13 Perfect Dresses for a Summer Wedding—Plus 7 Foolproof Outfit Ideas.
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13 Perfect Dresses (and 7 Foolproof Outfits) to Attend a Summer Wedding

Figuring out what to wear to a summer wedding is no small task—what with the heat, the humidity, and the very likely outdoor location. Not to mention, you may just be on your third wedding of the season and you need your Instagram followers to know you’ve got more than one outfit in your arsenal. We've got you covered with these wedding-guest dresses and ensembles, perfect for if you're toasting the happy couple on a beach, at a barbecue, or in a rustic-chic barn strung with lanterns.

Best Dresses for a Summer Wedding

1

Best Maxi Dress

ASOS DESIGN cape back dipped hem maxi dress.

This floaty dress with a cape overlay begs to be twirled all night on the dance floor. Plus, with its flattering shape (a tie at the waist keeps it from swallowing you up) and cool olive tone, we suspect this piece will become a year-round closet staple long after it's pulled wedding-guest duties.

$72 at Asos
2

Best Midi Dress

Hilary Clip Dot Chiffon Midi Dress GAL MEETS GLAM COLLECTION.

A midi is a good way to go for summer gatherings; its mid-calf hem is more formal and polished-looking than a short sundress, but not as hot and cumbersome as a maxi. Slip into this perfectly flirty, vintage-inspired frock, embellished with delicate buttons and tiny textured polka dots, for any summer wedding. One look at it, and we can already taste the cucumber margarita—served in a mason jar, of course.

$168 at Nordstrom
3

Best Floral Look

ASOS DESIGN vintage floral print button front collar jumpsuit.

Fresh flowers are one of the lushest parts of a wedding celebration, and there’s no reason you can’t let your look get in on the fun. With a slightly cinched waist and wide legs that make it easy to bust a move (did you practice the Milly Rock?), this sweet jumpsuit is a winner for weddings.

$38 at Asos
4

Best Dress with Long Sleeves

Gormon TOP DOG DRESS.

If you’ve got a summer wedding in a not-so-summery location, don’t ruin a good dress by throwing a boring cardigan over it. Instead, rock a long-sleeve but eye-popping look like this one. Its fresh bursting-with-color print, swing above-the-knee shirt, and saucy braided belt make this dress by Australian brand Gorman a fabulous addition to your summer wardrobe.

$149.50 at Gorman
5

Best Wrap Dress

RSVP by BB Dakota Formation Maxi Dress.

When in doubt, reach for a wrap. Or, in this case, a breezy, sunny, happy version of the classic wrap dress. This super-flattering, softly ruffled gown with a fun high-low skirt gives off that elusive effortlessly chic vibe (even if you’re all giddy nerves inside). You'll look like a tall glass of water while you float up to the lemonade bar for a refill.

$118 at Revolve
6

Best Bold-Print Dress

Topshop Black Floral Plunge Pinafore Dress.

Turn heads in a sassy yet sophisticated dress splashed with big, bold flowers. The floaty layers will feel cool in the summer heat (though you may still find yourself using your wedding program as a fan) and the appealing design will look fresh and fashionable in photos.

$100 at Topshop
7

Best Off-the-Shoulder Look

Aubrey Off Shoulder Jumpsuit  superdown brand: superdown.

With an incredible off-the-shoulder outfit, you don’t need any frills. This super-chic minimalist jumpsuit has all you need to impress: a lovely color and a simple shape with a touch of drama. While you’re shopping, keep in mind that the reviews suggest you order one size up from your usual.

$88 at Revolve
8

Best Halter Dress

Floral Print Halter Cotton Midi Dress ELIZA J.

This sweet sleeveless dress conjures up all of our visions of a laid-back afternoon soiree or a chic barn wedding. We can already picture posing next to the peonies or cooling off with a popsicle in one hand and a watermelon sangria in the other.

$128 at Nordstrom
9

Best Chiffon Dress

Chiffon A-Line Dress RACHEL PARCELL.

Plan to spend hours on the dance floor? Optimize your twirling with a chiffon dress. This A-line by Rachel Parcell is Americana at its finest, with a vintage vibe that’s perfect for dancing under the twinkle lights.

$159 at Nordstrom
10

Best Lace Dress

Paper Dolls Tall crochet lace midi pencil dress.

Lace is a great go-to for any summer wedding. This crochet-lace midi (sized especially for tall women) has an airy, graceful feel, thanks to a gorgeous powdery blue hue—it looks extra-stunning on darker skin tones—sexy off-the-shoulder neckline, and intricate overlay.

$95 at Asos
11

Best Sheath

Eliza J One Ruffled Shoulder Sheath Dress.

You can’t go wrong with a (not-so-simple) sheath dress. Forget the chunky accessories with this one; its bright color and dramatic single shoulder are all the flair you need to make a statement.

$148 at Dillards
12

Best Fit and Flare

Lace Fit & Flare Dress ELIZA J.

Whether you're mingling with passed apps and a hibiscus punch at cocktail hour or whooping your heart out for the sparkler sendoff, you'll feel comfy yet polished in this lace number by Eliza J.

$148 at Nordstrom
13

Best Statement-Making Dress

Rachel Zoe Nova Metallic Fringe Mini Dress.

We’ve all got that wedding where looking fabulous is a top priority. Channel your inner Gatsby party girl and strut into the place in swishy gold fringe—it’s the biggest statement you can make short of sporting a big white gown.

$495 at Rachel Zoe

Foolproof Outfit Ideas for a Summer Wedding

Slip dresses are back, baby, and they look just as great at a daytime ceremony as they do at a sultry evening reception (or an even-sultrier afterparty). Wear it with strappy sandals, oversized rose-tinted sunnies, and bring along a sheer kimono to drape over it all in case the temperature drops. Then grab a fun fringed bag and get the party started.

A favorite on Amazon, this tiered off-the-shoulder dress is casual, romantic, and wildly affordable. Plus, its big ruffles and naturally crinkly chiffon make it easy to pack without fear of wrinkles if you’re heading off to a destination wedding. Jazz up the dress with gold shoes, shades, a bold-patterned clutch, and some matchy-matchy earrings.

If you just haven’t found the dress or jumpsuit that excites you, go the two-piece route. It may feel cuckoo for a wedding, but in the case of these silky separates, you’ll look as cool and chic as that flute of frozen Prosecco you’re sipping on.

With a satiny finish and a party-ready skirt, this off-the-shoulder number is a total stunner. Its striking solid shade makes the dress a fun canvas for with accessories bursting with all kinds of colors, patterns, and textures. The end result is an eye-catching look destined to drop jaws.

Ditch the heels and forget the form-fitting dresses if you’re heading to a beach wedding. We love this super-flowy, ocean-hued maxi whose decorative neckline means you don’t have to worry about jewelry. Add some raffia slide sandals you can kick off to feel the sand beneath your toes, and tuck your essentials into a wicker clutch (don’t forget to stash a bikini in there, too, in case of a celebratory post-wedding dip).

Some couples forgo a traditionally subdued color scheme for a more casual, festive atmosphere. For such an event, be it a backyard barbecue or a quick jaunt over to City Hall followed by an afternoon at the couple’s favorite brewery, break out a fun neon romper. Really commit to the look and the day’s fun-loving vibe with bright wedges and heart-shaped jewelry.

Don’t cringe if you see the word “formal” when your wedding invitation arrives in the mail. Formal wedding guest attire has a reputation for being dull or stuffy, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. This striking embroidered lace gown is anything but boring. Pair it with simple, classic accessories, like pearl-drop earrings and gold strappy sandals.

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