It's wedding season, which means the search for a summery (and guest-appropriate) dress is on. And well, you know the drill—that means no white (or any color that neighbors white), micro-short hemlines, and anything remotely racy (ok, maybe we'll allow a subtle cut-out or two).
It's true that while yes, there are infinitely more dress options for a summer wedding, as opposed to a winter one, there are also plenty of opportunities for potential wardrobe malfunctions. Regardless of how swelteringly hot the ceremony is, we suggest steering clear of super-sheer fabrics, excessive cut-outs, and sternum-plunging necklines. With that said, we did you a solid and rounded up 12 pretty dresses that not only allow for maximum ventilation, but also meet the called-upon dress code for your next summer wedding.
Go girly with this icy blue off-the-shoulder floral-embroidered dress, but harden it with sculptural jewelry and black accessories.
Shine on the dance floor in this flouncy, twinkly metallic-embroidered number.
3. Michael Michael Kors
A happy color for a happy occasion—brighten up your look with a sunshine-y marigold hue.
Perfect for a formal oceanfront affair.
5. Diane von Furstenberg
Ok, we sneaked in a plunge-neck silhouette, but the sweet floral print and ruffled skirt offset a too-sexy vibe.
6. Banana Republic
A floral-strewn black dress boasts romantic allure, but with a cool-girl bite.
Give the illusion of separates with this easy layered dress (and in the dreamiest seafoam green shade).
8. 3.1 Phillip Lim
The mixed print, side cut-outs, and ruffled skirt might seem to be a touch too much, but the muted color palette (and the flattering fit-and-flare silhouette) pulls it all together.
Channel your inner bohemian with this floaty dress that features a sheer overlay and a tie-dye finish. Dress it up with gold bangles (on each wrist), tousled waves, and strappy heels.
A floral dress so pretty, you'll want to wear it to your next wedding—and to all events from now until Labor Day.
Lighten up the dark hue with a sheer panel that runs along the skirt and discreet side cut-outs.
12. French Connection
The sheer accents and punchy hue modernize the dress's vintage-inspired aesthetic.