It might be a tricky business for a woman to find an appropriate dress for a summer wedding. There are many things to consider. You have to think about a dress code, the theme (if there is one), the venue, the warm (or sweltering) weather… the list goes on. How on earth can you plan your outfit?
Well, first of all, you’ll want to avoid white if you're not the bride. But as to the other specifics, what do you do? This is not, by any means, an impossible task. In fact, when you know what you're doing, it can even be fun. Above all else – don't panic! Focus more on using your outfit to complement your overall style and the occasion, rather than trying to match those around you and to the wedding itself.
To keep you on the right track, let's check out some inspiring outfit ideas that should work whether you're headed to a bit more modern affair or a traditional wedding.
Guest Wedding Dresses for Summer
Let's take a look at several wedding “themes”, for lack of a better word, and what dress would be appropriate for a wedding guest:
Fashion and classic style are celebrated at vintage weddings. Look to a style that speaks of decades past when choosing a beautiful and feminine outfit. For a vintage wedding, don't pass up lace. Allow the hem to finish between the knee and the ankle for a midi length, 1940s classic style.
Weddings on the beach call for something that is cool, lightweight, and made from a workable material. To suit the occasion, you may choose a maxi dress in linen. To stay sensible yet chic, opt for a gorgeous pair of sandals instead of heels.
For country weddings in summer, rather than glamour and glitz, go with something understated and simple. Choose an outfit that is beautiful, yet practical and comfortable. Perfect for this occasion would be a gorgeous but simple dress with an A-line hem. Colors could include red, pink, soft yellow, lilac, or floral.
Traditional/classic weddings in summer call for formalwear. Finishing anywhere from the knee to ankle, choose a chic dress. Pick a style that's a little more polished and structured as traditional weddings call for a more particular dress code. When it comes to color, choose a simple print or a block hue. Lighten up your outfit with some color if you decide to wear black.
Remember These Rules of Thumb
You can't go wrong if you remember these rules when dressing for a summer wedding:
- Have fun with your outfit.
- Dress appropriately.
- If there is a theme, try to adhere to it.
- Following the “dress code” is important.
- Use a little polish to finish off your look. (Example: makeup and hair done to perfection.)