What To Wear For A Summer Wedding

It’s no wonder so many couples choose summer for their wedding date — this season lends itself to romance and whimsy. Nature blooms into life and produces a magnificent backdrop for a wedding.

If you’re invited to a summer wedding, you may be wondering what you should wear. From color to length, how do you choose an outfit you’ll love while dressing appropriately for the event? This guide will help you narrow your choices to find the perfect attire.

First, Consider the Dress Code or Venue

Sometimes, the wedding invitation will list the dress code, such as formal or semi-formal. Couples may also indicate the dress code on their wedding website, should they choose to have one.

If attire is not mentioned, don’t panic. See where the ceremony and reception are being held. These locations set the tone for the event.

For example, if the wedding is at a farm or beach, assume more casual dress such as a sundress and wedges. If the reception takes place in a ballroom, formal attire — a floor-length or cocktail dress — is your best bet. If you’re still unsure, don’t be afraid to ask the soon-to-be-married couple. It’s better to know beforehand than feel uncertain in your wardrobe choice. 

Once you know the dress code, it’s time for the fun part — shopping. 

Colors and Prints

The dark, drab days of winter are gone, so reflect this with your clothing. Embrace the change of seasons with flirty colors and prints. Summer offers countless possibilities, from ethereal pastels to vibrant hues.

Here are some options that embodies the summer:

  • Blush or nude tones
  • Bold prints
  • Canary yellow
  • Coral (said to be universally flattering)
  • Florals
  • Pastels (lavender, seafoam, mint, peach, lemon, etc.)
  • Emerald green (great for an early spring, and summer weddings)

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It’s All in the Details

 
Lace, sheer sleeves, off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, color-blocking — the choices are endless. Look for striking details that take your attire to the next level. Perhaps your fitted mid-length dress features a low-scoop back. Maybe your gown has an illusion neckline. Find elements and fabrics that reflect your style and boost your confidence.
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A few carefully considered accessories make all the difference, too. If you’re wearing a solid-colored dress, an eye-catching necklace, earrings and/or bracelet can complete the look. Also, don’t forget a clutch.

 

Ditch the Dress

Who says dresses are your only option for a summer wedding? Opt for a jumpsuit, one of 2019’s biggest trends for womenswear. Not only can jumpsuits be figure-flattering, but they’re comfortable and ideal for summer’s temperature fluctuations.
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Even better, they’re versatile. A linen jumpsuit is well-suited to a daytime or more casual wedding when paired with strappy sandals or flats. A silky jumpsuit with heels is an elegant evening alternative. Plus, you’ll likely stand out from the other wedding guests wearing dresses.

 

Layers 

Summer can go from warm to brisk within hours. Here’s your chance to layer while making a statement. Will part of the wedding be outdoors? A cropped leather jacket over your outfit creates structure and a bit of edge. A shawl, in contrast, is a lovely, classic choice.
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If you choose a dark lace dress for a formal wedding, nude black stockings add femininity and sophistication to the look. Legs are a canvas for style and creativity; stockings allows you to show your style and sophistication. Plus, stockings will keep your legs looking fabulous. You could wear patterned or colored lace top stockings for even more allure.
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As a wedding guest, select an outfit that celebrates the occasion and season. The above suggestions are a good place to start. Most importantly, though, you should be comfortable and confident — whatever you choose to wear. Enjoy the wedding!

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