Invited to a summer wedding but just don’t know what to wear? We’ve got it covered.
Wedding guest dress codes come with a lot of stipulations – don’t go too short, don’t go too flashy, and please, please don’t wear white (ecru, eggshell, or cream!). But besides the obvious dos and don’ts, the “what to wear” to your friend’s wedding isn’t always an easy question to answer.
Thankfully, we have few solutions – or rather, perfect wedding guest outfits for any number of Summer weddings already popping up on your calendar.
From the casual garden wedding, beach wedding venues to your fanciest black-tie nuptials, we’ve got you covered. Just scroll to shop your way through our favorites and solve your wedding guest outfit drama now.
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1. The Black-Tie Wedding
A black-tie wedding is pretty formal, but it’s considered fun. These start after 6 p.m., so you’re looking at a nighttime affair where the couple getting married harbors a love of seeing the uncommon, slightly debaucherous side of really dressed-up guests drinking and partying it up.
Floor-length gowns are completely acceptable, as are beading, bling, and more. Black tie doesn’t necessarily require a long dress, of course, so if you’re going short, be sure it makes a fashion statement and isn’t something you might wear to a cocktail party or a club.
A simple rule of thumb when putting together a black-tie wedding outfit is asking yourself, “What would I wear if I were invited to the Golden Globes?” Select a dress that is equal parts sexy and elevated – something that will surely impress the other partygoers. Complete the outfit with quirky accessories that will let your hosts know you’re there to have a good time.
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2. The Resort Getaway Wedding
Have you just opened up an invitation to learn that you’ve been invited to a beach ceremony? While this may be exciting, it may also leave you scratching your head wondering what to wear to a beach wedding?
There are a few ground rules you should follow in order to look great, remain comfortable, yet formal enough for this non-traditional wedding.
Light fabrics that do not cling to the body are best. Materials like linen, chiffon, organza, and even cotton blends or lace are light but can still look luxurious.
If it’s a formal ceremony, wear a long, elegant gown. Semi-formal calls for short or tea length dresses, which are great because they won’t drag in the sand, plus they transition beautifully to a reception venue held at a restaurant or ocean front hotel.
Wear shoes that you can easily slip on and off. Flats or sandals are a great option as long as they’re on the nicer/dressier side. If you’re dressing to impress at the next seaside wedding, scoop up this chic look.
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3. The Garden Wedding
For a garden wedding you may put on edgy Lily Pulitzer-style floral dresses. Also include a hat if you feel bold or daring! Dresses that are cocktail- or tea-length are good, though you could also get away with a boho maxi-dress.
The easiest way to be a party pooper at a garden party is to not wear any florals, so keep the look blooming throughout the outfit. If obvious floral patterns are too seasonal or cheesy for your liking, select a print that is a bit more abstract. Keep the ensemble feeling modern through artful accessories like a circle bag and metallic brooch that adds to the botanical theme.
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Which is your favorite look? Is there anything here that would be perfect for an upcoming wedding you’re attending? We’d love to hear your wedding guest fashion fixes & ideas in the comments!
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