Today’s episode is a reader request… I get a lotttt of what to wear to a wedding questions so we’re going to talk about summer wedding guest outfit ideas! No matter the occasion (beachy or formal), I have you covered with at least an idea or two.
Wedding Guest Style
I actually don’t (didn’t?) have a single wedding this summer (!!!) which is probably one of the perks of getting older, but I definitely have my fair share of wedding (guest!) experience. And as much as I love(d) complaining about my summers full of weddings, I kinda miss having an excuse to get dressed up and dance the night away with my friends and family (and celebrate love of course, too)! And besides… it’s always really fun getting dressed up. The Reformation dress I’m wearing above (and Loeffler Randall heels) is a go-to look for me right now; both are appropriate for all but the most fancy occasions. But below I’m providing some more fun ideas.
When it comes to getting dressed for a wedding, my only one rule is that I won’t wear white (unless I’m told to, which has been the case once)! Save that for the bride; it’s her big day! My other “rule” is that I need a versatile shoe that a) I can dance all night in and b) won’t sink into the grass if there’s an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour. For that reason, I’ll usually go with a simple wedge or block heel (hellllo trusty Loeffler Randall gold heels!) No stilettos allowed, unless we’re doing something formal!
I’ve thought through all of the different weddings I’ve been to. Without further ado, here are my favorite wedding guest outfit ideas. I’ve tried to keep these as inclusive-ish as possible. I highlighted only dresses that are available in up to at least a size XXL. Here’s my pick of the best wedding guest dresses! (I’d hoped to get this up sooner so we’re mid wedding season… this one took a while to pull together!)
Wedding Dress Outfit Ideas
What to Wear to a Beach Wedding
For a beach wedding, I love a long, dramatic maxi and a flat sandal – preferably slides (love these and they’re on sale!!) as you can take them on and off very easily!!!! These gold Havaianas are really fun too – I’m not suggesting that you wear them the whole time but they’d be fun to bring with you for when you take your heels off.. or they’d make a great bridesmaid gift. Add a wicker clutch or basket bag (I LOVE this one) and simple gold earrings like these oversized gold hammered hoops.
What to Wear to a Formal Summer Wedding
A formal summer wedding is always tricky as there’s more of a dress code. But you don’t want to be too hot! I would probably do a long black maxi dress (LOVE this one or this one) with a big crystal earring, a thick gold statement cuff on one wrist (splurge on this or save with this), a metallic clutch, and a nude strappy heel. (As it’s formal we’re going with a chic sandal – big fan of these Sarah Flint Heels, if you use code GRACE50 you can get $50 off). Pull your hair back and do a red lip!
What to Wear to a Boho Wedding
I have, admittedly, never attended a boho wedding but for this I’m envisioning a floral maxi or midi, maybe a little crochet bag, a flower crown (or a headband to make things easier), and a simple wedge.
Country Wedding Outfit Ideas
For a country wedding, I’d do an easy smocked dress (like the Reformation one above or this pretty blue one), a simple and casual bag (I want this!), wedges, and these fun pearl hoops. I’d wear my hair in loose waves or a messy braid.
photography by Carter Fish.