How To Dress for a Summer Wedding

How To Dress for aSummerWedding

We’re in the middle of summer, and that means we’re right in the middle of wedding season. That can mean a lot of planning and traveling for guests, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what exactly to wear. How does one dress for “Hollywood Glamour” or “Rustic” themes? What will the weather be like? Will I be comfortable in high heels or do I need to opt for wedges or flats?

Well, I partnered up with Paul Fredrick, a high quality menswear designer brand, to give you some tips on how to dress for all the weddings on your agenda. By no means are these fool proof or set in stone, but they should be enough of a springboard to help you on your way.

1. Color Coordinate With Your Date!

#1 - Color Coordinate! - Summer Wedding Fashion
One of the most important things to remember is to color coordinate with your date. This can be achieved through a number of ways. In the above graphic, the dress and the tie incorporate the same colors. Also, the tie’s pattern compliments the floral print on the dress. While these outfits are considered more casual, they’re good examples of how to work off of each others’ wardrobes. Plus, these bright colors are great for a summer wedding!
2. Dress for the Weather!
#2 Equal Elegance - Wedding Attire
As everyone knows, summer is home to the hottest days of the year. To combat scorching temperatures, wear light and airy clothing that won’t make you sweat bullets. Avoid excessive layers, heavy fabric, and dark colors. Ladies, try opting for dresses with thin straps and sandals to let your feet breathe. Gentlemen, if you have to wear a suit, make sure it’s made out of a light material and a light color! This wool and silk suit from Paul Frederick is perfect because it will help you keep cool and look dapper.
3. Look at the Dress Code
A very important thing to keep in mind is that the bride and groom can dictate how they want their guests to dress. This can be confusing, because what really is the difference between “black tie” and “formal”? To help, I put together some examples.
Black Tie Summer Wedding

Black tie weddings are among the most formal. Sophisticated, floor length dresses in dark colors are expected from the females. Guys should stick with a black tuxedo with a black tie. To keep cool in summer heat, wear pieces made of light materials and pull your hair up off your neck.

Formal Wedding

Next on the list is formal wedding attire. Ladies have the ability to wear shorter dresses, but keep in mind that you should stay sophisticated. Gentlemen, I know suits can be a pain, but they’re still the best thing to wear to a formal wedding. You don’t have to wear black, but keep your suit dark. Perhaps make things a little more fun with a patterned tie, as pictured above.

Semiformal Wedding

This is where things get more fun! Gals, feel free to add some color to your look! Try for formal cocktail dresses in pastel colors and a cute pair of heeled sandals. Guys, now is your time to embrace color, too. Try for a light colored suit to compliment your date’s outfit and add a fun tie or pocket square.

Casual Wedding

Casual weddings are very fun to dress for because you don’t have to worry about looking 100% sophisticated. Ladies should opt for a flattering sundress or a blouse and skirt depending on personal preference. Guys can forget about their suit jackets and stay cool in a button down shirt and patterned tie. Navy and white is always a great summer color combination, especially for weddings by the water!

I hope this post was helpful and that you all have a fantastic summer! And guys, don’t forget to check out Paul Fredrick!

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