The #1 Wedding-Guest Dress That Will Look Good on Everyone

Kristen Nichols

Warm afternoons and a picturesque outdoor backdrop are almost the standards for weddings these days. And if you’ll be a guest at one of these settings, finding the perfect dress to wear is probably on the top of your mind. To point us in the right direction, we turned to Cynthia Smith of Cynthia Cook Brides.

With a business as a wedding stylist, the former Vogue editor brings her editorial point of view to each wedding she styles. An expert in all things related to wedding fashion, we tapped Cynthia for her insight on the best dresses for guests to wear. Here, Cynthia shares the dress that will look good on everyone and the key to looking amazing at the next summer wedding you’ll be attending: “My favorite looks for summer weddings are colorful, lighthearted, and festive dresses. A pop of cherry red or a charming print will achieve this aesthetic.”

Her advice comes down to one important tip: Don’t be afraid to embrace color or a statement-making print. We’re not just talking about feminine pastels, but vibrant dresses and styles with bold floral motifs. Stick to minimal accessories to tone down the look, or lean into it with pom-pom earrings or embellished shoes. Whether you’re headed to a wedding along the umbrella-dotted shores of Positano or nuptials tucked away on a vineyard in Sonoma, we’ve found the perfect dresses to wear.

Keep reading to shop 19 dresses to wear to a wedding handpicked by Cynthia Smith.

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