So your friend is getting married, you managed to escape bridesmaid duties, and now YOU get to pick your dress for the big day. High five, girlfriend!
But before you do your victory dance, here comes the tricky part: choosing the perfect outfit to make sure you wow at that summer wedding.
Lucky for us, there are a ton of great looks to choose from and something out there to suit every female guest.
Pick a flattering colour (preferably not white), strike a pose, and feel fabulous all day and evening long.
If you’re looking for something a little different, why not put down the dress and try a super chic jumpsuit for your friend’s big day? They’re incredibly flattering, you can go strapless if you prefer, and a lot of them have pockets so you can ooze effortless cool when the photographer stops by to take a snap.
Your pins have been waiting all winter long to come out from hibernation, and they’ll be damned if they can’t make an appearance at a summer wedding. Opt for a mini dress with sleeves and higher neckline to keep things elegant, and wear in a bright pop of colour for a statement look – toned down with nude heels, which will make your legs look like they go on forever.
The scalloped hem detail is showing no signs of slowing down in popularity, and the flattering edging gives any dress a soft, feminine look. It can modernize the most conservative of dress shapes and looks great in any colour – we love it in pastel hues, which makes it the perfect spring/summer choice.
High waisted skirt and crop top
This look is perfect for curvy ladies who have a flat stomach – in which case a slinky, fitted skirt is the best way to flaunt your figure. Or if you just feel like rocking a two-piece instead of a dress, this is a great opportunity to mix and match an A-line skirt with a crop top. Don’t be afraid to flash a little flesh; summer will be gone before we know it.
A great way to take your look from spring to summer is to choose a halterneck look that shows off your shoulders. You can go for a long backless maxi dress or a shorter skater-style dress; either way the look is elegant and timeless. Plus, you won’t have to worry too much about accessorizing with a necklace – let your dress do all the talking.
Only the bride should wear white, but she can’t lay claim to all things lacy on her big day. Pick a shift dress with lace detail in a bright, summery colour, pop on your shades, and prepare to feel all kinds of sophisticated.
The trend of the summer, expect to see a fair few off-the-shoulder numbers at any weddings you attend. Lucky for us, there are a multitude of great options to choose from – pick a criss-crossing number, a deep-V design, or wear yours in a floral print.
Choose a drapey texture in a dreamy fabric and you’ll not only look fantastic, you’ll be comfortable all day (and evening) long. Whether you choose to rock the pleated look in a skirt or a dress, the shape hangs perfectly and is incredibly flattering. Spanx need not apply.
Summer might scream colour, but there’s no denying that black and white looks good on every woman. It looks totally classy and will make you pop against all the other colourful dresses there. So don’t be afraid to whip out a fab monochrome look for a wedding – you can even try pairing with a vibrant blazer.