Summer Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas for Men and Women
Wedding season is upon us and although weddings this summer may look a little different than we’re used to, choosing the perfect guest outfit is still a very important part of the big day. Dressing for a summer wedding can be tricky. You want something cool and comfortable that also fits in with the theme, the venue and the colour scheme, too. Oftentimes, a dress code will be specified on the invitation to indicate whether it’s a formal or more casual affair, which will greatly help in finding an outfit.
The key to finding a great wedding outfit is to find something that’s versatile, timeless and can be worn on multiple different occasions. Investing in a high-quality outfit that can be dressed up to wear to weddings or dressed down for a picnic in the park is the ideal scenario. Plus, it’s much more sustainable too as you’ll be keeping the cost per wear low.
To help you achieve your goal of being the best-dressed guest, we’ve compiled a list of wedding outfit ideas for all types of summer weddings. From beach weddings to more traditional ceremonies, we’ve got you covered in our guide.
Beach Summer Wedding Outfits
Beach weddings are the most casual summer weddings. But, that doesn’t mean you can turn up wearing a pair of jean shorts or a revealing beach dress. Smart casual is the best attire for this type of wedding. A colourful or patterned maxi dress paired with a pair of comfortable yet stylish sandals would be a perfect choice. Light, flowy and easy to wear, maxi dresses are fuss-free and will fit in well with a summer wedding. They can also be worn over and over again either as everyday wear or for more special occasions.
For men, lightweight slacks or chinos with a button-down shirt and a formal jacket or blazer for the ceremony is a great option that will keep you feeling cool, comfortable and still wedding appropriate. You can also try a linen suit in a pastel or neutral colour for a smart, sophisticated look.
Country Summer Wedding Outfits
Typically, country summer weddings are simple and understated rather than full glitz and glamour, so it’s probably best to stay away from outfits featuring a lot of sparkles. Floral prints are always a winner for a country wedding! A-line dresses, midi dresses and boho-style outfits will work very well in a country setting. We’d recommend avoiding maxi dresses and heels as chances are, you may need to walk over grass or dirt at some point and the last thing you want is the bottom of your dress getting muddy.
When it comes to men’s outfits for a country wedding, opt for lighter coloured suits rather than black or grey which could look too formal and out of place. Definitely leave the tux at home! Cotton, linen or tweed in tan, brown, green, blue or even cream are the best choices for a country wedding. If you want to go that extra step, adding a bow tie or suspenders will add a rustic vibe to your outfit.
Vintage Summer Wedding Outfits
Vintage weddings are very popular right now with their old Hollywood glamour, traditional styles and charming decor. Shopping for a vintage summer wedding outfit may seem difficult at first, but, luckily, a lot of the classic styles are back in trend. For vintage weddings, you can’t go wrong with delicate lace dresses in colours such as lilac, pale pink, yellow, pale blue or green that radiate femininity. Midi-length dresses where the hem finished between the knee and the ankle is ideal for this style especially when worn with a gorgeous pair of heels.
Men will be able to forgo the formal suit jacket and instead opt for a suit vest over a shirt. Whether it’s plain or patterned, this look is very popular for vintage weddings. A button-up vest is the best choice and double-breasted would look very dapper. While matching looks were in style in the 1920s and 1930s, contrasting trousers were favoured in the 1940s and 1950s.
Traditional Summer Wedding Outfits
If you’ve been invited to a traditional summer wedding then it’s time to go formal. Elegant, sophisticated and polished styles are what you should be looking for. Midi style dresses that are a little more structured and in block colours and minimal print are best. Revealing, sheer and above the knee dresses should definitely be avoided. Keep it classy and simple and paired with your best stilettos. While black is acceptable, you should brighten it up with some colour. It’s a celebration after all! If you are really drawn to darker hues, choose a navy or a dark green instead.
A classic suit that looks sharp and sleek ticks all the boxes for a traditional summer wedding. While you may be able to get away with a suit in a lighter colour for summer, traditionally, black or navy suits are more appropriate for black tie events. A bow tie or necktie will also be required and ensure your shoes are either black patent leather or loafers. While you’ll need to look your best, you shouldn’t try to upstage the bride or groom so keep it understated and smart yet still stylish.
The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Wedding Guest Outfits
It’s easy to make a fashion faux pas when it comes to shopping for a wedding outfit and the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable or have all eyes on you. So, follow our dos and don’ts of summer wedding guest outfits below to ensure you don’t make any mistakes.
- Consider the dress code.
- Consider the location.
- Check the weather.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Ask friends what they’re wearing.
- Find out the bridesmaid colours and avoid them.
- Wear white or ivory (unless the bride has specified otherwise) as it can be very disrespectful.
- Wear anything sheer or revealing.
- Wear trainers.
- Go over the top.
- Wear jeans.
- Ask the bride and groom for advice (they’ve likely got more important things to handle).
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