20 Best Destination Wedding Guest Dresses of 2022
The destination wedding is back in a big way, with couples looking to head to worldly venues for their celebrations. And if you’ve been invited to join one, congratulations! It truly is one of the most fun experiences to dress up and attend.
When it comes to choosing the perfect party outfit, there are several things to keep in mind before packing your bags. “The main considerations for dress for a destination wedding are the location, the weather, the location of the event, the time of day and the season,” explains Tiffany Moss, wedding manager at Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. “Warmer climates can be difficult to dress in as the days are very hot and can be humid, while the evenings can be cooler and you will need a light blanket.”
Meet the expert
In his role as Resort Weddings Manager at Paradise Island of AtlantisTiffany Moss works with couples around the world to help them achieve their perfect destination wedding.
Moss reports that in her 10 years of experience, she has noticed that guests attending destination weddings likes to have fun with their appearance. “There’s an opportunity to show off your creativity and unique style with a destination wedding,” she says. “In addition to the wedding day, there are often several events that take place as part of the celebration – a welcome reception, a rehearsal dinner and a farewell brunch– which means you can curate a whole wardrobe of amazing looks, from casual to formal.
To help you travel in style, we’ve found 20 amazing wedding guest looks to wear for every nice breeze. destination wedding an event.
Best Two-Piece: Lulu’s Top Tier Blue Floral Midi Dress
Races: true to size | Cut: XS-XL | Materials: Rayon | Length: Midday
This delicate floral midi dress is the perfect pick for a tropical garden wedding or the day after brunch. Separate pieces are also a sustainable choice, as you can incorporate the top and skirt into your everyday wardrobe.
Best Combination: Bronx and Banco Hanna Combination
Races: true to size | Cut: XS-XL | Materials: Silk | Length: Floor
Always one of our favorite looks for wedding guests, a jumpsuit always looks polished and classy. This yellow floral style is made for dancing under starry tropical skies.
Best Halter: Lizabeth Reform Dress
Races: true to size | Cut: 1-14 | Materials: Rayon | Length: Ankle
Ever since Meghan Markle stepped out in her Stella McCartney reception dress, we’ve been obsessed with this style for brides and wedding guests. It’s easy to wear and always stylish.
Best LBD: ASOS Design Peekaboo Shoulder Tuck Midi Pencil Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 0-8 | Materials:Polyester | Length: Knee
A sleek black dress is always on point, and this pencil skirt number is perfect for a formal night out. Bonus points for the draped bodice and cold one-shoulder design.
For a black-tie wedding: David’s one-shoulder wedding dress
Races: true to size | Cut: 1-15 | Materials: Jersey | Length: Floor
Jersey is one of the best fabrics you can choose for a destination wedding – it packs away easily and is a flattering choice for all shapes and sizes. The elegant silhouette of this column dress makes it an on-trend choice for black-tie weddings.
Most Colorful: Farm Rio One-Shoulder Fringed Printed Voile Midi Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: XS-XL | Materials: Viscose | Length: Midday
Rainbow colors are a huge fashion trend right now and if you’re looking for a tropical inspired dress that’s bursting with color, this is the one for you. Printed macaw parrots and tropical foliage, paired with a fringed sleeve and hem, make for an unforgettable destination ensemble.
The most trendy: the long crepe dress Tory Burch
Races: true to size | Cut: 0-14 | Materials: Pancake | Length: Floor
This structured dress is an edgy pick for weddings anywhere. We love the modern dolman sleeve silhouette, flattering hourglass shape, and understated yellow hue.
Best Shirt Dress: Rachel Parcell Belted Floral Dress
Races: true to size | Cut: 00-18 | Materials: Rayon | Length: min
Fun and flirty, this shirt dress is a real ray of sunshine thanks to its colorful sun pattern. This mini is perfect for any destination wedding event and will become your favorite summer look after the wedding.
Best A-Line: Hill House Home The Ophelia Dress
Races: true to size | Cut: XXS-XXL | Materials: Cotton | Length: Midday
This dress combines a timeless silhouette with two of our favorite sartorial details: smocking and puff sleeves. Wear it with hoop earrings and mules for a flawless wedding guest look.
Chicest Mini: Elsa Smocked Mini Dress Significative Other
Races: true to size | Cut: 2-12 | Materials: Cotton | Length: min
This sassy mini has the most amazing tiered ruffle at the hemline and a laser-cut design. Plus, the pale orange hue and smocked texture make this an ultra-elegant wedding guest dress.
For the beach wedding: Rujuta Sheth Kaftan
Races: Large | Cut: One size | Materials: Viscose | Length: Ankle
We really love kaftans because they are comfortable, cool and always so stylish. Accessorize this look with tassel earrings and gladiator sandals, for a gorgeous boho style made to be seen on a pink sand beach.
Best Strapless: Lulus Make a Move Black Satin Floral Jacquard Strapless Midi Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: XS-XL | Materials: Woven satin | Length: Midday
This strapless dress is not only super cute, but also incredibly cool thanks to its metallic floral brocade design. It is a piece that you can wear for a formal, semi-formal or cocktail party wedding.
Best Animal Print: Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: IT36-IT50 | Materials: Silk-blend charmeuse | Length: Knee
Spotted on Khloe Kardashian for her sister’s recent Italian wedding, this Dolce & Gabbana leopard print dress is one piece you’ll love to wear. Make this look more glamorous by adding gold layered hoops, bracelets and pendants.
Best Floral: Ted Baker Dulina Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 2-12 | Materials: Linen and viscose | Length: Floor
We like to call this model “happy fashion”. The tropical color palette, ruffled skirt and elegant halter neckline make this maxi dress a pure bliss.
Best Empire Waist: Tanya Taylor Marisa Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 0-22 | Materials:Polyester | Length: min
This fit and flare mini dress has so many features to love, like the delicate flower pattern, off-the-shoulder neckline, shoulder ties, and a wonderfully inclusive size range.
Perfect Slip Dress: Daisy Reformation Silk Slip Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 0-12 | Materials: Silk | Length: Midday
This fitted strappy dress could be our top pick for destination wedding events. We love the sexy silhouette, side slit and wrap-effect skirt.
Best Ruffles: ASOS Edition Floral Midi Cami Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 0-14 | Materials:Polyester | Length: Midday
This dress is a great example of the lingerie-inspired vibe seen on many fashion shows. The butter yellow color is also there, an essential shade of the season.
For a Formal Wedding: Ieena for Mac Duggal Ruffled Floral Cutout Chiffon Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 0-12 | Materials: Chiffon | Length: Floor
If you’re planning on attending a formal destination wedding, we absolutely recommend this super chic pick. Dramatic ruffled shoulders will create an amazing photo moment, to boot.
Best Ruching: V. Chapman The Lily Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 00-14 | Materials:Polyester | Length: Midday
This frilly peony pink dress is perfect for an intimate wedding brunch. Because it’s made with just a touch of stretch, it fits like a glove and is a great choice if you have curves.
Best Under $100: ASOS Design Curve Textured Twist Front Pleated Midi Dress
Races: True to size | Cut: 12-26 | Materials: Sheer Chiffon | Length: Midday
Chiffon is an ideal fabric for any warm-weather wedding, and this on-trend midi dress will become an instant summer classic in your wardrobe for years to come.
What to Look for in Destination Wedding Guest Attire
When researching a destination wedding look, besides dress code and locale, you need to pay close attention to the fabric composition of your clothes. The outfit(s) you choose to travel with should be made from materials that don’t wrinkle easily when packed. For example, linen is a great choice in hot weather because it’s cool, but it’s also notorious for its wrinkles; similar to wool and silk which can be difficult in the heat. However, cotton blends are a great choice, while rayon and viscose also travel well. Ultimately, it can take a while to find styles that are perfect for your destination, so start shopping early!
It all depends on the location. A good high heel can be difficult for beach celebrations or venues that don’t have proper flooring. Skip the pumps and opt for flats, wedge sandals, or espadrilles if you’re not sure where.
A classic pashmina is always a must-have for chilly evenings. They will keep you warm and are essential if the wedding is taking place in a heavily air-conditioned space.
Sunglasses are the best accessory to show off your personality! Have fun with color and opt for larger frames to protect your eyes from the sun. Also choose polarized lenses for extra UV protection.