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Wedding Guest Looks

Summer celebration styles.

By Sara Antonuccio

Summer weddings are the best. Not only is it touching to watch people you know and love celebrate their commitment to each other, it’s also a lot of fun to dress up, eat amazing food, and dance the night away! But therein lies a problem - what’s appropriate to wear to a summer wedding? Other than not wearing white (never, ever, ever), are there any rules? Sometimes, for a summer wedding, you have to walk that fine line between elegant and casual. If you’re stuck and searching for inspiration, consider these outfit ideas for indoor and outdoor ceremonies alike: 

Maxi-mize It
You know those beautiful, flowing dresses that you only get to wear on vacation because they seem impractical for everyday life? They’re perfect for weddings! Ruffled sleeves, silky material, and summery prints fit in with the carefree and joyful atmosphere of weddings. Try to avoid anything strapless, however. It’s best to save that look for the bride or bridesmaids.

Cocktail Hour
While you can wear cocktail dresses to weddings in most seasons, there are some materials and patterns that work best during summer. Lace, for one, adds elegance to any outfit and turns an everyday dress into something special. You can also rely on floral prints, which are practically the standard at outdoor weddings. Just don’t forget that, to keep your look appropriate, if your skirt is short your neckline should be high, and if your neckline is low your skirt should be longer. 

Pastel Power
Pastels convey innocence and youthful joy, which are exactly the feelings you want at a wedding. Pinks, blues, yellows, and greens are the perfect colors to enhance the atmosphere and add your own touch of personal decor to the venue. Cocktail dresses in pastel shades are fun and preppy, while pastel maxi dresses add a touch of whimsy.

Skirting the Rules
All of these looks have so far involved dresses. But what if you want to wear a skirt? There are no rules that say you can’t! In general, the skirt styles that are best for weddings are pencil and a-line skirts. Your blouse should be in a lightly contrasting color and cover most of your shoulders, at least.

With any of these looks, you can add a pair of dangly earrings and a clutch purse, slip on some heels, grab your gift, and go! You’ll get to appreciate a beautiful ceremony, and the bride will appreciate the effort you’ve made to show your respect by looking your best.