Welcome to wedding season. You are now in the all-consuming time of year when every weekend from now until September involves celebrating the nuptials of friends, family, coworkers, and maybe even strangers (hey, you never know). All of these weddings each come with their own theme, color palette, and dress code, which can make shopping complicated. So, what to wear to a summer wedding in 2019? Well, if you know what the event will entail, whether the RSVP describes the dress code or not, it's easy to hone in on a style that's right for you.
Below, you'll find a breakdown of seven common wedding types, along with the ideal dress and footwear to pull off a fashion-forward ensemble that you could theoretically re-wear for future celebrations, too. Some nuptials require a bit more of a conservative look, while others (like say, a beach wedding), are all about keeping things laid-back and comfortable — you'll find a solution for the full spectrum. Now, read on to quickly solve your wedding guest dress dilemmas and give yourself a little bit of time to enjoy those fleeting moments when your calendar is totally open, and there are no heels, clapping, or chit-chat required.
Destination Wedding: Wrap Dress + Heeled Sandals
You could be headed for somewhere luxe in Europe or jetting off to a far-flung beach, either way, a wrap midi dress and pair of strappy sandals will make for a winning combination. Try a leopard print for something trendy, but if you're worried it may be too bold, a red wrap looks just right.
Black Tie: Gown + Platform Heel
A black tie wedding means you'll need to break out your fanciest frock — this is your opportunity to lean into the romantic trend. Opt for something ankle-length or below, and stick to luxe fabrics like silk or tulle. Opt for shoes with a slight platform so you won't spend the night tripping over your dress.
City Wedding: Suit + Pumps
If you're looking for an outfit that's both sleek and statement-making, opt for a clean suit and pair of pumps. Avoid anything that feels a little bit too business for such a fun occasion, and opt for prints or colors instead.
Dinner Party: One Shoulder Dress + Kitten Heels
Is your next wedding more of a party and less of a formal ceremony? Then try one of summer's breeziest dress styles: the one shoulder. It's not at all fussy, which makes it great for when the time comes to maybe do a bit of post-meal dancing. Kitten heels or flats will also help keep you comfy all night.
Garden Wedding: Floral Dress + Block Heels
If you're planning on spending the day somewhere grassy, make sure you have shoes that won't sink or get stuck as you roam around post-"I do's." A floral — whether subtle or bold — will be on theme for the event.
Beach Wedding: Matching Set + Sandals
If you're headed to the beach, odds are the ceremony will be just as breezy as the locale. Switch things up and try a matching set with a simple pair of sandals. Opt for favorite contemporary brands like Staud and By Far for a trendy twist.
Religious Ceremony: Dress With Sleeves + Mules
For a ceremony where you'll need something a bit more conservative, opt for a silky style with long sleeves, or at least something that covers the shoulder. A sleek mule is just the right shoe for this polished look.