Be the Best-Dressed Guest

Every woman of a certain age knows what warm weather, sunshine, and an uptick in mail means: it’s wedding season! It’s time to start getting prepped for your packed schedule of matrimonial festivities with our roundup of dresses that are sure to shine. Get your invitations in order, because we’ve got an option for every venue, whether you’re heading to city hall or to the airport for a destination to-do. Check out our picks below and then make your way over to your nearest Simon and get to prepping — that toaster isn’t going to buy itself!

Life’s A Beach
Your favorite couple has convinced their guest list to jet off to an exotic locale and take some time away to celebrate their union. Channel a little of that free-spiritedness yourself and opt for all things flowy and free. Breathable fabrics like cotton or paper-thin chiffon are perfect for when a sunny day turns out to be a scorcher — and don’t forget your sunscreen!

1) BALENCIAGA Asymmetric Lace Slip Dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.   2) J. CREW Gingham Midi Dress, available at Nordstrom.   3) LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ Imaan Ruffled Dress, available at Barneys New York.   4) DOLCE & GABBANA Maiolica Lace-Trimmed Dress, available at Neiman Marcus.   5) ZIMMERMANN Lumino Linen Dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Keep It Classic
Tradition, tradition! Sometimes it’s nice to know exactly what you’re getting: chicken or fish, a rendition of “Shout,” and a bouquet toss. Keep things failsafe and sophisticated with these formal options that are sure to appeal to everyone from the ring bearer to the mother of the bride. When in doubt – go long!

1) JASON WU Satin Asymmetric Gown, available at Nordstrom.   2) PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Virginia Off-the-Shoulder Cady Dress, available at Intermix.   3) VALENTINO Cutout Gown, available at Barneys New York.   4) HAIDER ACKERMANN Coronus Cut-Out Gown, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.   5) DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Devoré-Chiffon Gown, available at Neiman Marcus.

City Hall of Fame
If your bestie is throwing caution (and tradition) to the wind for a decidedly modern City Hall wedding, any old summer dress will simply not do. Channel Emily Ratajkowski’s City Hall nuptials earlier this year and don your finest suit — those of the pant, skirt, and tropical leaf-print variety will do just fine.

1) ZARA Jungle Print Blazer and Pants, available at Zara.   2) OFF-WHITE Crepe Blazer and Mini Skirt, available at Barneys New York.   3) SANDRO Almond Green Jacket and ⅞ – Length Tailored Trousers, available at Bloomingdale’s. 4. TOPSHOP Pink Velvet Wrap Blazer and Velvet Bermuda Shorts, available at Topshop.

The Glamorous Life
With all the drama that comes with planning a wedding, why not bring a little drama yourself? When the dress code reads cocktail, extricate yourself from that comfort zone and do a little something extra. Well-placed feathers, bold prints, and shimmering sequins bring a little more oomph to a city wedding that’s sensational by design.

1) GUCCI Floral and Snake-Print Dress, available at Neiman Marcus.   2) ERDEM Florence-Fluted-Cuff Dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.   3) SAINT LAURENT Feather-Trimmed Dress, available at Barneys New York.   4) MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Ruffled Velvet Mini Dress.   5) VERONICA BEARD Atlantic One-Shoulder Dress, available at Intermix.

Cool Moms-to-Be Club
You have no intention of being a regular mom! Why should your forthcoming bundle of joy prevent you from celebrating someone’s happiness in style? Maternity dresses don’t have to be shapeless sacks — check out these flowing options that provide plenty of room for you and baby to get down and dirty on the dance floor, or to sit out the Electric Slide with your feet up. It’s nice to have options.

1) AIDAN MATTOX Red Pleated Tea Dress, available at Dillard’s.   2) ROSIE ASSOULIN Ebbs and Flows Maxi Dress, available at The Webster.   3) HATCH Paola Ruffled Midi Dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.   4) ROSIE POPE Cloud Mia Maternity Dress, available at Nordstrom.   5) THE ROW Medea Asymmetric Gown, available at Barneys New York.
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