When it comes to wedding guest dresses, you may be stumped on colors and formality of the dress. For many weddings, a semi-formal (not long, not too casual) dress works. Evening weddings are perfect for little black dresses, and for summer brights and pretty prints are perfect. The one thing you can't wear to a summer wedding? White, because it's tacky to compete with the bride.
1. Floral Dress
The perfect warm weather wedding guest dress? A floral dress has the feminine print that is perfect for a romantic event like a wedding. If straight-on florals aren't your thing, opt for florals with a painterly, abstract effect. In general, you should scale the print to your figure (smaller frame, smaller floral and vice versa.) And to look smaller in florals, make sure the print is tightly spaced (the less background is showing, the smaller you'll look.)
2. Shift Dress
When temps heat up, nothing is more practical (and chic) than the shift dress. This dress silhouette is known for its straight up and down cut (no waist or belt) and is flattering on most women. The best fit for most women is something that skims the body instead of a loose babydoll-type dress. The most flattering length of shift for most women is at or above the knee (longer dresses are harder to carry off.)
If you have a dressier summer wedding to attend, opt for a strapless silhouette. Options range from fitted little black dresses to fuller, tea-length styles for more formal weddings. If you will be where the weather is variable (going from outside to air conditioning, day to night, etc.) carry a lightweight wrap for your shoulders. The strapless dress is perfect for fabulous accessories and updos.
The little black dress is the perfect dress to wear for semi-formal events, especially a nighttime summer wedding. Look for a flattering style, with or without sleeves, and accessorize with looks that keep it interesting like pretty pearls or metallic shoes. Need inspiration for how to wear your little black dress? We have 14 ideas for wearing your little black dress.
6. Sheer Dress
One of the biggest trends of the season is a dress with some sheerness ; this type of dress works perfectly for summer weddings. Illusion-top dresses give you more coverage than a strapless or sleeveless style, while still allowing some skin to peek through.
Go with one of the best looks of the season, the maxi dress. This versatile length works for both beachside weddings and formal events alike. Look for vivid colors, great prints and flattering cuts for your body type. You can add heels to your maxi or wear dressier flat sandals to dance the night away.