PARTY QUEEN / Feb 13, 2024


We love garden parties! Whether for a wedding, a birthday, or even a family reunion, it's always fun to dress up for the outdoors. Alfresco events give you the flexibility to wear whatever you want. A garden party attire can be long or short, formal or less formal. You can be all girly with pastels, go with an all-white ensemble, or stand out in the brightest shades. The possibilities are just endless!

To give you the inspiration that you need, we asked our style experts to share some outfit ideas. We’ve got a lot of pastel colors, light fabrics, airy silhouettes, and floral prints. We promise you’ll find the perfect outfit that makes for a chic yet comfortable look!

5 Gorgeous Garden Party Attire Ideas for Your Next Event

Ready to dig into the garden party dress code? Let's take a look at these five handpicked dresses for all types of garden parties:

1. Blue floral A-line dress with ruffles

If you're looking for garden party wedding attire, this whimsical gown is a stunning option.

The light blue mesh fabric, peppered with soft pink and green florals, creates a gorgeous color palette for any outdoor event. Plus, the off-the-shoulder sleeves and sweetheart neckline bring a romantic vibe to the look. If it's an event where you're celebrating love, it's just the vibe you need! You can either show off your shoulders and collarbone and wear a delicate necklace, or keep your decolletage bare for an effortless look.

The ruffles bring a lot of fun to this garden party wedding look. And because of its mesh fabric, you don’t even have to worry about too much additional weight. The A-line silhouette also keeps this dress feeling light and comfortable.

blue mesh off shoulder sweetheart a line long prom dress

Get the look: GL3394 Sweetheart Off Shoulder Ruffle Mesh A-line Long Dress

2. Mauve A-line dress with floral applique

Mauve is a popular color for garden cocktail attire . It's flattering on any skin tone and will bring out your natural tan.

Unsurprisingly, this garden party look also incorporates florals (Can you tell we're big fans?). But this time, it's floral applique. Applique is a weaving technique where one fabric is sewn on top of another, creating a unique 3D effect. It's very popular for semi-formal, formal, and cocktail dresses.

Again, the off-the-shoulder sleeves and sweetheart neckline create a romantic, whimsical look—perfect for a romantic celebration outdoors.

If you're looking for a dress that will keep you cool, look for light fabrics like chiffon. Loose A-line silhouettes and slits in the skirt will also make sure your dress is nice and breathable.

dust rose chiffon applique embroidery corset sweetheart a line dress

Get the look: GL3018 Floral 3D Applique and Embroidery Embellished Bodice A-Line Chiffon Dress

3. White two-piece dress with floral embroidery

What's garden attire without florals, really? It totally embraces any outdoor party setting ! And if you love adding a splash of color to your looks, then this garden party attire was made for you.

With white as the backdrop, this bright floral embroidery stands out. You can admire every detail! As you can see, the embroidery decorates the waistline and neckline, calling attention to the smallest parts of your body. Why does this matter? Because it emphasizes your hourglass shape, and who doesn't want that?!

A white chiffon dress is the way to go if your garden party is outdoors under the hot sun. White reflects the sun and chiffon is super light. Keep cool while looking oh-so-chic!

off white sequin high neck a line two piece long dress

Get the look: GL2340 High-Neck Mock Two-Piece Long Dress with Criss Crossing Back Strap

4. Gray babydoll dress with floral lace

Are you looking for short garden cocktail attire options? There are many styles to explore!

We recommend babydoll or similar styles with loose, airy skirts. Not only are they comfortable on a hot day, but they also look flattering on any body type. Like A-line dresses, they cinch your waistline and highlight your curves.

This gray lace dress is a lovely look for semi-formal weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, and cocktail parties. The floral lace dials up the glam without adding too much weight. And the scoop neckline works for all types of garden parties. It's very versatile!

You can then style this look according to your event. For a wedding, style your hair in a tight bun and wear heels. For a more casual garden event, styling your hair in loose curls and wearing wedges or block heels would fit the vibe.

gray cocktail night lace applique short dress

Get the look: GS1614 3D Floral Applique Lace Short Dress

5. Mauve babydoll dress with gold embroidery

If glitz and glam are more your style, we’ve got you. After all, who doesn't like a little bit of sparkle? And if you're off to a garden cocktail party, metallic details are more than welcome.

Of course, it's important to strike a balance when it comes to garden parties. This chiffon babydoll dress is a great example. Its short length is appropriate for semi-formal outdoor events and will keep you cool. Plus, the gold embroidery on the bodice has just the right amount of sparkle and will catch the sunshine beautifully.

Both mauve and gold are known to highlight your natural tan. We recommend adding some highlighter to your shoulders, collarbone, and cheekbones to make you glow even more!

mauve cocktail night chiffon babydoll short dress dress

Get the look: GS1615 Embroidered Bodice Chiffon Short Dress

Take a Look at More Garden Party Attire Options

Looking for more styles? We recommend exploring our full catalog! Or, you can check out these related blogs showcasing dresses perfect for outdoor events and cocktail parties:

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