What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Have wedding invites just flooding in for this summer? Don’t fret! We’re here to decode the dress code with stylist dresses you can rent from RentTheRunway.com!

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The invite says: “White-tie”

This is basically the end-all-be-all of formality. You are going to want to go all out. Put on the dressiest thing you own and make sure it is floor-length. Imagine this as your red-carpet Oscar moment.

Gown by Temperley of London

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The invite says: “Black-tie”

Translation: get gussied up in a fancy gown. Black tie is the next step down in formal wear after white-tie. If you have a floor-grazing gown, you should definitely wear it. Only have a knee-length gown? One in a jewel tone or darker shade would work best. Don’t even think about wearing a mini.

Gown by Vera Wang

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The invite says: “Cocktail”

Slightly less formal than black-tie, most women will be wearing knee-length gowns in rich colors or black. However, if you want to wear a longer dress, you’ll fit right in as well. The only rule is to make sure you wear something on the dressy side.

Dress by Lela Rose

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The invite says: “Beach-Formal”

This is getting really specific. Basically the bride is trying to tell you to dress to impress but keep in mind that you’ll be in a sandy, windy and possibly wet environment. What to wear? A flowy gown that has enough give to makes it comfortable on the beach. Choose one in a flirty print to make it look even more beach-appropriate.

Gown by Carlos Miele 

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The invite says: “Garden Casual”

This does not mean that anything goes (which means do not show in a pair of shorts and t-shirt!). You still have to look cleaned up.  Think light fabrics like cotton or a pretty floral prints in a summery shade.

Dress by Trina Turk

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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