16 black wedding guest dresses

No matter the seasonour reference wedding guest dresses usually rely on bright colors to make a statement. But this year, we are inspired by the little black dress for all our marriage outfit. The textures, cutouts, and even the simplicity of these dresses will have you turning heads.

Our Wedding Guest Dress Criteria

We wanted dresses that would strike a balance between make a statement and avoiding distracting the attention of the the bride. We also wanted pieces that were understated enough to feel effortless, without appearing boring.

We searched:

  • Chic silhouettes
  • cute details
  • Flattering necklines
  • Suitable lengths

If you are attending an outdoor wedding

Somerset long dress ($168)

A maxi dress with a gathered skirt and flutter sleeves is the perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding, as the detailing gives the light and airy feel that the color usually gives. Spice it up with colorful accessories or stick with an all-black ensemble.

Lucie Smocked Mini Dress

Lucie Smocked Mini Dress ($128)

A smocked bodice adds texture and visual interest to this dress. Plus it has pockets!! It’s a bit more laid back so you don’t feel like you’re trapped in a crazy disguise.

A New Day Sleeveless Summer Dress

A New Day Sleeveless Summer Dress ($24, was $30)

Sundresses are a classic spring wedding guest dress option, and even more so if you’re attending an outdoor wedding! Black enhances the formality of this style and pairs well with gold and silver jewelry.

Long-sleeved balloon dress

Long-sleeved balloon dress ($24, was $30)

This midi dress has all the details we love – shirring, scoop neckline, empire waist – but it also features long sleeves, which are perfect for when a wedding afternoon winds down after the sun goes down.

If you like a sweetheart neckline

Nicole Sweetheart Cocktail Dress

Nicole Sweetheart Cocktail Dress ($148)

This beautiful dress is incredibly versatile. You can wear it to a wedding one day and then to a formal event the next! Top with a faux fur coat or wrap to keep your arms warm after dark.

Hutch Sweetheart Midi Dress

Hutch Sweetheart Midi Dress ($190)

If you’re not sold on a solid black dress, this mini sweetheart features a more vibrant heather coloring. The ruffled bottom and the ruffles on the neckline add just the right amount of flirtation.

Catch the Noon Light

Catch the Noon Light ($108)

We love how the puff sleeves and empire waistline add a bit of Bridgerton Regency detail to the dress, without the crazy colors or fabric overlay. Not only is it a great wedding guest dress, but we’re also excited to wear it on all of our picnic adventures.

Sweetheart Fit and Flare Dress

Sweetheart Fit and Flare Dress ($91, was $140)

Details like a sweetheart neckline and A-line silhouette are so timeless, you’ll be able to wear this dress for years to come. And the finished look is entirely dependent on how you accessorize. Add gold jewelry and minimal makeup to keep things stylish or opt for a bold red lip and edgy accessories for a fierce look.

If you want to keep it simple

Cali dress

Cali dress ($168)

A cowl neck and silk fabric are just what you need for an elegant look. You don’t even need any crazy accessories because the dress speaks for itself.

Cassie dress

Cassie dress ($148)

A square neck is ultra modern and flatters a variety of bust sizes. And while the shape is snug, the slit gives your legs a little more room to move.

A New Slip Day Dress

A New Slip Day Dress ($20, was $25)

We love strappy dresses, but spaghetti straps aren’t always our friend. This option from Target offers a bit more coverage and structure, while maintaining a sophisticated look.

UO Hunter Satin Open-Back Midi Dress

UO Hunter Satin Open-Back Midi Dress ($69)

The simple silhouette and minimal details of this dress are just the right amount of vintage, but the open back and satiny fabric keep it 21st century. Plus, the skirt has enough swing to go wild on the dance floor!

If you want to make a statement

BHLDN Evonna Dress

BHLDN Evonna Dress ($220)

The wide straps paired with this sheath silhouette are simple and clean, allowing the peekaboo cutout to take center stage. The fact that the hem falls below your knees also softens the cutout.

Tiffany One Shoulder Midi Dress

Tiffany One Shoulder Midi Dress ($148)

We’re always in for a one-shoulder dress, especially when it has decorative panels or bows! It’s a great choice for more formal weddings, but the details still let you have some fun.

Halter Sweater Dress

Halter Sweater Dress ($80, was $140)

A sweater dress is the ultimate way to stay comfortable throughout the wedding festivities, but the silhouette, crossover neckline and cutout will keep you looking chic.

One-shoulder silk midi dress

One-shoulder silk midi dress ($260)

Honestly, this pick works as a wedding guest dress or for a bridesmaid, or both! The gathers and the asymmetrical one-shoulder + slit combo keep things interesting but not too serious.

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