The Wedding-Guest Dresses That Will Look Good on Everyone

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Warm afternoons and picturesque outdoor backdrops are the norm for weddings these days. And if you’re attending one soon, finding the perfect outfit to wear is probably on the top of your mind. If a dress is what you’re after, we have some great tips for what to wear to wedding from 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. We tapped Smith for her insight on the best dresses for guests to wear, as she’s an expert in all things related to wedding fashion. She told us about the dress style that will look good on everyone, as well as 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,” says Smith.

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 soft 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 for you to wear.

Keep reading to shop 22 dresses to wear to a wedding—all handpicked by Cynthia Smith.

This floral print also comes in black and pink.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

Wear this ruffled dress to a tropical wedding.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

When it comes to color, always go bold.

Available in sizes 38 to 44.

Don’t be afraid to try a vibrant floral print.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Pair embellished sandals with this off-the-shoulder style for a beach wedding.

Available in sizes 6 to 10.

Try this affordable dress with a cutout back and uneven hem.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

This chic option can also be worn to baby showers.

Available in sizes XS to L.

We love the pops of red on this dress.

Available in sizes 4 to 12.

Grab a black clutch to pair with this style.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

This wrap dress is modern and sophisticated.

Available in sizes XS to 4X.

Pair kitten heels with this floral dress.

Available in sizes 10 to 18.

Perfect for outdoor weddings.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Elegant and timeless.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Show off the ruffle strap detail by wearing your hair pulled back.

Available in sizes XXS to L.

Wear this gown to a black-tie wedding.

Available in sizes 2 and 4.

A silk midi dress is sophisticated and chic.

Available in size L.

Dress this silhouette up by pairing it with bold-colored heels.

Available in sizes 14 to 24.

This wrap dress can be dressed up for a nighttime wedding with strappy heels or dressed down for a daytime wedding with sandals.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Complete the look with silver shoes.

Available in sizes 2 to 12.

Try wearing statement earrings with this dress.

Available in sizes 4 and 6.

Show off the delicate embellished details by pairing this dress with neutral shoes.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Accessorize this dress with layered bracelets.

Available in sizes 0 to 8.

Next, read about the easy way to replicate Ashley Olsen’s style.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Kristen Nichols.

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