Looking at a calendar full of summer weddings? Whether it’s outdoors or indoors, local or destination, we’ve got you covered.
Great weather, beautiful backgrounds and lush greenery everywhere – it’s really a no brainer that almost 80% of all weddings happen between May and October. So if you’ve got a calendar full of save-the-dates staring at you, with all varieties of dress code you’re stressing out trying to interpret? Deep breath, because here at ShopLikeHer, we’ve got you.
Not only have we been tracking the latest trends (natch) but our editors have collectively navigated just about every type of wedding out there. So whether you’re heading off to balmy beaches for a fun destination celebration or forging your way through a black tie formal, we have twenty fantastic options to help you keep your cool.
When selecting a dress for a summer beach wedding, there are three important things to consider. First, opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, or chiffon. These materials will keep you comfortable in the warm weather and allow for better airflow. Secondly, choose a dress with a relaxed and flowy silhouette. A loose fit will not only provide ease of movement but also help you stay cool and comfortable throughout the event. Lastly, consider the length of the dress. Since you’ll be attending a beach wedding, it’s best to choose a dress that is either knee-length or midi-style. Knee-length dresses are practical for sandy beaches, while midi dresses offer an elegant and beach-appropriate look. By focusing on lightweight fabrics, a loose fit, and suitable length, you can find the perfect dress that combines style and comfort for a summer beach wedding.
Here are five fantastic options we found…
Starting with this flowy high-low floral. With spaghetti straps and an open back this beauty will serve you well in the especially sunny (and hot!) beach venue.
Windsor, Sugar And Spice Floral High-Low Dress $44.90
When the invite reads “tropical” it’s time to lean in with some strong color and fun pattern. This asymmetrical midi dress with its abstract flower pattern and red color punch is a winning combination.
Windsor, Gorgeous Muse Asymmetrical Midi Dress $34.90
Another floral option, this spritely midi is right on trend with this season’s handkerchief hemlines.
Sugarlips, Kailua Aerin Flutter Midi Dress $80
Florals not your thing? Work an icy pastel like this sultry midi dress in frothy sea foam. The sexy side slit just adds to the *heat* of this cool customer…
Windsor, Fine Hour Cowl Neck Slit Midi Dress $40.90
Bring your own sunshine to the party with this lemon drop midi. This is a great choice if you know you’ll be out in the heat for a while. Done in crinkle cotton with a delicate mesh sundial embroidery and smocked waist, it moves and breathes like a dream.
Elie Tahari, Embroidered Hem Mid Dress $256.80
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Formal weddings have made a grand comeback in 2023, captivating couples and guests alike with the allure of traditional ceremonies and celebrations. After years of micro-weddings and courthouse nuptials, couples have rediscovered the fabulous formal. From lavish ballrooms adorned with exquisite floral arrangements to orchestral music filling the air, formal weddings offer a sense of romance and grandeur. Moreover, these formal affairs provide an opportunity for loved ones to come together for some genuine human connection (#SNS social media), creating lasting memories that transcend time.
So if a formal affair is on your list, here are six sophisticated choices, worthy of the queen that you are…
Starting with this full length, cobalt beauty. Sleek satin (major ’23 trending fabric BTW) shows off your gorgeous curves while that high front slit is all sexy leg.
Windsor, Jules Formal Satin Pleat Long Dress $64.90
Is it just us, or is this silver sparkly, fringe gown giving off big Gatsby energy? All you need is a glass of champagne at your side, some dripping pearls and you are ready to own the party scene.
Windsor, Rebekah Formal Sequin Fringe Mermaid Dress $109.90
With stunning sheer tulle, a pleated, plunging bodice and a high, banded waist this maxi formal adds even more sexy, thanks to alluring, dual side slits that peek out.
Lulus, Rare Beauty Tulle Backless Maxi Dress $74
Have your Cinderella moment in this fanciful floral formal. Gorgeous floral embroidery over nude pink mesh, this gown doesn’t walk into the room…it arrives.
Windsor, Genevieve Floral Embroidered Formal Dress $89.90
A *little* ruching goes a long way in this marvelous magenta gown. The asymmetrical top shows off your shoulder while the high side slit lets you work those legs.
Windsor, Kaleigh Off Shoulder Dress $49.90
Finally, when you’re looking for easy sophistication, nothing beats a LBG (as in Little Black Gown). This rhinestone studded-strap, stretch knit dress is simply stunning. With a provocative side slit and sultry vibe, there’s no such thing as “fade to black” in this gown.
Windsor, Alisha Rhinestone Strap Formal Dress $39.90
Okay, don’t let the name fool you. If the dress code states “modern casual” this is not an excuse for jeans and flip-flops. The dress code for a modern casual wedding combines elements of both sophistication and informality, striking a balance between comfort and style. It encourages guests to dress in a relaxed yet chic manner that reflects the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion. Still stumped? Think of what you’d wear to an elegant date night dinner: A cocktail dress that falls between formal and casual, a flowy midi or maxi dress in a light fabric like chiffon or satin, or something structured, yet fun, like crepe or even linen.
Here are five favorites that show off the variety of options you can choose while still striking the right balance between casual and stylish.
Starting with this sharp satin midi in a satisfyingly playful bubblegum pink. With its ideal midi length, tailored fit and stylish chest peek-a-boo slit, this dress will serve you well at many an event, making it a true investment piece.
Paige, Aurem Dress in Dusty Bubblegum Silk $399
We’re loving the clean modern look of this marvelous mauve midi. The princess-seamed bodice shows off a fitted waist while the lightly pleated, overlapping panel of the skirt creates a faux wrap silhouette.
Lulus, Reinette Mauve Midi Dress $65
Sophisticated crepe gives this ruffled high-low dress an expensive look and feel. Only you will know how you got this sage beauty for a steal.
Windsor, Well Refined Crepe Ruffled Midi Dress $39.90
Bring in some chic Boho vibes with this full-length, chiffon dress. The darling daffodil color, sweetheart neckline and burnout lacy pattern all combine for a sunny, romantic silhouette.
Windsor, Madelyn Formal Chiffon A-Line Dress $84.90
Finally, we have this tasteful and elegant burgundy mini with a twist. The one-shoulder neckline with a single long fitted sleeve and long draping side elevate the silhouette to polished perfection.
Windsor, Emily One-Shoulder Pleated Asymmetrical Mini Dress $59.90
There are many modern couples who feel the ceremony should be intimate, and the party should really be the big bash. If the invite calls out for Cocktail as the dress code, you know you’re in for some serious fun. That said, some ground rules here: A good cocktail dress should exhibit elegance, versatility, and attention to detail. It should showcase your figure in a tasteful manner, with a well-fitted bodice and a flared or draped skirt. Oh, and for those of you who think a mini can’t be cocktail…please join us in the 21st century, thank you.
Here are five fab fits that understood the assignment completely…
Starting with this stylish, ruched short dress in soft, satiny sage. The modern mixed material is made to give plenty of moderate stretch, so you look shapely but feel comfortably composed.
Windsor, Wrapped In Stylish Satin Mini Dress $36.90
Lovely lace in a fresh modern color gives this simple sheath dress a whole new look.
Black Halo, Jackie O Sheath Dress $390
Bring some sparkle to the party with this next dress. Made from glitter knit, this pretty pink, long-sleeve lovely was made to move on the dance floor.
Rue21, Glittery Pink Twist Front Sweater Dress $32.99
Speaking of soirées on the dance floor, this ombré sherbet-hued fringe dress will sway with your every move (in the best possible way).
Milly, Nuoir Ombre Fringe Dress $495
Finally, this rich mauve chiffon dress has our hearts all a-flutter. Charming and voguish, there are so many ways to dress this one up or down.
Windsor, Flutter Away Layered Skater Dress $42.90
It’s just one little word, but Rustic can mean many things when it comes to weddings. Celebrations at a cottage, romantic events in manicured outdoor gardens, upscale boot-scooting in a barn…the list goes on. Here’s one rule of thumb though – when in doubt, assume semi-formal, embraced with a charming and earthy aesthetic. Opting for a dress is a classic choice, and selecting a design with natural tones like earthy greens, warm browns, or soft pastels can help capture the rustic atmosphere. Flowy maxi or midi dresses with floral or lace details often complement this theme beautifully.
Here are five great options that showcase the variety this wedding type can encompass.
Starting with this silky floral midi that’s so versatile, it could literally go with just about any rustic wedding location. The luxe silk georgette has a crinkle texture and ruffle detail with a flattering smocked waist and just a hint of a flirty front leg slit.
Paige, Paradis Dress in Black Multi Silk $429
If the location reads less earthy path and more well-groomed garden, go full dreamy romantic with this ethereal maxi. The sweetheart neckline and sheer peasant long sleeves lend the silhouette a bit of cottagecore vibe, while the sophisticated, light mauve color and streamlined shape keeps it modern.
Windsor, Sheer Beauty Chiffon Slit Maxi Dress $56.90
Looking for a little inspo? Why not channel mother nature with a gorgeous green gown. With its split neckline framed by flowy short sleeves, this tiered floral has a classic silhouette perfect for chic casual.
Sugarlips, Trini Floral Poplin Maxi Dress $84
Who says a sundress can’t be sophisticated? Not us after seeing this breezy beauty in precious purples, pinks and green. The easy fit makes it flattering across a variety of body sizes while the floral chiffon-overlay adds effortless elegance.
Versona, Spring Gala Dress $49.99
Finally, for a look that’s a beautiful as it is easy to move in, this flowy hem midi will serve you well. The back is smocked and stretchy and it comes with a built-in bra (nice!) and while the feel is fitted, the fabric has a nice, moderate stretch to it, so no matter where the wedding takes you, you’ll take it all in style.
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