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It’s springtime so the summer wedding invites have been pouring in. Summer wedding season can be an exciting time, not just for the bride and groom but for all of the guests as well!
In the United States, an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed each year. And summer is one of the most popular times to get married!
But hot summers can make you feel like your dressing up options are limited. We’re here to tell you that they aren’t! In fact, there are so many dresses to wear to a summer wedding.
Keep reading to discover 8 different styles of dresses that you can wear to a summer wedding. There’s sure to be an option for every personality type!
1. The Black-Tie Wedding Dress
Classically speaking, a black-tie wedding is one in which a man should be wearing a tuxedo and a woman should be wearing a fancy long gown or cocktail dress. There seems to be a lot more leniency in today’s black-tie weddings, meaning you can have some fun with your attire.
However, it’s always better to play it safe and overdress rather than underdress. Look for luxurious materials like silk, satin, and lace. And don’t be afraid of lavish accessories to compliment your dress.
If you’re feeling bored by the idea of a long dress, look for structured cuts, open backs, and halter tops so that you can still be sexy but with class and charisma.
And once you have your dress picked, you can think about the many things that will compliment your formal wedding outfit, such as what to do with your hands at the black-tie event.
2. The Semi-Formal Wedding Dress
To dress for a semi-formal wedding, you can go a little shorter and brighter. Opt for a mid-length style and opt for a color that you’ll be excited to wear for other events down the road. Continue to look for rich fabrics and structure that will keep you looking chic.
Don’t be afraid to get colorful. Just don’t wear all white. Remember that wearing white to a wedding is with the intention to show purity and should be left for the bride. By all means, this is not to say that you can’t wear a dress that has white in it. Just don’t wear a stark, all-white dress to a wedding.
And if you’re bringing children or a baby, browse these beautiful baby girl pumps so that your baby can match you too. And if the bride and groom have a baby already, they’re the perfect addition to a wedding gift.
3. The Pantsuit
That’s right. A summer wedding is a perfect event to showcase your unique and tasteful summer wedding attire in pantsuit form.
Make sure it’s tailored to you and doesn’t appear heavy or too dark. It is summer after all! Opt for pastel colors with a pop of white underneath. Feel free to make the white, the color, and your jewelry pop by adding a colorful necklace.
4. The Cocktail Wedding Dress
With all of the many options to choose from when searching for a cocktail wedding dress, you can be sure to find something that you’ll be able to wear on a number of other occasions.
Look for an A-line dress with a minimal silhouette and some sort of beading or embroidery to keep it classy but unique. If you really want to go short, opt for higher neckline so that your hemline still portrays an air of modesty.
Look for lace! There are so many lace or woven options, both short and mid-length that are perfect for cocktail weddings. Opt for one that’s sleeveless or even one that has dainty sleeves that will easily take you into nighttime without the need for a shawl or coverup.
5. The Floral Dress That Flows
Opting for a floral look that flows and has dimension is one of the best new dresses you can add to your closet for the upcoming summer. Plus, there are so many different patterns and aesthetics you can choose from. You could opt for a clean, one-dimensional, silk dress with a solid print.
Or you could look for that perfect chiffon that hides your insecurities and gives you that pretty bohemian style that will go hand in hand with a late night beach walk or fluid moves on the dance floor.
The best thing about a floral dress is that there are so many options for the arms. There are sleeveless, long sleeve, off-the-shoulder, halter, and many other styles and fits so that it’s impossible not to find one that suits your personality and body type.
6. The Perfect Wedding Jumpsuit
Yes, it’s not a dress. But it can dress up like a dress, flatter like a dress, and even move like a dress.
Guaranteed there is a jumpsuit for almost any wedding. You could opt for something short and flowing for that windy beach wedding or something sleek and long for that semi-formal wedding.
Either way, once you feel pretty and at home in your first jumpsuit purchase, you’ll open up a whole new world of outfits into your life!
7. The Two-Piece Wedding Outfit
If you’re looking to stand out and wondering what to wear to a summer wedding, consider the two-piece outfit. Opt for a short lace skirt with a matching lace top for a much more exciting replacement to the little black cocktail dress.
Look for a long pleated skirt with a soft matching top so that the only skin you’re showing is your midriff. You’ll still be classy but with your own unique, elegant take on a skirt and shirt outfit.
There Are More Than Just Dresses to Wear to a Summer Wedding
When it comes to dressing for those precious nuptials, there are more than just dresses to wear to a summer wedding. There are pantsuits and two-pieces, and jumpers, oh my!
As long as what you choose is appropriate to the style of wedding you’ll be attending, the options are almost limitless in terms of what you can wear. Want to read more about what to wear this summer? Check out the top 2019 fashion trends to choose from in determining your style this summer.