While there weren’t too many opportunities to shop for wedding guest dresses last year, 2021 looks a bit more promising. Several brides and grooms are putting a date on the calendar and sending out invites to friends and loved ones. It all makes for what wedding planners and forecasters are calling the post-pandemic wedding boom. And if you’re a recipient of any number of these wedding invites, you might be left with a question you haven’t had to ask yourself for a minute: What shall I wear?
After months in comfort-first clothing, the idea of going all out—in heels, a dress, and such—may be a daunting one, but the quest to find some of the best wedding guest dresses doesn’t have to be an unpleasant one. Pick a cheerful or elegant design that makes you feel great but also allows you to celebrate fully should an all-night dance party be on the itinerary. Whether you’re attending a socially-distanced outdoor wedding or looking for a formal little black dress, there’s something to help you win best-dressed guest just ahead.
Depending on the exact location, outdoor weddings often come with unpredictable weather. So reach for a breezy dress that can beat the heat, like Reformation’s organic cotton design, or one that looks lovely with a shawl in the event of an unexpected cool breeze, like Maggy London’s sleeveless dress.
$245.00, FARM RIO
Micro Wedding in the Park
Bring some more romance to the park with a lace, floral, or ruffled dress from designers like Hill House Home and Maygel Coronel.
$150.00, HILL HOUSE HOME
$450.00, MODA OPERANDI
Black Tie in the City
This is your moment to go all out. Layers of tulle, high-shine fabrics, and scalloped lace make an elevated statement—and designers like Needle and Thread and Self Portrait show us how it’s done.
$780.00, MODA OPERANDI
Wedding by the Beach
Lightweight fabrics like that on Jason Wu’s cotton dress or Zimmermann’s linen design are perfect for those shore-side ceremonies.
Casual Courthouse Celebration
Elevated comfort is the name of the game here. Slip-on an easy-going dress with a polished finish, like Blaze Milano’s blazer dress or Zara’s fuss-free tunic.
Prepare to say “cheers” to the new couple in a fun dress that makes a glamorous statement. Metallics and rich, vibrant colors always work well for those memorable moments as you can see from Ganni’s silver mini and The Attico’s tangerine frock.
$175.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
$265.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Romantic Garden Ceremony
You can never go wrong with a romantic bloom, be it a micro floral frock from LoveShackFancy or a bouquet-covered Erdem dress.
$475.00, MODA OPERANDI
Originally Appeared on Vogue