PARTY QUEEN / Oct 26, 2021


Weddings are a great time. Even when it's not your own wedding, there's food, drinks, and fun to be had. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to put on a stylish dress.

But what constitutes a stylish dress for a wedding guest? Can you wear short dresses? Long gowns? Can they be tight? Should they be loose? These are all fair questions. Wedding attire can be tricky.

It partially depends on how formal the event is. For an intimate gathering, like a backyard wedding, a sundress would be both stylish and appropriate. For a big fat Greek wedding, you may want to pick a gown with some more oomph.

Today, we have an array of stylish dresses for wedding guests to help you get inspired. Some are simple, and some are glam—pick the look that'll pair best with your next event.

1. Glow in Old Hollywood glam

There's a reason why Old Hollywood glamour will never go out of style—it has classic beauty all over it. Think golds and silvers, fluid fabrics, long lengths, and pops of color.

To modernize this look, choose an on-trend hue, like burnt orange. Satin is a nice, flowing fabric that'll also make it glow. Don't forget to choose a silhouette that accentuates the waist.

Use your accessories to pump up the glam. Gold strappy heels and shoulder-grazing gold earrings would add all the sparkle you need for this stylish number.

What about your hair and makeup? Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe and rock a bold lip. Keep your hair full and voluptuous. Old Hollywood glam is all about curves.

v-neck satin long dress

Get the look: style GL2963 | V-Neck Wide Waistband A-Line Satin Long Dress /w Slit

2. Marvel in mauve

Looking for a stylish dress that's soft and feminine? Go for mauve! Mauve, also known as a pale purple, has been on trend for a few years now. And it's the perfect color to rock at a wedding.

This color works really well with drapey fabrics, like satin and chiffon. Since you're attending a wedding, you could also choose a dress that has some embroidery—hey, when else can you?!

With this airy look, keep your makeup and hair natural. Soft waves or a half-do would fit the vibe you're looking for. There's beauty in simplicity.

If you're rocking a mid-length dress, elongate your legs with a pair of nude pumps. With a flowing skirt, all eyes will be on you on the dance floor. (Well, after the bride, of course.)

Short Homecoming Cocktail Dress

Get the look: style GS1622 | Embroidered Applique Bodice V-Neck Chiffon Short Dress

3. Two-step in a two-piece

Looking for a stylish dress to wear to a wedding that's a little different from the rest? Try a two-piece dress.

Two-piece dresses are super trendy right now—for both brides and wedding guests. They're not very formal, so it would be perfect for a low-key wedding event.

To add to the uniqueness of your look, choose a dress that has embellishments or embroidery. (If you're off to a garden wedding, floral embroidery would be oh-so-cute!)

Get creative with your hair. Throw it up in a bun or half-do and add some braids. This stylish dress is also fun—and your hair and makeup should be the same.

Weddings are all about sparkle, so don't hesitate to wear some gold or silver heels. (As if I have to remind you, *wink*.)

embroidered cocktail dress

Get the look: style GS1439 | Two-Piece Embroidered Pencil Skirt Dress

4. Appliqué all the way

Choosing a dress with texture is always stylish because they're so eye-catching and unique. In a sea of satin and silk, your dress will certainly stand out.

Sequins and beads are many women's go-tos, but how about applique? Applique is known as ornamental needlework, in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns.

Lace applique is perfectly suited for a wedding—it's both feminine and stylish. Floral designs are very common for lace applique dresses. You'll look like you just walked out of a romance movie.

Choose pale colors that match this romantic look—blush, peach, and lavender, would all look chic.

blush homecoming dress

Get the look: style GS1604 | 3D Floral Applique Lace Short Dress

5. Get low with criss-cross straps

Looking for a stylish dress for a wedding that'll also bring the heat? Here's our favorite look at the moment: A long gown that has a low back and unique straps.

To keep up with this bold outfit, we recommend choosing a dark hue, like an eggplant-purple, merlot-red, or emerald-green.

While it's certainly a party in the back, you can also dial up the sexy with a high slit on the front of the dress. This dress isn't just stylish—it's a total showstopper.

If you have really long hair, we recommend wearing it up or sweeping it to the side so you can show off the detail in the back. Besides, this way you can wear a pair of dazzling earrings. (Win-win!)

navy long dress

Get the look: style GL2669 | Cross Strap Neckline Jersey Mermaid Long Dress w/ Slit

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