While weddings have come to be an inevitable part of the summer social calendar, this year, wedding guests are facing a new challenge.
A recent trend has brides and grooms prescribing unique and quirky dress codes, leaving guests scratching their heads and asking the dreaded question, "What am I going to wear?"
We've put together a few favorite looks for some of the more popular, yet unconventional, attire requests seen on wedding invitations this summer, demystifying those dress codes that leave you clueless.
Follow this breezy style advice and you are sure to look your best -- whatever the dress code!
A black tie wedding with a period theme is the time to go all out with glitz and glamour. This dramatic, deco-inspired gown is perfect—just be sure to pair it with clean, simple accessories to let the dress be the star. Invitation: Baumbirdy for Wedding Paper Divas Gown: Jason Wu Bracelet: Elizabeth Cole Clutch: Fendi Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Earrings: Ben Amun
If an invitation specifies a dress code that’s “bohemian” or “rustic”, think muted colors and whimsical accessories. This soft, draped gown looks ultra-romantic with delicate but ornate jewelry. Invitation: Jill Smith Design for Wedding Paper Divas Dress: Nina Ricci Earrings: Bijoux Heart Bracelet: Alexis Bittar Shoes: Jimmy Choo Clutch: Charlotte Olympia
You’ll want clean lines, classic colors, and just a touch of sparkle for this wedding. An elegant cocktail dress in flattering navy looks simple—but definitely not boring!—with silver accents and an over-sized cocktail ring. Invitation: Lady Jae for Wedding Paper Divas Dress: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Clutch: Salvatore Ferragamo Shoes: Jimmy Choo Ring: Erickson Beamon Earrings: Ippolita
For a nature themed wedding, choose a comfortable and light ensemble that still feels special. This pretty, feminine dress and floral wedges are perfect for being outdoors—just add simple jewelry and a woven clutch for picnic-inspired elegance. Invitation: Wiley Valentine for Wedding Paper Divas Dress: Oscar de la Renta Earrings: Ippolita Clutch: Bottega Veneta Shoes: Charlotte Olympia Necklace: Jennifer Miller
For a formal wedding, you’re not required to wear a floor-length gown, but this sweeping dress, with its bold color and ruffles feels right with the romantic, artsy invitation. A combination of statement and simple gold accessories add just the right touches of shimmer. Invitation: Coloring Cricket for Wedding Paper Divas Gown: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Earrings: Herve Van Der Straeten Clutch: Kotur Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Necklace: Bijoux Heart
A casual wedding means the dress code is laid-back, but you should still look polished and festive. Pair a relaxed dress in a bright color with earth-toned accessories and an armful of bangles for that California cool girl look. Invitation: Sycamore Street Press for Wedding Paper Divas Dress: Tibi Earrings: Jennifer Miller Clutch: Rafe Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bangles: Ashley Pittman
For nine years, Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride, has cultivated an expertise in all there is to know about wedding-related fashion and shopping in New York City. Julie is the innovator behind the industry of "Wedding Fashion Styling."
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