What to Wear to a July/Summer Wedding

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“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday.”

20 cool points if you can name the movie that quote comes from (hint, it is my FAVORITE movie ever)…

Ahhhh summer, the season for endless marriage (or mawage) ceremonies and wedding invites! It seems every summer for the past few years, our calendar has been full of summertime weddings. This year, we just had one summer wedding to attend, and this is EXACTLY what I wore.

I find it SO challenging to find appropriate wedding attire….is anyone else in this boat. I don’t want to look like I just rolled out of bed and looking like a schmuck, but I also don’t want to be wearing a ballgown and looking like I’m trying to upstage the bride.

Plus, I feel like any more (at least in the Midwest), no one is putting down what the expected wedding attire is.

Is this beach formal? Black tie? White tie? Dressy casual?*

So my simple advice for what to wear to a wedding in the summer? Stick to a solid colored (but not white…duh) or simply patterned dress (stripes, gingham, florals, polka dots…mine are flowers that look like polka dots!) paired with one basic accessory (my thin black belt) and one statement accessory (like a statement necklace or bold earrings or a quirky clutch).

And don’t forget to wear heels or flats that you can walk AND dance in. Because what’s a wedding without campy dances?

Oh, and delicious cake. Don’t forget the cake.

*If you have no idea what I’m talking about…The Knot has you covered here.

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  • Kim

    the princess bride??

  • Minnie Muse

    Ahhh……”The Princess Bride” I LOVE that movie! I have a full summer of weddings (7 to be exact) and finding something to wear is a challenge at times. I absolutely love this combo for the wedding you attended.
    -Madison
    http://www.minniemuseblog.com