You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't think of spring as the most romantic season to tie the knot. Everything is blooming, temperatures aren't hot enough yet to cause any pre-ceremony sweat situations, and the color palette is fresh and uplifting. By this point, you've likely already booked any necessary travel plans and accommodations but if you've procrastinated on what to wear to the big day don't fret —take some inspiration from your favorite trendsetters whose go-to spring dress styles for wedding guests will resolve all of your conundrums.
Instead of reaching for the seasons-old sundress sitting in your closet, use the upcoming nuptials as an opportunity to invest in a new style you'll wear on the wedding day, but also for other seasonal fêtes. Now, aside from not wearing white and following any specific dress code noted on the invitation, what you wear is fair game so why not look to some inspiring women for ideas? Ahead, see what stylish influencers are nodding toward as the key dress styles to wear to a spring (and even summer) wedding this year. Plus, you can easily repurpose all of these pieces by tossing a denim jacket over, accessorizing with of-the-moment sporty sandals, or opting for dressed-down layering. Your look may be intended for a celebration, but it's much more than just a party dress.
Patchwork prints were a key trend on the Spring/Summer 2019 runways with designers like Natacha Ramsay-Levi and Nicky Zimmerman giving the artistic look their stamp of approval. If the style feels too bohemian, simply look for dresses that incorporate non-traditional patterns (AKA not paisley or micro florals).
The Victorian trend is alive and well and taking shape in a variety of silhouettes ranging from ruffled high necks to voluminous puff sleeves. The latter is a choice worth making for your next wedding because it nudges your dress in an elegant, refined direction.
Is there anything more enticing than an open back? It's a creative way to show off a little skin while keeping you comfortable (and cool not to mention!). Whether it's a solid shin-grazing dress in a luxurious fabric or a splashy printed piece with a surprise once you turn around, there are no bad choices here.
Open-Back Charmeuse Dress
Open-Back Midi Dress
Similar to florals and gingham, a pastel hue screams spring in the best way possible. Pick your favorite base (powdery blue and mellow yellow are both having a moment) and then find a silhouette the speaks to you. Accessorize with a straw bag and strappy sandals to solidify yourself as best-dressed guest.
Gathered Sleeveless Dress
Saturated & Sheer
Sheer paneling can feel intimidating sometimes but not when it's in a cheerful, saturated color as witnessed above. Layer on your favorite jewelry or leave it on its own — this dress speaks for itself.
Thames Fog Dress
A slip dress will always be a good idea for a wedding guest look, no matter the season. For spring, choose one in a trendy shade of lime green or a softer hue like cornflower blue. You'll definitely be re-wearing this one very soon.
Spritz Silk Dress
Draped Slip Dress
The easiest way to add drama without feeling like you're going over the top is by way of some voluminous ruffles. Whether it's a floor-length gown that trails behind you in the wind, or a shorter silhouette with tiered ruffles, you'll feel très chic all night long.
Layered Ruffle Dress