8 Perfect Dresses for a Summer Wedding Guest

Whether you're attending a beach or ballroom wedding, take the guesswork out of dress shopping with these versatile and affordable styles.


DRESSBAR at Dressbarn High-Low Keyhole Dress


The little black dress gets a fresh makeover with a high-low hem, playful keyhole halter, and cinched empire waist. Thanks to the easy jersey material, this sophisticated style can be dressed up or down.

To buy: $48, dressbarn.com.

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Zara Cape Dress With Low Back


This eye-catching fuchsia style is well suited for a late-summer or evening fete. The dramatic boat neckline and cape-style sleeves provide coverage without being restrictive. A bejeweled bib necklace or drop earrings make a lovely complement.

To buy: $100, zara.com.

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& Other Stories Cutout Dress


With its flowing A-line skirt and pretty cutout neckline, this punchy pink dress is well-suited for a daytime or outdoor ceremony. Get glam with statement earrings and flirty heels.

To buy: $100, stories.com.

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H&M Tiered Chiffon Dress


The high-low hemline works for tall and short alike, while layers upon layers of sumptuous silk chiffon help create curves on a straight or small-busted figure. With such an embellished gown, little else is required in the way of accessories: just add earrings.

To buy: This item is currently sold out. A similar product can be found here.

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Eliza J Print Chiffon Maxi Dress


This slimming, floral-printed maxi dress perfectly echoes the romantic, laid-back mood of a beach or garden wedding. Top it off with bejeweled sandals and long dangly earrings.

To buy: $158, nordstrom.com.

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Adrianna Papell Floral Print Chiffon Pleated Fit & Flare Dress


Variegated pleats create a fit-and-flare silhouette that’s flattering on all shapes, while the slimming halter neckline helps to balance the look. Try it with strappy gold sandals and loose waves.

To buy: $158, nordstrom.com.

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White by Vera Wang V-Neck Wrapped Bodice Dress with Satin Belt


This sultry figure-elongating gown not only offers dramatic effect for a black tie wedding, but it can also be repurposed for a multitude of occasions year-round. Come fall, simply add a sparkly belt and a faux fur stole or scarf. Available in 38 colors.

To buy: $188, davidsbridal.com.

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Joanna August 8th Ave One Shoulder Gown


A single cascading ruffle on the elegant one-shoulder strap is all the embellishment necessary for this black-tie gown. A matching sash provides a flattering (and adjustable) waist-whittling effect, while the featherweight chiffon creates beautiful movement on—and off—the dance floor.

To buy: $285, joannaaugust.com.

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