Bring on the velvet, balloon sleeves, and jewel tones.

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fall wedding guest dresses 2021
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Fall weddings are a breath of fresh air: The leaves are changing, the weather is cooler, and wedding season is winding down, so you're likely soaking up the last nuptials on your calendar for the next few months. Another perk of fall weddings is that you can wear whatever you choose. The temperature won't be sweltering, so bring on the trendy balloon sleeves, satin you won't sweat through, and luxurious velvet. Options for fall wedding guest dresses are endless.

An overarching trend when choosing your fall wedding guest dresses: jewel tones. Fall is all about embracing the rich shades that reflect the coziness of the season, so go for rich garnet, deep purples, emerald green, and rusty shades of marigold. Opt for heavier fabrics than you wore to summer weddings; swap linen for lace and silk for suede. There's something romantic about fall, and you can channel this energy by dressing for the season.

Below, shop the best fall wedding guest dresses, from velvet slip dresses to sultry satin numbers.

Best fall wedding guest dresses:

1. Best velvet fall wedding guest dress

Hutch Velvet Slip Maxi Dress
$190.00
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Anthropologie

This velvet slip dress is what dreams are made of. With a ruched bodice and subtle side slit in rosy floral print, this long fall wedding guest dress is as dreamy as it is romantic. Plus, it's perfect for date night when paired with a leather jacket, too.

2. Best maxi fall wedding guest dress

Lulus Melora Plum Purple Sleeveless Maxi Dress
$98.00
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Lulus

Show off your figure in this form-fitting maxi fall wedding guest dress. The deep red color will fit in seamlessly with the changing leaves during autumn nuptials.

3. Best off-the-shoulder fall wedding guest dress

Moriah Mustard Yellow Satin Wrap Maxi Dress
$68.00
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Lulus

Mustard yellow is a pretty color on everyone, and the wrap-style dress is flattering on all body types, too. Twirl the night away in this breezy and bold long wedding guest dress for fall.

4. Best long sleeve fall wedding guest dress

Charles Henry Gathered Long Sleeve A-Line Dress
$79.00
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Nordstrom

This rusty orange color screams "fall"—and we're here for the PSL vibes. You'll blend right in with the autumnal vibes in this flowy number that can be dressed up or down.

5. Best satin fall wedding guest dress

Hutch Open-Back Midi Dress
$198.00
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Anthropologie

Satin is all the rage right now, and unlike during hot summer weddings when you sweat through this fabric, fall wedding guest dresses made of sultry satin get the green light. Plus, this gorgeous balloon-sleeved midi dress is the definition of "business in the front, party in the back." We promise that the wide-open back accented with a bow will turn heads.

6. Best lace fall wedding guest dress

Take Me to Brunch Burgundy Lace Shift Dress
$49.00
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Lulus

Lace is always a good idea for wedding guest dresses—particularly when it comes in this rich burgundy color. Shift dresses are classic and elegant, and the sheer short sleeves on this one are the finishing touch to make it extra eye-catching.

7. Best cowl neck fall wedding guest dress

Standards & Practices Cowl Neck Satin Slipdress
$88.00
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Nordstrom

We're suckers for a cowl neck, and this swanky number has us drooling. Available in three pretty colors (black, light pink, and this dark green) and sizes up to 3X, this plus-size wedding guest dress is one you'll want to wear on repeat.

8. Best floral fall wedding guest dress

Flourishing Feelings Pink Floral Print Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
$78.00
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Lulus

Who said florals were only for spring? This muted floral pattern is oh-so-romantic and fitting for a fall wedding guest dress. We can already see ourselves frolicking through a field on our way to the wedding reception.

9. Best tiered fall wedding guest dress

Reformation Kellie Dress
$124.00
($248.00)
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Reformation

This full, tiered skirt was made for dancing the night away, and with a color called "cinnamon," this long sleeve fall wedding guest dress couldn't be more appropriate for an autumn ceremony.

10. Best puff sleeve wedding guest dress

Alexia Admor V-Neck Puff Sleeve Dress
$79.97
($245.00)
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Nordstrom Rack

We're still riding the puff sleeve train, and we're especially into them when they're on a satin midi dress like this one. Plus, the purple floral pattern is both lovely and timeless.

11. Best mini fall wedding guest dress

Forevermore Burgundy Skater Dress
$61.00
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Lulus

Could there be a flirtier fall wedding guest dress? The sheer fabric and halter neck make for a frisky little number that's sure to earn you lots of dance partners.

12. Best strapless fall wedding guest dress

Hutch Colorblocked Bow-Tie Maxi Dress
$218.00
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Anthropologie

Talk about a showstopper. This might look like a two-piece set, but this strapless fall wedding guest dress is one of a kind. The statement bow will be the talk of your next wedding. Buy it in this colorway or in pink/purple or pink/red.

13. Best short sleeve wedding guest dress

Reformation Gavin Dress
$218.00
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Reformation

Emerald green is one of our favorite fall colors, and this cap sleeve wedding guest dress proves why. Plus, a dramatic thigh slit and back cutout details make it subtly sexy while being totally wedding-appropriate.