From Costa Rica to the French Riviera, here's what to wear during summer wedding season.
Summer wedding season is upon us, which means flights to book, registries to empty—and chic black tie, formal, and cocktail dresses to purchase. Whether you're going oceanside for a coastal affair, galavanting in the South of France, witnessing vows in a more tropical climate, or dancing all night in Miami, we have an ensemble worthy of a best-dressed guest nod. Trust us, these head-to-toe hits guarantee you'll stand out in a crowd, without any fear of showing up the bride. Here, ideas, inspiration, and easy-to-shop looks for every attendee's style.
A multi-color theme will automatically exude island vibes; choose sleek, sharp shapes to strike the balance.
Oscar de la Renta dress, $4,990 SHOP NOW
Lizzie Fortunato earrings, $425 SHOP NOW
Judith Leiber Couture clutch, $3,995 SHOP NOW
Aquazurra sandals, $695 SHOP NOW
Embrace beach wedding vibes without losing the luxe factor: Choose prints that feel fresh, and silhouettes that have a balance between semi-structure and flow. Finish off the look with metallic accessories that have a bit of shine to drive home an effortless—yet festive—feel.
Emilio Pucci dress, $2,865 SHOP NOW
Tohum Design earrings, $215 SHOP NOW
Mark Cross bag, $2,595 SHOP NOW
Mansur Gavriel mules, $475 SHOP NOW
Dressing for warm weather weddings puts florals on the brain, but there's no need for these prints to be predictable. Instead, opt for blooming motifs that come in unexpected colorways and silhouettes mixed with graphic prints, like a playful polka-dot pattern. Case in point: this look in a range of colorful brights, complete with an off-shoulder neckline and airy sleeves.
Rixo dress, $285 SHOP NOW
Marni earrings, $390 SHOP NOW
Jimmy Choo "Callie" clutch, $895 SHOP NOW
Tabitha Simmons sandals, $795 SHOP NOW
From Mexico to the South of France, play up a summery theme with tasteful palm prints and thematic accessories, but avoid being too match-y. Add a jeweled brooch to your gown or hair for an elegant add-on.
Joanna Ortiz dress, $3,401 SHOP NOW
No. 21 brooch, $139 SHOP NOW
Cult Gaia tote, $345 SHOP NOW
Prada sandals, $1,050 SHOP NOW
No need to opt for something skin tight when summertime has shift dresses feeling so right. Think of this as your chance to show off killer legs and arms, and accessorize with graphic extras.
Giambattista Valli dress, $1,443 SHOP NOW
Eera bracelet, $7,245 SHOP NOW
Valentino clutch, $1,745 SHOP NOW
Sophia Webster pumps, $395 SHOP NOW
Pair graphic prints with romantic and luxe extras—they soften the feeling of a repeat dot, stripe, or tartan. Black and white can go too mod when paired with a bright; for an upscale take, complement the classic color pairing with a jewel tone. Expert tip: A rich emerald or dusty citrine feels more on point for spring than a deep oxblood, sapphire, or amethyst.
Veronica Beard dress, $695 SHOP NOW
Sophie Buhai earrings, $353 SHOP NOW
Olympia Le-Tan book clutch, $1,410 SHOP NOW
Alexander McQueen sandals, $667 SHOP NOW
Bohemian spirits will welcome looks that are all about ease, but that's no reason to go straight for kaftan cuts. Opt for a midi dress with unique details, like a bold color, a print, and a corset that gives shape to avoid looking too undone.
Etro dress, $3,700 SHOP NOW
Diane Kordas earrings, $3,298 SHOP NOW
Rosantica By Michela Panero bag, $796 SHOP NOW
Deimille sandal, $320 SHOP NOW
The little red dress may just be summer's LBD, and we recommend you embrace it for more formal affairs and nighttime events. Should you choose a dress that could work for day or night, ensure extras feel extra-formal when dressing for evening.
Alexa Chung dress, $920 SHOP NOW
Jacquemus earrings, $454 SHOP NOW
Dolce & Gabbana clutch, $3,795 SHOP NOW
Christian Louboutin pumps, $925 SHOP NOW
Laissez faire vibes are still on trend, and they feel extra fresh in summer when crochet, puff sleeves, and sheer silhouettes feel festive rather than fussy. To make this look right for night, stick to elegant and evening-appropriate extras. Expert tip: Be honest with yourself about color palette and fabric weight; this look works in black and white, but could read unbalanced in bold color.
Self-Portrait dress, $500 SHOP NOW
Rebecca de Ravenel earrings, $295 SHOP NOW
Roger Vivier clutch, $1,395 SHOP NOW
Jimmy Choo mules, $995 SHOP NOW
Sky-high heels and sparkle aren't pre-requisites for nighttime. Choose a midi hemline and a mule when trying to make something that could easily go too dressy more effortless for a summer night. Fearful that you're not dressed up enough? Problem solved: Skip the color and go straight to black, white, and metallic touches.
Marie France Van Damme dress, $880 SHOP NOW
Saint Laurent earrings, $795 SHOP NOW
Oscar de la Renta clutch, $2,590 SHOP NOW
Proenza Schouler mule, $790 SHOP NOW