Summer weddings are the best weddings. The weather is perfect, you don’t have to worry about a jacket ruining your look, and July sunsets go hand-in-hand with Portrait mode. The only issue is that wedding dress codes can vary wildly depending on the venue, so you need options. From dance-floor ready minis to evening gowns for black tie affairs, ahead are 26 of the chicest guest wedding dress options for summer 2022 nuptials.
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1 Asymmetric Cowl Neck Midi Dress
This satin frock gives an amount of leg that works for catching up with your childhood friend’s parents and getting a thirst trap grid photo alike. (This is hard to come by!)
2 Halter Wrap Straight Gown
Sleek and elegant, this halter gown works for pretty much every wedding dress code. It’s a smart buy if half your Instagram feed is engaged right now.
There’s a CVS receipt-long list of details that make this open back dress SIR The Label so special. To list just a few, there’s delicate lace trimming throughout, subtle knife pleats accentuating each tier and ruffles at the shoulders.
4 Satin Bustier Evening Dress
This black tie-appropriate plus size gown looks substantially more expensive than its current $50 price-tag.
You are required to be the first on the dance floor in this sequined stunner.
To ensure you won’t match with another guest, opt for an abstract print.
7 Maternity Pleated Twist Back Cap Sleeve Midi Dress
If you’re expecting and don’t want to fork up a ton of money on a wedding guest dress, try this affordable option from Asos. Note that per Asos’s site, the model is wearing a fake baby bump.
Narrowing down a favorite look from Reformation’s wedding guest dresses section is daunting, but the Celestia style just might be mine. I love how this dress is simultaneously structured but breathable with its full-fitting skirt.
9 Short Printed Silk Dress
This Sandro number gets daytime summer weddings with dressy casual attire suggestions exactly right. It’s made from 100% silk (the most cooling of fabrics), it features a print that’s neither overbearing nor bland, and it’s comfortable to eat and dance in.
10 Postcard Silk and Linen Maxi Dress
Editor’s note: This dress makes ‘Take My Breath Away’ get stuck in my head (or the lyrics that I know at least). The ombré colors and elegant silhouette should come with a swoon warning.
11 Silky V-Neck Midi Slip Dress
A black slip dress is the ultimate failsafe choice. For a casual-leaning option, look to this viral Tik Tok find from Amazon’s in-house brand The Drop. As one verified shopper put it: “[This dress] Makes you feel like the leading star of a romance movie.”
12 Floral-Print Pleated V-neck Dress
Fairytales aren’t real, but this pleated Self-Portrait dress is. The way this dress moves with its pleats is mesmerizing too.
13 Provence Open-Back Lace-Trimmed Silk-Satin Midi Dress
This lacy slip dress can be dressed up for formal weddings just as effortlessly as it can be dressed down for parties that aren’t bridal.
Ok, you might upstage the bride a little bit in this feathered cocktail dress.
15 New Jeanne Silk Jersey Wrap Dress
A wrap dress is ol’ reliable when it comes to choosing a flattering fit.
16 Embroidered Crepe Halterneck Midi Dress
Is this dress a splurge? Undoubtedly. But daydreaming about wearing this to a wedding where you know you’re going to see an ex is free.
17 High Neck Pleated Chevron Textured Midi Dress
This dress has a light and floaty feel which’ll come in handy for outdoor ceremonies held in August.
18 Stretch Lurex Fabric Dress with Ruffles
You’ll be in tiers when the couple exchange vows.
In case you missed it, Greece-inspired dresses are having a big moment right now thanks to the Greco-Roman chitons seen during the SS22 season. This Norma Kamali option is a strong suggestion to test out the trend.
20 Embellished Cut Out Jersey Midi Dress
The cutouts and embellished neckline of this dress justify asking your date to take a zillion photos of you.
21 Twisted A-Line Satin Gown
Blessed are structured bodices that solve the issue of not knowing what to do bra-wise.
22 Logo Straps Nylon Mini Dress
Reserve this LBD for a Vegas wedding.
23 Belted Tiered Evening Gown
This black tie-appropriate gown from Dubai-based designer Fadwa Baruni’s eponymous line serves glamour and whimsy in equal measure. It comes in orange as well.
24 Arlette Metallic Tulip Dress
Here’s a floral dress that isn’t boring. This fun Milly option makes a shoulder statement with on-trend puffy sleeves.
Featuring vertical ruffles cut with raw-edge fabric this midi doubles as a work of art.
Cut on the bias for a draping effect, this dress from eco-conscious label Asceno is comfy but chic.
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