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Wedding season is upon us! Which means you'll need fresh and summer-ready dresses to wear to all of your upcoming nuptials. Luckily, the options for summer wedding guest outfits are endless and endlessly stylish—and run the gamut from lightweight linen gowns to tropical-inspired separates.
For this sun-filled season, short dresses in bright colors and patterns are always a fun and practical choice. Not sure if you want to wear a dress? You totally don't have to! Jumpsuits and separates are perfect for summer celebrations and can be worn to anything from a casual ceremony to a black-tie bash. For guests with pared-back tastes, simple slip or sheath dresses in solid hues are a minimalist's dream and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the dress code.
What to look for in a summer wedding guest dress
If you're attending a summer wedding, it's wise to shop for dresses made from breathable and comfortable fabrics like linen and cotton. These lightweight fabrics will keep you cool–especially if the wedding is outdoors–and work for every type of dress code. When it comes to silhouettes, mini, midi, and tea-length dresses are ideal for warm-weather nuptials and work especially well for beach and garden venues.
Attending a summer wedding is also the perfect chance to experiment with fun prints and vibrant colors. For a more classic take on summer wedding guest attire, look for dresses in soft pastel hues and dainty floral patterns.
What should guests wear to a summer wedding?
Dresses in floral prints and bright colors are always a stylish and fun choice for warm-weather weddings. For summer weddings with a formal dress code, guests should consider wearing mid-length to floor-length gowns in light and breathable fabrics.
Can I wear a short dress to a summer wedding?
Absolutely! Leg-baring mini and midi dresses are perfect for balmy weather. However, if the wedding venue calls for more traditional attire, it might best to opt for knee-length to ankle-length dresses.
How should I accessorize my summer wedding guest outfit?
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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridesmaids, and more. Sophie's favorite outfits to wear to a summer wedding are floral dresses paired with block heels or espadrilles.