‘Tis the season to look into your closet and wonder what on earth to wear to that upcoming wedding. As my close friends are having more babies than weddings these days, the chance to go to one is an exciting event for me. The weddings I’ve attended of late have become more personal and expressive, and we have all become more comfortable with our personal sense of style.
As we approach the summer wedding season, I wanted to pull together a roundup of summer wedding looks that could span any kind of occasion. The fifteen options I included are divided into five categories, although there’s certainly some overlap between categories for some of the pieces!
This is the most common look for weddings these days but the cuts and styles have come a long way since the year when I had six weddings in one summer. All of these can be worn for casual weddings and could even be dressed down with flats or sneakers after the event.
Black-Tie Optional Dresses
These dresses could all pass at the rare but intimidating black-tie optional event. The best part is they could easily be worn again for a fundraiser, date night, or on vacation.
Jumpsuits & Pantsuits
Personally, I think the idea of wearing a great pantsuit or jumpsuit to a wedding is CHIC!! And also underrated. Here are a couple of options to get the wheels turning if this is your type of vibe.
Dresses for an Outdoor Wedding
I’ve learned a lot from making poor choices at outdoor weddings! In my experience, these are the most important things to consider: the possibility of uneven surfaces and the chance of unpredictable weather that could lead you to be too hot (and potentially sweaty) or too cold. Know thyself and shop accordingly!
Wild Card Dresses
If you are going to a wedding where personal style and expressiveness is a value of the couple, GO FOR IT! Joe and I attended a wedding last year where an out-of-the-box dress was welcome and it set the tone for an absolutely unforgettable night (see the dress in the top image of this post). In my experience, you also tend to make new friends and cut through the small talk when you’re wearing something people might ask about or compliment!
Lastly, this is a friendly reminder to consider shopping your closet (or a friend’s!) before making your purchases. I rarely look back fondly at the dresses I purchased when anxious about what to wear to these big events. Give yourself some time and space to make your selection and ENJOY the opportunity to get all dressed up and celebrate love.
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BY Kate Arends - May 31, 2022
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