This Season's Best Dresses for Any Wedding
August 3, 2016
Because weddings should be joyful days, not fashion minefields, here’s The Mall at Millenia’s etiquette-approved guide to wedding-season style. No red, white, or black in sight!
For a formal event, it’s best to stick to a long gown or a dressy cocktail dress. We love Anthropologie’s ultra-romantic Brisa gown; Thora, BCBG Max Azria’s floor-skimming, fluid-draping turquoise gown, and Monique Lhuillier’s pretty coral-pink cocktail dress with an elegantly on-trend high-low lace hem, available at Bloomingdale’s.
For semiformal events, it’s cocktail dresses all the way. Darker options work well for evenings, while brighter colors are best for afternoon nuptials. Check out Banana Republic’s ethereal sleeveless tie-neck number, J. Crew’s tiered dress in sunny Austrian lace, and Ann Taylor’s luscious leaf-printed Amalfi halter dress.
At hip weddings, you can go for edgier cuts, colors, and textures — like All Saints’ loose-fitting silk dress in mauve pink. See also Banana Republic’s long-sleeve print romper — dress up with heels and gold jewelry — and H&M’s tiered, pleated dress in trendy mustard yellow.
A beach wedding is the time to delight in your best boho threads. Allow us to recommend Lilly Pulitzer’s Sienna maxi dress, in the prettiest haze of pink chiffon and metallic accents; Gottex’s gloriously embellished Nefertiti shift dress, from Everything But Water; and Lucky Brand Jeans’ pretty yet low-key maxi dress in embroidered navy.
Skipping the ceremony and heading straight to the party is the perfect excuse to wear something a little more glam. Be the hit of the dance floor in Tory Burch’s Justine dress, an almost liquid vision in color-blocked sequins inspired by landscape art; Forever 21’s plunge-necked, high-low hemmed Leslie Selfie number; or a duck-egg-blue plunging halter dress from Urban Outfitters.