Decode the Dress Code for Summer Weddings

Black Tie

If the event is formal black tie consider wearing a long gown.  When choosing a long gown, go for an option that has more breathability.  One shoulder, strapless or backless gowns and slits on the side or the back will help you cool in the summer heat.  Choose an airy fabric like silk chiffon.   Remember to keep in mind that this should be an elegant look. Again, it’s the summer so don’t be afraid to choose color. If you do decide to choose a shorter style make sure it feels dressy. If in doubt choose a color that feels regal and sophisticated like black, navy or a jewel tone.  If you opt for a shorter dress add some sparkle to your look with diamonds or long drop earrings. Having your hair put up or blown-out will always elevate any look and make you appear more polished and formal.  Add a silk shawl and a simple clutch to pull the whole ensemble together.

Black Tie-Summer Wedding

Cocktail Attire

Choose a short fun dress in a pretty print or vibrant color.  You can experiment with necklines and lengths, as this dress code is more flexible.  Strappy stilettos in metallic hues can be a fabulous compliment to your look.  Tuxedo blazers are a chic way to stay warm on chilly summer nights and are a great alternative to the basic jacket.  Add a brooch to the lapel to refine this style.  To create a bold look accessorize with a statement necklace, intricate earrings or for some added punch, a bright fuchsia lip.


Afternoon Wedding

Think Kate Middleton. Feminine and polished. Choose a delicate floral print or a muted color dress.  Consider a light duster coat in a fabric like silk or lace if you will be outside for the ceremony. Keep accessories clean and simple. This is not the time for the bling!

Afternoon wedding

Destination/Beach Wedding

Color!  Color!  Color!  Print! Print!  Print!  Embrace a dress in an airy fabric in a beautiful shade or pattern that compliments your skin tone.  To help capture the vibe of a beach wedding, look to hues like cobalt blue, yellow, coral, and pink. When choosing jewelry turquoise accessories are the perfect finishing touch. Remember to find out if you will be walking on grass or sand.  Embellished sandals are the perfect alternative to heels.  To keep warm from the ocean breeze, choose a pashmina in a bright color or a neutral if your dress is on the busier side.

Beach Destination Wedding


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1 Comment

  1. Amy Tang says:

    They are all so chic. I loved the colors as well. This orange dress is really my style. Thanks for your lovely ideas.

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