What to Wear to Summer Weddings

Canopy and seats beautifully decorated for a beach wedding

Wedding season is now in full swing, which means a whole new wardrobe. Dressing for weddings can be a daunting task, considering the many dress codes any formal event will require. Whether you’re going to a church wedding, a cocktail wedding, or a semi-formal affair on a beach, this guide will help demystify the whole process.

Whatever dress you choose, we have some pretty basic advice to remember: check your dress labels for cotton. The versatile, natural fiber also has some pretty perfect benefits that come in handy during summer weddings: they’re breathable (unlike your stiff polyesters) so whether you’re under the sun or breaking a sweat on the dance floor, cotton keeps you cooler. They’re also light and airy, giving you that effortless vibe summer weddings are known for. Cotton is even hypoallergenic and gentle on your summer skin!

Check out our top summer wedding guest dress picks below, with styling tips, for every kind of summer wedding you attend this year.

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Beach weddings are usually pretty casual affairs but you still want to look your very best. A midi length is perfect—it keeps your hemline out of the sand but still looks great if you’re going barefoot or have a low sandal on. Dress up a simple wrap dress with glittery accessories and you’ll be golden.


Corolla Wrap Dress

$158.00 Shop Now
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For a semi-formal, indoor wedding that calls for cocktail attire, opt for a dress with a shorter, flirty hem you can dress up with a slinky heel. Cotton eyelet is classic and keeps you cool on the dance floor.


Embroidered Eyelet Dress

$548.00 Shop Now
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Dressing for a black-tie wedding can be confusing, but you can’t go wrong with an embellished, floor-length gown that’s nevertheless light and airy for summer. Of course, cotton excels at light and airy!


Maldive Maxi Dress

$444.50 Shop Now
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Outdoor weddings held in a barn or under a tent scream “country chic” in the best way. We love this blue striped maxi with tassel fringe because it’s elegant and comfortable as well as laid-back. Remember to wear a low or stacked heel to avoid sticking your shoes in the grass.


Tiered Tassel Fringe Cotton Maxi Dress

$168.00 Shop Now
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In the same vein as rustic weddings are garden weddings. We love echoing the floral theme by wearing plenty of flowers. Outdoor weddings are the perfect excuse to wear this show-stopper maxi dress without feeling overdressed.


Makenna Floral Maxi Dress

$180.00 Shop Now
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Church weddings are usually semi-formal affairs with a reception in a catering hall, so heat and humidity are somewhat less of an issue. We love this knee-length lace dress with church-appropriate covered shoulders and a flirty ruffle hem.

TJ Maxx

Lace Dress With Ruffle Hem

$49.99 Shop Now

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