The Perfect Outfits to Wear to a Friend’s Wedding

The best dresses to wear as a guest to a summer wedding.

Wedding season has officially peaked and many of us are wondering what to wear, what’s in season, and what’s trendy? We have the answers–bright colors (lots of blush), flowing dresses, and floral galore. Now before you become concerned about the latter, we’re not talking about the floral patterns you find on your grandmother’s curtain and dining room tables. We’re talking Florence-chic and the boho inspired dresses are definitely in this season. Check out the list of 10 dresses we put together that are perfect for summer weddings.

1. Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

A Blush Off the Shoulder Dress from NordstromOff-the-shoulder maxi dresses are always an easy go-to. You can never go wrong with this option, especially a blush colored dress with vibrant flowers. Summer weddings can be extremely hot, but this flowing dress will surely keep you cool. You can find this semi-sweetheart neckline dress at Nordstrom’s website.

2. Sunflower Trumpet Gown

The Sunflower-Colored "Sandra Plunge Crepe Trumpet" Gown at Nordstrom.Bright colors are always ideal for summer, especially yellow. It’s a vibrant happy color that represents summer itself. Similar to the previous dress, this evening gown also has a slit allowing you to show some leg in the most elegant way. Rather than a sweetheart neckline, this gown is low-dipping for a little sex appeal but not too much. You can find this sunflower colored gown at Nordstrom’s website.

3. Red Flower Bohemian Dress

Red Flower Bohemian Dress from Trendy Quest, an online clothing website.Worried about wearing white to a wedding? No worries. This has plenty of color to take away from the whiteness. The off-the-shoulder dress is white with red flowers and different prints, giving such boho vibes. With a slit on the left side, you’ll be able to serve some serious leg showing off more of that summer glow. You can find this dress online at Trendy Quest.

4. One-Shoulder A-Line

A Red One-Shoulder A-Line Gown from Macys.Unlike white being completely forbidden, red is a little iffy. Perceived as risqué, people tend to shy away from the color for weddings, but we found a beautiful one-shoulder a-line gown from Macy’s that’s super chic. The cold shoulder gives a glamours touch, with an asymmetrical neckline. If you’re lucky enough to get invited to an elaborate black-tie themed wedding, you should totes go with this one!

5. Classic Sleek Contour

This is the Dusty Rose Gown from AnthropologieYou can never go wrong with a classic look. This dusty rose gown features an open back with a love knot. It flows with ease, yet clings to the shape of your body. It’s clean, simple, and timeless. You can find this dress at Anthropologie’s website.

6. The “In-between” Dress

You Can Find This Coast Suri Striped Maxi Dress on ASOS.comYou’re shopping for a dress last minute and you don’t want anything too fancy, but you also don’t want anything too casual. Just like every woman needs a go-to LBD (little black dress), one would also have a go-to IBD (in-between dress). This coast suri striped maxi dress is perfect for any occasion. You can dress it up with glitzy but dainty accessories, or you can dress it down with little to none accessories and neutral makeup. This maxi dress can be found at ASOS. 

7. Grecian Vibes

This is the Kate Kane Gown in Ice Pink From ASOS.comWhen we mentioned lots of blush earlier, we were not joking! If you haven’t noticed by now, blush and rose gold have been serious fashion trends within this past year. This Grecian rose-toned gown is personally one of our favorites. It’s super elegant, showing just enough leg whilst featuring chiffon ruffles down the front. The gown is finished with a sweetheart neckline and gathered detailing. You can find this romantic gown on Anthropologie’s website.

8. Short Cocktail

This is the Light Blue Off-the-ShoulderShort cocktail dresses are most definitely appropriate for your bff’s summer wedding. This light blue cocktail dress from H&M comes just above the knee featuring flirty ruffles along the top of the dress. You can dress this up a bit with dainty jewelry, also–leaving the neckline open with post or chandelier-ish earrings would be best.

9. Stripes

This is a 50s-inspired Dress from H&M

Channel your inner modern day Sandy Olsson with this stripe and tie midi dress. The 50s-inspired dress is so right for summer, featuring peekaboo back detail. This is another dress that you can dress up or down. Whatever you decide, add some red lipstick and perfect your pout. You can find this dress right on Nordstrom’s website.

10. Faux Wrap

This is a Faux Wrap Dress from Nordstrom

Faux wrap dresses are made for those who love the style, but hate the hassle. Luckily, Chelsea caters to their shoppers with this lightweight floral-printed dress that is stretchy and clings to your shape. The optic floral designs make the dress look like a walking Picasso. Who says a guest can’t be the life of the reception?