Choosing what to wear to a wedding can be tricky, as there are always so many things to consider. Like, what colour scheme are they having? What if I clash with the bridal party? How formal is the wedding? Is this too much if I'm not going to the day? Then, when you throw in the fact it’s a summer wedding and you have to consider trying to stay cool in humid temperatures while still looking fabulous, the choices can be overwhelming.
It’s not an easy task, but someone has to do it, and if you follow our three simple steps combined with useful FAQs, we just know that you’ll find your perfect summer wedding outfit.
Tip 1 - Playful Prints
When choosing a dress to wear to a wedding in summer, what better time to go all out with the bold prints? This time of year is the perfect opportunity to choose a print that might be bolder than your usual style, and a wedding is exactly the kind of event you need to show them off. A statement pattern or floral print is always a great choice that never goes out of style, so you’ll ace the dress code no matter what.
This classic feminine silhouette screams summer wedding. The wrap-front is a universally flattering style, and the slit skirt add a bit of coverage without feeling too heavy, thanks to a floaty chiffon feel.
If florals aren’t your thing, then you can't go wrong with a timeless polka dot print. This bright, standout option includes a slip style for those summer days where sunny skies are far from guaranteed. Made from lightweight material, it will keep you cool and covered so that you can dance the night away in style.
Tip 2 - Floaty Fabrics
Looking for something that's cool on the skin, AND breathable on the warm summer days? A light, floaty chiffon fabric will do just that. With a double-layered, lightweight fabric that allows cool air to flow around, this style is the perfect kind of dress to wear to a summer wedding.
Although navy might not be most people's go-to when they think of a summer wedding, the sheer fabric and deep blue hue work together to create a modest wedding guest dress while keeping you cool and comfortable. The single-layer sleeves allow for a lightweight feel, creating the illusion of a more traditional look, but the sheerness gives this style a touch of elegance, which is great for a formal wedding.
Chiffon style fabrics aren’t for everyone, and we get it. That’s why it’s a good thing that any delicate, lightweight material will work just as well to keep you cool on a hot day.
We LOVE this bright green leopard print that can be paired with simple neutral heels and a minimalist bag so you can let the dress do the talking.
Tip 3 - Sleek Slit Styles
When it comes to summer style, we believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between style and comfort. Enter, slits and cut-outs.
In summer, wearing pieces that feature slit skirts and cut-outs is the perfect solution to all your warm-weather fashion needs, and when you’ve got a stack of RSVPs to reply to, this style is the perfect summer wedding guest dress.
When deciding how to dress for a summer wedding as a guest, a spaghetti strap slip dress is a classic option that you can wear on repeat. This statement hibiscus flower pattern gives a romantic feel to the dress, perfect for a day all about love. The slit shows off just the right amount of leg, and with the maxi-length, this dress was made for a beach wedding.
This cut-out shoulder dress with draped sleeves, wrap front and slit ticks every box on our checklist. Pair with black shoes and accessories, as this dress was made for that throw-on-and-go moment.
Tip 4 - Consider the Dress Code
Dress codes guide your attire for a summer wedding. Look for style and length instructions on the invitation. Cocktail attire calls for above-the-knee party dresses, while black-tie events warrant elegant floor-length gowns.
Tip 5 - Respect the Theme
Show appreciation to the couple's vision by honouring the wedding theme. Whether it's a rustic countryside affair or a breezy beach celebration, dress accordingly to blend in seamlessly. Let your outfit complement the setting and venue.
Tip 6 - Suitable for the Season
Dress appropriately for the occasion and the summer season. Embrace a more relaxed dress code due to warm weather. Opt for lightweight fabrics and lengths that align with the event's guidelines. Prioritise both comfort and style.
Tip 7 - Inject Some Fun
Remember, a wedding is a joyful celebration. Reflect the festive spirit through playful colours and prints. Don those vibrant hues or trendy patterns you've long admired. Feel confident and embrace the love-filled atmosphere with your ensemble.
How do you keep cool at a summer wedding?
The key to keeping cool at a wedding is sticking to floaty, breathable fabrics, making sure air can flow around your body easily. A tight, thick fabric dress may look amazing on the day, but you don’t want to over-heat. If the sun is shining, make sure you stay hydrated (though a glass or two of champagne won’t hurt - it is a wedding, after all).
What should you not wear to a summer wedding?
When choosing between all the stunning wedding guest dresses to wear at a summer wedding, it’s all about feeling your best. If you’re worried about choosing the wrong outfit, stick to the classic wedding rule of not wearing white and then check the dress code for some guidance that should ease your mind.
What colours should I wear to a summer wedding?
When it comes to summer weddings, colours are the perfect plus one. This is the ideal time to try something new and go outside your colour comfort zone. So, (white excluded) go a little wild and try them all to find your favourite!
What should you wear to a casual summer wedding?
If the dress code is casual, most summer wedding guest dresses will work for this laid-back wedding vibe. We love sleeveless styles, thigh-high slits and flowy silhouettes for the perfect casual wedding guest attire. For a guaranteed standout style, you can’t go wrong with a classic wrap style or a slip dress.
What should you wear to a formal summer wedding?
A formal summer wedding might require a more modest dress. Although it will be the hottest time of the year, you can still be cool and comfortable with a little extra coverage. Opting for chiffon sleeves, silky maxi dresses, and dresses that feature double layers of sheer fabric maxi will add coverage, and stop you from overheating when you hit the dancefloor.