20 best fall wedding guest dresses of 2021
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While the winter, spring, and summer months all have their appeal, there is something particularly enchanting about attending a fall wedding. After all, the season is known for its beautiful golden foliage, cool temperatures, and cozy places. But when it comes to dressing for the fall nuptials, it can be difficult for wedding guests to find an outfit that is both stylish. and suitable for the season.
Fortunately, there are many fall wedding guest dresses that are practical and fashionable even for outdoor ceremonies. Some silhouettes like floor-length maxi dresses, with long sleeves and high necklines, are perfect for weathering the cool temperatures in style. When it comes to colors and patterns, dresses in moody jewel tones, metallics and floral prints will complement the rich, earthy hues of fall. And the best fabrics for a fall wedding? Plush velor, heavy crepe, satin, and silk are all great options for the cooler fall months.
Whether the wedding takes place in a rustic barn in the mountains or in a modern urban location, read the best fall wedding guest dresses for all styles and budgets.
For the bohemian guest: Lulus navy blue lace long dress with long sleeves
Stun from all angles in this bohemian and sexy dress from Lulus. The floor-sweeping style is utterly romantic for a fall wedding in a rustic setting.
Best Little Black Dress: Reform Square Neck Dress
Minimalists will love the simplicity and versatility of this little black dress. It is easy to wear, flattering and can be dressed up or down depending on the dress code.
Best Brief: Jenny Yoo Velvet Midi Dress
If you want to wear a slip dress for a fall wedding, but are worried about the cool evening breezes, opt for one made from velvet. This BHLDN jumpsuit is warm and flattering, and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Best Maxi: Lovers + Friends Maxi Dress
This maxi dress is cut from an extremely soft fabric and features a flattering touch to the front. The high-low hem is perfect for showing off a fun pair of shoes.
Best wrap dress: Zimmermann asymmetric ruffled silk-satin wrap dress
There is nothing more flattering or comfortable than a wrap silhouette. We especially love this one for its ruffled hem and jacket sleeves.
Best Shine: Needle & Thread Ruffled Sequin Tulle Midi Dress
Shine from head to toe with this sequined number. It is perfect for taking you from ceremony to after party and will shine beautifully in all your photos.
Party Ready: ASOS EDITION Ombré Sequin Wrap Dress
If you are always the first guest on the dance floor then you need this evening dress. We love it with matching silver accessories and a bold red lip.
Ideal with long sleeves: Long velvet dress Jenny Yoo
A sure-fire way to stay warm at a fall outdoor wedding is to outfit yourself in head-to-toe velvet. This gorgeous long sleeve dress from BHLDN is an effortless way to look classy while braving the elements.
Best Mini: WAYF Floral Lace Dress
Show off your legs in this stunning mini dress crafted in all-over floral lace. We love this look for a backyard wedding in early fall.
More modest: ASOS DESIGN maxi dress with batwing sleeves
While shades of black and jewels are popular for fall weddings, if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching, consider a bold mustard shade. This ASOS dress is also a great option for those who prefer a more conservative figure.
Best Combination: Eloquii Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit
If combinations are more your speed, go for this style of Eloquii. The intricate lace bodice and wide, sleek pants strike the perfect balance between romantic and modern.
The most whimsical: the Saloni velvet midi dress
Both trendy and whimsical, this plush velvet set couldn’t be more fun for a semi-formal or party dress code. We can’t help but imagine it at a chic city wedding.
Best midi: Markarian black floral brocade one-shoulder dress with train
Luxe brocade fabrics instantly feel classic for a fall affair. This Markarian dress comes with a long black train for added drama.
Best Mermaid Silhouette: Norma Kamali Off The Shoulder Dress
Sleek and timeless, this off-the-shoulder dress is perfect for a formal fall wedding. The bodycon mermaid silhouette is utterly flattering, to boot.
Most Unique: The Markarian Velvet-Trimmed Bronze Brocade Dress
Make your entrance in this velvet-trimmed dress from Markarian. This beautifully balanced silhouette features an alluring sweetheart neckline and sexy front slit.
Best Shoulder: Metallic Pinko Dress
Invited to a wedding in a black tie? This shimmering bronze dress is ultra-sophisticated for any formal occasion. The pleated skirt moves with every step, while the metallic speckled fabric catches the light from all angles.
For a casual wedding: the Mara Hoffman off-the-shoulder dress
We love this off-the-shoulder dress for a more relaxed ceremony. Burnt orange is particularly suitable for the fall months.
Best floral velvet: The Vampire The Villanelle floral-print cotton maxi dress
You can never go wrong with a floral print dress in sullen hues. Voluminous padded shoulders, ruffled cuffs and a bow in the back set this rose print dress apart from the rest.
The funniest part: the Retrofête sequin mini dress
Who says you can’t wear a mini dress to a fall wedding? This glittery number is fun and sexy and perfect for spinning on the dance floor. We love it with matching metallic shoes and trendy earrings for a dazzling look.
The most versatile print: ASOS DESIGN maxi dress with high neck and ruffle
If you are looking for a versatile floral print that could easily work in any season, this ASOS dress is for you. Wear yours with ankle boots for fall and strappy sandals for summer.
What to look for in a fall wedding guest outfit
If you’re attending a fall wedding, you’ll want to find an outfit that not only meets the dress code, but is also appropriate for the season. In the cooler months, replace springtime pastels with jewelry tones and moody floral prints. When it comes to fabrics, go for dresses and jumpsuits in warm materials like velvet, heavy satin and lace. Want to make a bold fashion statement? Look for details like beaded embellishments, dramatic long sleeves, and alluring open backs. Of course, when it comes to shopping for a foolproof fall wedding guest outfit, you can never go wrong with a little black dress.
If the wedding is taking place outside, you’ll want to look for long-sleeved dresses in warm fabrics like velvet and heavy crepe. For an indoor wedding, dresses in jewel tones, earthy hues, metallic tones and a classic black feel are especially suitable for a fall wedding.
Long wool or faux fur coats, boleros, short jackets, and shawls are all stylish ways to complement your fall wedding guest outfit.
Why trust brides
Contributing author Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert on all bridal outfits, from haute couture wedding dresses to the perfect “something blue” accessory. She researches and searches for the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, etc. When it comes to fall wedding guest outfits, Sophie personally likes long sleeve dresses in rich jewel tones or muted floral prints.