15 best places to buy wedding guest dresses
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Shopping for wedding guest dresses can be tricky. Sure, the dress code listed in the invitation helps! But beyond "casual," "formal," and "black-tie," it can be hard to figure out just which dress to wear to your next big celebration. We've rounded up 15 of the best places to shop for your next dress. From spring wedding guest dresses, to formal and black-tie gowns, to casual and beach weddings, we've got something for everyone, in a range of inclusive sizes.
1. For black-tie wedding guest dresses: Nordstrom
Sizes: XXS-4X Prices: $$-$$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: Accepted on a case-by-case basis
Our top picks from Nordstrom:
- Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Ballgown for $242
- City Chic Ripple Love Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress from $135
- Dress the Population Georgina One-Shoulder Crepe Gown for $248
Whether you’re looking for short, midi, or maxi dresses, Nordstrom is a great place to shop for black-tie wedding guest dresses. You can sort through styles by occasion—casual, cocktail, or formal—and narrow it down by style, size, and color. Oh, and because Nordstrom sells a lot more than just dresses, you can find matching shoes and accessories there, too. We love the Strapless High/Low Ballgown from Alfred Sung for its classic styling that you'll want to wear over and over again.
Best of all, if the dresses you order don’t work out, Nordstrom has one of the best return policies in the business. The retailer will take just about anything back—and that’s coming from a former employee.
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2. For fall wedding guest dresses: Lulus
Sizes: XXS-3X Prices: $$-$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days; 10 days for free shipping
Our top picks from Lulus:
- I'm Enchanted Emerald Green Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress for $69
- My Whole Heart Dark Navy Blue Long Sleeve Wrap Dress for $89
- Spectacular Feeling Burgundy Embroidered Faux Wrap Midi Dress for $88 with code DEALS20 (Save $22)
If you're wondering where to buy fall wedding guest dresses, Lulus makes it a breeze. Within its wedding guest shop, you'll find silhouettes broken down by category. Little black dresses, midi dresses, maxi dresses, long sleeve wedding guest dresses, off-the-shoulder dresses, and sleeveless dresses are all offered by the retailer. We love the I'm Enchanted Emerald Green Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, offered in a fall-friendly velvet in three colors.
Not sure which you want? Instead of sorting by category, you can narrow down your search by size, color, neckline, sleeve length, dress length, and/or price.
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3. For elegant wedding guest dresses: Eloquii
Sizes: 14-28 Prices: $$-$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days
Our top picks from Eloquii:
- Satin Maxi Dress for $25 (Save $115)
- Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress for $100
- Twisted Shoulder Sheath Dress for $100
If you’re in the market for plus-size wedding guest dresses, Eloquii is a great store to peruse. The fan-favorite store offers a variety of casual and party dresses, all in an inclusive range of plus sizes. And, if you think you might be more comfortable in a cocktail-ready jumpsuit, you can snag one of those, too. We love the Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress for taking a classic little black dress and updating it with flare sleeves.
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4. For wedding guest gowns: Rent the Runway
Prices: $-$$ Sizes: regular and extended Return policy: On a case-by-case basis
Our top picks from Rent the Runway:
- Rent the Hutch Avani Gown for $105
- Rent the Leena for Mac Duggal Sequin Embroidered Gown from $104
- Rent the LoveShackFancy Bexlie Halter Gown from $125
Want an extravagant wedding guest dress without breaking the bank? Turn to Rent the Runway. The fully rentable service allows you to rent top designer dresses—like the incredible Sequin Embroidered Gown by Leena for Mac Duggal—at a fraction of the cost. Simply type in your zip code, size, and anticipated dates of your rental (and return), and you're good to go. Choose between four to eight-day rentals, and consider this our little secret.
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5. For cocktail-attire weddings: Anthropologie
Sizes: XXS-3X Prices: $$$-$$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days
Our top picks from Anthropologie:
- By Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Lace Dress for $150 (Save $98)
- V. Chapman Vera Dress for $525
- Erika Peña High-Low Halter Dress for $180 (Save $135)
If you're looking for a cocktail dress for a wedding, Anthropologie is all about artistic staples with a bohemian air. The brand does wedding guest dresses so well that its selection often sells out. That said, they make it easy to sort through the hundreds of dresses available. You can filter by size, color, sleeve length, dress length, price, brand, neckline, and occasion. If you have something specific in mind, you’ll be able to quickly decide if Anthropologie has what you’re looking for. For us, it doesn't get more classic than the Vera Dress by V. Chapman, available in women's sizes 0 to 13 in a gold floral brocade.
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6. For summer wedding guest dresses: Amazon
Sizes: XXS-4X Prices: $-$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: Accepted on a store-by-store basis
Our top picks from Amazon:
- Simple Flavor Women's Floral Evening Flare Vintage Midi Dress 3/4 Sleeve for $34
- Blencot Womens Casual Floral Deep V Neck Long Sleeve long Evening Dress Cocktail Party Maxi Wedding Dresses for $50
- Merokeety Women's Sleeveless Lace Floral Elegant Cocktail Dress Crew Neck Knee Length for Party for $54
Amazon might be best known for its lightning-fast grocery, home goods, and tech deliveries. But it also has an impressive selection of wedding guest dresses. It's a particularly great retailer if you’re hoping to spend a little less on your party dress for the wedding season.
Most notably, you won’t have to wonder whether the lower price means sacrificing quality. Amazon is filled with reviews featuring in-depth accounts of how they work for real-life shoppers. While other retailers also have rating systems, few compare to the detail and massive quantity of reviews on Amazon. This Sleeveless Lace Floral Cocktail Dress from Merokeety, for example, has over 17,000 reviews, with reviewers praising its soft and comfortable material.
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7. For contemporary weddings guest dresses: Macy’s
Sizes: 0-24 Prices: $-$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days
Our top picks from Macy's:
- Adrianna Papell Crepe Overlay Jumpsuit for $89 (Save $90)
- Xscape Lace-Sleeve Chiffon Gown for $139
- Alfred Sung Women's Boned-Bodice Square Neck Evening Gown for $281
At Macy's, you can filter between formal, cocktail, casual, work, and going out dresses—but we particularly like the retailer for their contemporary wedding guest dress options. You can filter the thousands of dresses by size, dress length, sleeve length, brand, color, and price preferences. Or, to make it even easier on yourself, you can jump straight to their wedding guest category of over 800 dresses, including this stylish and modern navy Crepe Overlay Jumpsuit by Adrianna Papell.
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8. For formal wedding guest dresses: BHLDN
Sizes: 0-26 Prices: $$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days
Our top picks from BHLDN:
- Dylan Satin Charmeuse Dress for $248
- Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress for $168
- Antonia Georgette Dress for $108 (Save $118)
BHLDN—Anthropologie's wedding arm—is a wonderful place to look for more formal wedding guest dress options. It's technically a bridal retailer, so many of the silhouettes most appropriate for wedding guests are bridesmaid dresses. That said, the dresses are modern, stylish, and comfortable as can be. They’re versatile options for guests and the wedding party alike. We're particularly fond of the Cali Satin Charmeuse Dress for it's classic design, available in 14 colors in women's standard and plus-sizes 0 to 26.
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9. For midi wedding guest dresses: Dillard’s
Sizes: XXS-3X Prices: $-$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: Accepted on a case-by-case basis
Our top picks from Dillard's:
- Alex Evenings Square Neck 3/4 Sleeve Scalloped Lace 2-Piece Jacket Dress for $209
- Eliza J Illusion Boat Neck Short Sleeve Sequin Embroidered Floral Lace Midi Dress for $298
- Mac Duggal Beaded V-Neck Sleeveless A-Line Midi Dress for $598
In addition to offering straight sizes, Dillard's offers plus-size wedding guest dresses, as well as petite and maternity options. You can sort through them by one of the many categories, including cocktail, maxi, midi, formal, and gown options. Like Nordstrom, because Dillard’s sells more than just clothing, you’re likely to find the accessories you’ll need, too. For an option that'll glitter from the ceremony to the reception, consider this Sequin Midi Sheath Dress from Mac Duggal, available in women's sizes 2 to 24.
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10. For casual wedding guest dresses: Lilly Pulitzer
Sizes: 00-16 Prices: $$$-$$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days
Our top picks from Lilly Pulitzer:
- Juney Midi Dress for $258
- Valli Shift Dress for $198
- Tamie Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress for $238
If you’re going to a beach wedding or a more casual affair, Lilly Pulitzer is a good place to look for dresses. In addition to its signature colorful prints, Lilly also offers an array of solid colors in silhouettes ranging from mini to maxi. We love the Tamie Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress for a stylish shoulder-baring option.
If you don’t want to sift through its entire offering, you can filter by shift, A-line, fit-and-flare, fitted, straight, swing, maxi, and set styles. The brand also carries shoes and accessories so you can do all your shopping in one place.
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11. For the wedding where you want to make a splash: ASOS
Sizes: XS-3X Prices: $-$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 28 days
Our top picks from Asos:
- Asos Design twist front off the shoulder midi dress in forest green for $85
- Asos Design high neck pleated long sleeve skater midi dress with embroidery in navy for $79
- Whistles high neck midi dress in green sequin for $240 (Save $59)
Headed to your most fashion-conscious friend's wedding? Make a style statement with a bold wedding guest dress from ASOS. You can sort selections for style, sleeve length, dress type, and neckline. You can also filter out which dresses are responsibly made, which is certainly applaudable.
While the retailer has a wide variety of different dresses, the vast majority are best for cocktail and semi-formal occasions. For a style that'll look great in all the wedding photos, consider the Asos Design twist front off the shoulder midi dress in forest green.
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12. For long wedding guest dresses: David’s Bridal
Sizes: 0-26 Prices: $$$-$$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 7 days for returns; 60 days for exchanges
Our top picks from David's Bridal:
- Oleg Cassini plus size ombre sparkle metallic ball gown for $250
- Oleg Cassini floral embroidered illusion a-line from $300
- Oleg Cassini embellished chiffon gown with long sleeves for $54 (Save $146)
Shopping for a semi-formal, formal, or black-tie wedding? David’s Bridal has hundreds of long dresses to choose from, no matter the dress code. While they do have designated wedding guest dresses, you can also check out the bridesmaids’ dresses, as well. Plenty of the silhouettes can easily work for a guest. We love these options from Oleg Cassini (one of Jackie Kennedy's go-to designers in the 60s), especially the Embellished Chiffon Gown with Long Sleeves.
One of the best parts about David’s Bridal is that in addition to the typical categories, you can sort dresses by fabric. So, if you’re uncomfortable in polyester, you can filter it out. Genius, don’t you think?
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13. For beach wedding guest dresses: Free People
Sizes: S-XL Prices: $$$-$$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days for a full refund; anytime thereafter will be met with a merchandise card
Our top picks from Free People:
- Arianne Elmy Good Luck Dress for $360
- Hailey Dress for $168
- The Rosabel Maxi Dress for $279
Trying to nail down how to dress for a beach wedding? Free People is another great to shop for styles for events with more informal dress codes. While it has tons of different everyday dresses to choose from, your best bet is to focus primarily on their party category. Our top pick is this playful and bright Hailey Dress in a bright and trendy hot pink.
The dresses are casual yet elevated, making them the most worthy of a wedding. Keep in mind that Free People's styles are so trendy and well-liked that they often sell out. It’s best to shop ahead if you’re shopping here.
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14. For the Instagrammable wedding: Revolve
Sizes: XS-XL Prices: $$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days for returns; 90 days for exchanges
Our top picks from Revolve:
- Sabina Musayev Ophelia Dress for $335
- Norma Kamali x Revolve Slip Fishtail Dress for $203 (Save $12)
- Amanda Uprichard x Revolve Avani Gown for $260
Hoping to look as stylish as possible at the wedding? Revolve should be on your radar. The retailer is home to dozens and dozens of high-end brands just waiting to help you put your best photo-ready foot forward. We are obsessed with this Avani Gown from Amanda Uprichard that uses vibrant hot pink and candy-apple red to make a serious style statement.
It has a wide variety of casual, cocktail, and semi-formal dresses that you can choose from. And, to make it as easy as possible, it has a designated category specifically for special events like weddings.
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15. For daytime wedding guest dresses: Farm Rio
Sizes: XS-XL Prices: $$$$ Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days
Our top picks from Farm Rio:
- Off-White Macaw Bloom Mini Dress for $215
- Red Sweet Jungle Midi Dress for $240
- Zodiac Embroidered Maxi Dress for $295
Farm Rio is the place to go if you believe that more color equals better. Farm Rio’s sustainable silhouettes are great for beach wedding guest dresses, or other more casual wedding situations. You can choose between mini, midi, and maxi styles, as well as flowy or more form-fitting silhouettes. If you don’t end up liking what you order, no worries—returns and refunds at the retailer are a cinch. For an unforgettable transitional option, consider the Green Wild Jungle Mini Dress.
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