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A toast to the start of wedding season! It’s time to celebrate love and connect with friends and family, but it’s also time to find another wedding guest cocktail dress. But this is not just another frock to borrow or buy, it’s a dress that’s meant to enhance the occasion.
Like pieces of the wedding’s scenery, cocktail dresses will frame the setting, bringing the bride’s vision to fruition. A floral Zimmermann flanking the aisle, an LBD by Aje on stage singing ‘Come on Eileen’ with the live band, or a lacey Valentino sipping Champagne in the corner, these dresses create the celebration that unfolds. It’s not just for the photos; the dresses add color, texture, and personality to the room, making each wedding fashionably unique.
Celebrate with a silhouette that suits you, a style that makes the party just a little more festive, and a dress that reflects the love in the air. From Carolina Herrera’s classic black to Maje’s metallic plunge, there is a cocktail dress for everyone and every type of wedding. A nude color code? No problem. Midi-length only? We’ve got you (and your calves) covered. Beach destination wedding? Say hello to Eres’s convertible maxi. Whatever the wedding, these cocktail dresses will be your new season staples for this year and the years to come. For once, love is truly just a click away.
So here’s to the happy couple for giving us all an excuse to shop these 24 wedding guest cocktail dresses.
The Simple Slip
Always a classic, slip dresses epitomize the ease of elegance. They are never a show-stealer, letting the bride be the center of attention in true class. A slip dress is for the guest that is happy to go unnoticed, as long as they look chic while doing so. And in case you didn’t know, some slips even come in ombré.
Fe Noel Bella-Spice slip dress
Sleeping With Jacques Mia gathered dress
Carine Gilson lace-trimmed dress
Nanushka Irma satin dress
Perhaps there is still a little chill in the air, and you aren’t ready to bare full thigh for an event yet; the midi dress is an idyllic option for contemporary coverage. Pair this taffeta Akris with a stunning pair of stilettos and twirl the night away.
Alice & Olivia Shanti eyelet midi-dress
Emilio Pucci printed dress
Maje metallic thread plunge dress
Akris Lustrous taffeta dress
For the destination wedding, a white-sand beach is a flawless backdrop for these flowy numbers. Kick your heels off, dip your toes into the crystal-blue waters, and let your haltered A.L.C. maxi ebb with the tide.
Eres Ankara convertible maxi dress
Emporio Sirenuse Azzurra Vesuvius-print maxi dress
A.L.C. Rio gathered halter maxi dress
Alémais Wanda aquatic-print mini dress
Black in Style
Not to be confused with an LBD, a black cocktail dress is for a guest that is after subtle sophistication. When faced with an abundance of options, you can never go wrong with a sleek black ensemble.
Aje Hybrid pleated mini dress
Carolina Herrera ruched waist dress
Camilla From the Archives silk-twill dress
Mach and Mach embroidered mini dress
Not just for flower girls, a floral frock is for the guest that embraces the blossoming of love. From a Jason Wu pleated print to an Emilia Wickstead seersucker cut, these floral cocktail dresses can be also worn to your next garden party.
Oscar de la Renta Landscape A-line dress
Jason Wu floral-print crinkle day dress
Zimmermann belted floral-print mini dress
Emilia Wickstead Elita floral-print seersucker dress
For a guest that embraces flirtation, a lace-trimmed cocktail dress adds textural depth to the picture. A hint of lace celebrates the intricacy of romance, weaving love into the room through delicate details. The lace cocktail dress brings understated charm as it makes its way through the party.
Valentino striped corded lace maxi dress
Self-Portrait Grosgrain-trimmed lace dress
Brock Collection Tyla lace dress
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