Summer is the most popular season for weddings, and with good reason: the grass is green, the flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining. But how can you dress appropriately and comfortably for a ceremony in the summer heat? You’ll find some tips below, but of course remember to inject your own style and personality into your chosen outfit!
The possibilities here are vast and can be adapted to any style, from traditional chic to quirky original. The key is to pick cleanly tailored garments, whether you opt for a dress or a jumpsuit. Don’t hesitate to go for a top and skirt either, or even a top and trouser combo. In order to not upstage the bride, steer clear of plunging necklines (a lower back is fine though, on a more demure style) and loud patterns.
Monochromes in vivid colours such as turquoise, violet, cobalt or pink are seasonal and still fun, without being overpowering. If you want to include a pattern, make sure it’s a classic pattern, such as stripes, polka dots or a floral: just don’t rock up to the ceremony in a frilly, clingy, busty leopard print dress! Co-ords are also having a moment, so don’t hesitate to go in that direction. Also ‘invent’ your own co-ord, such as a pinstriped turquoise trouser and a turquoise top with cream polka dots. You can get away with it as they are the same family of colours. So mix and match away!
The Accessories & Finishing Touches
With your hat/fascinator, I love the floral theme as it’s so fresh and seasonal. As a base, opt for a boater, wide-brimmed hat, disc, headband with veil or an elaborate flower crown. Instead of exactly matching your hat to your outfit, choose from the same family of shades or from the same range of tones, such as a pastel dress with pastel flowers or a purple dress with lilac and prune coloured flowers.
As far as shoes, I’d recommend classic and comfy, such as neutral pumps. Avoid patterns as they could detract from your outfit, unless they work with your overall colour scheme and aren’t too busy. Classic wedge espadrilles are also a comfy option with maxi dresses and jumpsuits.
If there’s anywhere a busy pattern can work, it’s on your clutch! A small enough surface area means that it will complement your outfit while still being different enough to spot from the dance floor. If you want something more neutral, think of suede, straw and pastel tweeds. Other accessories you can have fun with are belts, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. Just be mindful not to overdo it!
Finally, keep your hair and makeup subdued and fresh. If it’s warm, I recommend hair at least partially up and think of having blotting sheets and mattifying powder in your clutch.
So now, go forth and look wonderful at your loved one’s summer wedding!