What to wear to a summer wedding
The invite says: “White-tie”
By Jennie Ma
This is basically the end-all-be-all of formality. You are going to want to go all out. Put on the dressiest thing you own and make sure it is floor-length. Imagine this as your red-carpet Oscar moment.
Gown by Temperley London from RentTheRunway.com
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The invite says: “Black-tie”
Translation: Get gussied up in a fancy gown. Black tie is the next step down in formal wear after white-tie. If you have a floor-grazing gown, you should definitely wear it. Only have a knee-length gown? One in a jewel tone or darker shade would work best. Don’t even think about wearing a mini.
Gown by BHLDN
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The invite says: “Cocktail”
Slightly less formal than black-tie, most women will be wearing knee-length gowns in rich colors or black. However, if you want to wear a longer dress, you’ll fit right in as well. The only rule is to make sure you wear something neat and dressy.
Dress by Ann Taylor
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The invite says: “Beach-Formal”
This is getting really specific. Basically the bride is trying to tell you to dress to impress but keep in mind that you’ll be in a sandy, windy and possibly wet environment. What to wear? A flowy gown that has enough give to makes it comfortable on the beach. Choose one in a flirty print to make it look even more beach-appropriate.
Gown by BCBG
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The invite says: “Garden Casual”
This does not mean that anything goes (which means do not show in a pair of shorts and t-shirt!). You still have to look cleaned up. Think light fabrics like cotton or a pretty floral prints in a summery shade.
Gown by Trina Turk from RentTheRunway.com