Look, I know what you're thinking: Isn't it a little early to shop for a wedding happening in the spring? The quick answer is...no. If you've ever tried to look for the perfect wedding guest dress, you'll know that planning is crucial—last-minute dress orders usually result in a piece you feel meh about. Like anything else in life, giving yourself time to weigh your options leads to a happier outcome. Plus, now's the time to take advantage of those winter discounts on your favorite spring/summer pieces. (That Self-Portrait dress you love? Yeah, it's 50 percent off.) Ahead, the dresses you'll be thrilled to own before the big date arrives.
Spring weather calls for light, flowy frocks—like a slip dress. (The smooth satin won't hang heavy on your body.) This number from Topshop has a cowl neckline and asymmetric hem design. It even comes with a slip of lace insert to make it look a little different than your nightgown at home.
The great thing about shopping for a spring dress in the middle of winter? Sales. Especially on designer pieces like this Self-Portrait dress. The item was originally $485 (plus tax, might I add), but is currently on sale for $291 (!!). Scoop up this cold-shoulder floral design before I do.
When the weather is still mild, you can get away with wearing sheer long sleeves at weddings. This navy floral option has a fluttery high-low hemline and charming ruffle trims along the shoulders. As one online reviewer noted: "Would highly recommend for casual to dressy."
For a wedding that's fancier than a boho-beach-chic gathering, try this metallic midi gown. The color may be darker than the floral prints of spring, but the shiny material keeps the look light and airy. Style with black heels to match the bowtie details on the shoulders.
This elegant blush dress is appropriate for every season, so you get the most bang for your buck. You can wear it in the fall/winter with a furry cream coat, sparkly earrings, and heels. Come spring/summer, you can skip the outerwear and accessorize the dress with a woven clutch and espadrille sandals.
You'll stand out, but won't overshadow the bride, in this flattering sky-blue crepe dress from Rebecca Vallance. Ruffles run diagonally from shoulder to waist, and are mimicked from the hip down for a unique look. Meanwhile, the elongated grosgrain ties give everyone an excuse to stare at this dress from all angles.
For casual weddings that will allow you to wear just about anything, here's a pink tie dye dress. The coloring is a departure from your usual floral prints and pastel hues, which will make you stand out from the other guests. Be that trendsetter now, because—surprise—tie dye is going to be huge come spring.
If the reception is outdoors (on grass or sand), a minidress is a good alternative to long gowns. You won't have to a) worry about picking up your train every five minutes and b) getting your dress dirty. To keep it classy and not clubby, try this Victorian-inspired fluttery dress from Rebecca Taylor. To keep with the feminine feel, wear with lucite heels and carry a baby blue clutch.
This dark green dress is my pick for a piece that looks like a million bucks, but costs only $45. The wrap front maxi has delicate straps and side ruching that draws the eyes down to the sexy thigh-high slit. Since the dress is plain, it's the perfect item to style with bold statement jewels.
This dress has everything: lace, ruffles, inner lining, and a unique bust. The details work together cohesively to give you the ultimate fancy springtime wedding guest dress. It'll be a crowd pleaser, so get ready for the compliments.
This Isabel Marant dress is from the brand's pre-fall 2018 collection, though you can easily make it work for spring 2019. Puffed sleeves are still in next season, and the striking red floral print is an easy way to welcome warmer weather. Wear with a red-orange heel or navy sandals.
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