Formal, semi-formal, cocktail, white tie, black tie optional — it can be hard to keep track of what all the various wedding dress codes mean. Which is why we’ve taken all the guesswork out of finding a fabulous wedding-appropriate look for your upcoming weddings. From casual backyard barbecues to fancy formal fêtes, we’ve pulled together five on-trend outfits for spring that even the bride will wish she was wearing.

Keeping It Casual

Casual weddings are on the rise, but that doesn’t mean you should be stepping out in a pair of jeans and your favorite lace-up kicks. A casual or backyard reception calls for something fun and unfussy, but still polished. A simple shift dress with a tropical print and ruffle hem feels fresh and modern, while the tried-and-true silhouette makes it wedding appropriate. Keep the accessories playful by going for bright teal (and pink!) accents that make the dress’s hint of color really pop.

Zara Patch Pocket Blazer ($100), Mango Pleat Printed Dress ($60), Kurt Geiger Suki Carvela Sandals ($130), J.Crew Small Tassel Earrings ($50), ByBoe Cage Ring ($60), Brahmin Duxbury Mini Crossbody Bag ($195)

Cocktail Attire 2.0

A dress code that reads “cocktail attire” doesn’t necessarily mean you have to don a cocktail dress. Tailored trousers with a fabulous top or a killer jumpsuit are equally as appropriate when styled right. And forget about black. For spring, we say go for pretty pastels paired with sleek silver accents.

Whistles Lilac Jumpsuit ($180),Topshop Textured Scuba Blazer ($155), Vince Camuto Roma Clutch ($178), DANNIJO Everly Oxidized Silver Swarovski Crystal Earrings($225), Steve Madden Silver Snakeskin Sandals ($79), ASOS Skinny Full Metal Waist Belt ($37)

Swanky Black Tie Soiree

Black Tie means it’s time to get fancy. Long gowns are usually the way to go, but a chic cocktail dress will work too. Classic, neutral colors like navy, champagne, silver or bronze are usually best, but don’t be afraid to mix in a little color too. This one-shoulder A-line gown is ultra flattering and has a timeless, elegant feel. Gold and glitzy accessories add a touch of glam and just the right amount of sparkle. P.S. How awesome are those earrings?

Tart Infinity Stretch-Micro Modal Maxi Dress ($131), Lionette Polly Jean Earrings ($225), Ivanka Trump Open Toe Dress Sandals ($130), Ivanka Trump Domed Minaudiere ($150), NARS Lipstick in Gipsy ($27), House of Harlow 1960 Lapis Illuminating Rectangle Cuff Bracelet ($88)

Garden Party


When you’re headed outdoors for your BFF’s “I do’s,” look to the setting for some sartorial inspiration. A floral skirt, both feminine and flirty, is the perfect choice for a garden party-inspired affair. And because spring weather can be a little unpredictable, take along a chic topper to keep your shoulders warm. To ward off a prissy vibe, mix in edgy pieces, like these fiery red heels.

Oasis Rose Jacquard Skirt ($97), Topshop 3D Crochet Floral Shell Top ($68), Topshop Textured Throw-On Coat ($150), ASOS Heartbreak Hotel Heeled Sandals ($83), Bauble Bar Heartbreaker Bib ($58), La Regale Metallic Snake Minaudiere ($95)


If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm place, you’ll probably be hitting up plenty of beachfront shindigs. And while the waterfront location might seem casual, if your invitation says “beach formal,” you’ll need to dress to impress. Casual elegance is the name of the game here, so a long flowing dress in a bright color or pretty print should be your go-to piece. And don’t forget to keep in the mind the beach elements (sun, sand and water). Sandals are a must, because heels and sand just don’t mix.

Keepsake Recover Maxi Dress ($180), Le Specs Wild Child Sunglasses ($80), Marc Fisher Candice Fringe Leather Sandals ($135), Cavaquinho Wrap Belt ($158), Jules Smith Shark Tooth Layered Necklace ($56), Tory Burch Mosaic Tile Border Scarf ($95), Rebecca Minkoff Marble Envelope Clutch Bag ($145)

Do you have a few weddings to attend this spring? Tell us what you’ll be wearing in the comments!