruching, opt for this long sleeve taupe mini dress. When shopping for fall outdoor wedding guest dresses, it's important to keep an eye out for dresses that'll look great and withstand cooler temps—and this option does both.
French Connection Joss Knit Mini Dress
For those fall weddings that take place late in the season, keep warm in a cozy knit dress. Elongated cuff sleeves formalize this simple fall wedding guest dress, which can be worn to a dressy casual ceremony with boots and your favorite jewelry.
Formal Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
Elegant weddings call for guests to be dressed to the nines. Whether the requested dress code is black-tie, cocktail, or something in between, these formal fall wedding guest dresses are appropriate for any upscale occasion.
Reformation Ingrid Dress
This elegant sleeveless maxi has been added to over 10,000 waitlists, so you know it's a fabulous fall wedding guest dress. "If you're looking for a tried-and-true look that works for any venue or style of event, you can't go wrong with our," says Reformation's brand rep. "The simple neckline and high slit make the dress extremely versatile yet sophisticated, and the wide range of colors make it perfect for any wedding." *Adds to cart immediately.*
Soshanna Sentido Dress
Solidify your status as a best-dressed wedding guest in this showstopping off-the-shoulder black and white midi. The eye-catching pattern will make your outfit stand out in a sea of jewel tones.
Lulus Evalina Floral Print Mock Neck Midi Dress
Look effortlessly put together in this frilly mock-neck midi dress, which has a flattering smocked bodice and a midi skirt that's punctuated with ruffled tiers. And, not to mention, the print is simply perfect for the season. "Floral prints with darker backgrounds are always a great option for fall weddings," Schnars explains.
ASOS DESIGN Bare Shoulder Pencil Midi Dress
Show off your décolletage in this elegant one-shoulder gown, which has a pattern that's reminiscent of autumn leaves.
Vince Cross Back Dress
Keep it simple in an easy, no-fuss plus size wedding guest dress for fall. Accessorize this neutral midi with your favorite pair of pumps and delicate jewelry to complete your attire.
Jenny Yoo Bentley Velvet Midi Dress
Velvet is often associated with winter weddings, but that doesn't mean you can't break out this rich fabric for nuptials in late October or November. Satin cowl neck midis are all the rage right now, so we love how the velvet texture adds a luxurious touch to this guest-approved style.
Abercrombie & Fitch Twist-Front Cutout Jumpsuit
Who says you have to wear a fall wedding guest dress? If gowns aren't your thing, consider a sleek jumpsuit instead. This size-inclusive design from our collaboration with Abercrombie has comfortable wide pantlegs, back smocking and adjustable thin straps. But, let's be real—the star of this outfit is the funky twist-front cutout bodice.
Reformation Tory Dress
Cottagecore, but make it fall. We're smitten with this black floral-print maxi dress, which has statement balloon sleeves and trendy side cutouts.
Lulus Make a Move Floral Jacquard Strapless Midi Dress
Metallic flowers pop against this black strapless dress, making this gilded midi a fitting choice for any glam party.
ASOS DESIGN One Shoulder Pleated Maxi Dress
Subtle pleats make this one-shoulder formal fall wedding guest dress a total knockout. Not to mention, this deep rust shade is an autumn lover's dream come true.
Anna October Dasha Low-Back Satin Slip Dress
Crafted in shimmering satin, this trendy cowl neck midi will elicit plenty of rave reviews from your friends. A subtle white trim around the hemline adds a hint of color blocking to this otherwise simple fall wedding guest dress.
Temperley London Florence Short Sleeve Dress
It's all in the details with this sheer midi dress. Delicate ruffles, Swiss dot prints, floral lace panels and a deep maroon hue create a harmonious blend of fall's best fashion trends. This formal fall wedding guest dress is one you'll want to rent again and again.
Ruby Satin Charmeuse Dress
You'll look like a million bucks in this sophisticated satin maxi dress. This earns a spot as one of our favorite formal fall wedding guest dresses thanks to the dramatic neckline and open back. Pair this unforgettable dress with statement earrings and a beaded clutch to finalize your guest attire.
Majorelle Nelly Mini Dress
Bare some skin in this silky terracotta formal fall wedding guest dress. We're particularly fond of the plunging neckline and flirty ruffles lining the cuffs and skirt hem.
Dress The Population Corey Chiffon Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress
This twirl-worthy fit-and-flare cocktail dress is dance-floor approved thanks to its subtly pleated skirt. You'll land in the center of the dance circle in no time.
Self-Portrait Belted Flocked Tulle Maxi Dress
Go all out with an over-the-top tulle fall wedding guest dress like this one from Net-a-Porter. If you're not afraid to push the envelope when it comes to fashion, this belted maxi with red dots and sheer puff sleeves will be right up your alley.
Petaluma Sequin Dress
Of all the fall wedding guest dresses with sleeves out there, this one is dripping in glamour. Coated in crystals and beading, this formal black midi is modest yet totally stunning.
Azazie Rylee Dress
If you're still not sure what to wear to a fall wedding, a short sleeve floor-length dress is always a reliable option. This style from Azazie is under $80, but the best part is that it comes in over 70 colors, so finding the perfect shade will be a breeze.