What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

From black-tie to beach weddings, we've found some summer-appropriate dresses you can buy right now.
  1. What to Wear to a Black-Tie Wedding

    Silk strapless dress, $485, NicoleMiller.com; embellished strapless dress, $209, Betsy and Adam, LordandTaylor.com; beaded dress, $350, Pins & Needles, Bloomingdales.com

    For longer dress silhouettes, it's important to choose airy, flowing fabrics, like silk and chiffon, in warmer months. Vibrant colors, like fuchsia and coral, and unexpected textures, like gold foil, add a summery twist to formal-length gowns.

  2. What to Wear to a Semiformal Wedding

    Crepe de chine dress, $268, BCBG, Nordstrom.com; Grecian chiffon dress, $275, JCrew.com; chiffon dress, $200, BHLDN.com

    Pairing an asymmetrical hemline with solid colors and understated accessories is an easy way to add sophisticated flair to a lightweight dress. If you’re going for a more classic look, try a mid-length dress in a bright shade, like this aqua BHLDN number.

  3. What to Wear to a Cocktail Wedding

    Silk mini-dress, $398, KateSpade.com; one-shoulder silk dress, $199, ClubMonaco.com; cutaway sequin dress, $168, Dress the Population, Nordstrom.com

    Cocktail dresses are a great opportunity to experiment with different shapes and textures. Asymmetrical straps, embellishments or neon hues are sure to dial up shorter frocks. If you’re considering a dress with a thicker fabric (like this chartreuse Kate Spade dress), sleeveless or backless options will keep you cool.

  4. What to Wear to a Beach Wedding

    Viscose maxi gown, $288, TheReformation.com; patterned maxi dress, $228, Anthropologie.com; silk ombre dress, $465, LoveShackFancy.com

    The beach and summer nuptials go hand-in-hand. To look wedding appropriate while still feeling comfortable in the sun, wind and sand, opt for breathable fabrics and a halter neckline. Bolder floral prints and dip-dyed washes make perfect sense for more tropical settings, without being too kitschy.

  5. What to Wear to a Casual Wedding

    Lace dress, $188, Plenty by Tracy Reese, Anthropologie.com; organza dress, $105, BBDakota.com; gingham cotton dress, $299, KarenMillen.com

    Even at more casual summer weddings (think: backyard affairs and the like), it’s important to look polished. Structured A-line silhouettes in playful fabrics, like gingham and colored lace, are simple and relaxed but still pack that vital visual punch.