Deciding what to wear to a wedding is difficult enough, but a summer wedding? It requires even more consideration. While you can’t bank on sunny skies for the big day, if recent weather is anything to go by, you can assume it’s going to be a muggy affair. So to strike the perfect balance on what to wear to a summer wedding, you need to be sure of a few things: 1) that your ensemble won’t make you overheat, 2) that it feels comfortable to spend the day in, and 3) that it still feels fancy enough for a special occasion.
Ticking all these boxes is no small feat, but we’ve cracked it with a bit of help from some of our stylishly blessed friends. From the fabrics to look for to the new silhouettes to try, scroll on to see seven chic suggestions on what to wear to a summer wedding.
Style Notes: Cool on the skin, silk makes for an ideal fabric choice for summer weddings. In her follow-up video post, Kellie Brown styles her 11 Honoré dress with a pair of leopard mules. Perfection.
Kellie’s dress is now sold out, but this alternative is just as beautiful.
If in doubt, add a pair of gold hoop earrings.
Give any block-colour dress a fashionable lift with printed heels.
Style Notes: Sheer fabrics also make for a dreamy wedding guest outfit option. We love the addition of puff sleeves and a full skirt, which Monikh Dale expertly balances out with a pair of strappy sandals.
Airy florals always feel romantic.
If your dress doesn’t look right with necklaces or bangles, try an anklet instead.
The most joyful colour of sandals.
Style Notes: Embellished skirts shouldn’t be reserved for party season. Instead, give them a summertime wedding spin with a breezy shirt tucked in.
You’ll think up a multitude of ways to wear this, be it over a bikini, tucked into jeans, or, indeed, with a sequin skirt.
Sequins aren’t just for party season.
A modern take on wedges.
Style Notes: Summer gives you the opportunity to be more frivolous with your print choices, and nothing will make you stand out at a big event more than a playful motif. Polka dots are always a great option.
How beautiful is this maxi dress?
A bright bag will add oomph to muted wedding guest outfits.
As will metallic footwear.
Style Notes: This summer, cut-outs have become very classy, with subtle exposures adorning dresses in unassuming places. One of the Who What Wear team wore this Aje dress to a wedding recently, and it looked incredible.
From the colour to the sleeves, this dress is the definition of dreamy.
This bag looks so much more expensive than it is.
A versatile sandal every wardrobe will benefit from.
Style Notes: This year marks the return of the halter neck, and when better to wear one than a summer soirée. We suggest styling yours with pastel accessories, just like Grece Ghanem did.
Sunglasses are key for summer weddings where you can be outside for long periods.
A silhouette you rarely find on the high street.
This bag still ranks high on our editors’ wish lists.
Style Notes: If dresses and skirts just aren’t your thing, trouser suits loan themselves perfectly to weddings. For summer, keep your silhouette loose to ensure you don’t get too hot. Pair your suit with a silky camisole underneath—this will make for a sleek top option should you need or want to shed your blazer.
This colour is fabulous.
Another staple that’s handy to have at your disposal.
Wide-leg trousers are trending, so why not take them for a spin at a summer wedding?
Next Up: I’m Over “Dated” Wedding Guest Outfits—9 Fresh Ideas I’m Trying Instead
This story was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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