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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.

Afternoon Ceremony

Wedding guest

A block heel and a floral frock are right on trend this summer, as are peachy and citrus hues. On Rachel: Charles Henry cold shoulder blouson dress | Gorjana Arc hoop earringArgento Vivo disc ring |  Glint metallic faux cork clutch | Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude ankle strap sandal

Wedding guest

If you’re wearing a vest, feel free to take off your jacket: You’ll still look slick. Fancy sneakers look great with suits and will keep you comfortable into the evening. On Carson: Hart Schaffner Marx suit | Hugo Boss sharp fit dress shirt | Ted Baker London textured linen & silk tie | Nordstrom Men’s Shop pocket square | J SHOES Novello wingtip sneaker.

Wedding guest

Don’t disregard pants. For a midday soiree, a wide-leg trouser looks chic and neat. On Madison: Halogen® one-shoulder cotton poplin top | Diane von Furstenberg Campbell print wide leg pants  | Jenny Bird large icon hoop earrings | Steve Madden Kapri sandal.

A Formal Affair

Wedding guest

A formal event doesn’t require forgoing the fun—or the color. Pretty midis and sleek suits go from cocktail hour to the dance floor with ease.

Wedding guest

On Madison: similar style Topshop dress | similar style Oscar de la Renta earring | Nadri metal bangle | Glint Sparkle Bar clutch | Stuart Weitzman simple ankle strap sandal.

Wedding guest

Wedding guest

On Rachel: Chelsea28 floral faux wrap dress | Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings | Whiting & Davis mesh fold-over clutch | Steve Madden Carrson sandal.

Wedding guestOn Carson: Hart Schaffner Marx suit | Bonobos Jetsetter slim fit dress shirt | Hugo Boss geometric silk tie | Nordstrom Men’s Shop pocket square | To Boot New York Brandon cap toe oxford.

Outdoor Party

Wedding guestColorful floral patterns will stand out among the more muted wedding attire. Pair your dress or jumpsuit with a block heel or flat to ensure you stay steady on your feet no matter the terrain.

Wedding guest

On Madison: similar floral dress | kate spade new york citrus crush ear crawler | kate spade new york cameron street perforated leather bag | Steve Madden Kapri sandal.

Wedding guest

On Rachel: 19 Cooper strapless culotte jumpsuit | Elizabeth and James Flint stud earrings | BP. bar charm necklace | Glint straw minaudière | Dolce Vita Rilee slide

Wedding guest

SHOP: suits | wedding-guest dresses

Models: Madison Asher, Rachel Carter and Carson McCord
Stylists: Brenna Carlson and Morgan Dillon
Hair and makeup: Zoe Hoffman
Photography: Elizabeth Podlesnik
Copy and art direction: Britt Burritt

  • Britt Burritt July 19, 2017, 10:04 am

    Of course, Lisa F! That’s a Topshop dress. I’m also searching for it and will update the post if it returns online. Again, sorry it sold out so quickly. It is indeed lovely!

  • Lisa F July 18, 2017, 4:32 pm

    Would you be able to tell us the maker of the Red dress so that we can easily search for it in case it comes back in stock? Thanks!

  • Lisab July 16, 2017, 7:18 pm

    I hate to be repetitious but I concur that it is ridiculous for a retailer to direct customers to a “similar style” dress when it pictures another. From the comments It seems Nordstrom is upsetting quite a few customers with this marketing. If they were sold out of featured items, they should not have blasted this out.

  • liza July 15, 2017, 10:06 am

    In the afternoon ceremony, 3rd picture model is wearing a Halogen one shoulder top. I particularly like the floral pants but when I clicked on the link its not showing the floral pants. Can you please provide me the information.

  • Britt Burritt July 14, 2017, 10:30 am

    Hi Angia, That was the Chelsea28 navy watercolor print dress. We’re hoping it comes back in stock!

  • Britt Burritt July 14, 2017, 10:26 am

    Hi Deb! That dress sold out very quickly. Sorry to disappoint you. There are plenty of other dresses on our site. Please check back.

  • Angia July 14, 2017, 2:37 am

    Hello,
    Can you please tell me the name of the particular dress Rachel is wearing and the designer? I was directed to a similar dress, but the dress she is wearing is the one I want.
    Thank you.

  • Lauren July 13, 2017, 10:33 pm

    While I was originally excited to shop the looks I found it odd and frankly very disappointing that the majority f dresses you showed we couldn’t buy but were “replaced” with sub par alternates in style, cut, and print. I do not think this is the Nordstrom standard and very misleading.

  • Deb Brooks July 13, 2017, 6:10 pm

    The red dress is amazing! Why is it shown and not offered?

  • Britt Burritt July 13, 2017, 2:43 pm

    Hi Julie! You could also try this one: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/topshop-belted-midi-dress/4695649

    Sorry we sold out of it so fast.

  • Britt Burritt July 13, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Hi Kim, The shoe is in rose gold and the clutch is in silver, which we seem to be out of now. There is a gunmetal.

  • Julie July 12, 2017, 5:16 pm

    I so wanted that red dress but the one from the link is not the same dress. Do you sell the dress in the picture? I don’t want asymmetric.

  • Kim July 12, 2017, 4:41 pm

    Hi! Can you please provide the color of the Steve Madden Carrson sandal as well as the clutch Rachel is wearing? The clutch does not look mesh in the photo. Can you please call out what that fabric is?
    Thank you!

  • Britt Burritt July 12, 2017, 9:10 am

    H Lauren! We also sold out of that Chelsea28 style rather quickly. Certainly check back. It’s a style we revisit. Super cute. I’ll try to keep an eye out for you too!

  • Lauren July 11, 2017, 8:52 pm

    Similar to Macy’s comment, did you carry Rachel’s blue print dress which is being replaced by a Chelsea28 dress? If so, will you please notify me if you get any more in stock?

  • Britt Burritt July 10, 2017, 1:53 pm

    Hi Marcy, We did carry that dress. It just sold out, unfortunately. We’re hoping to get more in stock soon! Thanks for your comment.

  • Marcy July 10, 2017, 11:18 am

    The allegedly similar style to red dress on Madison-not even close.
    Even if you find it similar, why would you advertise on Nordstrom using a dress you don’t carry?!? Disappointing .

  • A July 10, 2017, 10:58 am

    What kind of undergarment would you wear with the red dress? The neckline is so pretty but I would think you would see most braziers. Would you just use adhesive?

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