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55 stylist-approved wedding guest outfits for any dress code

These ensembles are perfect for every type of ceremony.
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Weddings are experiencing a big boom this year. According to a recent Affirm survey, the average American will be invited to four weddings in 2022 — which means wedding guests will need a lot of outfits.

Finding the perfect gift for the newlyweds in your life may have already been a challenge, so why make your search for the perfect attire more complicated than it needs to be?

We consulted several style experts, starting with fashion journalist Zanna Roberts Rassi, who stopped by TODAY earlier this year to share a few stylish looks for every kind of wedding, whether you're headed to a garden party or a black-tie event.

Keep reading to see all 55 of the top recommendations from Rassi and other fashion experts, as well as from reviewers and the Shop TODAY team's research. We had our experts address common wedding guest questions, from what not to wear to a wedding to whether wearing black is acceptable for a guest.

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Wedding guest attire as seen on TODAY

Black-tie optional

Black-tie optional doesn't necessarily mean you have to wear black — but Rassi said it does mean you should dress up.

Self-Portrait Green Knit Midi Dress

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

Since formal attire can be pricey, Rassi recommends renting a nice outfit for the day instead; it's sustainable and shouldn't cost you as much as buying an entirely new outfit. She had picked a designer dress that hits on emerging trends in formal wear: high-shine fabrics. We like this midi option that's still in stock. Plus, it's super flattering!

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The Blk Tux Marigold Shawl Jacket Tuxedo

A traditional tux may not be essential for this event, but you can still pull off something nice. Rassi recommended opting for a tux rental that fits you nicely. This combo taps into the same color palette as her pick for a high-shine dress, and Rassi approved of the separates. Another tip — think about the photos! If you're going as a couple, you'll want to dress cohesively.

Garden Party

When it comes to garden parties, Rassi said to think "preppy and proper." Stick to the basics, but feel free to switch up the color palette and get adventurous with the fabrics — look to summer pastels!

Asos Design Tiered Ruffle Midi Dress

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

Fashion-forward, wedding-appropriate but still guaranteed to score you some compliments — Rassi said her tiered pick checks all of the boxes. This comparable option, from the tiered neoprene fabric to the lilac color, has a lot to love about it.

Norma Kamali Halter Turtle Side Slit Gown

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

This mock neck dress also taps into those pastel tones and features a side-slit design to break up the structured silhouette of the piece. The design comes in different colors and plays a feminine number for those looking for a simple yet fun look.

Aldo Ranalassi Heeled Mule

Think about the terrain: You probably don't want to be trekking through mud and gravel in stilettos. These square heels that Rassi picked out don't compromise on style and won't have you sinking into the mud.

Ted Baker Jaylisa Top Handle Basket Crossbody

According to Rassi, woven bags are a huge trend for ourdoor weddings. This crossbody bag from Ted Baker strays away from any signs of bulkiness and hits on that trend, too.

Bar III Slim-Fit Textured Linen Suit Jacket

A baby-blue suit is one way to play into the adventurous element of a garden party, Rassi said. This crisp suit is light and bright, but if you want to make sure it fits right, too, she says the length of the jacket should fall somewhere between the two knuckles on your thumb.

Alfani Slim Fit 2-Way Stretch Dress Shirt

You can't go wrong with a white dress shirt. This one from Alfani looks crisp but also offers some stretch, so you won't feel too restricted.

Bar III Slim-Fit Textured Linen Suit Pant

Pair the suit jacket with these matching crisp linen pants for a uniform look.

Aldo Monetto Loafer

Finally, complete the outfit with these loafers that feature a simple metal chain across the tongue. When it comes to accessories outside of your tops and bottoms, Rassi warns that you shouldn't overdo it.

Beach Wedding

When it comes to beach weddings, you'll want to be mindful of the color palette and your choice of footwear, Rassi says. Opt for breathable fabrics and fun prints — leave heavy fabrics like denim and wool out of the equation.

Lulus Radiant Ruby Red Floral Print Chiffon Maxi Dress

This dress is nice enough to wear to the wedding, but you can still flaunt it on a nice sunny day. It's bright, fun and airy, plus, the open shoulder makes for a unique touch.

Zara Woven Rancher Hat

Tie some raffia accessories into your look, starting with this hat that's similar to what Rassi picked out.

Floral Braided Shoulder Bag

This chic handbag looks beach-ready, but the floral accents make it an accessory to remember. It also comes with a gold chain that will match any casual or semi-formal outfit. This bag is the perfect accent for a beachy destination.

Zara Linen Blend Suit Jacket

While Rassi said women may not be able to get away with wearing white to a wedding (don't compete with the bride!), men can get away with it at a beach wedding. Opting for off-white tones that play into one another is the best way to go, she said.

Zara Rib Collar T-Shirt

A simple white tee can be dressed up for the occasion, and goes nicely with the shorts and suit jacket here.

Coofandy Men Two-Piece Linen Set

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

This might be the one time wearing shorts to a wedding won't earn you weird looks. While this set has a relaxed fit, the Cuban-inspired shirt gives this set a fresh yet dressy look — and the set can be styled the same way you would dress pants, with a closed-toe loafer.

Backyard bash

Stumped on what to wear for a backyard ceremony? Rassi suggested leaning into loose fits and casual fabrics — but that doesn't mean T-shirts and jean shorts.

Zara Satin Effect Shirt

Zara Long Flowy Pants

Like your favorite PJs, but elevated. The satin-inspired top is bright and flowy and pairs perfectly with the long flowy bottoms Rassi picked out.

Dezi Read the Room

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

Rassi said you can break up the "bedtime" look with a big pair of sunglasses, like these. The frames are simple, and they won't break the bank.

Bali Classic Fit Tropical Flora Silk Button-Up Shirt

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

If your partner chooses to don the outfit above, complement the bright pink by going with a tropical-inspired print. The silky satin-like fabric takes this shirt into the dressy realm, isntead of giving it the feel of a Hawaiian shirt.

Cubavera Men's Flat Front Linen Blend Dress Pant

Editor's Note: Rassi's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.

For the bottoms, avoid anything baggy. Rassi said suit pants like this pair made from a linen blend should match nicely, and you can cinch the waist with a belt — just make sure that the hem hits right at the ankle.

Aldo Monetto Loafer

A darker belt and shoes will help to elevate the look, according to Rassi. This outfit can take you from a backyard barbecue to backyard nuptials, she said.

Wedding guest dresses trending in 2022

Some trending styles for wedding guest dresses in 2022 include "slinky satin styles for women that are easily re-wearable. Jumpsuits are also a popular option because they offer freedom of movement for dancing and lots of luxe fabric options, from sequins to lace," shared wedding planner and bridal expert Jessica Bishop.

But for those "Bridgerton" lovers, floral patterns are still a great element to don at a wedding ceremony. According to wedding educator Taryn Blake, color-blocking wrap dresses, cutout fabrication and patterned details are gracing the dance floor this season.

"We're seeing a ton of guests mixing and matching color palettes!" she said.

Style expert Katie Sands also previously stopped by TODAY to share wedding guest attire options for men and women. Keep reading to see all of Sands' picks, plus more expert-approved wedding guest attire for nearly every type of ceremony.

Best wedding guest dresses for spring and summer

Showpo Wellah Maxi Dress

Yes, pastel dresses are a great option for a spring and summer wedding, but they're also great for warm fall weddings. This maxi dress comes with long sleeves and a side slit for an alluring feel. The smooth satin-like fabric is a plus for formal events, and this one will have everyone asking you for a dance number.

Eloquii Off the Shoulder Printed Dress

Pastel dresses are often a safe bet for spring weddings, and Sands says you can't go wrong with this standout floral frock. The off-the-shoulder look is flattering, and it can be paired with loose curls for a romantic look. It works for both formal and black tie-optional occasions. The style comes in plus sizes from 14 to 28.

City Studios Off-The-Shoulder Gown

You can easily re-wear this sleek number for years, and it works for a number of black-tie occasions. The flirty gown features a sweetheart neckline and a side slit that will cause a major impact on the dance floor. Also, the maxi length features molded cups that will enhance your breasts if that's what you're going for.

Mango Vent Cotton Dress

We've been seeing cutouts pop up everywhere, and this tasteful take on the trend feels elegant enough for a formal party or garden party. While Sands wouldn't recommend wearing it to a black-tie event, she said the open sides and lightweight fabric make it ideal for ceremonies in warmer weather.

Vfshow Elegant Vintage Cocktail Dress

Over 1,700 customers gave this floral cocktail dress a stunning five stars, and it's simple to see why. The dress is made from a thicker material and three-quarter length sleeves that are great for cooler temperatures during the spring.

Asos Design Twist-Front Satin Midi Tea Dress

No matter the season, Sands said you can't go wrong with a jewel-toned dress. The details on this piece, from the unique twist on the front to the flowy satin fabric, make it too stylish to resist — and it's now on discount for under $60.

Uonbox One Shoulder Sleeveless Bandage Dress

Whether you're heading to a formal wedding or cocktail party, this dress is the one for a form-fitting look. Aside from hugging and accentuating your favorite qualities, the ruffle detailing adds a modern twist to traditional bandage style. "The slit was high and sexy but did not move around your thigh as you walk, so you don't have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions," added one satisfied Amazon shopper.

Eloquii Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress

Flared cuffs are having a moment this season, and this eye-catching silhouette from Eloquii is perfect for a formal wedding or a proper church ceremony. It's made with a knit scuba fabric that feels lightweight and hides any imperfections. One reviewer confirmed this dress is better than expected and "fits like a glove, yet not constricting. There is a good amount of stretch, but it still holds its shape."

Baltic Born Giselle Maxi Dress

For warm fall or uncharacteristically sunny winter days when the weather is a bit breezier, this elegant maxi dress from Baltic Born will keep you fresh and comfortable. It has a front slit and a stretchy bodice to keep you moving all night.

Eloquii Corseted Tiered Dress

You'll look like wedding guest perfection in this lightweight corseted tiered dress in floral print from Eloquii. The delicate ruffles and fitted bodice will accentuate your figure. Wear it for a casual garden shindig and make sure to catch the bouquet to complement the outfit.

Lands' End Piped Sheath Dress

Simplicity is key with this navy sheath dress — and it makes for the perfect canvas for accessorizing. This Lands' End dress gives more of a professional look when you're going from the courthouse to the post-nuptial dinner.

Next to You Ruffled Midi Dress

Dance the night away in this romantic ruffled midi dress with fluttery sleeves and a dramatic side split. The rose-colored dress will become a wardrobe staple whenever you have a last-minute event.

Lilysilk V-Neck Tie-Waist Silk Evening Dress

A silk dress always looks elegant and appropriate for any type of celebration. This charmeuse silk wrap dress gives a romantic allure and feels super smooth. It also has a V-shaped neckline and a fluted hem that'll accentuate your body in all the right spots.

Vow'd Montreal Dress

Feel like a princess in this flattering dress with flowy chiffon fabric. This style comes in a dozen different colors and comes in sizes up to 24. The dress features an elegant off-the-shoulder neckline that looks extremely feminine.

Showpo More Than This Ruffle Strap Maxi Dress

This is a dress you'll wear multiple times once the wedding night is over. The classic design features an invisible zipper closure, a tie fastening on the back and elegant ruffles that lend a sophisticated feel. It also comes in six classy hues to choose from.

Best wedding guest dresses for fall and winter

How Much I Care Midnight Blue Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

Slip into this off-the-shoulder dress before hitting the ceremony. This figure-flattering design features a ruffled high-low hem and a stretchy knit that will accentuate all your curves. "It hugs you at the right spots too, which helps to enhance the curves! Definitely a great buy!" shared one customer.

Ruched Mesh Bodycon Dress

But if you want to take the ruched details to the next level, look no further. This bodycon dress is elegance to the max thanks to the asymmetrical shape and sheer fabric that gives a modern feel to the traditional spandex-built design. It fits like a glove, and you'll be able to dance with comfort.

Cross-Neck Bodycon Dress

You can never go wrong with a red hue for autumnal events. This bodycon dress has a sleek ruched silhouette that combines with the sophisticated detail of the crisscross neckline. Also, you can wear this beyond wedding parties, such as for a special date night or girls' night out.

Delancey Velvet Maxi Gown

Velvet and burgundy are two elements that pair well together. Toast with wine while modeling this maxi gown at the ceremony. With a high slit and form-fitting silhouette, you're bound to get many compliments. Also, you can adjust the straps of this dress so it doesn't squish your decolletage.

ELOQUII Ruched Tea Length Dress

Any body type can embrace a bodycon design with the right stretch. This wedding guest dress features a mesh outer fabric that looks polished and modern, simultaneously. The design comes in plus sizes and may become your go-to classic outfit to RSVP to the rest of your wedding invitations.

More beach wedding guest dresses

Baltic Born Mera Velvet Midi Dress

Enjoy the view of the ocean and seagulls in this eye-catching midi dress. The design features a velvet material that flows effortlessly, along with a comfortable stretchy smocked back for comfort. The inconspicuous floral detailing enhances the silhouette of the dress — an A-plus.

Lulus Darling Daylily Black Floral Print High-Low Maxi Dress

Perfect for an outdoor wedding, the fabric of this Lulus midi dress is super light and flowy — which is essential when the weather is unpredictable. "This dress was form-fitting, sexy and comfortable! I got so many compliments when I wore it to a wedding!" said one buyer who rated it five stars.

One-Shoulder Body-Con Midi Dress

Don't let the sand ruin your evening. This figure-hugging dress features ruched detailing and an asymmetric neckline that looks ultra-flattering. You can choose from hues like sage pastel pink, perfect for an outdoor summer celebration.

Adrianna Papell Floral Embroidered Sheath Dress

Match the party's festive decor with this floral chic dress featuring a bateau neckline and sheer details with flared sleeves. This dress offers the perfect amount of elegance and comfort for a bright summer wedding.

Coolibar Tunic Dress

For an outdoor wedding, a dress with built-in UPF is an added plus. That's why we love this tunic dress from Coolibar, which comes in both solid colors and prints and is made with sun protection included.

Norma Kamali x Revolve Halter Turtle Side Slit Gown

Green is one of the hottest colors this year, and this maxi dress' particular hue is perfect for a waterfront ceremony, especially while the sun sets. The dress has a side slit and a mock neck that bestows modern elegance.

Lilly Pulitzer Feona Dress

Nothing says beach extravaganza more than a Lilly Pulitzer dress. This bold and floral print dress is great for a beach wedding on the sand. The short hem and billowed sleeves elevate this design. Pair it with bloom-inspired earrings and block heels for a casual yet classy attire.

Long wedding guest dresses

Showpo Magnaye Maxi Dress

Sands said a jewel-toned dress works for every occasion and for every season. This one-shoulder split dress has an asymmetric cut that works well if you have a wider back. The dress combines a bias-cut skirt and a thigh-high slit for a seductive feel.

Baltic Born Roma Satin Maxi Dress

If you're looking for a more conservative yet still feminine style, look no further than this satin dress from Baltic Born. The silk-like material adds panache to the design, and it also features a side slit for comfortable dancing all night.

Maeve Halter Midi Dress

Dress in this exquisite and comfortable design from Anthropologie, and you'll be happy to attend all the wedding invitations you RSVP'd to this year. The design features a curve-hugging silhouette and a hidden side zipper for a polished event-ready look. It offers a goddess-like feel, thanks to the halter neckline and a flawless fit, along with the hidden side zipper.

Marina Beaded Gown

Feel like a high-society member with this elegant maxi dress. The sultry design is ideal for a formal wedding, whether it's outdoors or indoors. With a waist-defining silhouette and gauzy mesh, this dress feels like a fairytale. All you need is a pair of stilettos and the right accessory to further elevate the look.

Abercrombie & Fitch Keyhole Halter Maxi Dress

Join the bridesmaids on the dance floor in this colorful halter maxi dress. All you need is this, the confidence and the right shoes to enjoy mingling with an eligible bachelor. The design comes in two additional colors and lengths.

City Chic Plus Size Pleat Desire Dress

This fitted strapless dress features a pleated skirt that adds flare and elegance to the design. The satin fabrication and lightly boned bodice add a touch of opulence to the outfit. While the dress alone already makes a statement, for extra glamour, we suggest pairing this dress with strappy sandals.

Showpo Rheannon Split Mesh Maxi Dress

When the lights start to shimmer, you'll sparkle along with the wedding decor with this modern and elegant dress. It works well for a gala-style reception, featuring a hidden zipper for a seamless silhouette. For less than $100, you can look glamourous and feminine for any upcoming wedding celebration.

Showpo Strapless Corset Bodice Maxi Dress

Whether you have a black-tie or backyard wedding, this corset maxi dress lends a glamorous feel. This is a great design to take on the wedding season by storm, thanks to the body-skimming fit. The shiny fabric and draped details embody the true meaning of glamor.

Böhme Caroline Maxi Dress in Red

This red maxi dress offers a sultry look that will keep all suitors coming to your table. The open-back design is sensual yet conservative enough for religious ceremonies.

Bhldn Dylan Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress

Going to a black-tie wedding? This elegant, showtopping dress is the right choice to celebrate the new couple. The side slit adds sensual flair, while the one-shoulder neckline keeps things glamorous.

Maternity wedding guest dresses

Asos Queen Bee Maternity Satin Midi Dress

For women that want to keep the party going during their pregnancy, this chic dress from ASOS will do the trick. The satin dress is excellent for those on maternity leave that want to look effortlessly classy.

Motherhood Maternity Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Look like a true goddess in this feminine maxi dress from Motherhood Maternity. You can wear this one for a black-tie or beach wedding without any complications. The long tail is ideal to hide your feet when you want to stay barefoot all night.

Kimi + Kai Maternity "Sonia" Ombre Tank Column Maxi Dress

This ombre midi dress gives some mermaid vibes. It features a sleeveless, fitted silhouette that won't make you feel constricted, even if your belly grows a few inches.

Ingrid + Isabel Lace Column Dress

If the extra pregnancy weight is a concern, don this elegant column dress. The material is thick and opaque enough to hide your undergarments.

Wedding guest outfit FAQs

What should I wear to a casual beach wedding?

Whether you're celebrating next to the Atlantic or at a resort destination, you should keep in mind that the weather can be anything from hot, humid or rainy.

"You'll also want to consider the terrain when picking out your footwear," said Bishop. "Stilettos won't work great for a wedding in the sand. The most important thing is to choose an outfit that suits the level of formality of the event. When in doubt, run your wedding attire questions by the couple to get confirmation if you're unsure."

For most outdoor ceremonies, it's OK to show more skin and wear "spaghetti straps, plunging necklines and higher slits. Stay away from casual shorts or flip-flops, even on the beach!" Blake said.

Can I wear black to a wedding?

Stylists agree that black is a chic neutral that can be worn for all occasions. "Black is not reserved just for black-tie weddings — it's a staple in a wedding wardrobe. Black dresses in classy, slip-inspired designs are having their moment this summer!" shared Blake.

Aside from being a neutral hue that is acceptable in all ceremonies, black adds elegance to almost any type of silhouette. While black can be associated with funerals and mourning, Bishop said it's also a chic choice for a wedding. "In the past, people have been a bit superstitious about wearing black to a wedding, but there is no hard-and-fast rule against it.

"You'll just want to make sure your outfit is appropriate for the vibe and formality of the event. Black is best suited for formal, evening occasions, but that doesn't mean you couldn't wear a black sundress to an outdoor beach wedding," she added.

What colors should I not wear to a wedding?

There is a general consensus, at least in Western cultures, that white is reserved for the bride. "In my opinion, the only color to steer clear from is white, unless explicitly requested by the couple. Any other color is fair game, though you may want to keep to hues that won't have you sticking out like a sore thumb in a group of people," said Bishop.

Bishop also suggested being cautious with bold colors like neons, wacky patterns and anything that draws attention away from the couple.

What should I wear to a wedding I'm older?

Age is not a factor when it comes to feeling fabulous and donning trendy styles. "Mature doesn't mean it can't be fun. Opt for a pop of color, a pattern or a unique fabrication like an off-shoulder style," Blake explained.

Comfort is key wherever you go, but your choice of dress will depend on different factors, such as the style of the fabric, the season and the formality of the event. Bishop mentioned that "fit is important, so having something tailored to your measurements will help you feel confident. Accessories can be key to making you feel your best, with shawls, wraps, or boleros serving to cover areas you might feel insecure about. As a guest, two-piece dresses for women and suits for men are perfect."