The post-COVID wedding boom is in full swing and the invites are rolling in. But after a year of staying safely indoors, your wardrobe might not be as prepared for the occasion as you are. Swap out the loungewear for a few of these gorgeous fall wedding guest dresses and you'll be ready for whatever festivities come your way. Getting dressed up for a couple's wedding isn't just considered good etiquette, it's also one of the most fun parts of being invited! According to our company data, getting dressed up is one of the things guests are looking forward to the most in 2021, with just over half of survey respondents (51%) feeling this way.
Sound familiar? If you can’t wait to don your best attire, you've come to the right place. We're sharing some of our favorite fall wedding guest styles, from black tie-worthy gowns in seasonal shades (think: earth and jewel tones) to fun and flirty cocktail attire. Figure out exactly what to wear to a fall wedding right here.
Where to Buy Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
We've hand-picked some of the best seasonal styles below—but if you'd rather browse the web for yourself, these are our favorite places to shop for dresses to wear to a fall wedding:
- ASTR The Label: ASTR The Label's stylish midis are a staple in any wedding guest's wardrobe. The brand's beautiful dresses are brimming with flirtatious details like ruffles, floral prints, and puffy sleeves—perfect for anyone who loves romantic style.
- Lulus: If your style is a little more on the edgy side, Lulus is the place to look. The online retailer has a wide selection of outfits with sultry leg slits, plunging necklines, and form-fitting silhouettes. The best part? There are lots of affordable options.
- Rue La La: Love a bargain? Rue La La's online boutiques are chock full of awesome discounts on designer clothing. You might have to do a little digging to find the perfect fall wedding guest dress, but it'll be totally worth it.
- Nordstrom: If you're not sure exactly what style you're looking for, department stores like Nordstrom are a great starting point. You can browse fashionable dresses from a wealth of designers at different price points.
- CoEdition: CoEdition specializes in plus-size clothing for pretty much any occasion, from everyday attire to outfits for special occasions. The site's selection of wedding guest dresses features a range of designers from City Chic and Chi Chi London to Adrianna Papell.
The Best Dresses to Wear to a Fall Wedding
Whether you're on the lookout for a wedding guest dress for September, October, or November, we've got you covered. These stylish outfits are perfect for any and all fall celebrations. We've also made sure to include plenty of versatile options you can easily wear again.
1. Fall florals
Looking for a wedding guest dress for an outdoor fall wedding? The orange flowers on this chic midi subtly reflect natural fall surroundings. Every detail of this contemporary slip dress is so on trend, from the cowl neckline and low back to the fitted bodice.
ASTR The Label Gaia floral midi dress in Teal-Peach Floral, from $98, ASTR The Label
2. Sultry slit
One of the best parts about saying goodbye to summer wedding guest attire? The return of gorgeous jewel tones. Emerald green is an ultra-flattering color that'll take you all the way through fall and winter. We love the structured bodice and subtle front slit of this understated midi.
Reformation Juliette dress in Emerald, $218, Reformation
3. Chic jumpsuit
This navy jumpsuit is a fitting fall outfit for a wedding guest attending a late summer celebration. The halter neckline, low back, and wide trouser legs will allow for plenty of airflow. Plus, the wide-leg detail will look amazing with a nice pair of heeled sandals.
ELOQUII halter neck Palazzo jumpsuit, $140, ELOQUII
4. Elegant ruffles
Attending a black tie affair? This floor-sweeping gown from Sachin & Babi is one of the most beautiful dresses to wear to a formal fall wedding. The deep burgundy hue is a stunning reflection of the season's changing leaves, and the cascading tier at the side creates an eye-catching silhouette.
Sachin & Babi Blair gown in Bordeaux, $895, Sachin & Babi
5. Sleek slip dress
Here's another gorgeous fall cocktail dress for weddings. This totally on-trend slip dress features a cowl neckline and subtle slit. The navy hue reflects the deep, saturated colors that rule this season, while the jacquard pattern creates an elevated finish.
Lulus You're My Type midnight blue satin jacquard midi slip dress, $68, Lulus
6. Gorgeous copper hue
Metallic colors aren't just for festive holiday events. Copper and gold hues work incredibly well in the fall too. This copper faux wrap dress is a tribute to the season's signature natural hues. An elasticized waist ensures the perfect fit, while the ruffled neckline and hem add a sweet finishing touch that's equal parts playful and romantic.
Show Me Your Mumu Samantha ruffle wrap dress in Copper Luxe Satin, $198, Show Me Your Mumu
7. Versatile midi dress
Attending a celebration with a casual dress code? Pair this pretty floral midi with sandals or a nice kitten heel for a relaxed (but still dressed-up) look. The puffy sleeves, square neckline, and smocked waist give us subtle cottagecore vibes. It's a casual fall wedding guest dress you could easily wear again.
Chelsea28 floral lace midi dress, $79, Nordstrom
8. Pretty pleats
Rust-orange colors are super on trend for fall weddings. This stunning dress has dramatic open sides, a strappy back, and a unique pleated design. Depending on the formality of the occasion, you can choose between a knee, midi, ankle, or maxi length.
Fame and Partners pleated double strap dress in Red Ochre, from $309, Fame and Partners
9. Bold botanical print
On the hunt for a fall wedding guest dress with sleeves? Well, this glamorous plus-size midi has serious sleeve game. Paired with a cute button-down front and vibrant floral print, what's not to love? It would look amazing at a daytime cocktail wedding (especially if it's a garden venue) or a pre-wedding event you’re attending.
Chi Chi London V-neck smock midi dress in Green, $110, CoEdition
10. Romantic maxi
Thought florals were just for spring? We're here to prove they can work for any season with the right approach. The bright marigold background of this floral-patterned maxi gives a nod to one of the season's primary colors.
Reformation Jasen dress in Anjelica, $298, Reformation
11. Beautiful bronze
Another hue that looks amazing in the fall? Bronze. The unusual bronze print on this long-sleeve fall wedding guest dress combines two of the season's biggest color trends: earthy tones and metallics.
Esther & Co. Bryleigh dress in Bronze Print, $85, Esther & Co.
12. Embellished tulle
Don't be afraid to embrace the theme while shopping for a dress for a formal fall wedding. If the couple is throwing a boho-themed bash, this gorgeous gown will instantly make you the best-dressed guest. Floaty tulle fabric, floral embroidery, and flutter sleeves add tons of bohemian character.
BHLDN Isabela dress in Sedona, $348, BHLDN
13. Casual shirt dress
For a casual farm or backyard wedding, keep things low-key by wearing a simple but stylish shirt dress. Depending on the venue, consider pairing this fall wedding guest dress with a nice pair of boots to complete the look.
ba&sh Brook floral midi dress, $420, ba&sh
14. Classy wrap dress
The easiest way to nail autumn wedding guest fashion is to choose a seasonal color. Deep oranges and reds such as rust, burnt orange, and burgundy are all appropriate options. We suggest wearing this burnt orange wrap dress with a pair of strappy stilettos to an evening cocktail event.
Veronica Beard Briony dress, from $70 to rent, Rent the Runway
15. Long-sleeve shift dress
There are plenty of online retailers with beautiful plus-size wedding guest dresses for fall. We love this contemporary-yet-understated shift dress from Lulus that'll look right at home at a casual wedding or daytime cocktail party. It's also a great pick for weddings in the warmer half of the season thanks to the shorter length and slitted sleeves.
Lulus Shifting Dears navy blue long-sleeve dress, $48, Lulus
16. Vibrant orange
It wouldn't be a list of the best autumnal wedding outfits without at least one vibrant orange dress. The halter neck, flowy pleated fabric, and ruffled bodice of this statement gown feel playful and casual. It's a fitting maxi dress for a fall wedding on the beach.
Revolve halter gown in Cherry Tomato, $398, Revolve
17. Unique tie-back dress
Fame and Partners is known for its unique and cute fall dresses for weddings, including this versatile design. The criss-cross tie back and high draped neckline are sure to garner attention. Again, choose between midi, ankle, or maxi length to suit the dress code. We suggest going with the midi for a cocktail wedding or the formal maxi length for a black tie affair.
Fame and Partners drape neck tie-back dress, from $389, Fame and Partners
18. Daring red jumpsuit
There's no reason you can't wear a jumpsuit as your fall wedding guest attire if it's a casual event. This burgundy jumpsuit features a V-neckline, surplice bodice, and cute side tie. It's a great option for a daytime wedding, especially if the venue is outdoors.
NY Collection plus-size side-tie jumpsuit in Cabernet, $70, Macy's
19. Seasonal shade
Like we said before, choosing a dress for a wedding in fall colors is the easiest way to salute the season. This rust-toned satin maxi dress will look stunning at a formal event. Try adding a simple necklace or elegant drop earrings to add the finishing touch.
BHLDN Leila satin charmeuse maxi dress in Rust, $248, BHLDN
20. Flirtatious fuchsia
The best fall wedding guest dresses allow you to express your own personal style. If you love all things bright and bold, don't feel obligated to stick with earthy, nature-inspired shades. Instead, opt for rich, saturated versions of your favorite colors. For example, you could swap out summer's pastel pinks for a deep fuchsia. This bright pink midi gives off all the celebratory vibes.
Reformation Marguerite dress in Flambe, $298, Reformation
21. Embellished shift dress
Looking for a dress to attend a fall wedding that's truly one of a kind? Check out this unique mini dress from Free People. The midnight blue color and floral adornments are reminiscent of an outdoor celebration under the stars.
Free People Flora mini dress in Midnight, $475, Free People
22. Romantic roses
ASOS is a great place to shop for fall dresses if you're a wedding guest on a budget. The site has lots of affordable options that'll work for all kinds of wedding celebrations and dress codes. The dark background of this romantic rose print makes this dress a suitable pick for fall and winter events.
ASOS Design high-neck satin maxi dress in Rose Floral, $69, ASOS
23. Garden-inspired print
Looking for a dress to wear to a fall garden wedding as a guest? Take an eco-friendly approach by renting this Reformation beauty from Rent the Runway. An off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline and slightly flared trumpet skirt bring all the romance. Plus, the earthy shade of pink is undeniably autumnal.
Reformation Butterfly dress, $30 to rent, Rent the Runway
24. Opulent beading
Adrianna Papell specializes in gorgeous plus-size dresses that are suitable for fall weddings. From the regal purple hue of this formal full-length gown to its intricate beaded pattern, every detail is fitting of a black tie affair.
Adrianna Papell plus-size short-sleeve beaded blouson gown in Cassis, $259, Adrianna Papell
25. Dainty Lace
This delicate lace midi dress is the ultimate daytime cocktail wedding attire. Stick with deeper shades such as navy and hunter green for fall and winter weddings, and opt for pastel hues in the spring and summer months.
ASTR The Label lace A-line midi dress in Navy, from $89, ASTR The Label
26. Midi slip dress
Dress this burgundy midi up or down depending on the dress code and time of day the event is taking place. The open back, sleeveless halter neckline, and lightweight fabric make it a great choice for weddings in warmer weather, but you could add a jacket for chillier temperatures.
Intimately Angelica midi slip in Burgundy, $60, Free People
27. Casual wrap dress
Nordstrom is a great go-to for stylish plus-size fall dresses for wedding guests. Plus, you can shop them online. This simple but chic wrap dress is perfect for a casual daytime event.
Standards & Practices Candice Georgette wrap dress in Slate, $88, Nordstrom
28. Vivid midi
You'll be the dancing girl emoji in real life thanks to this wrap dress in a signature autumnal shade. Ruffled sleeves and a ruffled high-low hemline give this burgundy midi a flirty vibe.
Esther & Co. Farren dress in Burgundy, $76, Esther & Co.
29. Blue florals
Blue is one color that looks amazing year-round. In the fall, darker, saturated tones like navy are more appropriate than bright turquoise or cerulean. This floral high-low maxi combines different shades of the popular color on a seasonal navy background, making this long wedding guest dress fully fall-ready.
R&M Richards chiffon capelet high-low dress, $109, CoEdition
30. Seasonal hues
The color blocking on this casual maxi dress reminds us of two things: fall and the beach. The orange and yellow hues aren't just reminiscent of changing leaves in the autumn, they also pay tribute to sun and sand. We'd wear this fall wedding guest dress for a beach celebration.
Acler Astone striped long-sleeve pleated midi dress, $595, Saks Fifth Avenue
31. Streamlined purple midi
Deep purples are another beautiful color that look particularly stunning in the latter half of the year. This modest faux wrap midi can easily be dressed up or down to suit casual and cocktail celebrations. Not only that, but you can totally add it to your everyday attire once the festivities are over.
Chaus Laura faux wrap midi dress in Mulberry, $89, Nordstrom
32. Colorful flowers
You can afford to be a little bolder with your outfit choice if it's a daytime event or a casual dress code. Anyone who appreciates a splash of color will love this bright A-line midi dress. The flower and greenery print is a lovely way to play up a garden or tropical wedding theme.
ELOQUII open-back puff-sleeve dress, $100, ELOQUII
33. Magnificent magenta
Speaking of bright colors, this floor-sweeping gown comes in a mesmerizing shade of magenta that's sure to wow everyone else on the guest list. A cape-style detail at the shoulder adds extra drama.
Saloni magenta Honey gown, from $70 to rent, Rent the Runway
34. Neutral maxi
Looking for a chic, understated maxi dress to wear as a fall wedding guest? Consider it found. This neutral-color gown is both elegant and sexy, thanks to the luxe satin material, thigh-high leg slit, and V-neckline.
Fame and Partners Borealis dress in Matte Satin/Dark Tan, $279, Fame and Partners
35. Luxe velvet
You don't have to wait until winter to whip out the velvet attire. It's totally acceptable to wear this luxe fabric in the fall too—especially in November as the season starts to transition. This elegant gown is made with a stretchy fabric to help ensure a comfortable fit, and the ruched bodice is a unique focal point.
Adrianna Papell stretch velvet gown in Emerald, $189, Adrianna Papell
36. Cute polka-dots
Attending a vintage-themed wedding? This playful polka-dot dress is inspired by retro '50s fashion. It's also made from a soft and stretchy fabric that will let you move freely on the dance floor.
Sydney's Closet Vintage Vibes dress, $99, Sydney's Closet
37. Delicate pink hues
ASOS has lots of great fall dresses for wedding guests in extended sizes, including maternity, petite, tall, and plus-size options. The flowers on this romantic maxi are a saturated shade of pink that's perfect for fall.
ASOS Design Maternity Exclusive mixed print midi dress with button front, $64, ASOS
38. Stunning sequins
Wear this dazzling sequined sheath dress to a semi-formal evening wedding with a pair of elegant heeled sandals or stilettos. The sheer, embellished neckline and sleeves show off the intricate beading.
Adrianna Papell plus-size short sequin cocktail dress with long sleeves in Midnight, $299, Adrianna Papell
39. Flirty chiffon dress
Jenny Yoo is known for her bridal and bridesmaid attire, but the designer also offers dresses for wedding guests. Flutter elbow-length sleeves and a tiered skirt add just the right amount of romance to this floral number.
Jenny Yoo Sonia dress in Mahogany Multi Flowering Sahara, $220, Jenny Yoo
40. Relaxed shirt dress
A shirt dress is a great option for casual daytime weddings (and they're super easy to re-wear too). The bold florals on this midi-length dress immediately stand out against the black background.
Torrid tea-length shirt dress in Challis Black Floral, $90, Torrid