27 impossibly cool wedding guest dresses to solve your 'what to wear' woes

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Billie Bhatia

You’ve seen the film 27 Dresses, and feared the worst. Well, let us lead you into the wedding light with an edit of the coolest dresses to take on every wedding occasion this summer. 

It’s officially wedding season. The save the dates are in, midnight taxis home from obscure countryside venues have been booked and the villa you’re renting with 20 rowdy friends has been paid for. The wedding guest tick list is almost coming to a close, and the final item on the list: what to wear. 

It’s not easy feat dressing for a wedding, you want something you can feel and look good in all day. It needs to be comfortable and stylish, cool but feeling ‘wedding appropriate’ and most importantly, something you are able to wear time and time again for the rest of the summer occasions you have got on the horizon. 

Whether it’s a statement print you’re after or something more subtle like exaggerated sleeves or embroidered detail we have rounded up the best wedding guest dresses for all budgets and all sizes to see you through the summer season in style.

Happy shopping, and even happier dancing. 

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  • Ganni

    Ganni Over the Moon cotton dress

    Bring the sunshine to the wedding with Ganni’s powder blue dress that;s decorated with a sun and moon print — and bring the party with the ruffles. Wedding win win. 

    Polka dot ruffle dress, £170, Ganni

  • Mango

    Mango sequinned gown
    Mango sequinned gown

    Mango’s plus-size range really delivers on evening elegance. Try this scattered sequin dress with strappy silver sandals and hoops to match.

    Sequin dress, £99.99, Violeta by Mango 

  • Goat

    Goat floral dress
    Goat floral dress

    With it’s high neck and delicate design, this dress is all lady and we love it.

    Camilia print midi dress, £660, Goat 

  • Topshop

    Norma Kamali dress

    An easy throw for that Ibizan wedding you’ve got looming, enough skin to show off your dan and enough sass to dance the night away. 

    Ruched midi dress, £82, Norma Kamali

  • Tibi

    Tibi cotton dress at Net-a-Porter

    When it comes to dresses that you won’t want to take off, Tibi comes up trumps. The two-tone contrast gives this dress just the right amount of flair whilst the cotton fabrication makes it seamlessly fall into the everyday camp, too. 

    Satin dress, £590, Tibi

  • New Look Curves

    New Look black floral dress

    If it’s all out floral you fancy, then New Look’s Curves has got you covered. Throw on a pair of heeled espadrilles and you’ll be wedding ready in no time. 

    Floral wrap dress, £25.99, New Look

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories polka dot dress

    If you want to dip your toe into the print pond but don’t to go maxi on the florals, try a polka dot print. Keep the look from feeling summer by adding in raffia and woven accessories. 

    Polka dot dress, £75, & Other Stories

  • H&M

    H&M floral dress

    Amp up the bohemian mood of this dress with ankle boots or take it down to cool with a barely there sandal. 

    Patterned dress, £24.99, H&M

  • Loveshackfancy

    LoveShackFancy dress at Net-a-Porter

    Not something old, new or borrowed but definitely something blue. 

    Blue floral dress, £590, LoveShackFancy

  • Simply Be

    Simply Be neon dress
    Simply Be neon dress 

    Take on two of the season’s biggest trends: zebra print and neon in one home run dress. 

    Zebra print dress, £25, Simply Be 

  • River Island Plus

    Coming in both their Petite and Plus ranges, this playful bardot meet milkmaid dress is perfect to shimmy the night away. 

    Floral mini dress, £28, River Island Plus 

  • COS

    COS kimono gown

    Keep it simple with a luxe looking silky dress. Elevate the look with stacks of gold jewellery layered on your neck and wrists. 

    Kimono dress, £135, COS

  • Monsoon

    Monsoon dress
    Monsoon dress 

    With its subtle patterns and elegant neckline, Monsoon have conjured up a winner for wedding season. Whether it’s town or country add this to basket now. 

    Knot front dress, £99, Monsoon 

  • Kitri

    Kitri Lenora yellow dress

    Make a summery statement in this mustard yellow dress, the perfect look for an warm weather occasion. Finish off strappy sandals and a raffia bag. 

    Red lace dress, £125, Kitri

  • Sleeper

    Sleeper spotted dress
    Sleeper spotted dress 

    Make the most of this versatile Sleeper dress (you can wear the sleeves both on and off the shoulder) and bonus it’s 100% linen to keep you cool in more ways then one this summer. 

    Polka dot dress, £255, Sleeper 

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories lavender dress

    Ladylike but still with an edge, & Other Stories have mastered occasionwear this season and this gets top spot for us - especially with it’s button down back and chic cut out. 

    Lavender dress, £89, & Other Stories

  • Lisou

    Lisou mini dress
    Lisou mini dress

    Make it short and chic in Liou’s polka dot pink dress. All that’s missing is a matching silk headband and a little beaded bag. 

    Polka dot print dress, £465, Lisou 

  • Topshop

    Topshop teal dress
    Topshop teal dress 

    For the playful guest who knows how to get the party started, look no further. Add in raffia and straw accessories to take this look to the next level. 

    Blue halter dress, £49, Topshop 

  • Arket

    Be pretty in pink this summer with Arket’s easy to slip on number. 

    Pink dress, £89, Arket 

  • Ganni

    Ganni checked dress

    For a wedding-worthy look that you can throw on with boots and a leather jacket afterwards? Look no further than Ganni, who have your event-to-everyday wardrobe covered. 

    Checked dress, £160, Ganni

  • Rixo

    Rixo floral dress

    Trust cult-brand, Rixo, to keep your wedding wardrobe as chic as possible. Take this feminine dress to new heights with of the moment gold jewellery.

    Floral-print dress, £295, Rixo

  • Simply Be

    Simply Be printed dress
    Simply Be printed dress 

    Float into the party in Simply Be’s easy breezy printed dress. Up the anti with bright white accessories. 

    Navy printed dress, £19, Simply Be 

  • Reformation

    Reformation floral dress
    Reformation floral dress 

    An L.A. favourite, Reformation have taken up residency on Net A Porter and have answered all our dress prayers, starting with this crepe de chine midi dress. 

    Floral midi dress, £255, Reformation

  • Reiss

    Reiss Annabelle dress

    Seasonal floral - check. Metallic finish - check. Easy to wear midi-length - check. Thank you, Reiss. 

    Halter neck dress, £285, Reiss

  • Warehouse

    Warehouse pink dress
    Warehouse pink dress 

    Simple but elegant, all this Warehouse dress needs is velvet headband and a structured bag. 

    Satin ruffle dress, £40, Warehouse 

  • Self Portrait

    Self Portrait dress

    Trust occasionwear heavyweight, Self Portrait, to come up with the weddings goods via this knock out red midi dress. The shirred bodice and pleats make for a romantic feel and the sweetheart neckline make this dress all the more romantic. 

    Red dress, £320, Self Portrait

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