Spring & Summer Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Dress Code

From glam black-tie gowns to fun destination dresses, we've rounded up the prettiest new bridesmaid and wedding guest dresses for every type of event. 

 

Dessy Group

Spring is here! It seems like our social calendars are (finally!) exploding with weddings and parties that have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If, like us, you haven't been to many events in the last two years, your wardrobe could use a little update. The good news is, these days, many brides are encouraging their girls to wear what they love. 

We turned to our friends at The Dessy Group for some advice on what bridesmaids and wedding guests are wearing now. Cindy Dessy says, "The 'mix & match' trend continues to evolve for bridesmaids. We at Dessy have always been huge proponents of this, as it really allows the bride to create a unique look and feel for her bridal party. We see prints and solids mixed. Girls are choosing different lengths; interspersing midi, hi-low, and maxi within a group. It’s amazing, in that it really allows each member of the bridal party to wear exactly what makes them feel most beautiful. What could be better?"

Scroll on for tons of different options in this season's top colors, prints, and silhouettes, for every style and budget. 

Black-Tie

The most formal dress code you're likely to see on a wedding invitation is "Black-tie." This generally means that the wedding will take place in the evening. Women are encouraged to wear floor-length gowns, and men should wear tuxedoes. A black-tie dress code is a fun reason to go all-out with your look! Think: sequins, blinged out accessories, and glam to the nines. 

Dessy Collection, Style 3111
shown in olive green

dessy olive maxi

The asymmentrical neckline and emerald-colored satin scream sophistication. 

Adrianna Papell Platinum, Style 40327
shown in morganite and blush

adrianna papell platinum

Sequins are always a hit at a black-tie affair.

Vera Wang Bride, Style Cerise
shown in yellow

pronovias x vera wang 

These off-the-shoulder sleeves are totally chic.

BHLDN, Leila Satin Maxi Dress
shown in moss

  bhldn leila maxi

Timelessly elegant and comes in 11 colors.

After Six, Style 6853
shown in amber sunset

dessy halter maxi

 Halter necklines are our favorite '90s throwback trend. 

Watters, Style Bianca
shown in processco 

watters bianca

This oyster color is a summer favorite. 

Formal/Black-Tie Optional

Slightly less formal than black-tie, this dress code means a floor-length gown and a tuxedo aren't required. Women can wear a slightly less formal dress, and men can wear a dark suit and tie. If you'd like to go with a fun color, a cut-out gown, or a chic jumpsuit, this is the more appropriate dress code to do so. 

Aidan by Aidan Mattox, One-Shoulder Cutout Gown
shown in tigerlily

aidan maddox one shoulder dress


We can't get enough of this color.

Vera Wang Bride, Alexandra Jumpsuit
shown in blue

 vera wang bride jumpsuit

The wide legs on this jumpsuit will make you look 10 feet tall.

The Dessy Group x Lovely Bride, Style LB015
shown in blush garden

dessy printed maxi

Playful and sexy at the same time. 

Saylor, Style Audie

Saylor Audie

Pink. Sequin. Midi. Yes, please!  

Kiska Studios, One Shoulder Draped Dress
shown in yellow

kiska studios

Sunshine on a cloudy day.

Aidan by Aidan Mattox, Painterly Gown 

aidax maddox painterly

Wear this sunset-colored gown to a golden hour wedding for seriously amazing photos.

Cocktail Attire

While formal attire isn't required, a cocktail dress code means you should still dress up. Men typically wear a suit and tie and women can wear a cocktail — or, as we like to call it, party — dress. Scroll on for some of our favorite dresses with shorter hemlines.

Reformation, Style Gloriana
shown in cyanotype

reformation gloriana

The hidden bustier is flattering and subtly sexy. 

Tobi, Amari Cowl Neck Midi Dress
shown in mauve

tobi midi dress

We love this dress for weddings, date night, and beyond. 

V. Chapman, Lily Dress
shown in sage

vchapman bhdln

We can never say no to a ruffle.

The Dessy Group, Social Style 8215
shown in sienna

dessy one shoulder cocktail

An asymmentrical neckline paired with a side slit make this a fun, fresh look.

Lovers and Friends, Ana Dress

lovers and friends cocktail dress

This draped cocktail dress with a cool buckle accent is effortlessly chic. 

Casual, Tropical, or No Dress Code

A "casual" dress code or one that denotes "beach" or "tropical" attire means the wedding will likely be held outdoors and will be much more laid-back. A tee shirt and jeans probably isn't appropriate, but women can wear sundresses, and khakis and a sports jacket are perfect for him. 

Few Moda, Calypso Maxi Dress
shown in light blue stripe

few moda calypso blue

The quintessential midi dress to wear to all of your spring and summer events — and it comes in 29 colors.

Saylor, Style Starlee

saylor-starlee

This dress is just begging to be invited to a tropical destination wedding. 

Astr the Label, Blythe Dress

astr the label 

You had us at pastel floral print. 

Adrianna Papell, Floral Print Chiffon Maxi
shown in coral multi

ap floral 

This lightweight chiffon maxi is perfect for any warm-weather garden party or beach wedding. 

Untamed Petals, Mint Julep Mini

untamed petals mint julep mini

Gorgeous lace ruffles and sexy cut-outs make this a mini with major style.