20 impossibly cool wedding guest dresses to solve your ‘what to wear’ woes

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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 and, thankfully, they’re well and truly back on the cards this year!

Now, your long overdue save the dates are in, midnight taxis home from obscure countryside venues have been booked and the villa you’re renting with your troupe of rowdy friends has been paid for. But, with the wedding guest tick list almost coming to a close, there remains one final thing to figure out: what to wear.

It’s no easy feat dressing for a wedding, because you want something you can feel and look good in all day. It needs to be comfortable and stylish, cool but still feel ‘wedding appropriate’ and, most importantly, be 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. 

  • & Other Stories Mulberry silk halter midi dress

    & Other Stories Mulberry silk halter midi dress
    & Other Stories Mulberry silk halter midi dress

    This juicy-toned midi dress from & Other Stories’ recent collaboration with revered designer Rejina Pyo is a chic wedding guest option. The halterneck and midi length make for a sophisticated silhouette, perfect to be worn with a pared-back pair of mules.

    Shop & Other Stories Mulberry silk halter midi dress, £165

  • Sandro long dress with narrow straps

    Sandro long dress with narrow straps
    Sandro long dress with narrow straps

    Make a style statement in sunshine yellow with the dress that screams ‘fun’. On the big day, wear with gold accessories for added elegance and after the event keep this dress in regular rotation by pairing with a denim jacket and white trainers.

    Shop Sandro long dress with narrow straps, £219

  • Staud Filippa floral-print chiffon wrap midi dress

    Staud Filippa floral-print chiffon wrap midi dress
    Staud Filippa floral-print chiffon wrap midi dress

    Wedding dressing presents the perfect opportunity to experiment with your style. Embrace vintage inspired glamour in an elegant dress that feels completely modern; this pretty pink organza dress is a wonderful place to start.

    Shop Staud Filippa floral-print chiffon wrap midi dress, £375

  • Sika Skylar dress

    Sika Skylar dress
    Sika Skylar dress

    Bring the sunshine to the wedding with Sika’s one-shouldered punchy blue dress — and bring the party with the print. Wedding win win. 

    Shop Sika Skylar dress, £249

  • Mango wrapped satin dress

    Mango wrapped satin dress
    Mango wrapped satin dress

    Mango’s mellow yellow satin wrap dress really delivers on evening elegance. Pair this with strappy sandals and hoops to match.

    Shop Mango wrapped satin dress, £69.99

  • Never Fully Dressed Plus contrast puff sleeve split midi dress

    Never Fully Dressed Plus contrast puff sleeve split midi dress
    Never Fully Dressed Plus contrast puff sleeve split midi dress

    This punchy printed dress is a perfect way to have fun with your wedding guest dress. Wear with strappy gold sandals and gold jewellery for the big day, and with trainers for everyday life.

    Shop Never Fully Dressed Plus contrast puff sleeve split midi dress, £79

  • Tibi one-shoulder belted midi dress

    Tibi one-shoulder belted midi dress
    Tibi one-shoulder belted midi dress

    When it comes to dresses that you won’t want to take off, Tibi comes up trumps. The zesty orange hue gives this dress just the right amount of flair while the cotton fabric makes it seamlessly fall into the everyday camp, too. 

    Shop Tibi one-shoulder belted midi dress, £705

  • Nobody's Child Selena peplum hem midi dress

    Nobody's Child Selena peplum hem midi dress
    Nobody's Child Selena peplum hem midi dress

    If it’s all out floral you fancy, then Nobody’s Child’s peplum-hemmed dress, which is exclusive to Simply Be, has got you covered. Throw on a pair of heeled espadrilles and you’ll be wedding ready in no time. 

    Shop Nobody’s Child Selena peplum hem midi dress, £39

  • OMNES tiered midi dress in poppy print

    OMNES tiered midi dress in poppy print
    OMNES tiered midi dress in poppy print

    If you want to dip your toe into the print pond, try this pretty floral dress from conscious label OMNES. Keep the look from feeling summer by adding in raffia and woven accessories. 

    Shop OMNES tiered midi dress in poppy print, £75

  • H&M long wrap dress

    H&M long wrap dress
    H&M long wrap dress

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

    Shop H&M long wrap dress, £24.99

  • Loveshackfancy Angie patchwork floral-print midi dress

    Loveshackfancy Angie patchwork floral-print midi dress
    Loveshackfancy Angie patchwork floral-print midi dress

    You can’t go wrong with a healthy dose of pink, and this Loveshackfancy offering is perfect. Pair with espadrille wedges and lashings of gold jewellery for a seriously cool wedding guest get-up.

    Shop Loveshackfancy Angie patchwork floral-print midi dress, £468

  • Paper London Orchid dress

    Paper London Orchid dress
    Paper London Orchid dress

    Take on two of the season’s biggest trends: pink and puffed sleeves in this picture-perfect Paper London dress. 

    Shop Paper London Orchid dress, £295

  • Kemi Telford neon green seersucker smocked dress

    Kemi Telford neon green seersucker smocked dress
    Kemi Telford neon green seersucker smocked dress

    London-based Kemi Telford knows her way around a dreamy dress like no other. We’re particularly loving this neon green smocked offering; whether it’s town or country, add this to your basket now. 

    Shop Kemi Telford neon green seersucker smocked dress, £150

  • Ghost Poet dress

    Ghost Poet dress
    Ghost Poet dress

    Make a summery statement in this powder blue dress, the perfect shade for a warm weather occasion. Finish off strappy sandals and a raffia bag. 

    Shop Ghost Poet dress, £89

  • Sleeper Belle linen dress

    Sleeper Belle linen dress
    Sleeper Belle linen dress

    Perfect for a sun-drenched wedding, this lovely lavender linen Sleeper dress is a real winner. Wear with platforms for the ceremony, and with trainers for a more pared-back look.

    Shop Sleeper Belle linen dress, £169

  • Asime frill midi dress

    Asime frill midi dress
    Asime frill midi dress

    Ladylike but still with an edge, ethical label Asime have mastered occasionwear, and this gets top spot for us - especially with its punchy print and form-fitting silhouette.

    Shop Asime frill midi dress, £75

  • Kitri Vera printed jacquard maxi dress

    Kitri Vera printed jacquard maxi dress
    Kitri Vera printed jacquard maxi dress

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

    Shop Kitri Vera printed jacquard maxi dress, £165

  • Rixo June graphic-print cotton midi dress

    Rixo June graphic-print cotton midi dress
    Rixo June graphic-print cotton midi dress

    Float into the party in Rixo’s floral midi dress. Up the ante with bright white accessories. 

    Shop Rixo June graphic-print cotton midi dress, £295

  • Reformation Winslow dress

    Reformation Winslow dress
    Reformation Winslow dress

    Conscious label Reformation never miss a beat when it comes to answering our dress prayers; this crepe de chine forest green number is proof.

    Shop Reformation Winslow dress, £285

  • Self Portrait tie-back ruffled maxi dress

    Self Portrait tie-back ruffled maxi dress
    Self Portrait tie-back ruffled maxi dress

    Trust occasionwear heavyweight, Self Portrait, to come up with the weddings goods via this knock out pistachio maxi dress. The ruffled sleeves and button detailing make for a romantic feel; wear with wedged espadrilles for serious pared-back perfection.

    Shop Self Portrait tie-back ruffled maxi dress, £340

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