27 Size-Inclusive Wedding Guest Outfits for Every Type of Occasion
Whether you’re attending semi-formal nuptials in the spring or a black tie affair in the summer, we’ve got your size-inclusive outfit inspo right here.
Byline: Farah Prince
Even if it’s your hundredth time RSVPing “yes” to a wedding, finding just the right outfit for the occasion somehow never gets easier. It can be difficult to gauge what’s appropriate for the dress code or to even find options that are available in your size or budget. To make your search a little easier, we’ve rounded up 27 stylish size-inclusive options for every nuptial you’ll attend, regardless of the season, dress code or budget. See our picks below.
With colder temps and unpredictable weather, dressing for a winter wedding can be tricky—but it’s not impossible. Consider rich jewel tones and shimmering embellishments like sequins and beading for a fun nod to the festive vibe of the season.
This dress has everything you’ll need for a winter wedding—long sleeves and warm sweater-like fabric. The eye-catching gold buttons are just icing on the cake.
PrettyLittleThing Emerald green ribbed midi dress, $32, PrettyLittleThing.Us
A sleek black jumpsuit is the perfect dress alternative when the temperature drops and you want to cover your legs. Add a bit of glitz to your ensemble with glitter heels or a sequined clutch.
Fashion to Figure Dion wide-leg jumpsuit, $60, FashiontoFigure.com
If you’re headed to a NYE wedding this year, tap into the celebratory feel of the holiday with a sequined mini dress. The long sleeves plus high neckline make this outfit winter wedding appropriate and for extra warmth, throw on a faux fur coat to stay cozy.
Fashion Nova Heard It In A Love Song mini dress, $60, FashionNova.com
Dressing for a spring wedding is a great opportunity to play with vibrant colors and prints. Usher in the warmer months with bright solids and flowy floral frocks.
Floral dresses and spring weddings go hand in hand, and this dress will work no matter the formality of the event. Dress it up with heels or go for a more casual look with flat sandals.
ModCloth Essence of Presence chiffon maxi dress, $119, ModCloth.com
Keep it simple and chic with a jewel-toned midi dress. An option like this one with minimal embellishment leaves room to play with your accessories, so go for bold with a patterned clutch, shoe or bright jewelry.
H&M+ Dress with belt tie, $30, HM.com
Consider this emerald and navy colorblock dress for any springtime weddings you’ll be attending. The best part? The side pockets are perfect for stashing emergency lipstick or gloss for a quick, post-ceremony touch-up.
Lane Bryant Colorblock maxi dress, $60, LaneBryant.com
Style and comfort are your top priorities when you’re dressing for a summer wedding. You want to look chic while keeping cool, especially if the wedding is outdoors. Keep your choices to breezy maxi dresses and printed minis.
A long dress will work for a summer wedding as long as the silhouette is flowy enough to help combat the heat. Add a bit of contrast to this simple design with a more embellished heel.
City Chic V-neck maxi dress, $89, Nordstrom.com
It’s something about warmer weather that makes us want to put on outfits with brighter colors, and this off-the-shoulder ruffled midi dress is no exception. Complement the coral hue with fun metallic accessories.
Fashion Nova Moments Like This ruffle dress, $30, FashionNova.com
A short dress is made for the summertime and this bright, silk-like option works on so many levels. The faux wrap detail will be uber-flattering, the paisley print is right on trend and the long sleeves help to balance the shorter hem.
Missguided Paisley print wrap dress, $45, Missguided.com
Fall weddings are popular for the gorgeous natural backdrop of changing colors, so look for outfits that match. That means dresses in rich, vibrant jewel tones or brighter hues in heavier fabrics that work for the changing weather.
The key to dressing for a fall wedding with unpredictable weather lies in the sleeves. The statement bell sleeves on this midi dress will keep you warm on a colder day without being too suffocating in case the temperature rises.
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A geometric print maxi dress is a winner for any occasion, especially one with figure-flattering ruching detail. When it comes to more intricate patterns, it’s best to stick to neutral accessories like nude sandals so it’s not too overwhelming.
Ashley Stewart printed ruched front maxi dress, $60, AshleyStewart.com
Prints in a monochrome black and white are also a great option for fall weddings. Pair this midi dress with sleek black booties if it gets cold.
Pretty Little Thing dalmatian print midi dress, $55, PrettyLittleThing.Us
This is the most formal of all the dress codes, so if the invite says black tie, you’ll want to wear a floor-length gown. Choosing a black option is traditional for black tie weddings, but you can also branch out with fun alternatives like jewel tones, metallics or prints.
A dark, printed option like this sleeveless maxi dress is great if you want to opt out of wearing all black. With a dark navy base, the florals in this dress feel sophisticated and will complement simple metallic accessories.
ModCloth Array of Invitations maxi dress, $149, ModCloth.com
What we love most about rose gold is that it’s the metallic that complements every skin tone. Play up the shimmer of this dress with sleek gold sandals and jewelry to complete the look.
Fashion to Figure Charlotte maxi dress, $75, FashiontoFigure.com
You can never go wrong with a simple, sleeveless floor-length gown for a black tie wedding. This midnight navy option is a great alternative to the classic black and the color will look great on camera.
Missguided V plunge maxi dress, $37, Missguided.com
The formal dress code is a notch below the dressier black tie label. Our advice? Stick to chic cocktail dresses that feel formal without going with a full, floor-length gown. Maxi or midi dresses in darker hues like the ones below strike the right balance for any formal event.
Can you say chic? This maroon lace dress featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline, full skirt and scalloped hem would be right at home at a formal garden wedding or even an evening affair.
Chi Chi London lace midi dress, $114, ASOS.com
Nothing says celebration like a head-to-toe sequin fuschia number. To keep this look from being too attention grabbing, opt for simple heels and minimal jewelry.
Eloquii sequin maxi dress, $150, Eloquii.com
Another lace option, we know, but this sleeveless dress features a scoop back that feels a little bit sexier. And if you’re on the bustier side, the thick straps on this dress will give you all the support you need.
Fashion Nova Charisma maxi dress, $65, FashionNova.com
If the invite says semi-formal, don’t panic. In-between formalwear and more casual ensembles, this dress code allows for a lot of flexibility in the fashion department. Cocktail dresses are key here, as well as dressy jumpsuits or separates and midi dresses. If you feel like your look is a bit too casual or formal, use your accessories to your advantage. Glam, metallic pieces can elevate an outfit, while neutral accessories can tone down a more formal look.
A simple dress can be elevated with the right details, like this one-shoulder statement ruffle. A red number like this will look best paired with neutral strappy heels and chunky gold jewelry.
Eloquii ruffle shoulder dress, $140, Eloquii.com
Wrap dresses are a wedding outfit staple, and for good reason—they’ll cinch you in at the slimmest part of your body and flatter every body type. For those looking for a more modest option, the midi length and three-quarter sleeves on this dress will give you the coverage you need.
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An elegant take on the cold shoulder trend, this blush midi dress will feel right at home at any semi-formal event. The ruching detail, plus the faux wrap hem, will help accentuate your curves beautifully.
City Chic Entwine cold shoulder dress, $139, Nordstrom.com
Not every wedding you’ll attend is going to be a formal affair. For all of the garden parties, rustic barn weddings and more intimate nuptials with a casual dress code, your outfit will need to match. If you’re not sure how casual you should go, check out where the wedding will be held on the couple’s wedding website. The venue can help you determine what’s most appropriate to show up in. Consider one of these looks for a casual outfit that’ll work across the board.
What's not to love about this teal dress with its floral print, figure-flattering silhouette and vintage detailing? Oh, and it pairs great with white shoes too.
DESIGN Maxi tea dress, $60, ASOS.com
A simple printed jumpsuit works for almost any casual wedding and can be dressed down or up, with the right accessories. Add metallic heels and jewelry for a dressier vibe, or opt for more colorful alternatives for a relaxed feel.
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The mix of colors in this abstract print dress will make you stand out from the crowd (in all the right ways), so let the dress be the main focus and finish off your look with neutral strappy sandals and dainty gold jewelry.
Forever 21 Abstract tropical print dress, $30, Forever21.com
As a guest, you’re already shelling out for a wedding gift—and possibly travel and accommodations—so you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune on your outfit too. For more chic wedding appropriate ensembles that won’t break the bank, check out our picks below.
This retro style navy dress is a lesson in mixing different prints done the right way. Pull the outfit together with contrasting bright red pumps and a matching lip for a vintage-inspired look.
ModCloth Celebrated style fit and flare dress, $89, ModCloth.com
We don’t know what we love more on this midi dress—the dark green hue or the off-the-shoulder neckline. To highlight your upper half, skip the necklace and opt for dangly statement earrings instead.
ASOS DESIGN off-the-shoulder wrap midi dress, $72, ASOS.com
The black-and-white polka dot print on this flowy jumpsuit feels both sophisticated and fun. Lean into the playful vibes with a novelty clutch in an unexpected color or shape.
Missguided kimono sleeve jumpsuit, $52, Missguided.com
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