What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Our Women’s Guide

It’s wedding season! Time to celebrate the nuptials of our nearest and dearest. As soon as the RSVP goes in the mail, our attention shifts, and we begin to think about what to wear to a summer wedding. Gatherings may be smaller and beautiful weather will call for more outdoor celebrations. While summer weddings might look different this year, we’ve got you covered on all the options you’ll need to celebrate these special occasions in style.


What To Wear To a Summer Wedding: Social Distance Style 

When picking what to wear to a socially distant summer wedding, a women’s mask is the ultimate accessory. Socially-distant weddings allow you the unique opportunity to coordinate your mask with your outfit. Overall, the same style rules apply for a socially-distant wedding. Always dress to impress!

Choose a color combination that complements your look. Go tonal with shades from the same color family to add dimension to your wedding ensemble. This summer, bold colors like vivid oranges and reds and serene blues and greens will reign supreme.

Wear a printed mask in a classic summer pattern like gingham or floral to pair with a solid-color cocktail dress. Play with proportion. Mixing large and small floral prints is always a fashion do. The trick to playing one pattern off of another is to make sure both prints have at least one color in common. 

Add some fancy elements to your ensemble by rocking a mask necklace. Feminine pearls and modern chain-link are popular picks. With brighter summer days ahead, gatherings and celebrations will usher in new rules. 

What to Wear To A Summer Wedding: Outdoor Celebrations

When deciding what to wear to a summer wedding, it’s easy to figure out your attire by the type of celebration that has been planned. Consider the wedding day’s venue and time—both are notable indicators that can help you choose what to wear. With long sunny days ahead, many summer 2021 weddings will be outdoors. This more casual environment is not only a safe option at this stage of the pandemic, but can range from beach to garden and from idyllic barns to simple backyard weddings. Here’s what we’ll be wearing to some of our favorite outdoor weddings.

1. Beach Wedding: 

Wondering what to wear to a summer wedding at the beach? Opt for classic nautical stripes with feminine ruffles and tie-waist details—perfect for twirling in the sand. Reinvented for summer, you’ll find this classic summer pattern in a variety of modern options, from sun-washed and spliced to hand-painted and bold vertical stripe options. Pair a seaside-striped dress with lace-up sandals for ease when walking in the sand and accessorize with shell jewelry. Don’t forget your sun hat for extra coverage and style.

2. Garden Wedding: 

For a garden wedding, don’t be afraid to go all out and embrace florals. The options aren’t your ordinary garden variety. On-trend for this summer, you’ll see a wide potpourri of floral prints to choose from, including ditsy, large scale and bright, tropic-inspired blossoms. 

We love midi-length wrap dresses for a whimsical garden party. Accessorize with fresh flowers in your hair and a wedge or block heel on your feet for the uneven terrain at an outdoor wedding. These added details offer comfort and style that will take you from the ceremony to cocktail hour with ease. 

3. Barn Wedding: 

The rustic-chic celebration of a barn wedding is the perfect setting for a tiered maxi dress. Long gone are the rules that reserve long dresses for formal affairs. For this country-couture event, wear a maxi dress. A soft paisley-print maxi in a serene summer hue that hits at the ankle can be dressed up or down with ease. 

For a more casual affair, wear your feminine maxi dress with chic cowboy boots and layer on a silver pendant for a festive twist on this summer classic. Add a touch of elegance for a more formal wedding ceremony. Dress up your maxi dress with long earrings and low platforms so you’ll be steady on your feet while you dance the night away. 

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Casual Dress Code

Things are feeling more relaxed these days, and weddings are no exception. When deciding what to wear to a summer wedding that calls for a more casual dress code, the options here are endless. You can’t go wrong with a short sleeve mini dress or a classic sundress. Indulge in on-trend details like ruching and puffed sleeves. 

Looking for an alternative to a dress? Stylish possibilities include cropped wide-leg pants and midi skirts. For a casual-chic wedding guest attire option consider wide-leg pants, a blouse with tie-sleeved details and accessorize with high-heeled sandals and statement jewelry. Style a breezy midi skirt with a fitted crochet tank to play with textures and create a coveted wedding guest look. 

What to wear to a semi-formal summer wedding

Semi-formal weddings are the Goldilocks of wedding dress codes—they are not too formal and not too casual. Cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, women’s pantsuits and separates are all gorgeous options when deciding what to wear to a summer wedding with a semi-formal dress code. You can’t go wrong with a classic cocktail dress in a fit that flatters and a color that pops. Opt for a timeless sheath dress that hugs your body with flattering and feminine twist front details. 

One-shoulder accents instantly dress up a classic jumpsuit. Just add heels and a chic clutch. If heels aren’t your thing, you have many other shoe options to wear with jumpsuits. Let the asymmetrical neckline shine and accessorize with a great pair of dangling and sparkling earrings. Add an armful of bracelets or an iconic cuff on the opposite wrist of the shoulder detail to add symmetry to this stunning look.

What To Wear To a Summer Wedding: Formal Dress Code

This past year has many of us longing to dress up, so don’t be surprised to see a wedding invite that calls for black tie, the most formal of dress codes. When choosing what to wear to a summer wedding that calls for formal wear, floor-length gowns are always an option. For an elegant alternative, opt for a chic pair of wide-leg pants and a structured blazer. Add a lacy camisole underneath for a feminine touch, and finish the look with a pointed-toe heel. Accessorize your stunning separates with vintage-inspired jewelry and an elegant clutch.

Have a wedding coming up this summer? Take your style quiz, order a Fix and ask your stylist for a summer wedding look to suit the occasion. Remember, you’re never required to schedule more than one Fix at a time and shipping and returns are always free.

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