Wedding Style Picks: Top Dresses That Will Make You the Most Stylish Guest at the Wedding

Top Dresses That Will Make You the Most Stylish Guest at the Wedding

From big-city weddings to intimate backyard ceremonies, we have just the dress.

With so many weddings postponed throughout the pandemic, Spring and Summer 2022 are expected to have a record number of weddings. Fridges have never been adorned with so many “save the dates,” and of course, this only begs one question: What do you wear? If you got lucky and there is a dress code listed on your invite, check out our style guide now for more help!

One rule we like to stick to is to never buy a piece you will only wear once. With social media, it can be a bit more difficult to re-wear the same dress to every event of the season. Instead, choose special occasion dresses that can be worn for multiple aspects of your life! Whether it can be restyled for work, weekends, or any other Spring and Summer plans you may have on your calendar.

With the many different wedding invitations we are receiving, there are bound to be an assortment of wedding types and venues. This means, many different wedding dress styles to choose from. We decided to lend a helping hand by picking out styles just right for nine different types of weddings.

What to wear for a backyard wedding

An intimate gathering with a comfy vibe.

Backyard wedding attire is most commonly defined as dressy casual. Just like an at-home dinner party feels cozier than a restaurant, a backyard wedding has a much more casual, laid back vibe. Outdoor wedding dresses for guests should include lightweight fabrics, a wide range of colors and prints and semi-formal accessories. Backyard wedding attire also aligns pretty closely with bridal shower attire, and if that is what you are looking for, shop our full collection!

Still not sure what to wear to a backyard wedding? Don’t worry! We’ve figured it out for you! Shop our top picks below.

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Woman posing wearing Navy/Periwinkle Carly Periwinkle Floral Chiffon Dress from Connected Apparel

Featuring an all-over print for a soft and versatile look.

Like all of our Carly dresses, this fan-favorite sleeveless chiffon dress is made from easy care, machine wash fabrics and features Carly’s classic empire waist, A-Line skirt and multidimensional ruching on the bodice and wide tank straps.

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Woman posing wearing Raspberry Lisa Raspberry Floral Faux Wrap Dress from Connected Apparel

Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette.

A sleeveless floral dress that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes, the faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, figure flattering silhouette. Made from floral print stretch jersey knit, this raspberry dress is knee length. Note the lacquer paint on the floral print for added flair and texture.


What to wear to a rooftop wedding

Enjoy the beautiful weather away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

While the rooftop will provide beautiful sunshine during the day, once the sun goes down, the winds might start. When choosing a dress for a rooftop wedding, make sure it is a form fitting one to ensure there will be no wardrobe malfunctions. A floor length dress (with no slit) or a dress with a heavier fabric that won’t blow up with the wind if the way to go!

If you have a rooftop wedding on your calendar and you are looking for the perfect dress, shop our top picks below!

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Woman posing wearing Fuchsia Sara 2.0 Fuchsia Floor Length Dress from Connected Apparel

You’ll find yourself reaching for Sara 2.0 this season and many other special occasions to come.

This season, the Sara 2.0 sleeveless floor length dress comes in a stunning fuchsia stretch crepe scuba. Featuring a flirty chiffon crossbody ruffle for dimension and movement and a side slit to the knee, this fuchsia bodycon dress is sophisticated and chic.


What to wear to a wedding in a park

Bold colors, pretty florals, and lightweight fabrics!

With any outdoor wedding, it is best to go with a lightweight fabric that won’t be sticking to your body all day. Also, unless you are a selected VIP who gets a front row parking space, weddings in the park usually involve a bit of walking. Choose a breathable dress that also fits in with the outdoor scenery, so bright colors and floral patterns!

If you have a wedding in the park coming up and need the perfect lightweight dress to take you to the event and throughout the rest of the season, shop our top picks below!

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Woman posing wearing Periwinkle Violet Floral Mesh Panel Dress from Connected Apparel

Violet is designed to flatter women of all shapes and sizes.

The unique floral print stretch mesh hugs your figure without making you feel constricted, while the panels create an elongating effect. Fully lined, this periwinkle dress is easy to slip on and style from day to night. Note the merrowed exposed seams for added flair!

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Woman posing wearing Rose Leona Floral Pleated Bodre Sheath Dress from Connected Apparel

Leona is a classic sheath in an updated floral knee length.

Three quarter sleeves are gathered into a cuff to create a balloon sleeve that’s comfortable and easy to move in. Made from a slinky pleated bodre, this version of Leona glides over every curve. From luncheons to casual weddings, you’ll love every minute that you’re wearing this floral sheath dress.


What to wear to a winery wedding

Speaking of champagne, there are sure to be some delicious options!

Winery weddings are becoming a popular choice and if the dress code isn’t noted, it can be a confusing venue to decipher! Most vineyard weddings are set outside because the couple wants you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vineyard (as well as the yummy wine!) From weddings at wineries in the Spring to Fall seasons, we recommend leaning toward dressy or semi-formal attire with a touch of vineyard styles, i.e. flowy dress details and florals. One tip is to steer clear of burgundy or wine colors in case the bridal party is using the wine theme! However, if you are looking for the perfect bridal party dress, we have a whole collection with many color options to choose from!

If you are looking to be the best dressed wedding guest at a winery wedding this Spring, Summer, or Fall, shop our top picks below.

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Woman posing wearing Mauve Sunny Mauve Floral Mixi Dress from Connected Apparel

A versatile dress for all of your Spring and Summer events.

The V-neck chiffon flounce creates dimension and adds an extra touch of femininity while the side ruching complements your natural figure. Note how perfectly the stretch jersey knit and chiffon fabrics match.

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Woman posing wearing Pink/Purple Cassie Floral Sleeveless Sheath Dress from Connected Apparel

Cassie is an ideal classic floral sheath dress.

The empire waistband accentuates your figure, while the front, asymmetrical panels add dimension. Not only is this sleeveless sheath dress easy to slip on, but she’s also comfortable to move around in during your next outing.


What to wear to a beach wedding

Beat the heat, but mind the dress code!

Weddings on the beach call for something much brighter, sexier, and more easy going! The energy is high, but the stress is low and that means lightweight and breezy fabrics. Also, the beach means hot weather, so while black dresses are clean and chic, leave them at home and go for a brighter color. That way you won’t end up completely over cooked!

Looking for the perfect beach wedding ready dress? Shop our top picks below!

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Woman posing wearing Peach Sunny Peach Orchid Floral Bodycon Dress from Connected Apparel

Sunny is cute and flirty.

This stretch knit jersey dress features side ruching to complement your natural figure and a fun orchid floral print perfect for the Spring season. Sunny's V-neck chiffon flounce with matching print creates dimension and adds an extra touch of femininity. This vibrant dress is a great style solution for any daytime events you have on the calendar.

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Woman posing wearing Fuchsia Melanie Tie Waist Midi Dress from Connected Apparel

Melanie is simple, yet sophisticated.

With a relaxed fit, tie at the waist and two pockets, this fuchsia midi dress is chic and versatile. Made from a textured knit, this tie waist midi dress dress is lightweight for Spring and Summer days and nights. Note the tie at the waist that accentuates your figure and adds dimension to this classic dress.


What to wear to a church wedding

Keep it simple and sophisticated.

While churches are one of the most common ceremony venues, it can still throw guests for a loop when it comes to appropriate attire. Based on the type of church, dress codes can vary greatly. However, a neutral or simple colored dress with sophisticated accessories is a good starting base. Also, it can be a good idea to opt for a little bit more coverage by bringing along a shrug or cardigan to wear during the church ceremony.

Modest doesn’t have to mean boring! Shop our top picks for a wedding at the church below.

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Woman posing wearing Rosewood Elsa Rosewood Capelet Floral Sheath Dress from Connected Apparel

Looking put together can happen in an instant when you wear Elsa.

An attached tropical floral print capelet elevates the exquisitely soft stretch crepe scuba sheath dress. Simple, refined and elegant details like the V-back of this floral midi dress make Elsa the loveliest choice for any special event.

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Woman posing wearing Lavender Brittany Lavender Sequin Lace Hi-Low Dress from Connected Apparel

The simplicity of this silhouette coupled with feminine details makes Brittany a must-have.

Just when you thought the high-low hem was the show-stopping element of this lavender dress, you’ll find the plunging V-back is the surprise detail you never knew you needed. And, this lavender sequin lace dress features a v-shaped illusion neckline to balance out the back detail.


What to wear to a garden wedding

Every woman is a flower girl!

While a garden wedding may seem more casual, don’t be mistaken! Leave the jeans at home and instead go for a bright colored dress and floral prints! The dress code for a garden wedding usually skews more semi-formal and it is always fun to fit in with the scenery. Most of the time, you find that garden wedding guest dresses are also dresses perfect to wear in Summer. Garden wedding attire requires sweet, feminine touches that feel just as sophisticated as the setting.

You’re in luck! Our new Spring styles are the perfect garden wedding choices, and we listed our top picks below.

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Woman posing wearing Deep Fuchsia Lisa 2.0 Fuchsia Faux Wrap Dress from Connected Apparel

Lisa is a customer favorite silhouette.

This staple dress has become our customer favorite for the gorgeous way her silhouette hugs curves while feeling like a dream. And her faux wrap detail at the waist adds definition that creates an even more figure flattering silhouette.

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Woman posing wearing Fuchsia Sunny Fuchsia Floral V-Neck Bodycon Dress from Connected Apparel

Sunny is cute and flirty.

This V-neck bodycon dress features side ruching to complement your natural figure and a bold floral print that will have you standing out this season. Sunny's V-neck floral flounce with a matching chiffon print creates dimension and adds an extra touch of femininity.


What to wear to a wedding in the city

Try something classic, yet memorable.

City based nuptials call for clean and simple lines and usually allow you to experiment a little bit more with your style! If you go with a simple outfit, then up the ante with the accessories, or go vice-versa! Either way, have fun with your outfit and choose a style fit for the city. Jumpsuits are a chic city wedding option and they are also perfect to take to any other city events whether it be after the wedding or another weekend!

If jumpsuits are what you are looking for, shop our full collection of jumpsuits and read the style guide on how to wear jumpsuits to a wedding! Also, shop our top jumpsuit and dress pick for a city wedding below.

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Woman posing wearing Black Tracy Black Sleeveless Jumpsuit from Connected Apparel

Tracy is an automatic showstopper.

With wide-leg pants that elongate your body, a slit up to the knee that shows off some extra skin and a detailed neckline, you'll instantly feel sexy the moment you slip this sleeveless wide leg jumpsuit on. Tracy is made from stretch crepe scuba making it extremely comfortable to wear.

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Woman posing wearing Dusty Mauve Sasha Floral Raglan Sleeve Dress from Connected Apparel

Classic meets contemporary in this stunning raglan sleeve dress.

Sasha combines a mauve floral patchwork print a-line dress with matching fashion-forward chiffon raglan sleeves. With the unique open hem styling, Sasha’s sleeves are eye-catching and give you just the right amount of arm coverage.


What to wear to a country club wedding

When in doubt, go overdressed!

Country club wedding attire calls for a timeless look that is still on trend! If the invitation doesn’t state black tie, then we recommend leaning toward semi-formal. However, it is also safer to go overdressed rather than underdressed. A dress with an added shrug is a good way to go, keep the shrug on if the attire seems more sophisticated or take it off if it is more casual than you thought.

Whether the dress code leans semi-formal or formal, we have a top pick that you are sure to love! Shop them below.

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Woman posing wearing Iris Mary Rosewood Floral Chiffon Dress with Shrug from Connected Apparel

Mary is cute, comfortable and a complete Spring outfit.

This two piece set features a fit & flare floral below the knee length dress with sweetheart neckline, feminine shirred straps and a modest full lining. And with the included color-matched knit shrug with cascading lapels, you’ve got the perfect all-in-one outfit.

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Woman posing wearing Black/Nude Lisa Eyelash Metallic Floor Length Dress from Connected Apparel

You'll shine the moment you walk into your next event.

This black metallic dress features a scoop neck that highlights your collarbone and a faux wrap detail at the waist that creates definition for a classic, figure-flattering silhouette. A tulip hem adds an extra feminine touch as well as the comfort you need to command the room. 


What to wear to your own elopement

It’s the most important wedding of the entire season: yours!

Newly engaged? Congratulations! The wedding-related events are only just beginning — and may even start soon after you’ve said ‘yes!’ No matter how or where you’re celebrating your bride-to-be status, an outfit worthy of the guest of honor (YOU, of course!) is obviously in order. If you are planning to elope, go for an alternative bridal look that is chic yet comfortable.

From the engagement party until the actual wedding day, we have styles fit for the many wedding occasions you may have in order. Shop styles perfect for the bride and read our style guide to see how we would style our dresses for bridal attire. Also, check out our top picks below.

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Woman posing wearing Ivory Regina Tie-Front Ivory Jumpsuit from Connected Apparel

Regina is an ivory jumpsuit perfect for the alternative bride.

This ivory jumpsuit is chic and comfortable featuring a tie at the waist that accentuates your natural figure and two pockets for extra comfort and practicality. Note that Regina’s straight legs split in the front for a trendy and sexy touch.

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Woman posing wearing Ivory Sofia Ivory Sequin Lace Dress from Connected Apparel

Elegant, yet flirty, Sofia is a stand out ivory sleeveless dress for any special occasion.

With a lace bodice featuring a scalloped hem and A-line chiffon skirt , Sofia is just as light as it is stunning. Note the keyhole at the back neckline for the final feminine touch. Pair this sequin lace dress with strappy gold or silver heels and matching earrings for your next cocktail event or as your wedding dress! 


Dress codes, decoded: We’re here to demystify dress codes

Take the guesswork out of the dress code game.

Terri is wearing the Stevie champagne floral dress in a size 8, Jordan is wearing the Brandy cameo dress in a size 4, and Lene is wearing the Elsa rosewood capelet dress in a size 18W.

Parties are back and whether you’re invited to a wedding or other special soiree, you’re likely going to be asked to wear a variety of different dress codes. At some point, you’ll probably ask yourself, “What does this dress code even mean?!” We’re here to help you decode dress codes! It’s time to take the guesswork out of the dressing game so you can focus on feeling your best at any and every event this year. Check out our blog now to decode the dress code listed on that invitation you got in the mail!

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Lene is wearing the Jeanine navy chiffon dress in a size 18W, Jordan is wearing the Cora sleeveless dress in a size 4, and Karla is wearing the Gracie sequin lace dress in a size 4P.

If you’re attending a wedding this season, you will need wedding attire that not only aligns with the dress code, but also will wow everyone there! 

  • Never buy a piece you will only wear once.
  • Choose special occasion dresses that can be worn for multiple aspects of your life!
  • When in doubt, dress for the venue.
  • It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Take the guesswork out of the dress code game with our blog.

And if you are the ultimate wedding guest, AKA the Mother of the Bride or Groom, read our style guide specifically for your special role in the big day! Whether you’re the guest, in the bridal party, or the bride herself, we have styles fit for all things wedding. Check out our Wedding Shop now to find the perfect outfit. And shop best dressed wedding guest styles below.