The Best Formal Wedding Guest Dresses by Color (2024)

Fellow wedding guests, if you’re searching for the most iconic formal wedding guest dresses, this article is for you! In this guide, I’m sharing the best wedding guest dresses for formal weddings. This collection of wedding guest dresses includes a variety of styles and a mix of price ranges, making finding the perfect dress a breeze.

Read on to discover the dreamiest long dresses to rock this upcoming wedding season!

*Originally published May 2022, Updated February 2024*

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With this year’s wedding season quickly approaching, there’s no better time to search for a dreamy wedding guest dress. With more and more formal weddings on the books, I’ve rounded up the best fancy gowns by color to shop this season. Here are my top picks, from flowy boho styles to chic and sophisticated statement gowns.

Pink Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Kicking things off with a color that dominated the fashion world last year—pink! Pink dresses, from subtle pastels to vibrant tones like fuchsia, are an excellent choice for a spring or summer wedding. In my list of the 50+ pink gowns on Revolve, you’ll find everything from flirty strapless gowns to sleek, sophisticated statement pieces. Here are a few of my favorite pink black-tie dresses to shop this season:

Overall Pick

One of my favorite formal gowns from Sau Lee’s latest collection, the Bella Gown is a red carpet-worthy style in every sense. You’ll be the best-dressed guest in this $795 gown, which features vibrant colors and unique pleated sateen fabric.

Budget Pick (Under $350)

A signature Norma Kamali style, the Diana Fishtail Gown is my top pick for a budget-friendly pink gown. With a one-shoulder neckline and all-over ruching, this statement style promises to turn heads for less than $300.

Splurge Pick

No one does black-tie attire better than Herve Leger, and the Amelia Gown in Mauve is no exception. If you can afford to splurge, this $2,590 fringed beauty is one of my new favorite formal gowns on the market.

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Blue Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Up next, blue is always a fabulous, versatile option and one of my favorite wedding guest dress colors. Consider lighter blues if you’re heading to an outdoor wedding, or spice it up with a deeper hue like navy for a more formal vibe. For a curated list of the best blue gowns, shop my selection of dresses on Revolve or scroll through the highlights below:

Overall Pick

One of the dreamiest best sellers from the Amur collection, the Judah Scallop Pleated Dress in Deep Waters is a work of wearable art. This gorgeous $698 dress promises to make a statement with its plisse fabric and ruffle trim.

Budget Pick (Under $350)

The Michael Costello Jake Gown is equal parts elegant and comfortable—a beautiful baby blue style perfect for a spring wedding. This gown features a sexy deep v-neck with a sheer mesh overlay, and it’s a total steal at $198.

Splurge Pick

If money isn’t an issue, the Maria Lucia Hohan Victoria Gown is worth adding to your list. With metallic plisse fabric and an elegant draped train, this $1,890 dress gives new meaning to dreamy evening wear.

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Green Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Green is my absolute favorite color, so I’m a sucker for this section of attention-grabbing pieces. From more sophisticated shades of green like olive and emerald to light and fun sage and mint hues, green is a great choice for a black-tie affair. This list of green formal dresses on Revolve is a one-stop shop for the best styles to shop this season or check out a few highlights below:

Overall Pick

I can’t get enough of the A.L.C. Emerson Dress in Basil, a stunning silk style with a pleated skirt and a tasteful side cut-out. This perfect wedding guest dress features a shorter hemline, making it an excellent option for tearing up the dance floor in style. Snag this newly released maxi dress on Revolve for $795.

Budget Pick (Under $350)

Shopping ASTR the Label is always a good idea, and the newly released Amari Dress is bound to be a bestseller. This flattering one-shoulder style comes with a reasonable $138 price tag and features a flattering side slit.

Splurge Pick

Maria Lucia Hohan does it again with the Estera Gown in Lime, a striking floor-length gown with flattering ruching and a metal halter neck. The perfect look for any spring wedding or formal occasion, this $2,240 gown offers a modern twist on a classic silhouette.

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Red Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Red symbolizes love and passion, making it the perfect option for wedding guest attire. Best reserved for evening events, a red dress makes a bold statement and is sure to turn heads. Consider pairing a red gown with minimal accessories and simple strappy heels to let the dress shine. Note: Consider the cultural context and specific wedding dress code when choosing a red gown. Red is highly auspicious in some traditions and best avoided in others.

Shop my list of 60+ red formal wedding guest dresses on Revolve, or check out my standout picks below:

Overall Pick

One of my favorite long gowns on the market, the Norma Kamali Open Back Ribbon Sleeve Wide Slit Gown looks like a couture piece but retails for just $225. With floor-length long sleeves and a sexy slit, this iconic wedding guest outfit is a guaranteed hit on any big day.

Budget Pick (Under $350)

If you’re on a tighter budget but still want to look like a million bucks, the Line & Dot Kira Maxi Dress in Tomato Red is the dress for you. This $120 style features luxurious red satin and a stylish crisscross back tie closure.

Splurge Pick

If you’re open to a gown with long sleeves, the Miscreants Gathered Charlotte Dress is a splurge-worthy design. This $976 off-the-shoulder gown features trendy rosette details on soft, slinky jersey fabric.

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Purple Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Nothing fits the vibe of a spring ceremony quite like a purple gown. The color of royalty, purple brings a luxurious, elegant touch to wedding guest attire. Shades range from light, bright colors, like lavender and lilac, to deep purples, like plum and eggplant. Shop 30+ striking purple black-tie gowns on Revolve and find a dress that fits your personal style, or check out a few of my favorites below:

Overall Pick

The ELLIATT collection is full of fun wedding guest dresses, and the Halite Maxi Dress is one of my all-time favorites. This strapless gown belongs in a romantic vineyard setting and promises to flatter all body types.

Side note: I’ve been seeing more and more purple Mother of the Bride dresses and think it’s the perfect color for a MOB or MOG!

Budget Pick (Under $350)

The Michael Costello Hanwi Gown is a dreamy dupe for a much more expensive Retrofete design, offering an ultra-luxe look for just $258. With dreamy purple chiffon fabric and a side seam slit, this budget-friendly find promises to make a lasting impression.

Splurge Pick

I’m a huge fan of Bronx & Banco (check out my article on Bronx & Banco dress dupes here!), and the Midnight Gown in Purple is one of my new favorite designs. This $1,100 dress is straight from a fairytale with adjustable crystal straps and the dreamiest sequined mesh fabric.

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Yellow Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Next, yellow formal dresses bring a bold burst of joy to any wedding venue. Soft yellows are ideal for spring and summer weddings, while brighter shades are great for destination weddings. Check out my list of bright, beautiful yellow gowns on Revolve, and check out a few of my top picks below:

Overall Pick

I’m a huge fan of V. Chapman, so I must honor the Charlotte Gown in Taupe Duchess as my favorite yellow gown. This strapless corset dress features striking brocade fabric with shimmering gold-tone glitter. Add it to your wedding guest dress collection for $575.

Budget Pick (Under $350)

Bardot is one of my favorite brands to shop for formal wedding guest attire at surprisingly affordable price points. The Bardot Capri Diamonte Slip Dress in Canary Yellow looks expensive with its silky silhouette but will cost you a reasonable $139.

Splurge Pick

Open to a little splurge? Check out the Bronx and Banco Bali Gown in Marigold, a statement halterneck dress with a fringe hem. This $950 style is fit for a queen and offers a modern, vibrant take on formal dress code.

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Orange Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

And last but not least, let’s wrap up this list of black-tie dresses with another of my favorite colors: orange! From soft peach hues to vibrant tangerine, orange brings a warm and energetic vibe to any wedding celebration. This color is perfect for adding a pop of color and promises to make a bold, joyful statement. Check out my favorite orange formal dresses on Revolve, or scroll through my highlights below:

Overall Pick

The Retrofete Waldorf Dress in Apricot is my top choice for a formal, modern wedding. This $595 showstopping gown features stylish lamé fabric and a sexy thigh seam slit. Check out my article on Retrofete dress dupes for more gowns like this for less!

Budget Pick (Under $300)

A new arrival and instant bestseller, the $340 Shona Joy Mia Spliced Maxi Dress is a funky, fabulous style. This colorful, effortlessly chic gown would be great for a tropical wedding—just add gold jewelry and strappy stilettos.

Splurge Pick

Bronx & Banco does it again with the Hanna Gown, a draped one-shoulder style featuring ruffles and a floral design. This $849 feminine, flowing silhouette is great for all kinds of events and guarantees to turn heads.

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After reading this article, I hope you’ve discovered the best formal wedding guest dresses to rock this season! Are you on a budget and searching for designer dupes for these luxury looks? Check out these related articles for more formal wear inspiration:

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