Floral Frocks and Neon: Warm Weather Wedding Fashion
by Holly Hammond
In fashion, spring and summer are the seasons to shed those extra layers and dress lighter, and the same is true for warmer weather wedding styles. You still need to respect the dress code when dressing for such occasions and choose items that are appropriate for formal or casual gatherings. As a general rule, remember to save sequins, highly embellished outfits and traditional tuxedos for evening weddings and skip the flip flops and mini dresses even if the wedding is super casual.
Go with the Flow
Lace and other feminine details are definitely in this year, so it should be easy to find a wedding-worthy dress everywhere from discount stores to fashionable boutiques. Brides on a budget should skip the traditional wedding shops and look for bridesmaid’s dresses in their favorite fashion outlets. For a casual daytime wedding consider a tiered shift dress with flowing lace or a maxi-length sundress in light colors like green or pink. If you have a fabulous blouse but aren’t sure what to pair it with, select a simple A-line skirt that won’t detract from the details. Make the look more or less casual by adjusting the hemline.
Married to the Trend
Color blocking, preppy details, floral prints and neon colors are trending this year, and you can rock any of those looks as a wedding guest. Peplum skirts and dresses with floral print are easy picks for wedding attire, but those eye-popping neons might be harder to pull off and still look wedding chic. Select less acerbic shades like tangerine and raspberry if your heart is set on neon. Pair them with nude shades to avoid looking garishly bright.
Accessories to the Bride
Matching the right accessories to your outfit can make or break a look. A striking statement piece like an oversized bejeweled necklace is perfect for an evening wedding but may be too much for daytime. Pair it with a simple dress in a solid color to let the statement be heard. As a general rule, bold jewelry should be combined with simple, streamlined clothing, and subtle accessories are best worn with prints or clothing with lots of detail.
A Sharp-Dressed Man
Men can lighten up their look for a warm weather wedding too. For a casual wedding, consider wearing a light gray suit or pairing a light blue sports jacket with khaki pants for a trendier, preppy look. A tie in a light color such as peach, ivory or yellow can freshen up the same old suit. If the wedding is daytime-casual, gentleman can skip the suit all together and layer a dress shirt under a light cashmere sweater or a linen jacket.
Dressing for a warm weather wedding means striking a balance between being weather and wedding appropriate. Always remember to bring a lightweight cardigan or silk pashmina to keep warm after the sun goes down. Select a cover-up in a neutral or light pastel color and you’ll be able to wear it without almost any outfit all spring and summer. The most important element when choosing wedding attire is to be comfortable and be yourself. Playing with spring fashion will let you express your personality while still looking fresh and in style for the big event.