Best Dressed Guest: Chic Dresses for Wedding Cocktails

With indoor functions still in flux, many 2020 couples are opting for keeping the nuptials to a simple license signing, and saving the larger gathering for the reception. This could be anywhere from 200, 100, 50, or less, depending on your state. Regardless of the size, most likely it will be outdoors and include some celebratory libations.

So if you’re lucky enough to get an invite, the SLH team has the freshest on-trend looks. We’ll give you chic options for your classy cocktails occasion, along with great accessories to enhance your look…including some adorable (yes, we said adorable!) fashionable masks.

Boston Proper, Luminous Beaded Mesh Dress $229.50

Oranges and tangerine colors have been going strong since summer started. This shade goes with so many skin tones from ebony to ivory, it may be the perfect party dress.

For styling, keep your look current with some trend-forward shades like these amber beauties from Karen Walker. Add some serious eye candy with Cult Gaia’s alluring wristlet and a pair of vibrant pumps. Christy Leigh’s facial scarf helps coordinate the entire look by pulling in various colors from the dress and the accessories. Last, a little bling from Noèmie frames the face.

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Halston, Asymmetrical Drape Dress $395

Saffron in all its sunshine glory is a huge trending color this season. For this dress, it’s not just the color that’s a showstopper. The dramatic drape off-the-shoulder insures you will be turning heads in the very best way.

A look this dramatic requires some equally dramatic accessories. Play with the bold solid of this gown with an equally bold print. For that, we go to the print-guru Trina Turk. Her Morning Sunrise Mule has just the right amount of decadent. What could possibly match such a bold print? Black Halo to the rescue with a sequined confetti mask that’ll ensure your conversations are nothing short of sparkling. As for the rest of the accessories, we added a bold gold chain bracelet, a fun flowery clutch by MadisonStyle and some charming rose-crystal colored sunnies from Warby Parker.

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Boston Proper, Metallic Detail Off-The-Shoulder Dress $139.50

Channel your inner resort style diva with this off-the-shoulder number from Boston Proper. The silhouette reads easy-cazh but the print reads luxe.

With a combo this spectacular, we’re going for the gold. Styling that is. Katy Perry’s stomp-worthy sandals will keep you grounded while a golden sequined facial covering takes you full glam. Some neutral shades, a gorgeous bone-colored mini purse by Everlane, and a hefty gold cocktail ring by Freida Rothman complete this stunning look.

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Bebe, Charm Halter Neck Mini Dress $129

The slip dress is back and ready for cocktails! This azure blue, above-the-knee beauty is a classic example of why this dress ruled the 90s runways. It looks both charming and luxe with just the right amount of shimmer.

When styling, keep a nod to the nineties going with updated interpretations of this retro-loved look. Thick, blocky heels go vamp with Nodaleto’s silvery take. Add a touch of whimsy with this purr-fectly delightful crossbody from Ted Baker. Next, give that quintessential 90s choker necklace a 2020 twist featuring pearls and silver shells.

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Alice McCall, Sweet Little Mystery Lace Ruffle Mini Dress $135

This sweet champagne dress from Alice McCall takes flirty to fantastic. There’s plenty of visual interest to take in on this lovely creature, but by keeping it all in a monochromatic tone it doesn’t become overwhelming.

Speaking of monochromatic, we loved the idea of styling the accessories in the same stunning shade. Favoring the feminine, we found an amazing Zac Posen bag that looks like it was created just for this dress. Keeping in the champagne tone-zone, we added a touch of glittery with some heels by Nina, satin sweetness with a mask from Etsy and some alluring sunglasses from rag & bone. Last but by far not least…what goes better with flowers than some cute buzzy bees? These pearl & gold beauties from BaubleBar help round out this charming look.

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Looking for more guest dress ideas? Check out our Editors curation of Wedding Beach Guest Dresses.

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  1. A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top. A well-tailored pantsuit or a dressy jumpsuit paired with tasteful jewelry is also an excellent option for a semi-formal wedding.  

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