No matter how many weddings you’ve been to in your life, there’s always at least a bit of excitement when you get that Save the Date in the mail. You get to dance, drink if you choose, spend time with loved ones, shop for wedding guest dresses—and maybe even get a night away from the kiddos.
But once the initial excitement starts to wear away, you might start to stress. There are babysitters, travel, and family dynamics to consider… but to me, one of the hardest things to figure out is what to wear. There are wedding dress codes, and they can get confusing. What’s the difference between formal and semi-formal? What does black tie optional mean?
To take some of the stress out of your already busy life, we’ve rounded up the best dresses to wear to weddings this spring and summer, broken down by dress code (with maternity options as well!). We’ve also included some of our favorite bags, shoes, and even shapewear and undergarments. Keep scrolling for your one-stop shop for all the weddings you’re attending this year:
Casual & Semi-Formal
Who doesn’t love a dress that can be dressed up or dressed down? From statement colors to fun floral patterns, you can’t go wrong with any of these dresses. Our top picks for casual and semi-formal dress codes are not just ideal for wedding season, but they also double as great options for other special occasions. And if you’re wondering how to amp up your outfit, accessorize with our shoe and purse suggestions below!
Cocktail & Formal
Weddings are the perfect excuse to splurge on a fancy dress that you will have in your wardrobe for years to come. Treat yourself to any of these stunning cocktail and formal dresses that will have you glowing from the inside out. With fun patterns and colors to sort through, our selections are great for any outdoor (or indoor) spring and summer wedding. Plus, there’s options for the moms that prefer maxi, midi, or something in-between.
Black Tie Optional & Black Tie
The idea of dressing up for a black tie occasion seems exciting at first, but deciding what to wear (and color coordinating with your significant other) can be difficult. Let us make the process a bit easier for you with our top choices for black tie and black tie optional attire. A black tie wedding in the summer can be hard to shop for, so we scoured the internet for looks that are sophisticated yet sexy—but are also colorful enough for the spring and summer seasons.
While you’re dancing the night away, the last thing you want to deal with are your feet hurting (although that is an indicator you’re having fun). But you don’t have to sacrifice looks for comfort with our top shoe finds. Opt for neutral-colored heels, wedges, and sandals that you can wear for any event. And to the moms who love an accent color, we’ve got you covered, too.
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’d say bags are a close second. Whether you’re a crossbody, clutch, or tote gal—we can all agree that a purse can tie together the entire look. Inspired by spring and summertime, we have picks that are great for those that love vibrant colors, neutrals, sparkle, or fun textures. Regardless of what purse you choose, your bag will be the ultimate statement piece.
Shapewear & Undergarments
The most important thing about picking out an outfit is how confident you feel wearing it. With our shapewear and undergarment solutions, you’ll be able to rock any ‘fit with added comfort and compression. Meant for every body type, these pieces will have you feeling good (in all the right places), and there’s options that are perfect for any dress style—because the last thing you want to be doing at a wedding is adjusting your outfit all night long.