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Best Wedding Guest Dresses That are Modest But Stylish

Best Wedding Guest Dresses That are Modest But Stylish


Do you have a full calendar of wedding invites this spring and summer? But have trouble finding stylish wedding guest dresses that are also modest and comfortable to wear? Checkout this post where I am rounding up the best spring summer wedding dresses that are versatile and stylish. 

But they are are not skimpy. 

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What are We Looking for?

There are typically 3 to 4 types of wedding themes even though there might be more. You can fit all the looks in these 3 categories. So, I have categorized the dresses based on the themes, so you don’t have to waste time thinking which one to wear where. 

These are key features I looked into when deciding which dresses to choose:

  1. Versatility – I want to make sure you get more out of these dresses. So they are meant to be worn in other events as well.
  2. Modest – Not too much skin showing, that always feels a bit uncomfortable. 
  3. Comfortable – They should flatter and fit well but not be too body hugging.

Wedding Guest Dresses for Black Tie or Formal Event

Dress The Population Krista Gown

The Dress The Population Krista gown looks so chic and is the perfect for a black tie or a white tie event. Yes, you don’t need to just wear boring black to a formal event, you can also wear colors. 

The maxi length looks elegant and the side slit adds a chic touch to the dress. I also love that the dress does not have slim straps. The wide straps looks chic and modest. So, even if you don’t feel confident in sleeveless dresses, this one will give you the confidence.

Anthropologie Satin A-Line Gown

Satin dresses are perfect for wedding as they look elegant and romantic. The Anthropologie Satin A-Line Gown is one of the most popular wedding guest dresses from BHDLN, a collection from Anthropologie. This dress comes in very different colors. 

The satin fabric is thick and and soft, so you don’t have to worry about it being see through. The V neckline looks so elegant and sultry. And the wide wing like sleeves will look flattering on anyone. 

This dress would become a favorite in your closet just like all other women who wore it feel.

Adrianna Papell Beaded Gown

Sequin embroidered dresses always look elegant and sophisticated dresses perfect for a black tie event. The color of the dress is subtle and soft. And all the beaded embroidery the looks so beautiful and intricate. The dress looks way more expensive than it is. 

The modest neckline and sleeves of Adrianna Papell Beaded Gown are perfect if you don’t like a lot of skin show. I also love the waist band which cinches your waistline and adds more definition to the dress. Just add a pair of cute heels and you will look perfect for a black tie party.

& Other Stories Waterfall Neckline Dress

The Waterfall Neckline dress from & Other Stories looks elegant, modest and classy. The dress looks perfect for a classy black tie wedding party where you will look sophisticated.

The ankle length of the dress is perfect if you don’t like to wear high heels. You can opt for block heels or kitten heels. Or you can also wear cute party flats. The color is perfect for a formal event. Its not too bright, but has some color, so it looks great on all skin tone. 

The neckline is what makes it so pretty. You can put your hair up and wear some cute earrings and with an evening bag, this outfit will look perfect.

Mac Duggal Satin Bow Column Gown

Mac Duggal is known for its beautiful gowns and embellished dresses that are modern and high quality. The Mac Duggal Satin Bow Column gown is perfect if you if you want a versatile dress that you can wear other than a wedding. The shoulder details of this dress is sophisticated and classy. 

And the peekaboo with the slit looks sleek and elegant. I feel like this dress does not need any other accessory. It just looks great by itself. 

If you have a minimalist style, this dress is for you. 

Cocktail Dresses For Wedding Guest

Eliza J Asymmetric Lace Dress

This asymmetric lace dress from Eliza J looks elegant and way more expensive than it is. It also comes in a lot of other colors, but for a cocktail event, this dress would be perfect. 

The overlap lace details around the arm are such a chic and smart way of adding more fabric without really doing that. 

This way the dress looks modest, but also updated and modern. 

BCBGMaxazria Draped Faux Wrap Dress

If you want to wear a cocktail dress that will let you enjoy all the food and drink in the wedding party, then you should buy the BCBGMaxazria Draped Faux Wrap Dress. The faux wrap style of the dress hides the front tummy area giving you the freedom to enjoy all the food and drinks in confidence.

I owned this dress in black and loved every bit of it. The slimming long sleeves, looks modest and yet stylish in this dress. 

I feel like this dress will look flattering modern and fun to wear in the stretchy fabric.

Mac Duggal Sequin Ruffle Dress

I love this beautiful elegant and stylish sequin dress from Mac Duggal. The above the knee length makes it modern and great for cocktail ocassion. The sequin details adds a festive detail to the dress.

And I love that it comes with a cape but its se through, so it does not look like a lot of clothes but it hides all your top part. 

This is such a genius way of designing a dress that will work bow for smaller chested women and also for bigger chested women. 

Elliatt Pallas Dress

The Elliatt Pallas Dress is completely modest, but the subtle drop shoulders on one side add elegance and romance to this cocktail dress. The length of the dress is perfect to wear with shorter heels if you don’t like to wear heels. Or you can also wear flats. 

Love that the dress is also asymmetrical at the bottom. Adding more luxe details. Solid colored dresses look more stylish and elevated compared to printed and embroidered ones. And this dress is doing just that. 

The fit and flare style adds a waist definition and will look flattering on all body type. 

BCBGMaxazria Eliseo Dress

The Eliseo dress from BCBGMaxazria is a chic Bridgeton take on a cocktail dress. The puff sleeves always looks so pretty on every body type. But the sweetheart neckline and fitted silhouette makes it perfect for a cocktail style wedding. 

I also love that the dress in a pattern instead of solid color which makes it interesting. And the front slit is so sleek. The wrap style is actually a faux wrap style because this dress has a zipper opening in the back. But it again adds an interesting touch to this dress. 

Milly Lumi Pleated Mini Dress

The Milly Lumi Pleated Mini Dress is the perfect cocktail dress that has everything in my checklist. The dress has loose sheer sleeves that look elegant yer romantic and fun. It has a satin belt which adds more romantic touch to the dress. The fit and flare style will look flattering on all body type. 

And the neckline makes it so put together. This is the dress which will be the envy of the party, I have to say. You can wear it with heels in the summer, and add sheer tights for winter weddings.

Semi Formal Dresses For Wedding Guest

Boden Cut Out Midi Dress

This cut out dress from Boden could work for a lot of different styles of wedding parties. You could wear it to a beach wedding, romantic destination wedding, or even to a barn style wedding event. 

I love the little cutout detail, it creates an illusion of hourglass even if you don’t have it. The puff sleeves and the V neck bring a slimming silhouette to your overall look. 

The below the knee length is modest but the A line style makes it chic and stylish. 

Chelsea28 Eyelet Embroidered Cutout Dress

If you don’t want to wear a printed one, I found a solid color alternative. This dress is from Chelsea28 with exactly similar silhouette but in a prink shade with eyelet embroidery that looks so fun. 

I instantly fell in love with this dress. So, had to share. You need to wear plunge neckline bra with it if you have fuller chest like mine. But the dress looks flattering and is made of cotton, so it’s perfect for hot weather wedding destinations.  I love the longer sleeves actually because it looks extremely flattering if you have thick arms. 

Reformation Ozzy Dress

Printed dresses don’t have to be just have to be for vacation or tropical. The Reformation Ozzy Dress looks elegant and so chic for you to wear to the next semi formal wedding event. You can easily take this dress from day to night as the color is navy. 

Simple mermaid like silhouette of the dress makes it chic and flattering on most body type. And you won’t need to worry about looking put together. This dress is lined with sheer sleeves which adds a romantic touch to your outfit. 

Yumi Kim Norelle Mini Dress

The Yumi Kim Norelle Mini Dress looks shorter on the model because she is 5 ft 10 inches tall. if you are shorter than that, it will not be that short. Most Yumi Kim dresses are made for regular women and have a forgiving size guide. 

And they look great on us. And this dress is no different. I love that the long sleeves balance the short length of the dress. And the ruching and ruffles adds some volume and drama to the outfit. 

And you can also wear this dress somewhere else other than a wedding party. So, better return of money spent.

Rhode Ella Dress

If you are attending a destination wedding and it’s a tropical one, then the Rhode Ella dress is perfect for you. I own this one in blue and it’s one of the most comfortable dresses I own. Even if it has longer sleeves, it’s still flattering and breathable in the hot weather. 

And the beauty is that you can wear it at night too. I love that the dress comes with a belt, but you can easily swap it with a contrasting belt and add more details to your outfit. 

Pair it with cute heels or flats and create the perfect wedding guest outfit, so you can enjoy the party and not worry about your outfit.

What to wear with Wedding dresses?


  • If you have a black tie event, carry a black bag. I love the Valentino Logo bag.
  • If you have a semi formal or cocktail, you can pick different styles of evening bags


And let’s not forget, we need need a good supportive bra specially with low cut dresses.


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