If your friend has fallen in love with the idea of an autumn wedding, you’ll want to don your very best fall wedding guest dresses for the occasion. Ideally, your friend has also fallen in love with a person, and not just the idea of a wedding. But to each their own.
With the smell of a pumpkin spiced lattes in the air and the arrival of a Spirit Halloween on every corner, fall hits different. And some say the spooky season is the most romantic of all. It’s us. We’re “some.”
So, from flowy maxi dresses to fit-and-flare skater dresses, there’s something for every wedding guest on this list. These choices embrace the more muted color palette of fall, and they’ll keep you warm as the autumn air hits.
21 Best Fall Wedding Guest Dresses for 2023
1. Giselle Maxi Dress in Evergreen, $69
This flowy number is giving us Anne Boleyn vibes with gorgeous green sleeves. Which might be a bad omen. At least, if you were the one getting married. Ah well, keep your head up, kid! Uh… maybe that was the wrong choice of words.
2. Charmed and Classy Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Midi Dress, $62
You’ll feel perfectly Parisian in this black polka dot midi dress. It’s perfect for a destination wedding in the fall, or for making an indie film that’ll win everything at Cannes. Or cosplaying as Marion Cotillard.
3. Esmerelda Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress in Rust, $106
This buttery-soft velvet wrap dress is super flattering, and it’s so soft and smooth it’ll have you saying, “I can’t believe it’s not butter!” But it’s seriously not. Your dinner roll will taste better without it, we swear.
4. Always Yours Navy Blue Floral Print Long Sleeve Skater Dress, $69
Florals? For fall? Groundbreaking. No, seriously. This skater dress may have spring undertones, but the shade, sleeves, and fabric make it a great fit for a fall wedding.
5. Midleton Dress, $488
With a high collar, gorgeous open back, and eye-catching pattern, it makes sense that this sleek dress is called the Midleton Dress. You might even become the star of the wedding, just like Pippa Middleton. Cool, a free party!
6. Lydia Maxi Dress in Burgundy, $82
Ask for anything in this flowy ensemble, and the only response you’re bound to get is a Princess Bride-esque “As you wish.” Just look out for Rodents of Unusual Size (aka the best man you hooked up with five years ago).
7. Laney Dress in Green Watercolor, $128
You’ll look like a work of art in this breezy dress, which comes in sizes up to 5X. Our art history teacher always said that one day, art will come to life for us. But we don’t think this is what she meant. And no, we won’t tell you what we got on the AP exam.
8. Feel the Romance Grey Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $89
Going for Grecian goddess? This maxi dress will have you feeling like Aphrodite. All you’re missing is a legion of worshippers and a penchant for jealousy. Hopefully, you’ll come away from this wedding with the former, but not the latter.
9. Adele Dress, $180
This flapper-esque dress comes in sizes up to 6X, and it’s the perfect choice for an early fall wedding. It’s also the perfect choice for running over your husband’s lover in your old flame’s car. But maybe don’t do that at a friend’s wedding. Unless it’s Gatsby-themed. In which case, go for it!
10. Dreaming of You Rust Orange Swiss Dot Midi Dress, $76
Between August 1 and November 30, you deserve to be as pretty as a pumpkin. Like, the perfect one that gets picked first from the patch.
11. Delvina Dress, $278
This modest dress is giving us Jackie O vibes. ‘Nuff said.
12. My Whole Heart Dark Navy Blue Long Sleeve Wrap Dress, $99
This wrap dress is so dramatic, you might end up in your own soap opera. If you suddenly realize the wedding is filled with your ex-lovers, run. It won’t end pretty, but it’ll make for great television.
13. Desired Aesthetic Wine Red Floral Burnout Long Sleeve Midi Dress, $59
With sexy cutouts on the side and back, this romantic dress exudes confidence while still being formal enough for a wedding. And the good news about this deep red color is that you can carry your red wine on the dance floor and not worry about it spilling it. Save it for the chick who showed up wearing white.
14. Gloriana Silk Dress, $348
Pinkies up, folks! This silk dress looks like high tea incarnate. It’s the perfect signal to other guests you have all the tea on what went down between the maid of honor and the best man. Wait, they did what?
15. Cecilia Dress, $198
Have you gone down the rabbit hole? No, not the Avril-Lavigne-was-replaced-in-2003 conspiracy theory rabbit hole — we mean the White Rabbit one. Because this garden party dress would fit right in at Wonderland. Okay, back to the Avril thing…
16. Next to You Dark Emerald Long Sleeve Midi Dress, $39
Merida, is that you? When you don this emerald dress, you may feel the sudden urge to become a redhead and start shooting arrows. It’s fine, as long as you aim for the bride’s drunken uncle to convince him to stop trying to get the DJ to play “Free Bird.”
17. Danika Dress in Prune, $248
A dress like this is a lovely wardrobe addition, because it is easily re-wearable. Especially if you don’t get appetizer debris all over it.
18. Going for Glamour Burgundy Velvet Long Sleeve Midi Dress, $39
Most weddings don’t have red carpets, which is a shame because this figure-hugging dress belongs in front of a camera. Sliding into the professional family shots will have to do.
19. Heartful Romance Navy Striped Smocked Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $89
This ruffly mini dress offers a vintage neckline with a more modern cut. Business up top, party down below. Because that’s where we store the tequila.
20. Spectacular Feeling Burgundy Embroidered Faux Wrap Midi Dress, $110
This beautifully embroidered dress looks like a wrap dress, but it’s actually not. As wrap dresses can be a bit revealing for those with larger chests, this may be a safer option, since your job is VP of Tearing Up the Dance Floor.
21. Alluring Image Dark Emerald One-Shoulder Tulip Dress, $39
Didn’t get a plus-one to your friend’s wedding? Give them the cold shoulder. No, literally, give them a cold shoulder. Otherwise, get over it. Weddings are expensive.
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