What to Wear to a Wedding This Summer | Are You a Best-Dressed Guest?

This is the fourth post in our feature series, OBJ Weddings.

I just received a save-the-date for a July wedding, and I’m invited to two more in June…help! It’s that time of year when we’re all looking for advice on what to wear to a wedding ceremony and reception. Here are several best-dressed wedding guest looks you’ll love.

The Elegant Guest

Summer Stripes by Rosie Assoulin. Photo Courtesy of modaoperandi.com
Summer Stripes by Rosie Assoulin. Photo Courtesy of ModaOperandi.com
Swarovski Tangerine and Navy Crystal Drop Earrings, $25, at amazon.com
Swarovski Orange and Navy Drop Earrings , $25, at Amazon.com

If your wedding invitation says Black Tie, you can definitely pull out all the stops and wear a long gown or sheath. Cocktail dresses (not too bare), sparkling separates, and dressy jumpsuits or pantsuits are also acceptable.

For Semi-formal weddings, most guests forgo the long gown and choose a cocktail dress, a fancy skirt and top, or an “evening” pantsuit.

Ball Skit and Lace Top. Photo Courtesy of @thehummingcloset
Ball Skirt and Lace Top, available @thehummingcloset
Blue Crustal Drop Earrings, $129, at Swarovski.com
Blue Crystal Drop Earrings, $129, at Swarovski.com

I bought an ice-blue silk skirt with a white lace top to wear to a June 14 wedding. I’m having the long skirt tailored to tea length, which is more appropriate for the happy couple’s Semi-formal affair.

OBJ Tip: If you’re not sure how to decode the dress code terminology on a wedding invitation, such as Black Tie, Formal, Semi-formal, or Wedding Casual, check out this helpful guide from  Bride’s magazine. It clearly explains what to wear to a wedding for each of these invitation directives (and for the men in your life too!).

The Classic Guest

Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress by Eliza J at Nordstrom
Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress by Eliza J. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom.com
Mezzo 18K Gold Plated Huggie Hoops at BaubleBar.
Mezzo 18K Gold-Plated Huggie Hoops, $58, at BaubleBar

Daytime weddings tend to be less formal than those with evening receptions. A classic fit-and-flare dress will give you options, especially if you find one with a matching jacket. You can dress this versatile silhouette up or down with your best jewelry and accessories.

Cecilie Bahnsen Organza Dress
Cecilie Bahnsen Organza Dress. Photo Courtesy of ModaOperandi.com
Lacey Statement Necklace at BaubleBar
Lacey Statement Necklace, $38, at BaubleBar

Are you most comfortable in an LBD? Go for it! These days black is totally acceptable at a wedding any time of day or night. In either case, I would give basic black a chic update with leg-lengthening nude pumps or sandals, and finish things off with timeless pearls and gold hoops.

The Boho Guest

Johanna Ortiz Red Gold Garden Rose Floral Silk Dress. Photo Courtesy of modaoperandi.com
Johanna Ortiz Floral Silk Dress. Photo Courtesy of Moda Operandi
Costa Single Shell Earring, at Baublebar
Costa Single Shell Earring, $18, at BaubleBar

For more casual weddings, including outdoor and beach weddings, you can’t go wrong in a festive midi or maxi dress. This season’s crop is the best in years…especially from Tory Burch, Johanna Ortiz, and Anthropologie.

I’m craving a ruffled red print dress, which I’ll wear with a top-handle bag and strappy sandals. (I love stilettos, but flats or kitten heels are best for dancing.)

prabal gurung print shar cutout midi dress, perfect for what to wear to a wedding this summer
Prabal Gurung Print Midi Dress. Photo Courtesy of Moda Operandi
large Alessandra rich gold white and gold seashell clip earrings
Alessandra Rich Crystal-Embellished Gold Seashell Clip Earrings, $365, at Moda Operandi

I’ll layer on a Boho combo of pearl and coin necklaces, or summery shell earrings by Alessandra Rich or BaubleBar.

P.S. Have you noticed that many of this season’s wedding-perfect looks have pockets? It’s such a bonus! Teen Vogue reports that 2019 prom dress shoppers are looking for dresses with pockets to carry their cell phones.

But that’s another story for another day….


Something Blue: Diamond Dazzle Stik

While we’re all in the wedding mindset, let me tell you about a “something blue” must-have that is certain to become a lifelong habit. If you’re close to the bride, or hosting her shower, be sure to give her and her guests a Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik.

This portable, mascara-sized jewelry cleaning wand will help keep everyone’s diamond rings (and precious stones) as sparkling as the day they were bought. A recent article on Yahoo! Lifestyle praised the Diamond Dazzle Stik as a “miracle worker,” with over 1,600 favorable reviews on Amazon.com. Have a dazzling wedding season!


Diamond Dazzle Stik, The Quickest Sparkle Ever!


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