A Guide To Different Styles Of Wedding Guest Dress

Searching for your *dream* wedding guest dress? We’ve been there, and we know that the sheer amount of choice in style, shape and cut can feel, well, a little overwhelming. Don’t panic though, we’ve put together a helpful guide to steer you through the shopping process.

From the fanciest full-length gowns and black tie dresses, to semi-formal cocktail dresses and laidback summery tea dresses, we’ve got lots of unique options for every wedding dress code (all made with love by independent brands).

If you want advice on which styles will best suit you, check out our post on wedding guest outfits to flatter different body shapes. Or, to decode the dress code on your invite, read our guide to different wedding dress codes explained.

Formal Dresses

Ball Gowns: Full-skirted and elegant, ball gowns are perfect for black-tie weddings. If you’re off to a black tie wedding then read our guide on what to wear.

A-Line Gowns: Flowing from the bodice, A-line gowns are universally flattering and come in a variety of styles.

Evening Dresses For Weddings: Usually long in length – midi or maxi – in textural fabrics like satin, silk and velvet.


Semi-Formal Dresses

Cocktail Dresses: Shorter than formal gowns, cocktail dresses are typically knee-length or just below the knee.

Wrap Dresses: Flattering for all body types, wrap dresses can be dressed up or down.

Jagger Maxi Print Mix


Bodycon Dresses: Body-hugging and sexy, the bodycon is a style to go for if you love wearing a fitted style that shows off your figure. 

Floral Dresses: Not just for spring-summer ceremonies, florals can be worn year-round (opt for darker shades and long-sleeve styles in winter!)

Shift Dresses: A classic thanks to its flattering A-line shape, the shift dress is bra-friendly and an easy-to-wear favourite. 

Lace Dresses: Ethereal in summer and opulent in winter, lace dresses can be worn in different seasons. Go for lighter shades in summer, and darker in winter.

Halter Neck Dresses: Perfect for showcasing your shoulders and collarbone area, this elegant option comes in summer and winter styles.


More Casual Dresses

Midi Dresses: Falling just below the knee, midi dresses are a versatile option that can be dressed up or down.

V Neck Maxi Dress With Frill Detail In Multicoloured Leopard Print


Maxi Dresses: Flowing and comfortable, maxi dresses are perfect for outdoor weddings or beach weddings.

Short Wedding Guest Dresses: Keep it short and sweet in a leg-baring mini dress for wedding season, we have loads of options.

Sundresses: Light and airy, sundresses are a good choice for summer weddings.

Tea-Length Dresses: Hitting at the mid-calf, tea-length dresses are a more formal option than sundresses.

Skater Dresses: Fun and playful, this style will cinch in your waist and show off your pins. 

Chiffon Dresses: Flowing and lightweight, a chiffon midi or maxi dress is perfect for a sunny spring or summer ceremony.


Different Sleeve Lengths

Short Sleeve: Perfect for arm-baring weather, especially in spring and summer. 

Long Sleeve: Choose for cold weather ceremonies, or if you prefer a little more coverage. 

One Shoulder Dresses: This bold and striking a-symmetrical style will make an impression every time. 

Off The Shoulder Dresses: The forever-feminine Bardot style is a timeless and glamorous choice for a wedding.

Exclusive Bardot Off Shoulder Frill Midi Dress Navy


You’ve picked your dress, now it’s time to choose which shoes you’ll wear for the wedding. We have tips on wedding guest shoes here.

Maybe you can’t decide on which style of dress to go for, in that case you could always go with a wedding guest jumpsuit instead. Check out our guide here for help.


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