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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Floral Dresses

Like zealous botanists in uncharted landscapes, we’re discovering an abundance of unique flora this season. And like anthomanics, we want them all. Flowers are blooming on the season’s best party dresses—it’s a trend as welcome as a surprise bouquet delivery. Petal prints set an enthusiastic and festive tone, no matter the setting or formality of the occasion. For a wedding, especially, there’s no better way to inject beautiful colors into your outfit.

We’ve picked our favorite flowery frocks. See the half-dozen styles, plus what to pair them with this summer on the nuptial circuit.

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

You’re already fully booked—there’s your cousin’s shindig in Santa Barbara, a college pal is getting hitched in Boston, then you’re a date for two other ceremonies this summer. We get it—you’re a popular party guest.

Although your calendar is filled in, what to wear to remains an open question. Whether it’s a swanky brunch, formal dinner or beach drinks, our stylists have seasonal suggestions for wedding dressing. Read on for the right dresses, jumpsuits and men’s suits for the different kinds of nuptials.

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The Dress You Need for All Your Summer Weddings and Events: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

As seen on a swath of celebrities like Margot Robbie, Candice Huffine, Niecy Nash and Caroline Vreeland, Italian fashion designer Chiara Boni’s dresses flatter women of many shapes. Her vibrant and feminine cuts are at once festive and elegant, sexy and appropriate for a variety of occasions and functions. On top of all that, Boni is the originator of a stretch fabric that clings comfortably to curves and angles. Glancing over her website, you’ll see that her professional, wearable and attractive dresses seem to appeal to any number of international female newscasters and reporters. The Boni label is definitely on the rise.

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe runway

All this is to say that Chiara Boni La Petite Robe may be your sartorial savior this summer as you bustle off to weddings, gala events and parties. During such a busy season, deciding what to wear and how to pack it can take up considerable brain space. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax and breathe easy in a wrinkle-free dress that allows you to inhale and eat without worry?

Designer Chiara Boni

We spoke with the elegant Florentine Chiara Boni about her clothes and country, and the numerous celebrities who wear her dresses on red carpets around the world.

WHAT MAKES THESE SUCH SUCCESSFUL DRESSES: READ MORE

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Wedding-Guest Dresses | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? We decided each month we’d find a “real woman”–i.e., of all shapes and sizes–and give her the model treatment. In this new feature, we bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor–she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style–and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot. Meet this month’s featured guest, Kathy Loyola–a new mom who balances a busy work schedule as a content publisher at Microsoft while she and her husband raise their 13-month-old, Lexi, at home. As a petite woman who stands at 5′ 3″ (and a half!), Kathy sometimes feels frustrated not knowing how clothes seen online will look once they’re actually on her.

That’s where we step in, outfitting her in guest-of-wedding dresses to inspire looks that take the stress out of that moment just after that invitation is received. What to wear? What to wear! Read on to get to know Kathy, and see our stylist suggestions for the perfect dress (hint: it’s all about rich, beautiful color) and accessories–no matter the occasion.

MIDNIGHT SHIMMER – Evening Wedding

Wedding Guest Dress Inspiration--Evening Shimmer.Adrianna Papell sequin mesh dress

Wedding Guest Dress Inspiration--Evening Shimmer.

Stuart Weitzman ankle strap sandal | Minaudieres | Stackable rings | Crawler earrings

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On dressing for weddings: “I love that you can really dress to the nines for a wedding! For events like this, my philosophy is that it’s always better to overdress than under.

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Guest Dresses Decoded

It’s wedding season! Decoding those invites and deciding on what wedding-guest dress to wear can be a confusing task at times, so we asked Nordstrom buyer Ashley Woodworth to help us out. She breaks it down in terms that are totally easy to understand, and we’ve provided a range of dress ideas to simplify your decision-making process and get you ready to raise a glass of bubbly and toast to a lifetime of love.

What-to-wear-to-a-summer-weddingNYDJ print dress | Manolo Blahnik pump | Hobo frame clutch

DESTINATION/BEACH WEDDING

This is an obvious but fun one to dress for!

Maxi Dresses: My first thought is a beautiful, flowy maxi, either printed or in a great solid pop color.

A Little Lace: Also pretty would be a crochet or cotton lace style (less serious than cocktail lace). I also love the idea of some of the new halter trapeze shapes we’re seeing, still dressy but short and easy for the beach—bonus that those styles look great with wedges or flat sandals in case you want to change shoes after you get off the beach.

Bold Prints: Depending on the location, you could also do a cool tribal-print shift, turquoise or stone jewelry and gladiator sandals. I’m thinking of Mexico here…

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Floral Laundry by Shelli Segal gown | Eliza J geometric-print maxi dress | Maggy London pleated a-line dress

SHOP: Wedding-Guest Dresses for the Beach

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