Say ‘I Do’ to These Gorgeous Fall Wedding Guest Dresses


Fall wedding season is quickly approaching. Whether you’re traveling to a faraway destination or attending the “I Do’s” a bit closer to home, choosing the perfect outfit can feel a bit daunting. Velvet, sequins, fall florals, gowns, minidresses, jewel tones— the sky’s the limit when it comes to fall wedding guest dresses (just as long as you follow the dress code, of course.)

Already debating what to wear? You’ve come to the right place. We chatted with stylists to answer your burning fashion FAQs for choosing the right frock and rounded up 20 fall wedding guest dresses that’ll have you dancing the night away in style and comfort. Chin chin!

The best fall wedding guest dresses, at a glance:

FAQs

So, what should a wedding guest wear to a fall wedding?

Just as long as you follow the dress code (which should be listed on your wedding invite), stylists say the most important rule when shopping for an outfit is to have fun with it. “I always tell clients and friends attending weddings to dress up, have fun with your outfit, and dive deep into a themed wedding if there is one,” says fashion stylist, Brendan Cannon, of The Cannon Media Group, a fashion consultant firm. “Weddings are such a great time to dress up and feel fabulous!” Cannon also recommends bringing a sweater or coat with you: “You never know when the temperature may dip.”

What colors should a fall wedding guest wear?

As the seasons change, so do our color choices. “I suggest wearing deeper colors,” says Lyndsay Rinere, store owner and marketing director of The Dressing Room Boutique in Madison, Connecticut. This is especially true of October weddings, as the weather turns crisp and cool. “As October approaches, think of deeper colors that match a classic autumn color palette,” she recommends. Go for jewel tones and richer hues like emerald, plum, burgundy, magenta, and deep orange. And most obviously, don’t wear white.

Can you wear florals to fall weddings?

In a word? Absolutely! Keep in mind what type of floral you’re adorning yourself with, though—stick to ones that feel more fall appropriate. “Stick to dark florals or more sparse floral patterns in one color,” recommends Ashlyn Greer, stylist and founder of the personal styling service, Fashivly. “All-over floral in lighter hues can tend to read more casual, especially when it’s in the fall.”

Is it appropriate to wear black to a fall wedding?

Black is “timeless and chic,” says fashion stylist, Marlene Anzaldua. Rinere concurs. “There truly are no rules—it’s timeless, seasonless, looks great on everyone, and can always be worn again,” she says. However, she also recommends considering the bride’s wishes for her guests. “It’s never inappropriate to wear black to a wedding unless the bride states otherwise,” she says.

20 best wedding guest dresses for fall

Best overall

Available sizes: 0-12

When it comes to wedding guest dresses, Reformation consistently rises to the top of the best-dressed list. There are endless styles to choose from; we like this one for its flattering sweetheart neckline, subtly fitted bodice with sexy side slit, and the fact that it comes in myriad colors and prints.

It’s also cut in an ideal silhouette for weddings earlier in the fall season, when temperatures may still be searing. “Early fall weddings will likely still be outdoors and could be very hot,” says Greer. “Opting for a sleeveless maxi dress with a slit in a fall color will still make it feel like fall.” The lightweight georgette fabric will also keep you cool in warmer weather. All in all, The Juliet is a sure stunner for wedding season.

Colors: 7

Material: 100% viscose

Pros: 

  • Multiple colors and prints
     
  • Tied straps are adjustable for the perfect fit
  • Lightweight georgette fabric
  • Versatile midi length

Cons: 

  • Runs small 
     
  • Not available in plus or petite sizes
     

Best LBD



Available sizes: 00-16 in standard, petite, and plus sizes

One thing’s for certain—everyone needs at least one little black dress in their closet. It can be tough to find any dress that works in both warm and cool temperatures, much less an LBD—but this one from Anthropologie succeeds in spades. The flutter sleeves are beautiful, the sheath silhouette absolutely stunning, and it even has a subtle slit on the side for a flirty touch. What more could you ask for, really?

If you’re worried about black being too simple for a fall wedding, well, don’t be. “Black is always appropriate to wear and is always chic,” says Cannon. “Try to add color with your shoes and handbag.”

Colors: 2

Material: viscose with polyester trim 

Pros: 

  • Available in a wide range of sizes, including standard, petite, and plus
     
  • Minimalist with subtle touches
     
  • Hand-wash friendly
     
  • Easy to accessorize
  • Under $100

Cons: 

  • Only available in two colors (one of which is Chai, a creamy white, which is not guest appropriate)

Best on Amazon:



Available sizes: 0-16

Colors: 16

Don’t want to break the bank on a wedding guest dress? Then don’t—snag this one from Amazon instead. The chic wrap maxi comes in a slew of colors, fabrics, and prints, including jewel-toned velvets, pretty polka dots, and feminine florals. For $40, you can’t beat it.

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Available in a wide variety of colors, prints, and fabrics
     
  • Affordable 
  • Easy to accessorize
  • Highly-rated

Cons: 

  • Runs large

Best black-tie gown


woman wearing retrofete zoa dress

Available sizes: XXS-XL

Retrofête is one of those brands that just doesn’t miss. Every single dress is stunning, and this flowy, empire waist pleated gown is no exception. The shimmery lamé is ’70s chic in the absolute best way, the twisted bodice is a thoughtful touch, and the almost-hidden slit peeks through just enough to add some extra drama. It’s replete with resplendent details, making it a showstopper that just begs to be seen on the dance floor. 

Colors: 1

Material: 95% polyester, 5% spandex

Pros: 

  • Pretty empire-waist silhouette
     
  • Padded cups for shape
     
  • Bodice is lined

Cons: 

  • Expensive
     
  • Not available in plus or petite sizes
     
  • May run long

Most affordable:


lulus constantine olive green satin maxi dress

Available sizes: XS-XL

A high-quality wedding guest dress that’s under $100? Some might say it can’t be done … but then again, some people haven’t shopped at Lulus. This gown hits on all fronts for fall, from its variety of rich hues (think deep orange, hunter green, and navy) to the side slit and subtle shimmer. It’s ideal for more formal to-dos, and will certainly turn some heads during cocktail hour. 

Colors: 9

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Affordable
     
  • Versatile
  • Slit is airflow-friendly

Cons: 

  • No plus or petite sizing
     

Best plus-sized dress:


woman wearing eloquii one shoulder dress with slit with one hand on hip

Available sizes: 14-28

One shoulder. Ruching. Front slit. Midi length. Bodycon silhouette. Seriously, is there anything this Eloquii dress doesn’t have working in its favor? We think not. Whether you choose rich hunter green or (not so) basic black, this is one dress that’s guaranteed to make you the center of attention—well, after the bride, that is.

Colors: 2

Material: 95% recycled polyester, 5% spandex

Pros: 

  • Made from recycled polyester
  • Versatile length and design
  • Available in a wide range of plus sizes
  • Affordable
  • Versatile

Cons: 

  • Only two colors
     

Best halter:


woman standing and wearing amanda uprichard revolve samba gown

Available sizes: XS-XL

For fans of the high-neck look, this Amanda Uprichard x Revolve gown absolutely delivers, pairing the thigh-high slit with flattering ruched details, a draped halter neckline, and a low scoop back. Not to mention it’s designed in lush, smooth silk, and available in this season’s must-wear emerald hue. 

Colors: 9

Material: 100% silk

Pros: 

  • Versatile
     
  • Thoughtful ruching and draping
     
  • Available in a multitude of colors
  • Silky soft

Cons: 

  • Runs long
     
  • No petite or plus sizes
  • Expensive

Best slip dress:


j crew gwyneth slip dress

Available sizes: 00-24

“The slip dress is back and looking amazing this fall,” Cannon says. One part Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one part ’90s Gwyneth Paltrow, all parts chic,tThis slip dress from J.Crew is it—and, quite impressively, it rings in at under $100. It’s actually a recreation of the brand’s best-selling slip skirt, complete with the effortless early aughts-inspired aesthetic. We love the spaghetti straps (bonus: they’re adjustable), and the easy, midi length. The lustrous silky charmeuse is at once timeless and elegant, too.

Colors: 3

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Affordable
     
  • Simple and elegant
  • Versatile and easy to accesorize

Cons: 

  • Not that warm—definitely bring a scarf or sweater

Best floral dress:


woman wearing astr the label gaia strappy bias cut satin midi dress with one hand on hip

Available sizes: XS-XL

Florals? For fall? Groundbreaking. We’re not sure what Miranda Priestley would have to say about that, but we’re definitely on board with flowers this season. When choosing a floral dress for fall weddings, “think of your classic fall foliage colors,” recommends Rinere. In the case of this ASTR The Label option, the red floral against a hunter-green ground reads fall appropriate (without falling into holidays territory), while the criss-cross straps lend visual interest to the back.

Colors: 3

Material: 100% polyester

Pros:

  • Slip-on silhouette
     
  • Straps are adjustable
     
  • Lined to the knee for added coverage
     
  • Affordable

Cons: 

  • Not available in plus or petite sizes
  • Runs small

Best maximalist dress:


Woman with one leg up wearing asos luxe puff sleeve dress and holding a purse

Available sizes: 0-14

Statement-makers—this burgundy mini dress is for you.  Puff sleeves, side cutouts, pleated details, and a flared skirt all add up to this Asos mini dress being a maximalist must-have. It’s ’80s drama in the absolute best way, and it’s in the prettiest dark red that’s perfect for autumn events. 

Colors: 1

Material: 51% polyester, 49% polyamide

Pros: 

  • Machine-washable
     
  • Multiple eye-catching details
  • Unique

Cons: 

  • Only one color available
     
  • Not available in petite or plus sizes

Best mini:


woman wearing asos design chiffon one shoulder mini dress

Available sizes: 0-14

Dreamy, flighty, short enough to move comfortably in, but not enough to flash anyone… that’s this Asos Design dress to a D. It features asymmetrical sleeves and an eye-catching mixed floral print that begs to be taken for a turn on the dance floor. Not to mention it’s designed in lightweight chiffon, so it’s perfect for warmer weddings. 

Colors: 1

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Affordable
     
  • Unique silhouette
  • Versatile length

Cons: 

  • Not available in plus or petite sizes
     
  • Only comes in one color

Best cut-out:


woman wearing revolve alice olivia fayeth midi dress

Available sizes: 0-14

Cut-outs are for fall, too, especially when they come in emerald green, which is one of the most on-trend colors for wedding guest dresses this fall. Subtle cutout details, allover pleating, knotting at the waist, an asymmetrical midi length … let us count the ways we love this dress. While it may run on the more expensive side, it’s an excellent investment and can definitely be worn to more than just weddings, but cocktail parties, dinners, and more.

Colors: 1

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Chic cut-out details 
     
  • Versatile length
  • Trendy color
  • Lightweight plissé fabric

Cons: 

  • Expensive
     
  • Only one color available
  • Not available in petite or plus sizes

Best short-sleeved dress:


reformation frasier dress

Available sizes: 0-24

A short-sleeved dress is perfect for those in-between temperatures, especially in September and early October. “Reformation has a great selection of short-sleeved dresses,” says Greer. The Frasier combines a knee-skimming length with button details for a look that’s absolutely on the money. It also features a side slit and keyhole back, which balances out a modest neckline. Plus, it’s available in seven beautiful colors and prints, including fiery red, deep hunter green, and a rich navy floral.

Colors: 7

Material: 53% viscose, 47% rayon

Pros: 

  • Available in regular and plus sizes
     
  • Variety of colors
  • Versatile sleeve length for in-between seasons
  • Slit and keyhole are airflow-friendly

Cons: 

  • Pricey

Best long-sleeved dress:


woman wearing hutch long sleeve wrap dress

Available sizes: XXS-3X

As the temperatures dip, you may want to seek out a long-sleeved dress for wedding celebrations. “Check the location and see if any portion of the evening is going to be outdoors,” recommends Greer. “If so, you might want to opt for something with sleeves, especially if it’s later in the season when the weather becomes less predictable.” One beautiful option this season is this printed gown from Hutch—one of Greer’s favorite brands for dresses—which features a V-neckline, ankle-skimming silhouette, and flattering wrap front. “

Colors: 1

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Regular, petite, and plus sizes available
     
  • On-trend color and print for fall
  • Sleeves and maxi length perfect for colder months

Cons: 

  • Runs long
  • Pricey
  • Only one color available

Best knit:



Originally $90, now $54

Available sizes: XXS-XL in standard, tall, and petite lengths

If comfort is your main goal, go for this knit dress from Banana Republic. The poly-spandex knit is stretchy without being too casual, so you’ll look the part but won’t feel restricted or stuck. And the cut is so elegant; the off-the-shoulder neckline features cap sleeves for a bit of extra coverage, and the A-line skirt looks good with flats or heels alike. Did we mention it’s 40 percent off? 

Colors: 2

Material: 97% polyester, 3% spandex

 

Pros: 

  • Comfortable 
  • Affordable
  • Simple, versatile design
  • Available in petite and tall lengths

Cons: 

  • Only two colors
     

Best velvet dress:


woman wearing jenny yoo deep v velvet dress

Available sizes: 0-26 in standard and plus sizes

“Late October and November is the perfect time to go all out in luxurious fabrics like velvet,” says Greer. If you’re on the hunt for fall formal dresses, this Jenny Yoo gown is an ideal choice. A deep V-neckline, body-skimming column silhouette, and deep V-back all add up to just the right amount of drama for fall wedding season. 

Colors: 5

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Available in regular and plus sizes
     
  • Warm velvet fabric
  • Versatile length and design
  • Easy to accessorize

Cons: 

  • Runs long
     

Best sheath dress:


woman wearing dress the population alondra blouson sheath dress

Available sizes: XXS-XXL

Navy is one of those wedding guest dress colors that looks good year-round—and this Dress the Population sheath definitely fits the bill. It features a blouson bodice, a figure-skimming skirt, and a back slit, creating a look that can be dressed up or down as the invitation suggests. 

Colors: 8

Material: 97% polyester, 3% spandex

Pros: 

  • Simple sheath cut
  • Versatile
  • Machine washable

Cons: 

  • Runs small
  • No petite or plus sizing available

Best pleated dress:


woman wearing confete pretty pleats one shoulder maxi dress

Available sizes: S-L

Perfect in pleats … yes, that’s completely right with this option from Confête. Cannon loves a one-shoulder silhouette for fall wedding season, and this on-trend saffron hue makes it even better. It features tie details at the shoulder and a floor-sweeping, forgiving silhouette that the brand also calls “bump-friendly”, so expecting mothers, give this frock a look, too. 

Colors: 1

Material: Not available on the website

Pros: 

  • Affordable
     
  • Bump-friendly
  • Versatile length and design

Cons: 

  • Small range of sizes available
     
  • Only comes in one color
     
  • Returns incur a $12 return fee unless you opt for store credit

Best maternity:



Available sizes: S-XL

PinkBlush is your one-stop shop for maternity clothes any occasion, including fall weddings. Our pick? This maxi dress that’s decked out in a delicate lace overlay. The sheer bell sleeves and maxi length keep the chill at bay, while the double lining and bump-friendly silhouette keep you and Baby totally covered. Arguably the best part, though, is the wide range of colors available; choose from a whopping 22 hues, each of which is prettier than the next.

Colors: 22

Material: 100% polyester

Pros: 

  • Pretty lace overlay 
     
  • 22 colors
  • Double-lined to prevent sheerness
  • Affordable
  • Versatile length

Cons: 

  • No petite or plus sizes available
     
     

Best jumpsuit:



Available sizes: XS-XL

When it comes to fall wedding guest outfits, you don’t have to stop at dresses. Jumpsuits are equally posh; the right one can definitely make a statement. This one from Wayf features a drapey satin that hangs slightly off the shoulder for a flirty touch that elevates an otherwise minimalist look. It’s a beautiful option if you want to eschew gowns in favor of pants this season.

Colors: 2

Material: 97% polyester, 3% spandex

Pros: 

  • Easy to move in 
  • Versatile length and design
  • Soft, satin material
  • Easy to accessorize

Cons: 

  • Not available in plus or petite sizes





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