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Dresses for Wedding Guests Over 40 That Are Stylish, Not Frumpy

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Ask any woman over 40 who has an upcoming wedding to attend and they will tell you how frustrating it is to find the perfect dress for their age group.

When they type “wedding guest dresses” in the search bar, the results always show wedding guest attire for younger women. From dresses with thigh-high slits, a very low open back, to even multiple cut-outs. And even when dresses for wedding guests over 40 do pop up, they usually look dated and frumpy.

You probably have a vision of what your ideal wedding guest dress is, but you don’t know where to find it. To help you with your search, we have listed the most flattering dresses for wedding guests over 40.

And the best part? These beautiful styles are perfect for every season and themed wedding so you will be prepared in advance even before your wedding invitation arrives in the mail!

1. For Summer Events

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Are you headed to a beach wedding this summer but have nothing to wear? We have the right dress for this special occasion.

Warmer weather is the perfect time to sport bright seasonal shades and lightweight fabrics. Your dress will blend in perfectly with the bright colors of the scenery and the tropical feel of the beach.

For those that like coverage on their arms, this dress offers that without looking dowdy, but still has a v neck to allow for some breeze.

red wedding guest dress

For those that are worried about overheating as the happy couple says their “I do’s”, consider a sleeveless halter neckline. Halter necklines are “in” right now, but they have a classic that you can wear for many years to come. The sleeveless design of this unique dress is perfect for warmer months, without any revealing cuts in the front.

2. For a Fall Wedding

This knit dress style is equal parts cozy and chic. The oat hue color is a great shade for rustic fall weddings and the long sleeves are perfect for keeping you from freezing from the cold Autumn weather.

Finish off your fall-ready wedding guest with nude heels and a shoulder bag.

navy blue wedding guest dress

If you are not comfortable with a bodycon style, consider this fit and flare dress. The deep navy hue fits the autumn season, while the silhouette highlights your waist without hugging your body.

You can’t go wrong with this polished midi dress. It’s one of the perfect dresses for wedding guests over 40. The short-length sleeves feature ruffle details that give it a fun and elegant finish.

It comes with a belt, which helps to cinch your waist and create the illusion of a shapely figure. If you are not a fan of the belt style, you can always replace it with your own.

3. For a Winter Wedding

Just because the weather is gloomy during the wintertime doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your style. This rhinestone midi dress is the perfect pick to show off at winter nuptials.

The long sleeves offer warmth and coverage while the polka dots give a Parisian chic vibe. You can complete this winter-ready wedding guest dress with black strappy heels or ankle boots and tights.

lace wedding guest dress

Though an off-the-shoulder dress isn’t the warmest option for winter weather, the lace is perfect for a romantic festive celebration during the holiday season and the deep blue makes the perfect Christmas color companion.

Pair with a cozy shrug and silver or black accessories.

4. For a Daytime Spring Wedding

Bridal party colors during the spring are all about pastel shades. So we think this A-line dress is the best dress for a daytime wedding in the spring! Don’t let the length scare you away. This pretty dress can easily be paired with tights to give you some coverage.

The bow detail is a cute detail that will get you so many compliments. It is a detail that makes it different from other ordinary A-line dresses. And the frill hem is the perfect finishing touch.

Related post: 10 Delightful Spring Dresses to Wear to a Wedding

pink wedding guest dress

If you attended a spring wedding last year in a dress with a floral design, why not switch things up this year? We cannot help but get romantic spring vibes from this pink dress.

The wrap dress with a bow adds an ultra-feminine touch to this spring-appropriate dress. To draw attention more to the v neckline, you can throw on a dainty necklace to elevate your wedding guest even more.

Round off your dress with nude heels, and you will be able to watch the “I-do’s” in style.

6. Wedding Reception

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Dresses for wedding guests over 40 don’t have to be boring!

Nothing screams playful yet chic like a flouncy tiered floral dress with lace and bows. The pleats and fitted bodice make this dress flirty yet elegant. Make this dress extra glamourous with black heels and you will be more than ready to dance the night away.

fit and flare wedding guest dress

Are you still trying to figure out the best dress for wedding guests over 40? Just take a look at this dress and you will be tempted to add this to your cart!

This classic sheath dress features a flared hem that makes it feel party-ready. The silhouette will give you ease of movement when you travel from the wedding ceremony to the reception.

Because this dress has a lot of feminine statement details, keep your accessories simple. A mini purse and nude heels will finish off your look perfectly.

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Dresses for wedding guests over 40 don’t have to be any less than chic. If the wedding guest dresses you are finding are dated and dull, just take a pick from these dresses for mature women.

Now that you have found a wedding guest dress that ticks all your boxes, it’s time to find a dress for garden parties!

Up next: 24 Delightfully Sweet Dresses for a Tea Party or Garden Party

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Hi! My name is Temwa and I have an obsession with all things lifestyle. Whether it's home decor, classy fashion, beauty products, or gift ideas -- you will find me writing about those topics. When I'm not sitting at my laptop, you will find me making press-on nails over the weekend!