Wedding Guest Attire: A Summer Style Guide

by Danielle Salazar June 26, 2014

With summer finally here, it’s time for long days at the beach, obnoxious tan lines, bright colors, loads of ice cream, and of course, weddings! If you’re anything like me, dressing yourself on a regular basis is hard enough, so finding the perfect outfit for someone’s big day can be a bit tricky. Luckily, summer weddings are the epitome of cute guest attire so finding a gorgeous outfit (that obviously won’t upstage the bride) shouldn’t be too daunting. Personally, I’m obsessed with our short lace dresses (available in 10 gorgeous colors!) as a guest option. Trust me, when you see them, you’ll die! Regardless, to ensure you’re dressed for wedding success, follow these guidelines to summer wedding attire, and you’re sure to turn heads!

Wedding Guest Attire: A Summer Style Guide

Wedding guest attire: How to look your best.

Remember: when determining what to wear to a summer wedding, it’s always better to be overdressed. Wearing a cute dress is the most common option. Consider something colorful such as pink, coral, green, teal, or even a fun floral or geometric print. Black (which is always considered classy) is totally okay as long as it’s accented with a bright pop of color for a summery look! White on the other hand, unless requested by the bride and groom, is never okay.

In general, don’t wear anything overly flashy (neon’s), too low cut, or that shows too much leg. And ladies, can we please hide those bra straps? If you wouldn’t want your grandma to see it, don’t wear it!

If you aren’t a dress type of girl, there are definitely other options! Follow the same rules as above and pair a cute skirt with a modest top. Otherwise, a nice blouse with dress pants always works, too. Denim and shorts are a huge DON’T.

For a shoe, you’ll probably want something strappy, but do keep in mind the location of the ceremony and reception. If it’s outdoors, stick with a cute wedge so your heel isn’t constantly stuck in the grass. Flip flops aren’t considered appropriate unless it’s a beach wedding and you’ve okayed it with the bridal party. Keep it simple, classy, and above all, keep it comfy!

Wedding Guest Attire: A Summer Style Guide

Summer wedding attire do’s and don’ts.

In summary, here’s a list of do’s and don’ts to get your through wedding season.

DO dress feminine, but be appropriate.
DO wear colors such as pinks, corals, greens, teals, or prints.
DO wear black as long as it’s accented with a bright color.
DO wear a strappy sandal, wedge, or heel.
DON’T wear white unless it’s requested.
DON’T wear anything too bright, too low-cut, or too short.
DON’T wear any type of denim or shorts.
DON’T wear flip flops unless it’s a beach wedding.

What would you wear to a summer wedding?

Have anything to add? I’d love to hear what you would consider the do’s and don’ts of wedding guest attire. Leave comments below or send us a picture to of what you have worn or plan to wear to a wedding this season!

Danielle Salazar
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Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.