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When a wedding guest writes us about what to wear, we swoop in to help! I know what it’s like to look for the perfect dress to wear to an October wedding and it can be overwhelming to decide the length, color, and pattern that will be appropriate for fall. Samantha wants to know what the best October wedding guest dresses are this fall. She writes,
“Dear Emmaline, Please help me find a fall dress to wear to an October wedding! I am attending my cousin’s wedding this fall and need something sophisticated to wear. The wedding is at a country club and the dress code just states formal attire. It is held on October 7th, 2023. The ceremony is outdoors and the reception is inside. Also, can you wear floral to an October wedding? Thanks for your help!”
Great questions, Samantha! October wedding dresses for women are one of the most sought-after attire topics. Now that fall weddings are so popular — and October is the heart of the fall season — more couples are tying the knot during this month.
The cooler weather means less sweating outdoors for guests (and the couple themselves) and the idea of a cozy reception, candlelight, and rich seasonal colors sounds like a dream!
But, I digress. You want to find an October wedding guest dress to wear and we’ll help you do it. Here are the trends and colors, lengths, and dress styles to wear to an October wedding in 2023.
Midi or Maxi Dress Length for Formality
For a formal fall wedding in October, you’ll want to wear a midi or maxi-length dress. Since it is a formal wedding, these lengths will be most appropriate.
Yes, You Can Wear Floral Patterns to an October Wedding, But Avoid Light Colors
You asked if you can wear floral to an October wedding. You can wear floral patterned outfits but avoid anything too light colored and no pastels. Floral patterns should be rich and deep in tone and color. I selected a few examples in this blog post in case a floral dress is on your radar.
Wear October-inspired Fall Colors
Since the wedding is held in October, the heart of the fall season, choose seasonal hues and rich, earthy colors. Emerald green, burgundy, rust orange, dark teal, navy blue, mauve pink, brown, or black are some of the top picks for October wedding attire.
October Wedding Guest Dresses 2023
Now that you know tips for what to wear, here are the best dresses to wear as a wedding guest in October 2023.
1. Satin cowl neck slip dress with black floral pattern, $74
This is a stunning floral dress to wear to an October wedding! Love the slip style and cowl neck.
2. Butterfly applique burgundy midi length dress, $119
These butterfly appliques are a unique touch to any dress and look exceptionally elegant for fall.
3. Dark teal A-line dress with tie shoulder straps, $75
This color has a stylish hue that complements the season. The tie should straps are very trendy at the moment, too.
4. Brown satin midi dress with crisscrossing halter top, $74
Brown satin in a halter midi? Yes, please!
5. + 6. Strappy pleated satin midi dress in floral jacquard, $76
I love this style: a sweetheart bodice with a strappy neckline, pleats, and jacquard floral patterned fabric. Stunning!
It’s gorgeous in emerald or rust orange, so I wanted to share both options:
7. Red floral halter style midi, $78
If you want to wear a floral dress to an October wedding, here’s another great example of the type of pattern and colors to look for.
8. Swiss Dot pleated teal dress with one-shoulder neckline, $79
What a cute dress!
9. Black maxi dress with cut-outs, $89
This dress is an elegant option for any wedding but works well if you want a cutout October wedding guest dress.
10. Emerald maxi dress with organza tie straps, $88
A beautiful dress with organza tie straps makes this dress stand out. I adore the elegant maxi-length skirt. Highly-rated!
11. Black halter midi dress with v-neckline, $78
So cute! I love the elegance of this… it’s the perfect little black dress.
12. Burgundy jacquard floral midi dress, $72
13. Brown satin halter dress, $98
Rock this long satin gown which exudes elegance for an October wedding.
14. Rose wrap-style dress with ruffles and short sleeves, $78
For a shorter length and cute ruffle detail, go with this rusty rose color that is perfect for the October wedding season.
15. Wine red fall floral print midi with a high neckline, $78
This is another terrific example of a fabulous fall floral print that is ideal for an October wedding guest dress. Love everything here: the high neckline, the rich colors, the floral print, midi length. So cute!
Rock this strappy rust orange maxi dress — the color of the season!
17. Rust red pleated midi, $79
18. Black floral maxi length dress, $118
Wear this elegant floor-length maxi dress in black floral for an October wedding that will look elegant and sophisticated.
19. Teal green satin halter, $74
Rock this teal-green halter dress in one of the best colors of the season.
20. Slate blue floral patterned handkerchief hem dress, $99
If you crave a floral print that is colorful but still on-trend for fall, go with this slate blue dress in fun florals and a flirty handkerchief hem.
21. Navy blue halter top dress with trumpet hem, $64
This is the perfect navy blue dress to wear to an October wedding! The trumpet hem gives it a fun flair, while the halter neckline makes it sophisticated and elegant.
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