We’re sure plenty of you have a wedding invitation or two tacked onto your refrigerator. What most people probably don’t want to admit is the stress that can go along with being a guest at a wedding. 1. There’s finding something new to wear, especially if you have several events to attend this season. 2. Making sure whatever you buy or wear fits within your budget. 3. All of the other various factors to consider: venue, dress code, varying climates (coolish evenings, warm days, beastly hot afternoons, humidity, what shoes to wear on grass, sweating!). Yikes. It’s fair to say dressing for a summer wedding can be a bit of a challenge.
Fortunately, we asked the ever-savvy Chicagoan stylist and fashion blogger, Anna Jane of See Jane, to put together three looks perfectly suited for popular summer wedding settings: the beach, a garden, and a church. The best part of these ensembles? You likely have a couple pieces in your closet already. So ladies, break out the bright frocks, raise that glass of champagne, and toast the happy couple (and yourself for looking fabulous)!
Beach Nuptials: Resist the urge to wear the breezy, but dependable maxi dress to celebrate beach nuptials. I went for a form-fitting silk shell paired with a gorgeous, ikat print skirt; this combination is relaxed, but still put together, especially when paired with punchy, neon sandals, a statement necklace and a casual hairstyle.
Garden Affair: Take advantage of a beautiful garden setting by donning a vivid floral pattern. The slim silhouette and bright colors seemed less traditional to me and enhanced the gorgeous backdrop–which let’s be honest, I’d much rather do that, than blend in. The best part about this dress is that it’s easy to throw a blazer on top and wear to the office, which means it won’t just be another dress that sits in your closet once wedding season is over.
Church Ceremony: Long gone are the days when only a little black dress would suffice for a formal wedding. A black-tie, summer wedding allows for bright colors, shorter hemlines and glitzy accessories. Take advantage of the color trend this summer by wearing your brightest dress and keeping the jewelry, shoes and other accessories glittery, but minimal.