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Here Is What You Wear to a Summer Wedding

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Summer weddings can be tricky to dress for: You want to keep cool, look chic, and match the occasion, all at the same time. What to do?

We can help! Whether you’re attending an outdoor ceremony, a black tie to-do, an edgy, out-there affair, or anything in between, these five chic ensembles will make sure you’re the most stylish wedding guest around—although of course we’d never DREAM of attempting to outshine the bride herself. Cue the string quartet!

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1. The Traditional Wedding

If your gal pal has been dreaming of her wedding since she was a little girl in all its traditional bridal glory, here’s the look for you—because “traditional” doesn’t have to mean boring! This silk cotton taffeta dress is as sunny as the summer itself; a string of pearls, pretty peep toe pumps, and a slick of nude lip gloss finish off the ensemble for a summer-perfect look any bride would love to see on her guests.

Calliope dress ($220, bhldn.com), Enzo Angiolini ‘Savoye’ pump in Ivory Satin ($109.95, shop.nordstrom.com), kate spade new york ‘bijoux bijoux’ long station necklace in White Multi/Pearl/Gold ($128, shop.nordstrom.com), Glint crystal topper clutch ($78, shop.nordstrom.com), CARGO lip gloss in Sunset Blvd ($14, beauty.com).

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2. The Cocktail Wedding

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Light and airy enough to keep you from roasting in the summer heat, yet bold enough to take you from sunset well into the evening, this bright blue frock is just the thing to wear while drinking a toast to the bride and groom. Don’t forget the flirty pink lip gloss and two-tone ankle strap pumps!

Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa belted chiffon dress ($70, jcpenney.com), Jessica Simpson ‘Jorah’ black patent pumps ($89.99, amazon.com), c.A.K.e. by Ali Khan jet bead cluster drop earrings ($7.99, macys.com), Expressions NYC smooth box clutch in Black/Silver ($48, shop.nordstrom.com), Armour Beauty lip gloss in Kashmir ($21, beauty.com).

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3. The Morning/Outdoor Wedding

Is your bestie tying the knot outside, early in the morning, or both? Then it’s the perfect time to break out a romantic floral-print number. We’re loving this dreamy, peach-colored confection of a dress, and the chic knit shrug we’ve paired with it will keep you your goosebumps at bay—whether they’re from the chilly morning dew or the post-ceremony air conditioning.

Dance With me ruffled dress ($46.99, shopruche.com), Nine West ‘Fortonight’ pump in Purple Suede ($98.95, shop.nordstrom.com), Lauren Ralph Lauren three-quarter sleeve open-knit bolero ($119, macys.com), ditsy love necklace ($5, dorothyperkins.com), RACHEL by Rachel Roy ‘Impulse’ minaudiere ($79, macys.com), butter LONDON 3 free nail lacquer in Marrow ($15, beauty.com).

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