Every year like clockwork, the arrival of summer also means the start of wedding season. And while it's always fun getting to celebrate with loved ones, intense summer heat can also make it difficult to find a wedding guest dress that manages to be both comfortable and appropriate to wear.
Your best best is to focus on breathable natural fabrics in elevated styles that won't leave you sweating in the sun — think breezy linens, lightweight cotton, or summery silk.
Since we're only halfway through a jam-packed 2023 wedding season, like me, you might find yourself in need of another dress or two. That's why I gathered 15 stunning options that are sure to be a hit at your next special event.
Where to buy summer wedding guest dresses
Best linen wedding guest dresses
This elegant floral dress has a high neckline, but it's far from frumpy with an open, criss-cross back and ruched details at the waist.
For a wedding guest dress that would work just as well in the summer or fall, look this this orange linen dress from Lulus.
This simple floral dress is perfect for a minimalist summer wedding look. It can be worn with our without spaghetti straps too, making this a versatile option.
Cut-outs at the waist add a fun element to this polished midi dress. It also has pockets, just in case you needed a reason to love it more.
Headed to a beach wedding this summer? Then pack this printed maxi dress, which has an abstract palm tree and starfish motif.
Best cotton wedding guest dresses
This tiered sundress would work well at either a casual or a more formal event — all you need is a quick change of accessories and you're all set.
Shoppers can't get enough of Anthropologie's most popular dress style, calling it "beyond versatile" and "cute to dress up or down."
This lemon-yellow dress brings a bright pop of colour to your wardrobe, but also comes in black, white and pink for a more subdued look.
Inspired by an artist's floral canvas, this midi dress is finished with feminine details like a ruffled neckline and an adjustable waist ribbon.
This elegant midi dress has a smocked bodice that flatters the waist, and adjustable spaghetti straps. Shop it on sale for just $22 in either pink or black.
Best silk wedding guest dresses
This slip dress has a unique ombre effect, just like the colours of a summer sunset.
This black and white dress is a great choice for a black-tie affair, thanks to its simple yet timeless silhouette.
For your next soirée, opt for this midi dress with a halter neckline and a bold floral pattern. Its unique design is sure to win you best-dressed guest.
Made from lightweight, stretch satin silk fabric, this strappy dress makes a bold statement. A thigh-high slit and open back also give this dress a sultry appeal.
This zebra-printed dress isn't for the faint of heart, but if you're looking to guarantee all eyes on you, than you'll want to add it to cart ASAP.