What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: 80 Wedding Guest Dresses for All Shapes & Sizes

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Over 80 Wedding Guest Dresses for All Shapes & Sizes (Jumpsuits too!) | Not Dressed As Lamb

For some reason I’ve been obsessed with dresses this spring – and every time I see another seasonal beauty I think “That would make a fabulous wedding guest dress”.

I need a few more wedding invites to get through all the ones I like…!

That said, I’m happy to wear a dress to more than one wedding, and I don’t always buy something new. But as there are so many gorgeous dresses in the shops at the moment (and if you’re going to be a wedding guest this year) I thought I’d show you some of my favourites – I’ve broken them down into specific categories to hopefully make the What To Wear decision that little bit easier.

I wanted to cater for all the style preferences or body issues that most of us have. I didn’t want to dictate what to wear if you’re an X, Y or Z shape (I don’t believe in that as most of you know, I believe in #iwillwearwhatilike). So instead I’ve gone for dresses that show off or hide certain parts, or dresses that cater for you if you love black, or if you love colour.

Or even if you don’t “do” dresses at all – there are lots of options for the dress haters out there too!
Take my preferences for example: I’m not partial to showing off my legs so I’ve included a section where all the dresses are midis or longer. If my legs are hidden away it makes me feel much less self-conscious and therefore more confident.

Dress to suit your style preferences, not your shape

Dressing to suit your preferences in terms of what you like to disguise and what you like to show off works much better than dressing for your shape in my opinion. Get that right and you’ll feel as confident and as fabulous as humanely possible.

As always I’ve gone for occasion appropriate looks, so all the ones I’ve featured will suit most types of wedding, from church to register office, and from casual to formal.

A few have been repeated – some with long sleeves may also be short, so they’ll appear under the “dresses that cover arms” as well as the “dresses that show off legs” sections. But there are still over 80 to choose from (please don’t count them, I’ll admit I may be a few out!) – I hope you’ll find something you like…!

And of course in my search for wonderful wedding guest dresses I may have ordered one or two for myself along the way (you don’t always need a wedding as an excuse to wear them)! It’s what you call the hazards of the job 😉

ARE YOU ATTENDING ANY WEDDINGS THIS YEAR – AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? HAVE ANY OF THESE PICKS HELPED YOU FIND SOMETHING…? COMMENT BELOW!

Catherine

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Best wedding guest dresses for… Bold colour lovers

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Dresses for Lovers of Colour - Not Dressed As Lamb

BOLD COLOUR DRESSES: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

I’ve started with bold colour because that’s my favourite! Solid colour dresses are the perfect choice if you want to dress something up with different accessories to wear to more than one wedding. You can totally transform a one-colour dress with your jewellery, shoes, belts, scarves, cover ups… even hats (I love vintage-style hats and fascinators).

 

 

Best wedding guest dresses for… Lovers of black

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Dresses for Lovers of Black - Not Dressed As Lamb

BLACK DRESSES: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

I know I’m a colour lover but I also know that for many women their comfort zone is black. So you love black and have a wedding to go to, but you don’t want to look like you’re going to a funeral? There are plenty of mostly-black dresses on the high street that would look great at a wedding. Go for a black background floral, or be brave and choose a black dress with a bold section of colour in it.

 

 

Best wedding guest dresses for… Covering legs

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Dresses That Cover Legs - Not Dressed As Lamb

DRESSES THAT COVER LEGS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

This is my preference: if my legs are covered I’m happy. Luckily midis and maxis are still having a moment, so there are an abundance of stunning long dresses around this season. There are lots of options in terms of colour, pattern and extra coverage (or not, if you like to show off arms like me)!

 

 

Best wedding guest dresses for… Covering arms

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Dresses That Cover Arms - Not Dressed As Lamb

DRESSES THAT COVER ARMS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

For many of you arms is the thing you want to cover up, so here are 16 long sleeved beauties. Again, you have the option of short or long dresses, black dresses, bold colour and prints. Something for everyone, but no sleeveless options that expose your least-favourite limbs.

 

 

Best wedding guest dresses for… Showing off legs

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Dresses That Show Off Legs - Not Dressed As Lamb

DRESSES THAT SHOW OFF LEGS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

Oh how I would love to have legs I love, but I don’t and that’s okay (I show off my arms instead)! But if YOU love your legs, then damn well show them off, I say… this has nothing to do with age! If you’re happy to go for short sleeves as well I’ve included sleeveless and short-sleeved dresses, but similarly many have long sleeves and offer more coverage, ensuring the focus is on your perfect pins. Show them off for as long as you wish, forget that crazy rule about no short skirts after the age of 30 or 40 (or whatever the stupid rule is).

 

 

Best wedding guest dresses for… Disguising lumps and bumps

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Dresses That Hide Lumps and Bumps - Not Dressed As Lamb

DRESSES THAT DISGUISE LUMPS AND BUMPS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

If you’re feeling less than confident because of a bit of weight gain or you just don’t like tight-fitting clothes, these 16 dresses are all loose-fit or trapeze shape and will disguise all manner of lumps, bumps or food babies. They’re a great choice anyway for a wedding – no worries about feeling too full and wanting to undo your belt. I may have even sneaked in a maternity dress or two, but who cares – it’s still a pretty dress!

 

 

Best wedding guest jumpsuits for… Haters of dresses!

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding for All Shapes & Sizes: 16 Wedding Guest Jumpsuits if You Don't Do Dresses - Not Dressed As Lamb

JUMPSUITS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16

What do you do if you have a reasonably formal wedding to go to but you just don’t “do” dresses? The answer is easy: jumpsuits. There are so many in the shops at the moment and their popularity is not showing signs of waning anytime soon. They do everything a dress does, but with legs. If you’ve tried some and the fit wasn’t quite right (if you’re very short or long-waisted this can be a problem), keep going and try more. You’ll find one to fit you beautifully, I promise.

 

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19 Comments

  1. May 16, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Wow, you selected the very best dresses! I really must overthink if I really will wear a Dirndl as planned for the wedding I’m invited 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Oh wow I love dirndls, Rena!!!!

  2. May 16, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Fab dresses and jumpsuits..I am searching for MOB at the moment and even considered a jumpsuit…

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      I think a jumpsuit would be fabulous for a MOTB outfit, Hilda! x

  3. May 16, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    The lace sleeved Ted Baker dress!! So many to choose from but that is just jumping out at me!
    Laurie x

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Isn’t it glorious, Laurie – the sleeves!!!!!!

  4. May 17, 2018 / 5:28 am

    This is fun! Just in time for the big wedding eh?!

    Love, Annie

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      If only I’d had an invite, Ann! 😉

  5. sonam
    May 17, 2018 / 9:53 am

    veey nice and attractive post.Love your post.You did great work.Nice dress. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. May 17, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Fabulous selection Catherine, so many to choose from! Thanks for sharing this post, love looking at dresses. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      So do I, Jacqui – not good for my bank balance…!

  7. May 17, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    So many tempting and colourful dresses… even though I don’t have anything specific planned! I love the categories and how you’ve grouped the dresses, that is such a helpful idea. xx

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      So glad you thought so, Lisa – thank you! x

  8. Danish Pastry
    May 18, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    Lots of choice here! How about an accessory edit for weddings including head wear?
    I’ve sort of got my outfit sorted for an August wedding we’re invited to. I say sort of…I was planning to wear a navy lace pencil skirt, with one of two blouses (both with blues and pinks in them). Then I bought a blue/cream pair of floral print trousers and matching top – worn together it looks like a jumpsuit! So now I’m ditherering between the two looks. I’d wear either with cobalt shoes and a pink bag.
    Help…

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      I did do one last year for headwear, Sarah: https://www.notdressedaslamb.com/2017/06/34-modern-wedding-guest-hats-and-fascinators.html

      I’d say photograph yourself wearing the two outfits, upload the pics to a laptop and study them on the screen – it’s the best way to be absolutely objective about what you’re considering wearing – hope that helps! It has to be YOU that decides what you feel best in, and what you feel you look best in. It can’t be for anyone else to decide. But I promise you you’ll see straight away which is the best one x

  9. May 18, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Oh, how I love posts like these Catherine!
    You do them SO well….I’m like “Yep, I love that, that, that, that and that that and that…. “on it goes.
    You are a bad influence on my bank balance.
    That blue floral ASOS jumpsuit is floating my boat and I’m wondering if I could wear it to work…. the answer is “Yes!!”
    Fabulous post… Thank you!
    XXX

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Hehe I know, I’m a bad influence on myself!!!!!

  10. May 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Ooooh Catherine. I’m reading this while watching the Royal Wedding and chatting to you and Annette on Whatsapp about the wedding guest outfits! This is such a fabulous post. I’m in dress heaven! Gorgeous selection lovely xxxxx

    • catherine
      May 22, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Oh wasn’t the royal wedding just glorious, Liz… so utterly, utterly perfect – and yes it was fun “watching” it with you and Annette!! Glad you love the dresses, thank you x

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