As the general state of things starts to look a bit sunnier, odds are that you might find yourself back on the guest list of that previously postponed
wedding. Since we’ve spent the past two years (more or less) sweatsuit-clad, the question of what we’re going to wear on such a fancy occasion is startling. But, don’t fret! We’ve put together some style ideas outside of the loungewear realm that will surely help get your best-dressed-wedding-guest game restarted.
Embrace this more formal affair as an opportunity to dive into the pool of
spring’s hottest fashion trends; from pretty pastels to oversized silhouettes and statement prints that will keep your fancy ‘fit feeling fresh. Go ahead and grab your lady bag, strap on your best pair of square-toed heeled sandals, and click on into our favorite dresses to don for any spring nuptial celebration.
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Romantic Wedding Guest Dresses
The cottagecore trend of 2020 (and, tbh, 2021) has given way to sleeker ruffles, deflated puff sleeves, and elegant tiers — and what begets are fluttery, romantic dresses that skew squarely in “party-ready” mode rather than “stay-at-home” house dress.
Reformation Jasen Dress Es, $, available at Reformation
Who What Wear Venus Pleated Tiered Midi Dress, $, available at Who What Wear
Atsu Off-The-Shoulder Poplin Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
Technicolor Striped Wedding Guest Dresses
Fittingly enough, colors of all stripes are coming back for this imminent spring wedding season. We’re seeing everything from candy color blocks, throwback ’70s palettes, and chaotic clashes that are unexpectedly playful as ceremony attire.
Christopher John Rogers Striped jersey maxi dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
ASOS DESIGN Curve wrap midi dress with collar in bright multi strip, $, available at ASOS
AMUR Sevyn Mini Halter Dress, $, available at Shopbop
Neon Brights Wedding Guest Dresses
electric spring 2022 trend that our R29 Style team has identified are gem tones that have undergone a fluorescent mutation. Think: blacklight limes, Barbie hot pinks, Mediterranean cerulean seas, and more.
Superdown Jacquelyn Midi Dress, $, available at Revolve
Let Me Be One-Shoulder Vibrant Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
Y2K Wedding Guest Dresses
The term “Y2K fashion” may conjure up belly tees, low-rise flares, and platform sneakers but the trend has also made its way into formal wear — and it’s not as risque as you’d imagine. This spring, expect the likes of ’90s-esque ruching, bustier dresses, mesh, and cowl necks.
Princess Polly Curve Lovesick Mesh Ruched Maxi Dress Lilac Curve, $, available at Princess Polly
Lulus Sereno Cowl Neck Satin Midi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
Garden Party Wedding Guest Dresses
After a long lockdown period (and winter season), it’s not surprising that people are thinking tropical for a destination wedding. So, dress up for the occasion with statement fleurs, vibrant prints, and sunshine-ready motifs.
Miluma Milumia Women Plus Size Summer Floral Boho High Waist V Neck Maxi Dress, $, available at Amazon
Farm Rio summer patches mini dress, $, available at Farm Rio
Free People Luna Grace Maxi Dress, $, available at Free People
Plaid Wedding Guest Dresses
With the checkered print trend slowly phasing out, a different geometric pattern is emerging: plaid. While plaid has always been a mainstay in fashion, the rise of this classic configuration is ever so fitting for wedding season — it’s got a hint of cottagecore, a dash of Y2K grunge, and a motif that reminds of springtime frolics. If you worry plaid might be too casual, you’ll be amazed at what a pair of fancy heels and bag will do to elevate the look.
Universal Thread Women’s Balloon Long Sleeve Button-Front Dress, $, available at Target
Dôen ALMADA DRESS, $, available at Dôen
Madewell V-Neck Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress in Croftwood Plaid, $, available at Madewell
Oversized Wedding Guest Dresses
If you’re all about dressing comfortably (even for a “nice” event), perhaps a frock that’s drapey, baggy, and a bit sack-like will suit you well. Bring on the volume!
Farm Rio Long Sleeve Cotton Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
COS OVERSIZED ASYMMETRIC-WAIST DRESS, $, available at COS
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