You’re Invited! What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

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You’re Invited! What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Wedding season has arrived, which means toasts, gifts, and dances are in your future but first a lot of standing in front of your closet. From black-tie optional to beach weddings, picking what to wear to a summer wedding can be confusing, not to mention overwhelming. So, we’ve rounded up 15 outfit ideas courtesy of our favorite bloggers.


Floral Print Dress



When it comes to summer weddings, you really can’t go wrong with a cheery floral print dress. To keep from erring on the casual side, look for a dress with a polished silhouette in a more formal fabric like satin or classic poplin. Take a cue from Kendi Everyday, and finish this wedding guest outfit with ladylike accessories, like a skinny belt and pointed pumps.


Matching Set



Switch up your wedding guest outfit this year by swapping the traditional party dress for a modern matching set. These two-pieces can be just as elegant as your average cocktail dress with the bonus of multiple styling options after the occasion. The oversized floral pattern on Alicia of Cheetah Is the New Black makes a stylish fit for daytime nuptials.


Cocktail Dress



If the invites left you clueless as to the attire of the wedding, a cocktail dress is a fairly safe bet. Pastels are always a pretty choice; just make sure to stay away from any shade close to white. Blush or blue like this number on Stephanie of SS Life + Style is stylishly appropriate.


Little Black Dress



Don’t dismiss the little black dress for summer weddings. A few choice accessories are all it takes to make this classic number seasonally appropriate. And if you have a booked schedule, it’s one that will be easy to wear again without too much notice! We love the feminine scalloped edges and flattering silhouette of this LBD on Mara of M Loves M.


Lace Mini Dress



This sweet lace dress is fit for a night of dancing with the newlyweds. The elegant fabric and classic cut make it easy to take from a daytime ceremony to evening reception. Take a cue from Amy of Dallas Wardrobe, and wear yours with a coordinating clutch.


Pleated Maxi Dress



If you want to wear a long dress this summer, look for breezy fabrics like chiffon. The lightweight material and a loose silhouette will ensure that you stay comfortable all day or night! The pleats and vibrant coral color on Emily of The Sweetest Thing give this formal dress a summery twist.


Gingham Print



Wedding dress codes come with a lot of stipulations, and that doesn’t change for the more casual affairs. As a guest, you want to look polished, even if it’s a backyard event. This matching gingham-print top and skirt on Caroline of House of Harper is the perfect balance of “effortless” and “festive” for a casual summer wedding.


Lace Dress



For a more formal wedding, look no further than Blair of Atlantic-Pacific for chic inspiration. Her blue lace dress is a celeb favorite, so it’s as fit for the red carpet as it is a black-tie wedding. The midi length is a modern alternative to a floor-length gown and a little easier to manage.


Fit-and-Flare Dress



Just because the focus will be on the bride doesn’t mean the guests shouldn’t look top-notch as well. The fit-and-flare silhouette looks good on absolutely everyone, plus it will be easy to dance the night away! This floral version on Jean of Extra Petite is a failproof option. For a more formal wedding, dress it up with pumps and big jewels.


One-Shoulder Dress



Summer and beach weddings go hand in hand. Annabelle of VivaLuxury is the picture-perfect example of what to wear to a summer wedding on the sand. Her one-shoulder dress has the fluidity of a maxi dress plus a belt to cinch a flattering shape. A solid pastel color is a chic canvas to show your personal style with bold or classic accessories.


Printed Maxi Dress



The vibrant colors on this breezy maxi dress are perfect against the tropical backdrop of a beach wedding. If you’re wondering what to wear to a summer wedding on the beach, this outfit on Kim of Lace and Locks is your best starting point. There’s a reason maxi dresses are a go-to for vacations and hot summer days—the loose silhouette and lightweight material is comfortable despite the hot temps. If you’re not going barefoot, pair it with some simple leather sandals.





A fancy jumpsuit is entirely appropriate for a summer wedding. Just stay away from skimpy rompers, styles that are too casual, and, again, anything close to white. Opt for a voluminous cut that almost looks like a midi dress so that you get the comfort of a jumpsuit plus classic elegance. Aimee of Song of Style has the right idea! Go with gladiator sandals for a beach wedding, or swap in statement pumps for more formal events.


Cropped Top + Full Skirt



Another modern summer wedding option is this flattering combo: a cropped top and full skirt. Keep it appropriate with just a sliver of skin showing. We like this matching set on Stella of Jadore Fashion; plus, those statement shoes really finish the look.


Drop-Waist Dress



A pretty patterned dress like this one on Krystal of This Time Tomorrow can take you from a city soiree to a country club wedding. The allover pattern makes a stylish statement, and the red hue is perfect to accentuate in your accessories, like a red lip or clutch.


Black Tie



Black-tie weddings are the most formal, so people usually think that has to mean a gown. A shorter dress can still be appropriate if it’s a very nice one like Emily’s of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her long sleeves and elegant black lace balance out the higher hemline. Opt for minimal accessories with a dress like this or statement jewels for a simpler frock.