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Decoding Dress Codes for Every Wedding this Summer

Decoding Dress Codes for Every Wedding this Summer

It’s that time… Wedding Season! We all love it but we also know how hard it is to pick out the perfect dress to wear, the accessories, the shoes and ultimately to know what the heck that dress code means! To help you out, we’re going to decode it all and get you summer wedding ready!

White Tie

White Tie means it’s time to break out the crème de le crème…the ball gown. White Tie is definitely the most formal dress code and calls for an elegant floor length, knock-em-dead style gown partnered with killer strappy heels and a simple stud style earring. This is the event to bring that wow factor, it’s expected. Be fearless. And remember the best accessory to delight, your beautiful smile. Go get em!

Blue Gown

Black Tie
Black Tie strongly suggests a beautiful floor-length style as well, but because it’s summer you can get away with lighter fabrics. Stick to solid colors in luxurious fabrications. Silk, chiffon, satin all translate beautifully into simple silhouettes for the desired drama of a Black Tie wedding. Throw on some statement earrings and the perfect small box clutch and you are set to make your entrance.

Formal Gown

Formal/Black Tie Optional
Woo-hoo anything goes! Just kidding, kind-of. Technically you can wear a shorter, fancy frock or a long dress if you want to. If you’re excited to raise your hemline a little, be sure to select a more “special” dress with intricate detailing, texture or a more structured silhouette. Glam up your look with a pair of statement heels and you are ready to dance the night away.

Black Dress

Beach Formal
Nope that’s not an oxymoron, it’s a real thing. To translate: no sundresses please. Think beautiful, long, chic maxi dress with a heavy lean to the contemporary cut side of things. Context clues will also tell you sand-friendly footwear is going to be key. A luxe pair of flat sandals and a beautiful arm cuff are all you need to feel beach elegant. And guys, leave the fancy shoes at home and opt for a pair of casual loafers. Sport coats are optional but make a crisp cool entrance and are a gentlemanly touch to offer to your date when the crisp night air sneaks in. Expert tip: don’t forget your shades ladies & gents!

Elegant Dress

While anything might go, we recommend casual styles in elegant fabrications. Chiffon sundresses and silk sets are a sure hit! Here’s where a beautiful print can also take center stage and be paired with strappy espadrilles for casual yet styled perfection! And don’t forget the elegant jumpsuit! With some great platform heels and conversation clutch, you’ll be a hit! And fellas, ditch the sport coat and tie for a crisp collared shirt and tailored pants. And up your cool factor with a pair of TOMS <insert too cool emoji here>.

Black Pants


Casual Shoes

Nothing Noted
Initiate panic. Just kidding! Rest easy, if it’s a daytime wedding a simple, long, sheath style dress is a home run. If go-time is after 5pm, Black Tie is the expected attire. You can never be too overdressed for an evening wedding, glam it up!

Red Dress
It may not be the Da Vinci Code but it can certainly feel like it! So there you have it, dress codes decoded, stress averted. All that’s left to do is get out there and stun. Done.

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