I belong to a family of planners. Out comes a fresh Google Doc in October for our Christmas dinner. I wish I was joking. However, it has been handy, as I've been able to extend this type of conscientiousness to my wardrobe—especially for events. Right now, I have a weddings in both October November that I need outfits for. That's only a mere weeks to decide what I'm going to wear.
But I won't be the only one with a wedding-guest outfit to decide upon—September is one of the biggest months for weddings, and more couples are choosing the less-popular months in order to save money, so it's fair to assume that you'll have some dress decisions to make soon too. Also, bonus tip: If you buy your outfit now, chances are by the time the wedding comes around, no one else will be wearing the same.
As I do a lot of shopping for a living, I've worked out just what kind of wedding-guest dresses are ideal for autumn and which ones you need to buy now before they sell out. While early September is still warm, the potential for goosebumps increases as we get further into the cooler months. So there are balloon-sleeved frocks (perfect if you don't want to bring a jacket), as well as metallic dresses that will look incredible under a black blazer and will see you through to the festive period. But if you want to stick to autumn/winter 2019's biggest dress trend (dark florals!), I've selected plenty of those too. Plus, there's a mix of high street and luxury for every kind of budget.
Les Rêveries Tie-Front Ruffled Floral-Print Silk-Crepe Maxi Dress (£705)
The ultimate autumn/winter dress.
Ghost Jenna Floral Dress (£120)
Just because it's getting colder doesn't mean you can't choose a bright dress.
Rixo Nadia Floral-Print Silk-Blend Midi Dress (£325)
Rixo continues to wow us with beautiful dresses.
Zara Satin Dress (£90)
Such an expensive-looking dress.
& Other Stories High Neck Ruched Midi Dress (£89)
Wear with a black headband and gold accessories.
Rixo Daisy Floral-Print Velvet Maxi Dress (£310)
Take summer's green dress trend into autumn.
Alessandra Rich Gathered Polka-Dot Silk-Satin Midi Dress (£1255)
We'll call this "sophisticated Barbie."
Zimmerman Espionage Pussy-Bow Ruffled Silk Dress (£585)
A classic autumnal colour.
Maggie Marilyn Love Me Knot Mint Green Satin Midi Dress (£520)
Just so beautiful.
Topshop Pleated Midaxi Dress (£49)
A great option from Topshop.
Whistles Alva Zinnia Floral Dress (£151)
Vintage prints are still going strong, and this one from Whistles is a winner.
Arket Metallic Dress (£99)
Wear this into the festive season by pairing it with tights and ankle boots.
Keepsake Daybreak Lilac Chiffon Maxi Dress (£180)
You might even consider wearing this to work if you layered a black roll-neck underneath.
Kitri Serafina Vintage Maxi Dress (£98)
If you've got a wedding coming up in early September, this one is ideal.
Olivia von Halle Aureta Honey Mustard Bias-Cut Silk Midi Dress (£560)
Pair with strappy sandals or mules.
Cos Shaped A-Line Cotton Silk Dress (£89)
If you want a more simple dress, try this silk one from COS.
Vampire's Wife The Wild Rose Ruffled Fil-Coupé Midi Dress (£1295)
This one's in the sale, and there are still loads of sizes available.
Zara Metallic Strappy Dress (£46)
Okay, it's a strappy dress, but you can wear it with a blazer and it'll look incredible (plus, you'll be warm).
Red shoes will look great with this dress.
Shrimps Sylvia Leopard-Print Silk Dress (£350)
Another great early September option when the weather is still a bit warmer.
The Vampire's Wife Cate Ruffle-Trimmed Cotton-Corduroy Midi Dress (£775)
For when you know the weather might be much colder, you can't go wrong with a Vampire Wife's dress.
Bernadette Sofia Oversized Floral-Print Satin Robe (£1240)
This is from one of our new favourite dress brands.
Ganni Printed Linen and Silk Midi Dress (£410)
We've seen this all over Instagram, and it's still a chic option.
H&M Silk-Blend Dress (£120)
Simple, elegant and inexpensive.
Nasty Gal Give It a Whirl Plunging Dress (£23)
If you want to find a high street dress that looks expensive, opt for simple colours and a satin finish.
Cefinn Belted Voile Midi Dress (£310)
The contrasting colours is what makes this dress extra special.
Zara Tulle Dotted Mesh Midi Dress (£50)
Save this one for the festive period.
ASOS Tie Detail Long Sleeve Midi Dress (£77)
Up close, this dress looks super expensive.
Rixo Tyra Long Sleeve Mock Wrap Midi Dress (£385)
Who can turn down sequins?
Roger Birger Christensen Stretch-Jersey Midi Dress (£210)
Pair this with purple heels for a chic monochromatic look.
Galvan Sienna Green Halterneck Satin Gown (£995)
To make jaw drops (although not upstage the bride), choose this gorgeous green gown.
Self-Portrait Black Sequin-Embellished Mesh Midi Dress (£360)
Self-Portrait wins again with this sequinned beauty.
Mango Sequined Midi Dress (£70)
Wear this dress right through to the Christmas period. You can even wear this during the day, if you fancy, by throwing over an oversized chunky knit and a pair of black biker boots.
Tibi Velvet Midi Slip Dress (£288)
Who can resist velvet as the nights get darker and colder?
Self-Portrait Botanical-Print Tiered Midi Dress (£360)
Those ruffles hide any third helpings of the buffet but look great when you dance.
Topshop Printed Silk Dress By Topshop Boutique (£120)
This dress is nearly sold out, so snap it up sharpish.
House of Holland Asymmetric Hammered-Satin Dress (£400)
Such a fun colour.
Needle & Thread Bessie ruffled floral-print satin midi dress (£250)
Romantic floral dresses are just the best for autumnal nuptials.
Rotate Birger Christensen Belted Fil Coupé Chiffon Midi Dress (£270)
Pair with chunky velvet platforms.
Maggie Marilyn Take a Bite Belted Ruffled Silk Maxi Dress (£365)
This brand is one we can't get out of our heads.
Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2019 trends you need to know.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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