What to wear to summer weddings
Formal: One-shoulder column gowns
These warmer months are the most popular time of the year to tie the knot, and with thousands of couples marrying each day, odds are you're going to be invited to a wedding. We'll help you navigate those nuptials in style. – by Shannon McCarthy
Bing | One-shoulder column gowns
A formal wedding is by definition a swanky affair, even during warmer weather, so get your glam game on. Soft column gowns in gossamer silk, especially those with on-trend single shoulder straps, look especially sublime by candlelight at the reception. Hem length is best worn long, floating just above the floor.
Formal: Pastel lace cocktail dresses
Bing | Pastel lace cocktail dresses
Lace is light enough to suit the season, but still packs enough luxe punch to swan it up at fancy weddings. All-over lace frocks work beautifully even when they’re sleeveless and knee-length. The only rule? Skip white and choose a fresh, nonbridal hue such as anything from the trendy pastel range.
Formal: Sling-back dress pumps
Bing | Sling-back dress pumps
Footwear should follow form and bedazzle. Sling-back pumps hit the perfect note: They’re open enough for the sultry season without being too casual for a formal ceremony. These sexy stunners are found dripping with jeweled accents, gleaming with satin finishes or flirting with peep-toes and high stiletto heels.
Formal: Statement necklaces
Bing | Statement necklaces
We can’t think of a better excuse to bring out the bling than a formal wedding. Deck yourself out in dazzling baubles for the joyous occasion and show your trend savvy in one fell swoop: A big, bold, large stone statement necklace becomes a fancy focal point to finish off your luxe look.
Formal: Minaudiere handbags
Bing | Minaudiere handbags
A red-carpet-worthy minaudiere is the perfect purse for a formal wedding guest. These small, gilded boxes are like accessorizing your outfit with another piece of jewelry instead of an everyday handbag. Relatively bargain-priced versions are offered that look as good as the three- and four-figure versions.
Semiformal: Satin sheath dresses
Bing | Satin sheath dresses
Semiformal weddings hit the sweet spot between fancy and relaxed, so truly wearable wedding guest dress styles are the norm. One of the most versatile is the sheath: The simple silhouette complements the season, but when done up in chichi finishes – shiny or matte satin, for example – you’ll be good to glow.
Semiformal: Wrap dresses
Bing | Wrap dresses
Wrap dresses are the chameleon of the frock world. Worn with conservative accessories and shoes, they’re perfect for the office. Dress ’em up with dazzling jewelry and a killer pair of heels and they’re soiree-ready. Semiformal wedding-worthy wrap dresses charm with colorful prints, ruffled hems or chic beading.
Semiformal: Metallic wedge sandals
Bing | Metallic wedge sandals
When you want something more comfortable than a skyscraper stiletto for wearing all-day – and maybe dancing all night – try a wonderful wedge. From simply a sliver to a high, solid block, wedge heels offer height with stability. For attending a wedding, skew more elegant and less espadrille with metallic leather uppers.
Semiformal: Golden cuff bracelets
Bing | Golden cuff bracelets
Set off your sleek, semicasual look with a perfect piece of arm candy. No, we’re not talking about your date, but something potentially even dreamier: a single cuff gleaming in gold. Wide and smooth is the couture-inspired trend pick, but inlaid stones or intricate carving also mean your wrist won’t be missed.
Semiformal: Envelope clutches
Bing | Envelope clutches
This newly hot handbag style sends a message both cute and classy, with a square frame and triangular flap resembling an oversized envelope, and a minimalist vibe that melds well with any semiformal outfit. Punchy neon hues freshen it up, while optional chain straps make it versatile.