Warm-weather may tempt wedding guests to opt for a more casual looks, but these chic and breezy styles will having you looking great without upstaging the bride.
Wedding season will be here in a matter of weeks and if you’re fashion minded or just a type-A planner, your mind is likely already buzzing thinking about what to wear to all of the events popping up on your calendar. Dressing for a wedding can be tricky, so we’ve gathered five of the biggest dress trends that range in price point from $50 to $340.
Some may think lace is a wedding don’t, but as long as you stay away from white or anything super pale it’s a romantic fabric that will fit right in at any wedding. If all over lace is too much for you, look for dresses that only use lace as a decorative detail.
This lace dress shows a little skin, but the silhouette makes it feel modest enough to wear to a wedding.
Case grande dress, $340, papercrown.com.
This bold magenta hue looks great on all skin tones while the handkerchief hem on this dress looks flattering on many different silhouette and shapes.
Michel Studio Handkerchief Dress, $148, additionelle.com.
Nothing flatters a body quite like a fit-and-flare, it’s an especially perfect shape if you’re petite. This bold tangerine colour paired with a hint of lace on the bodice gives you just enough drama for a special occasion, without being too showy.
Lace trim flare dress, $223, anntaylor.com.
If you’re after a little more coverage on your arms, but still want something breezy, this vintage style lace dress may be the one for you. The eyelash lace is elegant and romantic and just the frock for a fancy affair.
Eyelash lace shift dress in plum, $72, chicwish.com.
If you're after a pretty print this summer, a floral stamped dress is always a good idea. Look for an eye-popping bouquet of florals, from a graphic party dress to watercolour prints on something flowy, flowers fit right in come wedding season.
The flowers on this fit and flare dress are beautiful and romantic—everything a wedding ensemble should be.
Chi Chi London Plus Floral, $129, asos.com.
If you crave black, but know that an LBD is a "no no" come summer wedding season try a moody floral with a black background.
Cold shoulder flare dress, $50, dynamiteclothing.com.
This flattering halter-style bodice emphasize the smallest part of your waist. The watercolour maxi can easily be dressed up for a black tie event or dressed down for something less formal.
Floral print halter maxi dress, $220, nordstrom.com.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional floral print try this whimsical version with foes and bunnies peppered in. A great style for an outdoor wedding.
Reed garden fluted sleeve dress, $209, anntaylor.com.
Big, little or micro, pleats returned to the fashion fold this season. This fabric-creasing technique has evolved beyond plaid school girl skirts and looks beautiful on midi and maxi length dresses and gowns.
The slight drop-waist silhouette on this Aritzia dress is classic and modern all at once.
Wilfred ‘Beaune’ dress, $185, aritzia.com.
This optimistic hue is tempered with the help of the subtle pleating. The relaxed scoop bodice pares nicely with the midi length.
Pleated chiffon maxi dress, $75, torrid.com.
Ballet slipper pink satin pared with a flirty v-neck bodice and knife-pleated a-line moves beautiful with every step. Bow back pleated satin gown, $133, nordstrom.com.
The boat neck lace bodice and pleating on the skirt play nice on this powder blue gown.
Maxi dress with lace bodice, $99, hm.com/ca.
Sparkle, shine, repeat!
Metallic tinged fabrics and dresses peppered with sequins shouldn’t be saved for winter weddings. The right cut, shape and silhouette makes all the difference when introducing sparkle—nothing too tight, short or low-cut.
Shine on the dance floor in a radiant gold sequined dress.
Studio long sleeve sequin wrap dress, $150, eloquii.com.
This fitted cut out sleeve midi dress has a subtle dusting of sparkle, so it can easily transition from a wedding to the office.
Topshop metallic tinsel cold-shoulder dress, $90, thebay.com.
Saks Fifth Avenue
This plunging v-neckline pared with a lustrous metallic fabric is a fine balance of a little bit risky and sophistication.
Alberto Makali Metallic v-back sheath dress, $325, saksfifthavenue.com.
These high-shine rose gold sequins sparkle on this darted bodice flaring mermaid maxi. Keep hair simple and effortlessly tousled, minimal accessories are key because this dress is statement enough.
My Muse rose gold sequin maxi dress, $96, lulus.com.
Bold and the beautiful
The statement sleeve is back and bolder than ever for summer, especially in the party dresses dress category. From bell-shaped, extra-long balloon and cold-shoulder these attention grabbing sleeves are bigger than ever, and flatter women of all ages and sizes.
Fitted on the shoulder and flaring out wide toward the wrist, the bell sleeve is less bohemian and way more modern. We the detail paired with this fabulous fuchsia jewel down frock.
Studio flare sleeve dress, $100, eloquii.com.
Perfect for women who like to bare a little less skin than the popular off-the-shoulder sleeve the cold-shoulder is effortless and chic. We love the cut-out detail teamed up with a playful polka-dot—perfect to ware to a casual wedding.
Dot print knit cold-shoulder dress, $140, lechateau.com.
Charm away at an upcoming summer wedding wearing this sunny dress with bell sleeves.
Dress with frilled sleeves, $50, zara.com.
A classic sheath shape is modernized with the help of these delicate flounced sleeves. The subtle ruffle detail and the embossed floral pattern creates a elegant yet feminine dress.
Metals flounce sleeve dress, $159, talbots.com.