Wedding dress codes come with a lot of stipulations — don’t go too short, don’t go too flashy, and please, please don’t wear white (ecru, eggshell, or cream!). But besides the obvious dos and don’ts, the “what to wear” to your friend’s wedding isn’t always an easy question to answer.
For the Black-Tie Wedding – For longer dress silhouettes, it’s important to choose airy, flowing fabrics, like silk and chiffon for warmer months. Vibrant colors, like fuchsia and coral, and unexpected textures, like gold beading, add a summery twist to formal-length gowns.
On the Beach – Soft shades of lace reflect the hues of the sea, the sky, and the shell-dotted sand, and shorter skirts will keep you cool all day.
In the Garden – You’ll harmonize beautifully with the scenery in lush floral prints and artistic motifs. This summer wedding dress will make you look awesome.
For the Cocktail Wedding – Cocktail dresses are a great opportunity to experiment with different shapes and textures. Metallic thread embellishments or illusion necklines are sure to dial up shorter frocks.
For the Casual Summer Wedding – Even at more casual summer weddings (think: backyard affairs and the like), it’s important to look polished. Structured silhouettes in forgiving fabrics, like silk, are simple and relaxed but still pack that vital visual punch.
Steal the limelight in this silk citrus v-neck dress with pleated detailing.
Both sexy and elegant, this high-low dress with floral laser cut-outs is fit for the dance floor.
Stray away from solids with this artfully woven tweed dress in shades of purple, teal, and pink.
This feminine lace design in a teal hue can go easily from day to night. You can wear this summer wedding dress always.
This sweeping floor-length gown with its subtle high-low hem is both elegant and fun. This summer wedding dress will make you look elegant.
For the Semiformal Wedding – Pairing eye-catching necklines with luxurious fabrics is an easy way to add sophisticated flair to a shorter dress. If you’re going for a more classic look, try a mid-length dress in bright shades or patterns.
Dress With Soft Double-Layer – This floral dress will give even the prettiest of gardens a run for the money. The double-tiered effect doesn’t just look chic, it’s equally flattering on both larger and smaller busts.
Little Black Dress – Yes, you can wear black to a summer wedding as long as you keep the silhouette light and flowy. Go for a minimal midi-dress rather than an evening gown. Keep it classy, just add a statement necklace and strappy heels.
Think of this lacey A-line as the warm-weather version of your favorite LBD. It’s about as light and airy as a black dress can get. The versatile long length switches seamlessly between casual-cool when paired with flats, or all-out formal if you add metallic stiletto sandals.
Maxi Dress – Equally at home barefoot on the beach or dressed up with statement earrings and a clutch, the stretchy, smocked bodice on this dress ensures a flawless fit.
Show off your shoulders with this asymmetrical shift dress in punchy raspberry.
Upgrade a simple gray A-line dress with an embellished yellow collar.
Strapless Dress – Even if the invitation says “black tie,” we think you’ll get away with this navy number. A full-silhouetted skirt creates a balanced, hourglass figure, and jacquard stripes add visual interest without piling on the bling. Going completely bare-shouldered not your thing? It comes with removable grosgrain straps.
Hit beachside nuptials in a printed silk halter gown.