‘Tis the season. The season for weddings that is. And while weddings are SO FUN and such a great time to celebrate the love of friends or family, they can also be a little stress inducing. You obviously want to look great while both simultaneously nailing the dress code and looking nothing like the bridal party (assuming of course, you’re not in the bridal party). There’s also the added indoor/outdoor component, which can make shoe selection tricky, and of course a desire to look and feel great while sitting during the ceremony and dancing the night away (without spending an arm and a leg, of course).
I present to you a solution. It’s a formula, really, and it simplifies the whole situation.
- Start with the dress code. Obey it. Do exactly what it says. If it says Black Tie, you should be looking for a floor length black dress. If it says dressy casual, then an outfit like mine above should work just fine. If the dress code is ambiguous, you should feel empowered to reach out the happy couple and ask for clarification (but make sure to do this substantially before the big day). You can also ask what color the bridal party will be wearing to make sure you stay far away from that when selecting your dress. Better safe than sorry.
- Choose a dress (or top/skirt/pants etc. as determined by step 1). Choose something that is flattering but not too constricting. I love fit-and-flare dresses for long wear since they cinch in at the narrowest part of the waist, but don’t actually sit flat against your tummy. Hellooo wedding cake. The idea here is to make sure you’re comfortable and will be able to focus on the event, not worrying about your dress all night. Also, worth mentioning, think about what cut and length of dress will be considered “appropriate” at said event. Obviously this is up for interpretation, but you want people mentioning how great you look, not discussing how much skin you’re showing.
- Choose your shoes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – wedges are my favorite summer shoe option. All of the lift and glam of a heel with none of the grass-sinkage potential. That said, a cute pair of flats is always a safe bet for an all outdoor wedding. The key here is complementing your dress and making sure sore feet won’t cause you to retire early from the dance floor.
What are your favorite tips for dressing for summer weddings? I hope you’re all enjoying the season and soaking in all the happy. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Dress: Zara (in store only, similar online)
Shoes: Cole Haan (old, love this and this current season)
Accessories: Ralph Lauren Sunglasses (old), Belt (borrowed), Bauble Bar earrings, J. Crew Factory bracelet, Bauble Bar ring and ring
Photography: Eunice Giarta