Some of you have written to me over the last few months asking for suggestions for what to wear to a summer wedding. Though not everyone has specifically said so, I’m assuming that most of you are looking for dresses.
“Summer wedding” covers a lot of territory. Climate variables and the formality of the event all have to be taken into account. Outdoors? Indoors? A traditional church ceremony? A sunset beach wedding? It’s almost impossible to come up with something that would be appropriate for all venues.
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Summer Wedding Guest Dresses
Still, I’d like to try to help, so I’m going present some options based on a few criteria that would be important to me if I were choosing a dress to wear to a wedding or other special occasion:
- First, I’d stick with simpler styles that won’t look dated in a year, and could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. (The dress I’m wearing above is a couple of years old, and would still be my “go to” should I be invited to a summer event that calls for dressing up a bit.)
- Second, nothing that requires shapewear, or a non-standard bra.
- Third, I’m going to assume a level of formality that does not rise above “Cocktail.”
- Finally, I’ve looked for styles that are knee length or longer.
To sleeve or not to sleeve, that is the question. I tend to run cold, so unless I’m in sauna-like conditions, I can usually manage with short or 3/4 sleeves in a lightweight fabric. Some of you may be more comfortable without sleeves. And you can always add a lightweight cardigan (Plus) or shrug to a sleeveless dress if you prefer.
(As you consider these images, remember that the accessories you choose will play a large part in how casual or formal the overall look appears.)
If you like something with a bit more shape but that’s not constricting, this faux wrap dress might do the trick.
Stay cool in cotton! The handkerchief hem on this navy wrap dress adds a festive touch.
Short sleeves are a happy medium for many of us. This cute wrap dress is also on sale!
If you’re fond of florals, you’re in luck this season, as they are ubiquitous. Here’s a maxi option that works for day or evening. Those pleats add a nice bit of “swish” and movement.
Here’s an option in Plus with a flattering v-neck. The navy background on this dark floral print keeps it from feeling too heavy.
Finally, it’s hard to go wrong with a simple style in a monochromatic print. Add a bright bag and shoes if you like a pop of color. This dress is available in Misses, Petites, Plus and Petites Plus sizes.