Every year, when the temps finally begin to rise and our mailboxes begin to overflow with invitations, we are all reminded of that season between spring and summer. Whether you love it or you don’t, you can’t ignore it… it’s wedding season! Which means you surely have at least one (probably more) weddings to attend, some of which are likely to have overlapping guest lists, and they might range from a traditional church style wedding, to a black-tie affair, a destination wedding in Mexico (we’ve got one of those coming up!), or a more casual backyard setting. Whatever the occasion, we’ve raded the online racks of this season’s best wedding attire to narrow down the choices for you.
1. It can be fun getting all dressed up in a floor-length gown for a formal wedding, but its June and already really effing hot outside. This shorter cocktail number by Topshop is still fancy without breaking the dress code, and you won’t be wringing it out on the dance floor.
2. Is it just us, or do you ever wish you had a reason to get dressed up in head-to-toe gold and walk around looking like an Oscar statue? A black tie wedding seems like the perfect occasion (just don’t out-do the bride!) and this Hervé Léger dress fits the bill perfectly, no?
3. This silk-lined organza dress by Jonathan Simkhai is formal, but the trumpet skirt and embroidery make it flirty and fun.
1. For a more traditional wedding, this powder blue Cynthia Rowley dress is perfect for summer, and has a gorgeous criss-cross open back that gives just the right amount of detail.
2. First of all, there’s just something about this shimmery lamé Gucci dress that makes us giddy. It’s classic-ballerina-meets-Carrie-Bradshaw-meets-Barbie, and we can’t get enough of it. There are endless ways you could style it (we love it with a black belt and cardigan as styled here for a daytime office look), but throw it on and dress it up for a wedding and you’ll be sparkling *almost* as much as the bride.
3. This slinky midnight blue tie-front dress is figure-flattering and is a steal for under $200!
1. Outdoor weddings can be tricky. You can easily end up anywhere between two extremes: either the ceremony is “rustic chic” and you find yourself in a barn dancing the night away in a pair of rubber flip flops provided by the newlyweds (“kick off your heels!”), or you show up to a full blown formal outdoor affair a la Kim K.’s infamous over-the-top backyard wedding to Kris Humphries. Either way, this orange cold-shoulder Self-Portrait dress is absolutely dreamy (and on sale!) and would look stunning in either setting.
2. This floral dress by Tibi just looks like it was made for an outdoorsy wedding. Its whimsical and fun (and also on sale!) and would look great twirling around on the dance floor.
3. We are in love with this dress by Zimmermann. Its frilly and flowy but still accentuates the waist with a rope tie. It looks great even with flats, but pair it with a chunky heel (you don’t want to sink in the grass!) and wedding-ready you’ll be.
1. Since daytime weddings are generally more casual than late afternoon/evening weddings, a feminine sundress is typically a good option. (Though, refer to the invitation for any attire specifics!) This dress by Rebecca Taylor would be the perfect dress for daytime nuptials but is romantic enough to take you into the night.
2. DVF is the QUEEN of desinging versatile dresses that can go from brunch to shopping to dinner and beyond. (YAS QUEEN!) This silk-chiffon pastel butterfly number can be worn to all of those things, including a daytime wedding. Wear it with a pair of lace-up sandals like these by Schutz and you’re good to go.
3. This dress by Zimmermann (also here) is the perfect mixture of sweet and sassy. We want to wear it all summer long to weddings, showers, luncheons, brunches and garden parties. (We don’t really know what garden parties are but can someone please invite us to one? Sounds so chic…) We’d even throw it on with flats to wear to dinner on vacation. It’s just that good.
4. You can’t go wrong with this classic off-the-shoulder sillhouette in a floral print by Rebecca Taylor for any daytime event. Pair it with flats for a Saturday stroll around town or dress it up with a pair of heels for a summer wedding or cocktail party.
- The excitement that ensues when you open an invitation to a summer destination wedding equates with that of a small child on Christmas morning. Its an automatic excuse for a vacation, a temporary escape from reality, and you get to celebrate the happy couple in what is sure to be an amazingly beautiful setting. It’s also a great reason to invest in a new dress (or a few) that fits the locale. This dress by Diane Von Furstenberg will have you looking like a green goddess no matter where you are.
2. This mango-hued, curve hugging dress by Dion Lee (on sale!) is perfect attire for a vibrant destination wedding, and it would look amazing with a tan.
3. If this dress didn’t cost an entire month’s rent it would be in our online cart faster than you can say “Missoni.” It would be too perfect for our trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico later this summer when we head there for, yup, a destination wedding. Sigh.
4. Self-Portrait has created a real, life-size version of the red dress dancing lady emoji. Since dancing is usually what we can be found doing at any given wedding, we could see ourselves wearing this to a destination wedding in an exotic location.
1. Beach weddings require beachy, breezy attire. This Dolce & Gabanna dress may be a splurge, but if there’s even a slight chance that we would feel like Beyoncé while wearing it, it’d be worth it. #Lemonade.
2. Self-Portrait does it again, this time with a dreamy powder blue dress that would coordinate perfectly with the sea. It has swingy silhouette, an off-the-shoulder ruffle and basically looks comfortable enough to live in.
3. This strapless number by Caroline Constas is covered in colorful detail and would be perfect for a beach wedding in the sun. You don’t need much to accessorize a dress like this – pair it with a simple sandal and throw your hair in an effortless bun. (Rhyme not intended.)
4. This dress was literally made for the beach – it can be worn as a coverup OR a sundress. Win, win. And it’s covered in designer I.D. Serrieri’s “Paradise Island” print. Need we say more?