The invitation arrives and the attire says black tie, but it’s in the middle of July. What do you wear? Typically, a formal affair calls for a floor length gown. A summer affair calls for the same but in bright, bold colors or prints and it doesn’t have to be as formal or structured either.  Step outside your box since this is the season to do so and leave those LBDs (little black dresses) in the closet for the fall. Look for strappy, strapless and flowy with a pop of color and be sure to accessorize.

However, before you attempt your shopping expedition, take certain factors into consideration. Think about where the event takes place. Will it be in an outdoor space where the temperatures may be boiling? If so, you may want to be sure to get a fabric that is lightweight and breathes and perhaps doesn’t wrinkle. If you’re out by the beach or on a boat, you can’t have a dress too flowy or you may be holding it in place all night. Stilettos out in the grass are a hazard too.

What’s a girl to do?  Just be comfortable and be fabulous. Here’s some of what we found online to help inspire you.

summer wedding 1Maria Lucia Hohan

summer wedding 2Found on Pinterest and just love

summer wedding 3Versace

summer wedding 4BCBG MaxAzria ~ Jesse Draped Strapless

summer wedding 5Aqua ~ Bloomingdales

summer wedding 6BCBG MaxAzria

summer wedding 7Nicole Miller

summer wedding 8Diane Von Furstenburg

summer wedding 9Nicole Miller

summer wedding 10Amsale

And for those of you who just can’t get away from the black dress…

summer wedding 11Amsale