Best Wedding Guest Dresses Summer 2022

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The best dressed guest! Wedding season is in full swing and we are preparing for a summer of love. According Brides, this is the busiest time of year to get married, with weddings peaking in June and September. And 2022 is particularly festive due to the postponement of pandemic celebrations (try saying that 10 times faster). No wonder our social calendar is so busy!

Weddings are our time to shine. Open bar and buffet? I don’t mind if we do. Dancefloor? We are always ready to stop a movement. Bridesmaid duties? On that – and you better believe we’re catching the bouquet! But finding the perfect outfit to wear as a guest is another story. We want to say yes to the dress too, but unfortunately it’s not that simple! It seems like there are endless white dresses for brides, but limited options for guests. Most of the dresses in our wardrobe just don’t measure up.

How We Chose the Best Wedding Guest Dresses

When looking for wedding guest sets, there are some important factors to keep in mind. As The knot reports, every summer wedding has a specific dress code to follow: cocktail attire or black tie, garden or beach, dressy or casual. Plan accordingly. You can usually play with tasteful prints, but we suggest avoiding anything too white. Ivory is out of the question at a wedding – you never want to upstage the bride! And as always, we like to keep it chic and comfortable at the same time. Whenever possible, we opt for stretchy rather than rigid styles so that we can survive the ceremony until the cutting of the cake. The breathable fabric will be your best friend at a summer wedding.

Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours scouring the shelves for affordable wedding guest dresses. And in the last year alone, I’ve been to so many weddings I’m starting to crave Catherine Heigl in 27 Dresses! But contrary to the plot of this romantic comedy, I can wear all my dresses again. If I’m going to invest in formal fashion, I want to get the most out of my purchases.

My goal in compiling this list was to choose party pieces that are timeless, not just trendy. Wear one of these dresses to a wedding one weekend and vacation the next. The possibilities are limitless! I also tried to include budget designs that appeal to a wide range of body types and work in a variety of different settings.

By the power given to me by We Weekly, I now pronounce the 11 best wedding guest dresses for the summer season! Shop these chic styles, from Amazon at Anthropologie. May you live happily ever after with these dream dresses.

1. ASTR the Label Women’s Gaia Dress

Silky

Amazon

Say hello to the holy grail of wedding guest dresses! This silky slip dress fits like a glove, accentuating your curves in all the right places while allowing airy movement with the sultry slit and flowing skirt. I wore this flattering dress to a wedding and got compliments all night long! Since this dress is under $100 and comes in 17 different colors, you can even snag multiple shades for events throughout the year.

Advantages:

  • Universally flattering
  • Comfortable
  • Available in 17 colors

The inconvenients:

  • Midi dress – might not be suitable for a black tie wedding

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Available at: Amazon

2. Lulus Moments Of Bliss Forest Green Open Back Mermaid Maxi Dress

Long life

teal mermaid dress
Lulus

Warning: Jaws may drop when wearing this long mermaid dress. Shoppers say this evening dress is flattering and fabulous! Perfect for taller women, the long length makes this dress a black tie staple. We love the simple yet shapely silhouette – v-neckline, spaghetti strap bodice and wide cutout in the back.

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The inconvenients:

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Available at: Lulus

3. Lulus Such Sophistication Rust Red Floral Print Pleated Maxi Dress

Paint the town red

red floral dress
Lulus

That’s what we mean by tasteful prints! Make a fashion statement in this elegant floral dress, available in three different colors. Pleated with woven chiffon, this tiered maxi dress features sheer crochet lace accents, a surplice neckline and wide straps with pretty bow ties. So chic and charming! Perfect for a daytime wedding with matching black heels.

Advantages:

  • Unique details
  • Flattering

The inconvenients:

  • No stretch
  • The bust area is large

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Available at: Lulus

4. Lulus All About Love Maxi Dress

Fluid dress

maxi lavender
Lulus

Whenever we hear “easy, breezy, beautiful,” we think of CoverGirl — and this maxi dress from Lulus. With seven colors to choose from, this gorgeous dress won’t break the bank for a black tie wedding. One shopper even said, “It looks like a typical overpriced wedding dress without the crazy price tag.”

Advantages:

  • Affordable
  • Several colors

The inconvenients:

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Available at: Lulus

5. La Femme One-Shoulder Jersey Dress

One-shoulder showstopper

blue one shoulder dress
Nordström

Are you looking for a pretty wedding guest dress? Allow We to lighten your shoulders with this one-shoulder maxi. Featuring a sultry slit and a plunging back, this glamorous dress is suitable for any formal function. Available in six solid hues, this dress is a gem in jewel-toned jersey.

Advantages:

  • I’m fine
  • Six beautiful shades

The inconvenients:

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Available at: Nordström

6. Dress the Population Nicole Sweetheart Neck Cocktail Dress

Va-Va-Voom!

black sheath
Nordström

Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of bumping into an ex at a wedding? Happened to me recently – not fun. But one way to survive this inevitably awkward encounter is to do your best. And if there’s one dress that will have your ex devouring his or her heart, it’s this gorgeous darling sheath. One satisfied shopper said, “Very sexy fit without showing too much skin. Chic for any event.” Sign We at the top!

Advantages:

  • Flattering
  • Several colors

The inconvenients:

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Available at: Nordström

An ace of lace

green lace sheath
Amazon

With over 15,000 reviews on Amazon, this lace sheath dress is a winning dress for wedding guests. “MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE DRESS WITHOUT ANY CASE!!! one client proclaimed, in all caps no less. “I got SOOOOOO many compliments on this dress and everyone was so shocked I got it for so little on Amazon.” This classic silhouette will never go out of style.

Advantages:

  • Available in 15 colors
  • Affordable
  • Flattering

The inconvenients:

  • Not long enough for a black tie wedding

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Available at: Amazon

8. Ever-Pretty Women’s Off-The-Shoulder Ruffle Party Dress

go with the flow

burgundy off shoulder dress
Amazon

Whether you have a destination wedding or a black tie ball coming up, this off the shoulder dress is divine! The layered ruffle along the neckline adds a delicate touch and the thigh-high slit adds fluid movement. If the off the shoulder style is not for you, you can wear this dress higher off the shoulder, like one shoulder or strapless. As another all-around win, this maxi is available in 17 different colors. Almost every reviewer said they got compliments on this dress all night long!

Advantages:

  • Versatile
  • Top Rated
  • Affordable and on sale!

The inconvenients:

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Available at: Amazon

9. Adrianna Papell Petaluma Sequin Dress

Sparkle and Shine

black sequin dress
Anthropology

Looking for a sophisticated mother of the bride or groom dress? This sparkling lunch is a modest but magnificent choice. Covered in crystals, sequins and intricate beading, this dress demands attention without stealing the show from the bride. Also perfect for a New Year’s Eve party!

Advantages:

  • Ideal for mothers of the bride or groom
  • Comfortable and slimming

The inconvenients:

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Available at: Anthropology

Also available in silver and copper!

ten. Dress Diana Norma Kamali

The Carrie Bradshaw dress

green ruched dress
Turn

As seen in baby blue on Sarah Jessica Parker in And just like that… this iconic Norma Kamali one-shoulder dress has taken the internet by storm. Ask yourself why? This flattering dress hugs your curves while concealing trouble spots with the draped ruched effect. According to one reviewer, “This is the kind of dress that looks amazing on any body type.” Made from a Spandex blend, this stretch dress is comfy and chic!

Advantages:

  • Comfortable
  • Available in a variety of colors

The inconvenients:

Available at: Turn

11. Lulus Got Your Love mustard long dress with ruffles and buttoned back

golden hour

yellow dress
Lulus

As wise Hilary Duf once sang: “You always dress in yellow, when you want to dress in gold. Go for gold in this gorgeous dress, featuring a side slit, flutter sleeves and an open back. This sunny summer dress is perfect for a beach wedding! All you need is a bronze tan, and you’re Golden (no more puns, promise).

Advantages:

  • Nice details
  • Beautiful summer color

The inconvenients:

  • Some buyers say this dress runs a little large

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Available at: Lulus

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