20 Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Looking at a calendar full of summer weddings? Whether it’s outdoors or indoors, local or destination, we’ve got you covered.

Great weather, beautiful backgrounds and lush greenery everywhere – it’s really a no brainer that almost 80% of all weddings happen between May and October. So if you’ve got a calendar full of save-the-dates staring at you, with all varieties of dress code you’re stressing out trying to interpret? Deep breath, because here at ShopLikeHer, we’ve got you.

Not only have we been tracking the latest trends (natch) but our editors have collectively navigated just about every type of wedding out there. So whether you’re heading off to balmy beaches for a fun destination celebration or forging your way through a black tie formal, we have twenty fantastic options to help you keep your cool.


When selecting a dress for a summer beach wedding, there are three important things to consider. First, opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, or chiffon. These materials will keep you comfortable in the warm weather and allow for better airflow. Secondly, choose a dress with a relaxed and flowy silhouette. A loose fit will not only provide ease of movement but also help you stay cool and comfortable throughout the event. By focusing on lightweight fabrics, a loose fit, and suitable length, you can find the perfect dress that combines style and comfort for a summer beach wedding.

Here are five fantastic options we found…

Starting with this flowy floral in sage green. With spaghetti straps and light chiffon material, this beauty will serve you well in the especially sunny (and hot!) beach venue.

Windsor, Helga V-Neck Ruffled Mermaid Floral Formal Dress $74.90

When the invite reads “tropical” it’s time to lean in with some strong color and fun pattern. This asymmetrical midi dress with its abstract flower pattern and deep pink color punch is a winning combination.

Boston Proper, Watercolor Abstract Print One-Shoulder Dress $140

Another floral option, this ethereal, gathered maxi is right on trend with this season’s love of satin.

Sugarlips, Abigal Floral Descano Pleated Maxi Dress $105

Florals not your thing? Work in some major ruffle activity in a sweet lavender number. The sexy side slit just adds to the *heat* of this cool customer…

Windsor, Sophia Lace-Up Ruffle Mermaid Mesh Formal Dress $109.90

Finally, when the location gets hot, the hot go silky. As in 100% airy, breathable silk. This is a great choice if you know you’ll be out in the heat for a while. Done in crinkles with a delicate ruffles and a dropped smocked waist, it moves like a dream.

Joie, Lyall Silk Maxi Dress $428



Formal weddings have made a grand comeback in 2024, captivating couples and guests alike with the allure of traditional ceremonies and celebrations. After years of micro-weddings and courthouse nuptials, couples have rediscovered the fabulous formal. From lavish ballrooms adorned with exquisite floral arrangements to orchestral music filling the air, formal weddings offer a sense of romance and grandeur. Moreover, these formal affairs provide an opportunity for loved ones to come together for some genuine human connection, creating lasting memories that transcend time.

So if a formal affair is on your list, here are six sophisticated choices, worthy of the queen that you are…

Starting with this full length, sage beauty. Sleek satin (major ’24 trending fabric BTW) is a total princess moment. What more could you want? Did we mention it has pockets?

Windsor, Silvia Lace-Up Floral Satin A-Line Formal Dress


Is it just us, or is this silver sparkly gown giving off big Gatsby energy? All you need is a glass of champagne at your side, some dripping pearls and you are ready to own the party scene.

Badgley Mischka, Sequin Gown $279.99

(on Sale NOW from $890)

With layers and layers of ruffled tulle this maxi formal adds even more flirty girl, thanks to its sweetheart neckline and classic a-line silhouette.

Windsor, Gillian Sleeveless Ruffled A-Line Tulle Formal Dress $99.90

Have your Cinderella moment in this fanciful floral formal. Gorgeous floral embroidery over nude pink mesh, this gown doesn’t walk into the room…it arrives.

Needle & Thread, Petunia Floral Embellished Gown $548

A little ‘ruched and wrap’ goes a long way in this marvelous mauve gown. The stunning combination of the plunging v-neckline and cutout waist wrapped around the top is giving total Greek goddess vibes.

Windsor, Anne Marie Lace-Up Ruffle A-Line Chiffon Formal Dress $99.90

Finally, when you’re looking for easy sophistication, nothing beats a LBG (as in Little Black Gown). This crystal embellished bow, stretch knit dress is simply stunning. With a provocative side slit and sultry vibe, there’s no such thing as “fade to black” in this gown.

NISSA, Crystal-Embellished Maxi Dress $594


Okay, don’t let the name fool you. If the dress code states “modern casual” this is not an excuse for jeans and flip-flops. The dress code for a modern casual wedding combines elements of both sophistication and informality, striking a balance between comfort and style. It encourages guests to dress in a relaxed yet chic manner that reflects the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion. Still stumped? Think of what you’d wear to an elegant date night dinner: A cocktail dress that falls between formal and casual, a flowy midi or maxi dress in a light fabric like chiffon or satin, or something structured, yet fun, like crepe or even linen.

Here are five favorites that show off the variety of options you can choose while still striking the right balance between casual and stylish.

Starting with this sleek midi in a satisfyingly playful dark teal. With its tailored fit, offbeat asymmetric neckline, and chic side cut, this dress will serve you well at many an event, making it a true investment piece.

Love Bonito, Adaline Padded Asymmetrical Midi Dress $69

Craving something classic with a sparkling twist? This rosy number combines a sultry corset top and fitted long skirt, then brings on the bling in golden glitter mesh. And of course, for good measure, a sexy side slit.

Windsor, Patsy V-Neck Corset Slim Glitter Mesh Formal Dress $69.90

Speaking of twist, this strapless hits boss level mod, from the power punch color, to the unexpected mini + midi skirt double-take.

Black Halo, Louie Sheath Dress in Laguna $460

An iconic square neckline and sophisticated side ruching give this dress an expensive look and feel. Only you will know that you got this sage beauty for a steal.

Windsor, Mayra Formal Satin Slit Long Dress $59.90

Finally, we bring in some big Bridgerton energy with this romantic floral dress. The flexible boning corset top and off-shoulder sleeves bring the Regency inspo, but the modern satin material and sexy side slit make it instantly fresh.

Windsor, Mildred Off-The-Shoulder Floral Satin Formal Dress $64.90



There are many modern couples who feel the ceremony should be intimate, and the party should really be the big bash. If the invite calls out for Cocktail as the dress code, you know you’re in for some serious fun. That said, some ground rules here: A good cocktail dress should exhibit elegance, versatility, and attention to detail. It should showcase your figure in a tasteful manner, with a well-fitted bodice and a flared or draped skirt. Oh, and for those of you who think a mini can’t be cocktail…please join us in the 21st century, thank you.

Here are five fab fits that understood the assignment completely…

Starting with this stylish, short dress in soft, satiny mauve. The modern mixed material is composed of a satin-like fabric that offers a form-hugging fit with a moderate stretch, so you look shapely but feel comfortably composed.

Windsor, Reign The Night Satin Midi Dress $48.90

Lean in to this season’s transparency obsession without going overboard into TMI territory.

Boston Proper, Purple Tones Floral Lace Fit & Flair Dress $129.99 (on Sale NOW from $180)

Bring some shine to the party with this next dress. With golden threads running throughout the stretchy but form-fitting fabric, this lovely mini was made to move on the dance floor.

Agnes Orinda, Spaghetti Strap Mini Dress $28.99

(on Sale NOW from $38.69)

Speaking of soirées on the dance floor, this ruffled rose floral is a cinderella moment, in mini form…

Windsor, Mandy Corset Ruffle Rose Floral A-Line Party Dress $74.90

Finally, what could be better for cocktails than the LBD…as in, Little Blue Dress? Charming and voguish, there are so many ways to dress this one up or down.

Windsor, Arrive On The Scene Ruffle Bodycon Crepe Mini Dress $54.90


It’s just one little word, but Rustic can mean many things when it comes to weddings. Celebrations at a cottage, romantic events in manicured outdoor gardens, upscale boot-scooting in a barn…the list goes on. Here’s one rule of thumb though – when in doubt, assume semi-formal, embraced with a charming and earthy aesthetic. Opting for a dress is a classic choice, and selecting a design with natural tones like earthy greens, warm browns, or soft pastels can help capture the rustic atmosphere. Flowy maxi or midi dresses with floral or lace details often complement this theme beautifully.

Here are five great options that showcase the variety this wedding type can encompass.

Starting with this floaty timeless tulle midi that’s so versatile, it could literally go with just about any rustic wedding location. The super on-trend bow straps are extra long for that perfect amount of drama.

Windsor, Arielle Bow Strap A-Line Midi Formal Dress $99.90

If the location reads less earthy path and more well-groomed garden, go full dreamy romantic with this ethereal maxi. The sweetheart neckline and blue/white pastoral pattern lend a bit of cottagecore vibe, while the high leg slit and streamlined shape keeps it modern.

Windsor, Amalia High Slit Floral Satin Mermaid Dress $74.90

Looking for a little inspo? Why not channel mother nature with a gorgeous white and green gown. With its split neckline framed by flowy short sleeves, this ruffled beauty is perfect for chic casual.

Sugarlips, Ria Floral Santana Tie Back Midi Dress $87.20

(on Sale NOW from $109)

Who says a sundress can’t be sophisticated? Not us after seeing this breezy beauty in dreamy ditzy, pinks and green. The easy fit makes it flattering across a variety of body sizes while the floral chiffon adds effortless elegance.

Windsor, Dreamiest Summer Smocked Floral Chiffon Midi Dress $52.90

Finally, for a look that’s as beautiful as it is easy to move in, this flowy a-line midi will serve you well. The back is corseted to fit you perfectly, and the fabric has a nice, moderate stretch to it, so no matter where the wedding takes you, you’ll take it all in style.

Windsor, Picturesque Cutie Corset Lace-Up A-Line Midi Dress $59.90

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