7 Summer Wedding-Guest Outfits I'd Instantly Notice

Deciding what to wear to a wedding is difficult enough, but a summer wedding requires even more consideration. While you can't bank on sunny skies for the big day, if recent weather is anything to go by, you can assume it's going to be a muggy affair. So to strike the perfect balance, you need to be sure of a few things: your ensemble won't make you overheat, it feels comfortable to spend the day in and it still feels fancy enough for a special occasion.

Ticking all these boxes is no small feat, but we've cracked it with a bit of help from some of our stylish friends. Scroll on to see seven chic suggestions for what to wear to a summer wedding.

1. SOMETHING SILK

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: @ITSMEKELLIEB wears a blue satin dress with a gold chain necklace and hoop earrings

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Style Notes: Cool on the skin, silk makes for an ideal fabric choice for summer weddings. In her follow-up video post, Kellie Brown styles her 11 Honoré dress with a pair of leopard mules. Perfection. 

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Kellie's dress is now sold out, but this alternative is just as beautiful. 

If in doubt, add a pair of gold hoop earrings. 

Give any block-colour dress a fashionable lift with printed heels. 

2. SHEER FABRICS

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: @MONIKH wears an organza floral dress with red strappy sandals

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Style Notes: Sheer fabrics also make for a dreamy wedding-guest outfit. We love the addition of puff sleeves and a full skirt, which Monikh Dale expertly balances out with a pair of strappy sandals. 

If your dress doesn't look right with necklaces or bangles, try an anklet instead. 

3. FANCY SKIRTS

Style Notes: Embellished skirts shouldn't be reserved for party season. Instead, give them a summertime wedding spin with a breezy shirt tucked in. 

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You'll think up a multitude of ways to wear this, be it over a bikini, tucked into jeans or, indeed, with a sequin skirt. 

Sequins aren't just for party season. 

4. PLAYFUL PRINTS

Style Notes: Summer gives you the opportunity to be more frivolous with your print choices, and nothing will make you stand out at a big event more than a playful motif. Polka-dots are always a great option. 

A bright bag will add oomph to muted wedding-guest outfits. 

5. SLEEK CUT-OUTS

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: @SMYTHSISTERS wears a yellow dress with a subtle cut-out to the side

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Style Notes: This summer, cut-outs have become very classy, with subtle exposures adorning dresses in unassuming places. One of the Who What Wear team wore this Aje dress to a wedding recently, and it looked incredible. 

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From the colour to the sleeves, this dress is the definition of dreamy. 

This bag looks so much more expensive than it is. 

A versatile sandal every wardrobe will benefit from. 

6. HALTERNECKS 

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: @GRECEGHANEM wears a teal halter neck with a pair of white retro sunglasses

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Style Notes: This year marks the return of the halterneck, and what better time to wear one than a summer soirée? We suggest styling yours with pastel accessories just like Grece Ghanem did. 

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Sunglasses are key for summer weddings where you can be outside for long periods. 

A silhouette you rarely find on the high street. 

This bag still ranks high on our editors' wish lists. 

7. RELAXED SUITING

Style Notes: If dresses and skirts just aren't your thing, trouser suits loan themselves perfectly to weddings. For summer, keep your silhouette loose to ensure you don't get too hot. Pair your suit with a silky camisole underneath—this will make for a sleek top option should you need or want to shed your blazer.

Another staple that's handy to have at your disposal. 

Wide-leg trousers are trending, so why not take them for a spin at a summer wedding? 

Next Up: I'm Over "Dated" Wedding Guest Outfits—9 Fresh Ideas I'm Trying Instead

This story was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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