Who doesn’t love getting dressed up to celebrate the nuptials of those we care about? But with sticky August humidity holding strong and early-September heat waves totally plausible, you might have visions of sweaty pits and wrinkled silks in your head. Fret not; this wedding-obsessed gal has been to her fair share of overheated soirees, from vineyard to ballroom, and I’ve got you covered. Well, not too covered; we’ll need to show a little skin in order to keep cool. The best news is that summer styles are starting to go on sale, so we should be able to find you something sexy, sweet, or sophisticated — without your hubby griping at the expense. You’re welcome!
Ditch the belt for the night (but enjoy it by day, for a fashion-forward office look), and dress this one up with some sick black pumps and major jewelry. The soft, floaty fabric will breathe well, and the skirt moves when you do for a fluttery fit. Perfect for dancing the night away. I also love the cap sleeves — not sleeveless, so a bra is totally an option, but this cut also lets your – ahem – pits get some much-needed air. Simple and lovely, perfect for a garden, backyard, or otherwise non-formal wedding. On sale for $69 from an original $129, Anne Klein.
Beachy and beautiful, this belted number is everything you need to impress at a seaside wedding. Yes, it’s a white background, but no need to fear — the bride will have no problem with you sporting this dramatically dyed high-low chiffon. A simple tank construction at the top and loose fit throughout make the frock feel weightless, yet it falls to the knee to keep things grounded. Her sandals are a bit too casual, but stick with metallics for a pop of fun. Silver or gold works with a tie dyed look like this one; carry a coordinated clutch and pack a white cardigan for late-night bonfiring. T Tahari Everleigh belted dress, $138, Nordstrom.
Maxi dresses are notoriously good for outdoor events, especially under the beating sun. If your legs and ankles swell a bit, no one will notice. And despite the extra fabric, a loose construction feels light. When wearing a maxi to a formal affair, I always make sure it’s silk or another evening-appropriate fabric, and features clean, fashion-forward details. The folded sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice, and side slits on this pink silk maxi are perfect for a barn, vineyard, or indoor ballroom affair. Dress up or down depending. A beaded black evening clutch and low heels never hurt anyone. Amanda Uprichard Mimosa strapless pleated maxi dress in Pink Ribbon, on sale for $158 from an original $264, Neiman Marcus.
Spice up the LBD concept with a cutout design that’s at once head-turning and super-chic. The lace panels allow cool-down comfort while a gathered A-line skirt balances out an ever-so-slightly risque top. A dress like this lets you breathe easy, with a classic shape and ladylike details. I actually think her shoes are a great pairing, low and comfortable with the shine of patent to add some interest. Pearls or diamonds work well with this one, as would simple gold jewelry. With a neckline and side cutouts this stunning, you’ll want to keep your baubles classic. Bailey 44 Moonlight in Vermont sleeveless lace illusion cutout dress, $205, Bloomingdales.