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How To Dress For Summer Weddings

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It’s that time of year again where the save-the-dates and invites start to roll in for summer weddings. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the dress code language can leave me feeling a little torn on what is appropriate. So, I did some research and found a super helpful article on The Knot which inspired this post.

If the invite says …

“White Tie”

This is as fancy as formal will get. Think Downton Abbey formal attire.

Him: A tuxedo and long black jacket with tails. A bow tie is a must with black formal shoes and white gloves for dancing.

Her: A full length formal ball gown in a neutral color like black or dark brown. Dramatic jewely, hair and make-up are appropriate.


“Black Tie”

The next best thing to White Tie and this usually means the wedding is an evening affair.

Him: A tuxedo and black bowtie.

Her: A long evening gown or chic cocktail dress that has something special {embellishments}


“Formal” or “Black Tie Optional”

Tricky wording but not so tricky dressing. Wear something slightly less formal than black tie.

Him: A formal dark suit and tie are a good choice but a tuxedo is acceptable.

Her: A long dress or formal cocktail length dress in a dark and neutral color.


“Beach Formal”

This suggests an elegant beach wedding so dress for the elements while you also dress to impress.

Him: A summer suit with linen shirt {tie optional}. Think, linen pants or khakis.

Her: A formal tea or knee-length summer dress with flats or wedges. If you choose to wear a long dress, make sure it’s a lighter color and flowy and be sure to wear flats.


Dressy Casual

Pay attention to the time of the event. This wedding dress code is somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker colors for evening and lighter for a day time wedding.

Him: A suit and tie. Color choice dependant on time of day.

Her: A cocktail dress or a dressy top and skirt. For this dress code it’s all about the fabric. Avoid anything too silky or embellished.



Casual is casual so pretty much anything goes here {almost!}. We wouldn’t suggest wearing jeans and a tank top but feel comfortable wearing something you would wear to a nice dinner out with family and friends.

Him: Dress pants with a polo.

Her: A summer sundress or skirt and top.

Extra Tips & Damsel Dont’s

– No matter what, do not wear white. Unless of course the invitation calls for it.

– Avoid wearing red at all costs. This is too attention grabbing and will take away from the bride.

– Safe bet to wear a dress that isn’t more than 2 inches above the knee.

– Avoid anything too loud or wearing bold colors. Don’t forget it’s the bride’s big day.

Images borrowed from: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
0 Leave a Comment May 11, 2016
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  • These dresses are so beautiful !

    Love your selection, thank you for sharing

    Glam Observer

  • Rach

    These are gorgeous selections for different wedding types! I am loving the midi lengths!

  • Great picks:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • great selection!


  • Love these picks and all of the wedding photos!

  • Marisa Hale

    Hey Jacey! Love your blog and your snapchat, but found this article to be really similar to a page on the knot I happened to read a few days ago: I know you have to create a lot of content, but I much prefer when it’s created by you!

    • Jacey

      Oh my gosh! Good catch! I got so wrapped up in putting the post together that I missed crediting the inspiration behind it. I 100% used The Knot as inspiration – thanks for calling this out and for the feedback. X

      • Marisa Hale

        Ah, got it! Love the picks you made!

  • This is SO helpful. I never go to weddings and all of a sudden I have two this summer and I had no idea what to wear!

  • alyssa amato

    These dresses are stunning! Great article and very helpful! xx

  • Such beautiful selection of fabulous dresses for the parfait occasion! Just gorgeous! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Dana Mannarino

    This is SUCH a great post!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  • Joy Shiness
  • This is a great post! I would add – don’t wear any pastel color that may look white in pictures! I had a guest wear a light pink dress but all I saw was white when I looked at the pictures!

  • Mayra Victoria

    Hey Jacey!! Love the post. And just in time for a couple of weddings I have coming up. I would love to know how you feel about jumpsuits for weddings. I wanted to rock one for a wedding but wasn’t sure if it’s appropriate. Obviously I’m thinking something made of a more formal material. Maybe a Max Mara jumpsuit. Any advice??

  • This is an amazing resource. Saved it. Love the Him and Hers and loved the dress picks to accompany each time of wedding. You killed it, Jacey! *mic drop*

  • I LOVE this post!! I was just in my closet debating whether I should buy something new for my friend Avery’s wedding or wear something I already have. I might need to get something new though… I get the feeling it’s black tie/black tie optional and I’m not sure if any of the outfits I own are quite gonna cut it. This post inspired me to do some online shopping!! haha

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

  • you just made my life SO much easier!

    A Million Pinks

  • It’s funny how these things really depend on the country’s culture! I am half French half Spanish and have only ever been to Spanish weddings. In Spain weddings are really colourful and wearing black or white would be more of a no no! Also if the wedding is at lunch time you should not wear a long dress. If the wedding is in the evening you ought to ask the bride whether she expects guests to wear a long dress. Women have started wearing hats or something on their heads but I’m not quite sold on the trend yet…also adds to the cost!
    In terms of the men we never ever have tuxedos at weddings! Unless it is a very specific wedding!

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