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Discover the best wedding guest dresses to cater to every type of occasion, from floral-print midi dresses to satin gowns for evening dos 

Not for wallflowers: The graphic floral dress

A floral-print dress is an elegant option for a spring or summer wedding, complementing settings like a country house or a marquee. When selecting a patterned dress, consider styles that will extend beyond the wedding season to ensure you get the maximum wear from your investment.

Highlight your style with a dress like this graphic floral midi dress by Jaeger, a design that captures the bold mood of the season. Pair your dress with sleek sandals to anchor your look – wedges, block heels and platforms are excellent choices for lawn receptions. A cardigan or blazer will keep any evening chills at bay.

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You can’t go wrong with a little black dress

If your invite is for the evening do only and not the official ceremony, the dress code could go either way, so check with the host to see if they’ll be expecting you to rock up in black tie or smart-casual before committing to your outfit. A fail-safe black dress is comfy and flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. Whether you choose a formal dress, a wrap dress or a shirt dress, a midi will easily earn its keep in your post-party wardrobe.

This sleek, black one-shouldered dress by Nobody’s Child ticks all the boxes: the asymmetrical neckline elevates the simple design above the everyday, while the flattering midi length makes it comfortable to wear with or without tights. Accessorise with bold gold jewellery to complement the dark hue.

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Spot on: consider polka dot dresses for wedding season

If you tend to shy away from vibrant hues or bold florals, fear not. We've curated the perfect wedding guest dress just for you. This striking polka dot midaxi dress stands out as one of the top summer outfits you must include in your special occasion ensemble. The design boasts a captivating print, exaggerated sleeves and a voluminous skirt reminiscent of vintage fashion. To contrast the full silhouette of the dress, opt for angular accessories, such as pointed slingbacks. Round off the look with an oversized blazer for an effortless finish.

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Words: Dulcie Emerson and Sarah Lafarge