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The 14 best places to buy wedding guest dresses

Show up to the big day in style.

Left: Feather cocktail dress; Middle: Colorful maxi dress; Right: Fitted scuba dress Credit: Left: ASOS; Middle: Farm Rio; Right: Eloquii

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Dressing for a wedding—if you aren't the bride or groom—can be tricky. Apart from a nudge in the right direction—casual, formal, or black tie—guests are pretty much on their own. With thousands of dresses floating around the Internet, it's difficult to know what to wear to the big event. With that in mind, we've rounded up 14 of the best places to buy wedding guest dresses. Whether you’re looking for straight or plus sizes, casual or black-tie options, at least one of the retailers below will fill the bill.

1. Nordstrom

Nordstrom Wedding Guest Dresses
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From mini to maxi, Nordstrom has you covered.

Our favorites: Dress the Population Catalina Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress—$182
Sizes: XXS-4X
Prices: 👗👗-👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: Accepted on a case-by-case basis

Whether you’re looking for short, midi, or maxi dresses, Nordstrom is a great place to look. You can sort by occasion—casual, cocktail, or formal—and narrow it down by style, size, and color. And because Nordstrom sells a lot more than just dresses, you can find matching shoes and accessories there, too. Best of all, if you find that the dresses you order just don’t work out, Nordstrom has one of the best return policies. The retailer will take just about everything back—and that’s coming from a former employee.

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2. Lulus

Lulus Wedding Guest Dresses
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Lulus has so many different types of wedding guest dresses to choose from.

Our favorites: Paulina Bodycon Midi Dress—$58 and Heart of Marigold Wrap Maxi Dress—$68
Sizes: XXS-3X
Prices: 👗👗-👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days; 10 days for free shipping

Lulus makes finding the ideal dress for a wedding a breeze. Within its wedding guest shop, you'll find silhouettes broken down by little black dresses, midi dresses, maxi dresses, long sleeve wedding guest dresses, off-the-shoulder dresses, and sleeveless dresses. Not sure which you want? Instead of selecting one specific category, you can narrow down your search by size, color, neckline, sleeve length, dress length, and/or price.

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3. Eloquii

Eloquii Wedding Guest Dresses
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Eloquii is a fantastic place to shop for plus-size dresses.

Our favorites: Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress—$99.95 and Off The Shoulder Maxi With Side Slits—$99.95
Sizes: 14-28
Prices: 👗👗-👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days

If you’re in the market for plus-size wedding guest dresses, Eloquii is a great store to peruse. The fan-favorite store offers a variety of casual and party dresses, all of which are sold in an inclusive range of plus sizes. And, if you start to think that maybe you’d be more comfortable in a cocktail-ready jumpsuit, you can snag one of those, too.

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4. Anthropologie

Anthropologie Wedding Guest Dresses
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Semi-casual weddings just got a whole lot more stylish thanks to Anthro.

Our favorites: Colorblocked Bow-Tie Maxi Dress—$218 and Plenty by Tracy Reese Ruffled Maxi Dress—$198
Sizes: XXS-3X
Prices: 👗👗👗-👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days

Anthropologie is all about artistic staples with a bohemian air. The brand does wedding guest dresses so well that its selection often sells out. That said, you can sort through the hundreds of dresses available by filtering between size, color, sleeve length, dress length, price, brand, neckline, and occasion. Ultimately, if you have something specific in mind, you’ll be able to quickly conclude whether or not Anthro has what you’re looking for.

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5. Amazon

Amazon Wedding Guest Dresses
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They have more formal dresses than you might think.

Our favorites: StyleWord Women's Off Shoulder Elegant Maxi Long Dress—$24.64+ and Ever-Pretty Womens Off The Shoulder Ruffle Party Dress—$46.99+
Sizes: XXS-4X
Prices: 👗 - 👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: Accepted on a store-by-store basis

Amazon might be best known for its lightning-fast grocery, home goods, and tech deliveries, but it also has an impressive selection of wedding guest dresses. It's a particularly great retailer to turn to if you’re hoping to spend a little less on your party dress. Most notably, you won’t have to question whether or not the lower price makes the dress sacrifice on quality, as you can turn your attention to the reviews for in-depth accounts of how they work for real-life shoppers. While other retailers also have rating systems, few compare to the detail and massive quantity of reviews on Amazon.

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6. Macy’s

Macy's Wedding Guest Dresses
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They have hundreds to choose from.

Our favorites: Betsy & Adam Ruffle-Detail Gown—$219 and Lauren Ralph Lauren Embellished-Strap Off-The-Shoulder Gown—$210
Sizes: 0-24
Prices: 👗 - 👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days

At Macy's, you can filter between formal, cocktail, casual, work, and going out dresses—or, to make it even easier on yourself, you can jump straight to their wedding guest category. While that category has over 800 dresses to choose from, if you opt for one of the other categories, you’ll have thousands of silhouettes to choose from. Thankfully, you can further filter through the dresses by clarifying your size, dress length, sleeve length, brand, color, and price preferences.

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7. BHLDN

BHLDN Wedding Guest Dresses
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BHLDN is a great place to look for more formal weddings.

Our favorites: Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress—$220 and Tansy Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress—$220
Sizes: 0-26
Prices: 👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days

BHLDN—which is Anthropologie's wedding arm—is a wonderful place to look for more formal wedding guest dress options. It's technically a bridal retailer, so many of the silhouettes most appropriate for wedding guests are actually bridesmaid dresses. That said, the dresses are modern, stylish, and comfortable as can be, which makes them versatile for guests and the wedding party alike.

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8. Dillard’s

Dillard's Wedding Guest Dresses
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They have styles that span generations.

Our favorites: Alex Evenings Sequined-Lace Rosette-Rose Gown—$249 and Ignite Evenings Georgette Tiered Capelet Dress—$100
Sizes: XXS-3X
Prices: 👗 - 👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: Accepted on a case-by-case basis

In addition to offering straight sizes, Dillard's offers plus-size wedding guest dresses, as well as petite and maternity options. You can sort through them by one of the many categories, including cocktail, maxi, formal, and gown options. Like Nordstrom, because Dillard’s sells more than just clothing, you’re likely to find the accessories you’ll need, too.

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9. Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer Wedding Guest Dresses
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Lilly Pulitzer has plenty of options for casual beach weddings.

Our favorites: Minka Maxi Dress—$248 and Kristen Swing Dress—$98
Sizes: 00-16
Prices: 👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days

If you’re going to a beach wedding or a more casual affair, Lilly Pulitzer is a good place to look for dresses. In addition to its signature colorful prints, Lilly also offers an array of solid colors in silhouettes ranging from mini to maxi. If you don’t want to sift through its entire offering, you can filter by shift, A-line, fit-and-flare, fitted, straight, swing, maxi, and set styles. The brand also carries shoes and accessories so you can do all your shopping in one place.

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10. ASOS

ASOS Wedding Guest Dresses
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ASOS is the place to go for gorgeous dresses at affordable prices.

Our favorites: ASOS Design Cami Maxi Slip Dress in High Shine Satin—$72 and ASOS Edition Geo Sequin Cutwork Midi Dress with Feather Hem—$192
Sizes: XS-3X
Prices: 👗 - 👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 28 days

Headed to a cocktail-themed wedding? You can likely pick up a suitable wedding guest dress from ASOS. In addition to being able to choose between style, sleeve length, dress type, and neckline, you can also filter out which dresses are responsibly made, which is certainly applaudable. While the retailer has a lot of different dresses to choose from—as evidenced by its many categories—the vast majority are best for cocktail and semi-formal occasions. On the bright side, that means you can find a dress you'll be able to wear again.

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11. David’s Bridal

David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses
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Opt for neutral black or one of many bold hues David's Bridal offers.

Our favorites: Asymmetrical Ruffle Sheath Dress with Slit—$199.95 and Cutout One-Shoulder Crepe Gown with Skirt Slit—$129.95
Sizes: 0-26
Prices: 👗👗👗-👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 7 days for returns; 60 days for exchanges

Shopping for a semi-formal, formal, or black-tie wedding? David’s Bridal has hundreds of dresses to choose from. While 272 are specifically designated as wedding guest dresses, you can peruse the bridesmaids' dresses as well because some of the silhouettes can easily pass for a guest. One of the best parts about David’s Bridal is that, in addition to the typical categories, you can sort dresses by fabric. So, if you know that polyester is off the table for your comfort, you can filter it out. Genius, don’t you think?

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12. Free People

Free People Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses
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Free People dresses are perfect for beach weddings.

Our favorites: Santa Maria Maxi Dress—$128 and Deep Sea Maxi Dress—$118
Sizes: XS-XL
Prices: 👗👗👗-👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days for full refund; anytime thereafter will be met with a merchandise card

Another great place to shop for casual and beach weddings is Free People. While it has tons of different everyday dresses to choose from, your best bet is to focus primarily on their party category. The dresses are casual yet elevated, making them the most worthy of a wedding. Just keep in mind that Free People's styles are so trendy and well-liked that they often sell out, so it’s best to shop ahead.

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13. Revolve

Revolve Wedding Guest Dresses
Credit: Revolve

Fit for a cocktail-themed bash.

Our favorites: Lovers + Friends Hayes Mini Dress—$190 and Katie May Secret Agent Dress—$295
Sizes: XS-XL
Prices: 👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days for returns; 90 days for exchanges

Hoping to look as stylish as possible at the wedding? Revolve should be on your radar. The retailer is home to dozens and dozens of high-end brands just waiting to help you make your appearance. It has a wide variety of casual, cocktail, and semi-formal dresses that you can choose from. And, to make it as easy as possible, it has a designated category specifically for special events like, you know, a wedding.

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14. Farm Rio

Farm Rio Wedding Dress
Credit: Farm Rio

You'll look colorful as can be.

Our favorites: Fruit Salad Ruffled Dress—$260 and Pineapple Galore Dress—$265
Sizes: XS-XL
Prices: 👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days

Farm Rio is the place to go if you believe the more color, the better. With that in mind, if you’re shopping for a beach wedding guest dress or something a bit more casual than your typical formal wedding, Farm Rio’s sustainable silhouettes are a great option. You can choose between mini, midi, and maxi styles, as well as flowy or more form-fitting silhouettes. If you don’t end up liking what you order, no worries—returns and refunds at the retailer are a cinch.

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