With lockdowns behind us and summer in full swing, it’s finally time to celebrate all the weddings that were postponed over the last two years. If you’ve got an invite (or more!) on your fridge, you’ll need some fabulous things to wear. That’s why we created this summer wedding guest dress guide, featuring all the top summer trends of 2022 and how to wear them. And if you’re not sure what’s appropriate for the upcoming nuptials, start with our Wedding Dress Code Guide for a breakdown of each dress code, along with helpful styling tips. Now, you just need the perfect dress. Find your ultimate summer wedding guest dress look right here.
Trend: Bold, Bright Colors
Summer is the best time to try new colors, especially in bright and bold hues. Explore this trend and have fun with playful looks that make a statement. Opt for jewel tones that look great on every skin tone, like electric orange, royal blue or dark pink. Keep the fabrics lightweight with flowy chiffon, cotton poplin (for day weddings) or stretch crepe.
How to accessorize: For a casual daytime or beach wedding, pair your dress with flat sandals and statement earrings. For an evening wedding, reach for strappy heels and sparkly studs.
Embrace the romantic mood with feminine accents like ruffles, sunburst pleats, flowy hems and lace embroidery. Feminine details add a dreamy touch to your look and are perfect for all kinds of weddings. Fabric choice and dress length will determine your dress code: for casual and semi-formal weddings, go for short, flirty hemlines; for formal or black-tie weddings, opt for full-length ruffles or layers of tulle.
How to accessorize: If you choose a ruffled neckline or otherwise embellished bodice, keep your hair slicked back and away from your face. For a day wedding, simple hoop earrings will complement the dress’s details. For evening, an elegant drop earring is perfect.
Floral dresses never go out of style, so you can’t beat this choice, especially for an outdoor summer wedding. Choose lightweight, flowy fabrics like chiffon and silk and pair them with delicate petite florals or bright and bold blooms. Elevated floral details, like embroidery and lace, are best saved for formal weddings.
How to accessorize: Let the florals be the main focus and opt for dainty gold-tone jewelry, a strappy mule sandal and a simple clutch.
This trend creates a head-to-toe look that’s unexpected and just as chic as a dress. Depending on your choice of silhouette and fabric, a matching set with a printed top and skirt could be perfect for a daytime or semi-formal wedding. For formal or black-tie weddings, try a crisp crepe pantsuit topped with a blazer and a matching wide-leg pant. For outdoor weddings, consider a suit in a bold color like emerald green or tangerine orange.
How to accessorize: For daytime weddings, we love this trend with gold-tone hoops or playful tassel earrings. For formal weddings, add a little sparkle with a crystal necklace or gemstone earrings.
Semi-formal and formal one pieces have been trending for a while now, but we’re glad to say they’re still going strong. Try the look for daytime weddings with a clean-cut poplin romper in a bold shade. For formal weddings, turn up the volume with a sparkly sequined jumpsuit. If you prefer to keep it classic, try a flowy pleated jumpsuit in a bold hue like red or fuchsia.
How to accessorize: For daytime weddings, a chunky gold-tone necklace or pair of oversized earrings will elevate your look. For evening, try a crystal statement necklace or a pair of pearl drop earrings.
No matter which trends you choose for this summer’s celebrations, be sure to find a dress that makes you feel like your most fabulous self. Then pop the champagne, hit the dance floor and have the best time ever.