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A spring wedding is the epitome of romance. With warmer weather on the horizon, fresh flowers in bloom and an optimistic spirit all around, attending a ceremony during this glorious time of year is a real treat. If you’ve received a date reserve and are beginning your search for the perfect spring wedding guest dress, you’re in luck – the options are endless.
raw purple is the founder of Tuleria, an invite-only peer-to-peer fashion borrowing platform and community that also features a slew of pieces well-suited for a spring ceremony. A top style she sees for borrowed or purchased dresses? Flowers. “Our users borrow a lot of flowers and prints for the spring weddings they attend,” Gross shares. ” For the day [outdoor] wedding, I love long dresses that skim the floor of Agua by Agua Bendita Where Reformation which can be worn with ballet flats.
Along with details like puff sleeves and romantic florals, Gross adds that you can incorporate the trends into your wedding guest outfit by accessorizing.
Read on to shop the best spring wedding guest dresses for every dress code to solidify your look.
For the prairie-inspired dress code: Boden maxi dress with blouson sleeves
Boden is adored by the Duchess of Cambridge, so it’s a brand worth adding to your dress collection. For those looking for eternal simplicity, this floral dress with long sleeves and a fluid cut should do the trick.
Best Garden Party: Christy Dawn The Colette Dress
Christy Dawn knows the right spring dresses, and this green ruffled delight is no exception. The delicate floral fabric is printed in India and the piece is handmade by the brand’s seamstress. Wear with a straw bag and strappy sandals.
Best Back: Faithfull the Brand Cutout Cotton Gingham Midi Dress
With its fresh green hue, plaid pattern and eye-catching back, this cotton midi dress has it all. If the dress code allows, add bold and playful jewelry to add more personality.
Best Spring Cocktail Outfit: Farm Rio Pop Leopards Mixed Dress
You can always count on Farm Rio for a festive print, especially those of the spring wedding guest dress variety. This tropical maxi does not disappoint. Plus, you can count on all-day comfort.
Best Halterneck: Shona Joy Halterneck Midi Dress
Is there anything better than a backless dress? It keeps you cool and adds drama and elegance to your look. Pair this romantic number with clog sandals and a bamboo clutch.
Best Figure: Sea Ines Midi Dress
A subtle peplum dress with flutter sleeves crafted in a delicate floral print, the recipe for springtime success. Add a pair of wooden or woven heels to cement the aesthetic.
For an outdoor wedding: Agua by Agua Bendita midi dress in floral cotton
When in doubt, a cottagecore moment always does the trick. Puffy sleeves? To verify. Floral print? To verify. Loose skirt? To verify. This gorgeous style is more romantic than ever for a warm weather wedding.
Best Pastel: Reformation ‘Nikita’ Dress
This soft blue dress is perfect for events thanks to the tie straps, ruffled neckline and trumpet skirt. Add a straw handbag and block heels for instant romance.
Best Bold Color: Reformation ruched silk-charmeuse midi dress
If you’re looking for an effortless dress style, consider a strappy midi dress crafted in an unexpected color like hot pink. This eye-catching Reformation number is sure to get you loads of compliments.
The most colorful cocktail style: the Hutch bow-tie maxi dress
If your personal style tends to be more nostalgic, try a retro-inspired color block dress for a fun take on wedding guest dresses. Finally, trendy earrings and strappy heels.
Most casual color: Lovers + Friends yellow maxi dress
Yellow is one of those colors that always manages to elevate a look. For your next spring wedding, consider this golden ombré maxi. For more elegance, wear it with golden sandals.
Best Details: Lulus Floral Print Pleated Maxi Dress
You can never go wrong with a floral dress for a spring wedding. But if you’re hoping to take it up a notch, consider contrasting straps; it’s also an easy way to tie up black heels.
Best A-Line Figure: ASOS Design Ruched Bunny Tie Midi Dress
This tea-length dress is crafted in a serene sage hue and features a square neckline and a flattering A-line silhouette. To top it off, the flowing straps make dancing all the more photographic.
Cutest Outdoor Outfit: Sundress Gingham Maxi Dress
Gingham is one of spring’s most popular prints; try it with this ruffle hem maxi dress for an outdoor wedding. Float through the site effortlessly with this smooth number; the tie belt ensures a perfect fit. Accessorize with delicate gold jewelry for a polished finish.
Best Separates: Lulus Metallic Strappy Two-Piece Midi Dress
Brightly colored jacquard fabric, a princess seam crop top with pink satin straps and a matching fitted midi skirt make this ensemble a striking choice for a formal spring wedding. The sub-$100 price tag doesn’t hurt either.
What to Look for in a Spring Wedding Guest Outfit
Spring nuptials call for wedding guest outfits in bright colors, pretty pastel hues and floral prints. A spring wedding is also the perfect opportunity to don bare silhouettes (think midi and mini dresses) in simple, lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen and silk. Wedding-worthy dresses with details like open backs, cutouts and thigh-high slits are not only eye-catching, but great for keeping you cool in mild weather. And when it comes to accessorizing your spring wedding guest outfit, you can never go wrong with strappy sandals or espadrilles and a woven clutch.
It depends. White is naturally reserved for the bride. Also, if your dress is white with a very pale print and could be mistaken for white, you might want to err on the side of caution and wear something else. Traditionally, guests have been discouraged from wearing bright colors (like red) so as not to distract the bride’s attention, but preferences change, so follow your instincts and what you think the bride will care about ( and won’t care).
So much! Silk, chiffon, tulle and cotton blends are all great options. If it’s not a casual wedding, you might want to avoid more casual textures like jersey.
It does. If it’s a super casual wedding and the couple has indicated that guests can wear cocktail attire, feel free to opt for a shorter hemline. Anything else and it is better to opt for a midi or ankle length. If the wedding invitation specifies black tie, you’ll definitely want something longer.
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