The Top Trends For Summer Wedding Dressing

Summer weddings, while by far the most popular on the social calendar, come with major pros–beach weather, flowers in bloom, guests in holiday mode, the list goes on–but aren’t without dressing cons. What’s a bride to wear when the temperatures are sky-high, outdoor ceremonies are a given and sundresses, shorts, swimwear and blousy tops are all you’d pack if you weren’t walking down the aisle? Here, the season’s chicest trends (and solutions) to bridal dressing for the warmest season of the year.

Tropic Thunder

Turn to the warmest climates in the world–and the fashion motifs they inspire–to decipher the coolest ways to give your look a vibrance and a seasonally-appropriate feel. Design elements like ruffles, florals, tiers and flounces have an inherently playful vibe that suits the summertime. Flamenco-style skirts, bare shoulders and peek-a-boo cutouts that highlight your enviable frame will infuse a subtle sex appeal that feels right for high temperatures.

Textural Laces
Chantilly and Alençon laces are fitting year-round, but a more tactile option like corded lace, Guipure or Macrame feels appropos when dressing for summertime. These laces are lighter, whiter and natural in feel, giving them a crisp look that complements beach destinations, garden parties and a vineyard’s leafy surroundings more than any other setting. The tones of these options are anything but soft ivory, which tends to suit in the colder months or during a romantic spring ceremony. Accent these textures with a bouquet of blooms that speaks to their bold shapes and movement–like a clutch of wildflowers, lily of the valley or frothy peonies and dahlias.

Slouchy Fits
When temperatures rise, the need for fitted gowns falls. Skip a sexy silhouette and opt for anything blouson, empire-waisted and oversized–designed with a deft hand for shape and drape to flatter your figure without being form-fitting. For the girl that’s anything but girly, this is the gown style to go for–and it works best in warm weather, where comfort is key. Expert tip: surprise your guests by sporting this look for the rehearsal dinner or reception, then shock the crowd with a more glamorous look afterward.

Beach Redux
The beach bride is an archetype long associated with gauzy fabrics, easy silhouettes and effortlessness–but this season’s ceremony on the shore seems more aligned with delicate appliqués, intricate details, fine laces and chic minis. Opt for something out of the box when you consider how to infuse bohemia into your bridal wardrobe–your guests will expect a low-key slip in draped chiffon…surprise them.

Color Theory
In bridal, ivory, white and alabaster reign supreme–but of all seasons, this is the time to take a risk on color. Choose soft pinks, pastel floral prints, butter yellow, something soft blue and pistachio greens for a look that feels fresh in the months where everything is in bloom.

Cold Shoulder
Strapless used to reign supreme, and then off-the-shoulder made its debut; but now this neckline has proved it’s going nowhere anytime soon. Add interest to a classic shoulder-bearer with ruffled, off-shoulder sleeves or a cut-out version that still feels fresh. During the months where you want to feel anything but covered-up, this is the happy medium between a basic strapless gown and anything with sleeves.

Summer Dresses for Different Body Types

Gul Chiffon Helt Hals A-linje Sweep/Brush Train GallakjolerWith the summer season in bloom, women are hoping to slip into those delightful summer dresses they dreamt about all winter. With so many lovely styles to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to wear this summer. By choosing a style that complements your body type, you can look your best and feel confident knowing how great you look in your summer dress.

V-Neckline Dresses

Dresses that boast V-necklines are ideal for women with large busts because this style elongates the torso. For this reason, even petite women look good in v-neck styles because the style makes them appear taller. Some women will still need a supportive bra to look their best in their v-neck dresses. No matter what your chest size, it’s a good idea to get professionally fit so you can procure the right bra to complement your summer wardrobe.

Long, Flowing Dresses

Women that have straight bodies without noticeable curves will find that long, flowing dresses enhance their shapes beautifully. The airy nature of the fabric provides a soft contrast to the straight shape of the body. The swirls and flow of the fabric will also soften the overall effect and make for an elegant vision. These dresses come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Shift Dresses

Women that tend to be heavy in the middle such as apple shapes look great in shift styles. The shift won’t cling to the middle, but it will still create a lovely silhouette. This style adds some definition and structure for apple shapes and is also a timeless garment that never goes out of style. Shift dresses pair well with flats or heels. Add some unique accessories to spruce up this great style of dress.

Off-the-Shoulder Dresses

Off-the-shoulder dresses are romantic and fun-loving for the summer. Pear-shaped women definitely look great in this style as it removes the emphasis from their hips and draws the attention up to their shoulders. Petite women also find this style flattering and feminine. These dresses come in both long and short styles. Pair them with a great necklace for a captivating look.


Tall women look particularly striking in maxi-dresses. This timeless style is both romantic and sexy. Bold colors like red and blue are going to be popular this summer. Add some eye-catching metallic jewels to ramp up your wow factor. Petite women might want to steer clear of this style as it can make them look smaller due to the large expanse of fabric (Source: “Summer Dresses for Every Style, Body Type or Budget”, Huffingtonpost).

Ruffle-Top Dresses

Ruffles are frilly, fun, and feminine. They are perfect for women with small chests as they add volume and create dimension. Again, the right bra can also help create a smart look. You can choose a lightweight style in a summery color that will complement your summer wardrobe.