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Crack the Dress Code for Summer Weddings

Posted: 08/05/2013 8:42 pm

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!

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  • Dress Code: Gatsby Black Tie

    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: <a href="" target="_hplink">Baumbirdy for Wedding Paper Divas</a> Gown: <a href="" target="_hplink">Jason Wu</a> Bracelet: <a href="" target="_hplink">Elizabeth Cole</a> Clutch: <a href=",default,pd.html?cgid=womens-clutch&index=40" target="_hplink">Fendi</a> Shoes: <a href="" target="_hplink">Manolo Blahnik</a> Earrings: <a href="" target="_hplink">Ben Amun</a>

  • Dress Code: Rustic Elegance

    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: <a href="" target="_hplink">Jill Smith Design for Wedding Paper Divas</a> Dress: <a href="" target="_hplink">Nina Ricci</a> Earrings: <a href="" target="_hplink">Bijoux Heart</a> Bracelet: <a href="" target="_hplink">Alexis Bittar</a> Shoes: <a href="" target="_hplink">Jimmy Choo</a> Clutch: <a href="" target="_hplink">Charlotte Olympia</a>

  • Dress Code: Classic Cocktail

    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: <a href="" target="_hplink">Lady Jae for Wedding Paper Divas</a> Dress: <a href="" target="_hplink">Vivienne Westwood Anglomania</a> Clutch: <a href="" target="_hplink">Salvatore Ferragamo</a> Shoes:<a href="" target="_hplink"> Jimmy Choo</a> Ring:<a href="" target="_hplink"> Erickson Beamon</a> Earrings:<a href="" target="_hplink"> Ippolita</a>

  • Dress Code: Picnic Chic

    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: <a href="" target="_hplink">Wiley Valentine for Wedding Paper Divas</a> Dress: <a href="" target="_hplink">Oscar de la Renta</a> Earrings: <a href="" target="_hplink">Ippolita</a> Clutch: <a href="" target="_hplink">Bottega Veneta</a> Shoes: <a href="" target="_hplink">Charlotte Olympia</a> Necklace: <a href="" target="_hplink">Jennifer Miller</a>

  • Dress Code: Romantic Formal

    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: <a href="" target="_hplink">Coloring Cricket for Wedding Paper Divas</a> Gown: <a href="" target="_hplink">Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti</a> Earrings: <a href="" target="_hplink">Herve Van Der Straeten</a> Clutch: <a href="" target="_hplink">Kotur</a> Shoes: <a href="" target="_hplink">Manolo Blahnik</a> Necklace: <a href="" target="_hplink">Bijoux Heart</a>

  • Dress Code: California Casual

    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: <a href="" target="_hplink">Sycamore Street Press for Wedding Paper Divas </a> Dress: <a href="" target="_hplink">Tibi</a> Earrings: <a href="" target="_hplink">Jennifer Miller</a> Clutch:<a href="" target="_hplink"> Rafe</a> Shoes:<a href="" target="_hplink"> Jimmy Choo</a> Bangles: <a href="" target="_hplink">Ashley Pittman</a>

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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