Figuring out a summer wedding guest outfit can be fun but decoding the attire requirements can be exasperating. To make life easier (so you can focus on the warm weather and perhaps a little pre- or post- wedding unwinding), here are some outfit ideas for common summer wedding backdrops:
In general, the subliminal message for formal weddings leans toward proper and away from experimental. For such a conservative affair, opt for a sedated, elegant choice – skip extravagant embellishments and cutout patterns that leave little to the imagination. Knee-length cocktail dresses in rich, luxurious colors (black is perfectly acceptable) are timeless alternatives. A classic dress also leaves room for trying unexpected accessories like a quirky clutch and costume jewelry. Sexy and elegant, structured, well-tailored silhouettes, feminine lace details, and A-line cuts in appropriate materials such as satin, silk, or chiffon all make great evening ceremony options.
Tropical beach weddings have become increasingly popular and dressing the part often means fashionable sundresses with some fun accessories. Keeping “flowy and beachy” in mind, the look should help imbue ceremonious charm to the event. Of course, incorporating a tropical, nature-inspired motif throughout the look complements the setting. A long, light-colored, billowing halter dress that sways with the breeze is a great choice for high-impact, yet easy dressing. Experiment with an edgier look with an asymmetrical hemline or ruffles in bright hues for an unexpected twist.
A relaxed backyard wedding calls for floral designs, chiffon, and elements that are in tune with the surroundings. Nothing spells sophisticated warm-weather dressing like a pretty, romantic sleeveless dress in a classic silhouette. Lace also can work well for wedding parties and the material echoes the romantic, laid-back mood of a garden wedding. Beat the heat in a simple, lightweight chiffon or figure-hugging knit number that can be repurposed for a multitude of occasions later in the year.