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Summer Wedding Dress Code

Wedding season is here, and with the massive variety of ceremonies today, the age-old conundrum of what to wear has only escalated. Out shining the bride is not your objective. As a Prime Woman, most of the brides are probably our friend’s children, nieces and nephews or perhaps grandchildren. One of the biggest challenges interpreting a summer wedding dress code is factoring in the heat and humidity. It can be tough to pull off when it’s sweltering. To add insult to injury, it’s an outdoor venue.

Summer Wedding Dress Code

Two things to remember: You can wear black to a wedding, but make sure it doesn’t have a widow’s weeds vibe – aka think chic LBD. Second, don’t shy away from color.

So, whether you’re going to a shore thing in Newport, witnessing vows in a botanical garden, or getting down with your bad self-ballroom dancing in N.Y.C., I’ve got just the style tips you’ll need for all the weddings on your agenda this summer.

Black Tie Summer Wedding Dress Code

Putting on the Ritz. A black tie wedding is the perfect time to dial up the glamour. Channel your inner screen-siren, and choose a floor-length gown paired with some strut worthy heels.

Rules to Remember: Don’t be afraid to wear color. Dramatic jewelry is welcome, and coiffed hair is a must.

Garden Summer Wedding Dress Code

Plantation Chic. Embrace your inner southern belle without abandoning your high fashion roots. A wedged heel or low strappy sandal will allow you to navigate fields or barnyard dance floors with ease, and a floral dress is thematic without being too literal (a.k.a. corny).

Rules to Remember: If the wedding is during the day, opt for lighter colors. For nighttime, choose richer shades. Don’t be afraid to “toughen” up your dainty look with a bold clutch.

Beach Summer Wedding Dress Code

A Shore Thing. For an easy, yet ethereal seaside look, go lux bohemian in a breezy cocktail dress paired with pops of metallic jewels and strappy flats. Top off the outfit with a light summer scarf that can double as a shawl. Finish with a mai-ti hairdo (hello, drybar).

Rules to Remember: When choosing your beach ready look, make sure you’re considering the elements (think sand, heat and water).

City Summer Wedding Dress Code

In a “New York State of Mind”. The city of lights deserves a daring dress and major accessories. Indulge your inner fashionista with edgy styles and a pair of statement shoes.


Rules to Remember: Go bold or go home.

Follow these rules and you’ll be on the best dressed guest list in no time!

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