4 Sophisticated Looks for Every Type of Summer Wedding

Achieve peak wedding guest style with these unique outfits.
Last Updated
May 24, 2022

In partnership with our friends at Neiman Marcus.

After two years of postponed ceremonies, wedding season is back like we’ve never seen it before. The next few months are looking exceptionally festive, and according to a report published in Reuters, the U.S. is planning around 2.5 million weddings in 2022 (the most since 1984). With countless invitations rolling in, we’re planning our looks for all kinds of nuptials, from farmhouse-chic celebrations to seaside vows and black-tie destination weddings. Wondering what to wear to the next big day on your list? We scoped out the wedding shop at Neiman Marcus and created four designer looks for popular summer settings ahead.


For New England Seaside Nuptials

Embrace the enchanting scenery of New England’s shoreline in this curve-hugging gown by Silvia Tcherassi. Its gentle ombre pattern mirrors the sky at sunset, while the chic cut-outs show off just the right amount of skin. If you prefer a more classic ensemble, opt for a lilac midi dress (like this one by Alice + Olivia) with a nipped-in waist and voluminous skirt that won’t get sandy at the hem. Style with Bottega Veneta’s shell-adorned top handle bag, neutral heels, and delicate accessories.


For a Big-City Ceremony

Metropolitan weddings are typically over-the-top affairs that are just as much about being seen as they are about celebrating. This is the moment to break out your boldest silhouettes and brightest colors, put on your special-occasion stilettos (we suggest Jimmy Choos), and carry it all off with a statement bag. For maximum impact, step out in Alex Perry’s strapless jumpsuit, cinched with an unmistakable Valentino Garavani belt. Finish with tonal, on-brand accessories, like Valentino’s pink wool and leather Roman Stud Top Handle Bag and a gold V-logo brass barrette. 


For Vineyard Vows

Love, style, nature, wine—vineyard weddings are the absolute best. Lean into the charming country atmosphere with a lacey frock in a sunny shade, like this midi dress by Oscar de la Renta. Its belted silhouette is undoubtedly sophisticated, but easy to style up or down depending on the dress code: when the invite calls for “farmhouse chic,” wear it with a straw hat and a pair of raffia platforms; for a more formal look, add pearl earrings, a silk headband, and a matching clutch by Bottega Veneta.


For a Tropical Destination Wedding

The perfect marriage between a wedding and a vacation, destination ceremonies are an opportunity to go all-out. Express yourself in Cinq á Sept’s sensational one-shoulder gown—its vivid clementine color summons visions of palm trees and juicy beach cocktails, while the fluid crepe material begs to be taken for a spin on the dance floor. Add a pair of Alexandre Birman’s woven sandals, a cheeky anklet, and a bamboo crossbody bag to pull off the vacation vibe.

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