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.
by The Knot
  1. What to Wear to a Black-Tie Wedding

    black-tie summer wedding dresses

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

    Twisted red gown, $398, BCBGMaxazria, Bloomingdales.com; Pink strapless dress, $88, JS Boutique, Nordstrom.com; beaded dress, $209, ERIN by Erin Fetherston, Saksoff5th.com

  2. What to Wear to a Semiformal Wedding

    semi-formal summer wedding dresses

    Pairing eye-catching necklines with luxurious fabrics is an easy way to add sophisticated flair to a shorter dress. If you're going for a more classic look, try a mid-length dress in bright shades or patterns.

    Colorblocked dress, $161, ABS, Saksoff5th.com; Black strapless dress, $190, Alfred Sung, Nordstrom.com; Off-the-shoulder silk dress, $175, Adrianna Papell, Bloomingdales.com

  3. What to Wear to a Cocktail Wedding

    shorter cocktail dresses

    Cocktail dresses are a great opportunity to experiment with different shapes and textures. Metallic thread embellishments or illusion necklines are sure to dial up shorter frocks.

    Lace fit and flare, $348, Tadaashi Shoji, Nordstrom.com; Sleeveless two-piece, $448, ML Monique Lhuillier, Bloomingdales.com; Floral sheath dress, $178, Jcrew.com

  4. What to Wear to a Beach Wedding

    long beach wedding dresses

    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 longer hemlines. Bolder floral prints and bright hues make perfect sense for more tropical settings, without being too kitschy.

    Floral maxi gown, $598, Diane von Furstenberg, Bloomingdales.com; faux wrap dress, $298, BCBGMaxazria, Nordstrom.com; strapless maxi dress, $188, French Connection, LordandTaylor.com

  5. What to Wear to a Casual Wedding

    outfits for a casual wedding

    Even at more casual summer weddings (think: backyard affairs and the like), it's important to look polished. Structured silhouettes in forgiving fabrics, like silk, are simple and relaxed but still pack that vital visual punch.

    Strappy jumpsuit, $190, Bloomingdales.com; metallic embroidered mini dress, $178, Dress the Population, Nordstrom.com; ruched dress, $428, Diane von Furstenberg, BergdorfGoodman.com

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