Summer wedding attire can be tricky for even the best stylistas. Day, night, beach (or other equally picturesque destinations), can result in a wardrobe conundrum that proves to be even more stressful than our daily decisions. It’s not always easy to achieve the perfect balance between looking fabulous but not stealing the show, statement-making accessories that still allow you to dance the night away, and expert styling for a look appropriate in any setting. Here are a few ideas for celebratory styles that will keep you confident and comfortable long after you’ve caught the bouquet.
Day weddings allow for the most casual attire when it comes to nuptial events. Feel free to keep it comfortable and cool, especially in what can be stifling summer weather. Anything from a flirty dress to a playful jumpsuit, (or even a sweet shorts suit) paired with eye-catching shoes and colorful accessories is the basic formula for an afternoon fete. We love this cobalt blue Kelly Jumpsuit from Guess. It’s got luscious color, a great relaxed cut, and it’s silky fabric makes it easy to dress up or down for any occasion. The cropped hem is begging to show off look-at-me shoes. Accessorize with interesting footwear like these graphic Zara wedges and an equally bold clutch. Tie it all together with a killer statement necklace boasting a variety of the season’s electric neon colors. Finally, a sharply tailored, edgy jacket will take you and your look from day to night effortlessly.
Radenroro Just a Hint of Sparkle Dress, $75 to rent; Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Sequined Clutch, $325; Lulu Frost Deco Earring, $360; Jimmy Choo Crown Patent Peep-Toe Pump, $695; Lanvin Marry Me Eau de Parfum, $75
A no holds barred, all out, black tie affair is the best way to fete such a momentous occasion. Also, it’s the best excuse to break out your wardrobe’s best for the evening. Whether your hemline reaches cocktail-worthy heights or the lengths of a flowing ensemble is totally your prerogative—but the summer season is the perfect time to show off bronzed stems. A sparkling cocktail frock is just right for celebrating the night away in style. Radenroro’s Just a Hint of Sparkle dress is perfect in silver jacquard lace and the pleated waistline makes for a super flattering fit. A dainty shimmering clutch is all you need for your necessities, and we love the romantic two-tone metals in this one by Diane von Furstenberg. Play on the two-tone with some shimmering earrings like this Art Deco inspired pair from Lulu Frost. Finish with a nude peep-toe pump that will elongate your legs plus, serve as a great investment to wear all summer long. Spritz on a flirty scent like Lanvin’s Marry Me—the perfect accessory for catching the bouquet!
Tibi Catalina Gown, $100 to rent; Valentino Suede and Rhinestone Sandals, $1095; Capwell Mixed-Metal Chain Collar Necklace, $42; Mango Metallic Effect Messenger Handbag, $14.99; Miu Miu Culte Sunglasses, $390
If your calendar is full of summer wedding save-the-dates, there’s bound to be a destination event on the books. While traveling adds enough stress to your schedule, at least you can relax knowing you’ve planned the perfect look for the occasion. Of course, destination most likely means you’ll end up on the beach, so be prepared with comfortable footwear and don’t forget your sunnies! Coral was made for beach getaways so this Tibi maxi gown fits the bill in this chic shade. Paired with sandals that have just enough height and sparkle to maintain your footing and your style. Capwell’s Mixed-Metal collar necklace brings a shiny glow to the dress’ high neckline. Tote Mango’s Metallic Effect Messenger bag for just that, then stack on some arm candy and these foxy pentagonal frames by Miu Miu to complete your resort-worthy look.