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15 best places to buy wedding guest dresses

Earn some serious style points in these swoon-worthy selections

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Shopping for wedding guest dresses 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 celebration.

With that in mind, we've rounded up 15 of the best places to shop, whether you’re looking for straight or plus sizes, casual or black-tie options. Here's where to buy guest dresses for spring, summer, fall, and winter weddings.

1. Nordstrom

Collage of three dresses: a knee-length black dress, a floor-length blue gown, and an orange a-line dress.
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From mini to maxi, Nordstrom has you covered for the next wedding you attend.

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 through styles by occasion—casual, cocktail, or formal—and narrow it down by style, size, and color. Oh, and because Nordstrom sells a lot more than just dresses, you can find matching shoes and accessories there, too.

Best of all, if the dresses you order just don’t work out, Nordstrom has one of the best return policies in the business. The retailer will take just about anything back—and that’s coming from a former employee.

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2. Lulus

Collage of three Lulus wedding guest dresses: one is a white jumpsuit, one is a green knee-length dress, and one is a floor-length gown in burgundy.
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Lulus has many different types of wedding guest dresses to choose from.

Our favorites: Paulina Bodycon Midi Dress—$59 and Heart of Marigold Wrap Maxi Dress—$76
Sizes: XXS-3X
Prices: 👗👗-👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days; 10 days for free shipping

Finding the ideal wedding dress is a breeze with Lulus. Within its wedding guest shop, you'll find silhouettes broken down by category. Little black dresses, midi dresses, maxi dresses, long sleeve wedding guest dresses, off-the-shoulder dresses, and sleeveless dresses are all offered by the retailer.

Not sure which you want? Instead of sorting by category, you can narrow down your search by size, color, neckline, sleeve length, dress length, and/or price.

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3. Eloquii

Collage of three Eloquii dresses: a floor length black dress, an orange knee-length dress with bell sleeves, and a white silk gown.
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Eloquii is a fantastic place to shop for plus-size dresses, no matter the occasion.

Our favorites: Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress—$90
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 in an inclusive range of plus sizes. And, if you think you might be more comfortable in a cocktail-ready jumpsuit, you can snag one of those, too.

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4. Rent the Runway

Collage of three floor length gowns: one in black, one in a print, and one in bronze.
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Feel glam for a night with a rental from Rent the Runway.

Our favorites: LoveShackFancy Bexlie Halter Gown— starting at $93 and Fuzzi Tulle One-Shoulder Gown— starting at $93
Prices: 👗
Sizes: regular and extended
Return policy: On a case-by-case basis

Want an extravagant wedding guest dress without breaking the bank? Turn to Rent the Runway. The fully rentable service allows you to rent top designer dresses at a fraction of the cost. Simply type in your zip code, size, and anticipated dates of your rental (and return), and you're good to go. Choose between four to eight-day rentals, and consider this our little secret.

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5. Anthropologie

Collage of three midi dresses from Anthropologie: one in red, one in beige, and one in brown and black.
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Semi-casual weddings just got a whole lot more stylish thanks to Anthropologie.

Our favorites: Bow-Tie Maxi Dress—$218
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, they make it easy to sort through the hundreds of dresses available. You can filter by size, color, sleeve length, dress length, price, brand, neckline, and occasion. If you have something specific in mind, you’ll be able to quickly decide if Anthropologie has what you’re looking for.

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6. Amazon

Collage of three floor-length Amazon dresses: a black gown, one with a blue print, and a blue dress.
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Amazon has more formal dresses than you might think.

Our favorites: StyleWord Women's Off Shoulder Elegant Maxi Long Dress—from $25 and Ever-Pretty Women's Off The Shoulder Ruffle Party Dress—from $50
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 if you’re hoping to spend a little less on your party dress for the wedding season.

Most notably, you won’t have to wonder whether the lower price means sacrificing quality. Amazon is filled with reviews featuring 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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7. Macy’s

Collage of three Macy's floor length dresses: one in mauve, one in black, and one in red.
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Macy's has hundreds of dress options to choose from.

Our favorites: Nightway Cold-Shoulder Keyhole Gown—$99
Sizes: 0-24
Prices: 👗 - 👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days

At Macy's, you can filter between formal, cocktail, casual, work, and going out dresses. You can filter the thousands of dresses by size, dress length, sleeve length, brand, color, and price preferences. Or, to make it even easier on yourself, you can jump straight to their wedding guest category of over 800 dresses.

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8. BHLDN

Collage of BHLDN Wedding Guest Dresses: a backless black gown, a low cut blue gown, and a body-con blue dress.
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BHLDN is a great place to look for apparel for formal and black tie weddings.

Our favorites: Dylan Satin Charmeuse Dress—$220
Sizes: 0-26
Prices: 👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days

BHLDN—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 bridesmaid dresses. That said, the dresses are modern, stylish, and comfortable as can be. They’re versatile options for guests and the wedding party alike.

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9. Dillard’s

Collage of three Dillard's dresses: two black knee-length dresses, and a blue midi dress.
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Dillard's has styles that span generations, along with all the other accouterment you'll need for your wedding outfit.

Our favorites: Ignite Evenings Georgette Tiered Capelet Dress—starting at $109
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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10. Lilly Pulitzer

Collage of three Lilly Pulitzer dresses: a blue mini dress, a printed floor-length gown, and a black mini dress.
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Lilly Pulitzer has plenty of options for casual beach weddings.

Our favorites: Valli Shift Dress—$198 and Kristen Swing Dress—starting at $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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11. ASOS

Collage of three ASOS wedding guest dresses: one is a slinky black dress, a knee-length green dress, and a body-con black dress.
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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—$73 and ASOS Design Pleated Cami Midi Dress—$49
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. You can sort selections for 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 wide variety of different dresses, 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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12. David’s Bridal

Collage of three David's Bridal dresses: one is a knee-length black dress, one is a floor length wine-colored gown, and a black jumpsuit.
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Opt for neutral black or one of many bold hues David's Bridal offers.

Our favorites: Floral Embroidered Illusion A-Line—from $300
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, no matter the dress code. While they do have designated wedding guest dresses, you can also check out the bridesmaids’ dresses, as well. Plenty of the silhouettes can easily work 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’re uncomfortable in polyester, you can filter it out. Genius, don’t you think?

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13. Free People

Collage of three floor-length Free People dresses: one in pink, one in blue, and one in gold.
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Free People dresses are well-suited for beach weddings.

Our favorites: Santa Maria Maxi Dress—$128 and Simone Maxi Dress—$250
Sizes: S-XL
Prices: 👗👗👗-👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days for a full refund; anytime thereafter will be met with a merchandise card

Free People is another great place to shop for beach weddings and other events with more informal dress codes. 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. Keep in mind that Free People's styles are so trendy and well-liked that they often sell out. It’s best to shop ahead if you’re shopping here.

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14. Revolve

Collage of three Revolve wedding guest dresses: one is a midi length blue dress, one is a white gown, and a pink minidress.
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Revolve is a go-to location to buy high-end glam dresses for your next cocktail-dress wedding.

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 weddings.

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15. Farm Rio

Collage of three Farm Rio dresses that are each made from very colorful printed fabrics.
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Go ahead and be bold with your wedding guest dress choice with Farm Rio.

Our favorites: Rainbow Macaw Organic Cotton Midi Dress—$245
Sizes: XS-XL
Prices: 👗👗👗👗
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days

Farm Rio is the place to go if you believe the more color, the better. Farm Rio’s sustainable silhouettes are great for beach wedding guest dresses, or other more casual wedding situations. 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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