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    Things Perfect To Wear To A Wedding (And All Your Other Summer Festivities)

    Going to the chapel and we're gonna look fine, fresh, and fierce.

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    1. A ruffled, open back maxi dress that'll be a dream when you take to the dance floor.


    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely stunning! Love how flowy it is, the bohemian look, and how sexy the back of the dress is. Received so many compliments. Perfect dress for a vacation. Bought it for my trip to Bali and couldn’t be more pleased." —Carolina Orozco

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 24 colors).

    2. A Boho-inspired flare dress for an option more light and airy in case the weather is showing high temps. It features a ruffled waist and double tie straps for a secure fit.

    A series of photos of a model wearing the flare dress in green

    Promising review: "Love love love it! Totally worth the price. It has a zipper so it’s easier to get on. The straps are hard to tie in a cute bow by yourself; it’s definitely easier with someone’s help. But this dress is so cute, just buy it!" —Shelby Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 0–10 and in nine styles and colors).

    3. A lacey ankle-length dress with a trendy sheer bottom — making it no ordinary maxi dress. It's also lined so you can feel confident dancing the night away.


    Get it from Torrid for $71.62 (originally $95.50; available in sizes 10–30).

    4. A ruffle-sleeve cotton dress because you want to look ~fab~ when you attempt to beat everyone for the infamous bouquet catch.

    A model wearing the dress in blue

    FYI, this dress is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This dress made me feel so beautiful! It fit me PERFECTLY! I got so many compliments on how pretty this dress was. The dress was very well made. Not see-through at all. You could see my bra on the side if I lift my arms up so I used a pasty bra and it worked great and you couldn't see it at all." —LFY

    Get it from Amazon for $38.98+ (available in sizes S–XL and seven colors).

    5. A strapless maxi dress — perfect for anyone looking for a stretchy option so no matter how long the reception goes, you can ensure that you'll be comfortable all night long.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It is comfortable and well made. Being strapless there’s always a concern that it will slip down but I did not have that issue at all. I received so many compliments! Highly recommend!" —Lisa Marram-Haug

    Get it from Amazon for $21.66+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 24 colors and prints).

    6. A dainty butterfly necklace that'll fly your accessory game to new heights. This is a great summer jewelry option to style with a V-neckline dress.

    butterfly necklaces in three different colors
    It's Especially Lucky

    It's Especially Lucky is a woman-owned small business located in Atlanta specializing in modern trendy accessories perfect for layering. (I own their lock gal necklace and I'm obsessed.)

    Get it from It's Especially Lucky for $52 (available in three colors). 

    7. A lantern sleeve midi dress in a stunning multi-color pattern so your date can essentially wear any color and it'll most likely match. Think of those solid 'gram pics! #Iconic

    A model laying in the grass while wearing the midi dress
    Mr Water New York / Etsy

    Mr Water New York is a New York-based Etsy shop featuring a ton of gorgeous clothing pieces with a vintage feel. 

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress!! I get so many compliments when I wear it and it’s truly one of a kind." —Victoria Kennedy

    Get it from Mr Water New York on Etsy for $89 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    8. And a pair of colorful sunnies with mega '60s ~vibes~ to top off the look. If the ceremony is outdoors these will come in clutch.

    model wearing colorful sunglasses
    Crap Eyewear

    Crap Eyewear is a small business located in Los Angeles. If you're looking to support a small biz and get some high quality, moody shades, then their selection is for you. 

    Promising review: "These are great unisex frames at an amazing price point. I receive compliments on them almost daily. They are super high quality and sturdy. 10/10 would highly recommend. Super stylish to pair with your favorite summer fits." —Ian S.

    Get them from Crap Eyewear for $79

    9. A strapless maxi dress with romantic ruffles along the neckline with a regency-era feel.


    Promising review: "I ordered the apricot dress and it fit perfectly. I got so many compliments! Now I just need to figure out what other color to order." —sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 12 colors).

    10. A super playful layered mini dress since you've been dying to wear some of your coveted summer accessories and this dress is the perfect canvas.

    A model wearing the dress in B-yellow while walking down some stairs

    Promising review: "Perfect spring dress or hot summer day around the house. Shipping was very fast. Material is cool and the dress is cut a little bit larger than true-to-size but it’s fine for the style." —MamaToTwo

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 18 colors).

    11. An eyelet mini dress with a bit more structure and an A-line silhouette. Pile on some gold accessories and grab your fave clutch for a classic, can't-go-wrong 'fit.


    Promising review: "Super cute!! Loved the color. Very summery. The material is really good and the stitching is high quality. Super adorable. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. Shipping time was a bit longer but well worth the wait." —Ubab M

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and in four colors).

    12. A layered ruffle off-the-shoulder midi dress for a textured moment that'll look like you're headed to a celebration in the French Riviera.

    Promising review: "Ohhhh my goodness, I have been RAVING about this dress ever since I got it. It’s so comfy and the top stays up so it never needs constant readjusting like other off-the-shoulder clothing. It looked great in photos! It closely matches the color in the pic. I also appreciated that I really didn’t need to steam it at all, which was surprising considering it came folded up tightly. Highly recommend for spring/summer weddings, vacation, etc.!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

    13. A Machete claw clip in a stunning tortoise checker print so you can forgo the scrunchies and opt for a more timeless hair accessory in case it gets a bit hot on the dance floor and it's time for your hair to go up.

    Heirloom claw clips in tortoise checker

    Machete is a woman-owned small business located in Atlanta that makes the most stunning accessories from earrings, to phone cases, to hair clips.

    Promising review: "I'm so used to cheap clips that can't handle my thick hair, so I was afraid this would be too small as my hair grows out. However, it is so strong and so beautifully constructed that my fears were immediately assuaged. I am hoping to be loving this beautiful claw for a *long* time!" —Teresa R.

    Get it from Machete for $60.

    14. Steve Madden studded sandals to add some pizzazz to virtually any dress you select for the festivities. These are so trendy, you'll continue to wear them to the rest of those summer barbecues.

    Reviewer wearing four strapped khaki sandals with silver studs

    Promising review: "So much fun! I've been wanting these for a while and never splurge on myself, but I did for my birthday this year. I ordered a half size larger than I normally wear and they are prefect. The sole is even slightly padded and very comfortable." —Katie

    Get them from Amazon for $45+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 20 colors).

    15. A striped wraparound dress — AKA an iconic cut with a pop of color. You're sure to bring the sunshine when you arrive in this number.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Have wanted it for a while but was scared it would be too short. It fits just right. It's so soft. Love the way it feels on my skin. It doesn't feel cheaply made at all. Would definitely buy in a different color! If you're looking at this dress, and on the fence about buying it, just buy it! You won't regret it!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and six colors).

    16. A cocktail dress featuring a fun sleeve moment that's an evergreen closet staple with the perfect amount of flair.

    Reviewer wearing the dress in teal

    Promising review: “I am a person who hates zippers. Even though this dress has a back zipper, it can easily be a pullover dress due to the stretch. The stretch makes the fit super comfy and the material holds well over time.” —Pam

    Get it from Amazon for $29.49+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 21 colors/prints).

    17. A straw hat with UV protection since you'll want to look amazingly accessorized while also protecting yourself from the sun. This is a must-have for outdoor summer receptions.

    Reviewer wearing a tan hat with black ribbon

    Promising review: “The product is very good quality with thoughtful packaging and clean looking detail (e.g., the ribbon tie is nicely placed on the hat and the seams are well done). It looks great on — the brim is not small as someone said, but not huge either. It's slightly floppy and can be shaped just a little bit. I'm very happy with the purchase and will turn to this company first in the future when I need another hat. I also bought another style hat from this same company and it is equally as good.” —HLSSteiness

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes M–L and eight colors). 

    18. A stunning cocktail dress with a sultry slit for a ~spicy~ ensemble. This high neckline is EVERYTHING.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It was a great price for a last minute request for being a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. I am 5'8" and am usually a size 10-12 and I purchased a large. This is very comfortable and you won't be sorry if you buy it." —RockyMtnGrrl70

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    19. A flowy, sleeveless column dress that's a great option for outdoor ceremonies with indoor receptions. The sleeveless top will keep you from overheating outside and the maxi-length will keep you from getting too chilly once you make your way into the air conditioning.,

    Promising review: "This dress is adorable! This dress makes me comfortable, that's saying a lot considering the number of dresses I've purchased and sadly had to return. I was skeptical about the elastic waist but I have no issues with it whatsoever. It's perfect and I'm even considering purchasing another one in a different color." —jnj9612

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in sizes XS–4XL and 20 colors).

    20. A backless dress with adjustable spaghetti straps for getting the utmost support and your perfect fit without having to get any alterations done.

    Reviewer wearing the dress in yellow

    Promising review: "This dress is perfect! Bought as a bridesmaid dress (beach wedding). Color is as advertised. Fit is true. Snug through bodice, bell shape starting at waist. Super comfy, pockets a huge plus!! You will need to steam/press before wear as 'pleats' need shaping. Hits right at knee. Subtly sexy." —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96+ (available in sizes XS–20 and 26 colors). 

    21. A baguette ring to add some sparkle and shine to your fresh wedding mani that looks like a million bucks.

    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    This is my most beloved ring at the moment and I've wanted one in this exact style for some time now. I love the asymmetrical placement of the stones where they're not in a perfect aligned shape, it adds some character. It honestly looks fab when I wear it on any finger — thumb, index, middle finger (it truly doesn't matter, it looks good ALWAYS). I've washed my hands a bunch with it too and I've seen no signs of wear and tear. This is a jewelry ~steal.~

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5–9 and seven finishes/styles).

    22. A satin maxi in case your dream dress involves an open back, a leg slit, and a stunning V-neckline.,

    Promising review: "if you're curvy-chested like me you will for sure need a silicone bra... but my god, this dress is gorgeous. I was NOT expecting it to be this nice. The slits in the underskirt make your legs look SEXY while still looking elegant because the sheer overlay gives you some modesty. I LOVE that I can wear a full-length gown and still show off my thigh tattoo! I'm wearing this for a bridesmaid dress. Just get the dress, I promise you will love it." —M. Zhukov

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in sizes XS—XXL and seven colors).

    23. Sam Edelman dress sandals because nothing says ~summer shoe staple~ like a chunky heel. Snag them in a neutral color so you can wear them time and time again.


    Promising review: "These Sam Edelman shoes did not disappoint. There are sturdy, stable, and they kept my bony feet strapped in well! And the chunky heel made it easier to walk in, despite the height of the shoe. I would recommend this shoe to everyone, especially if you're like me and can't last an hour in stilettos but still want to look cute." —Jess C.

    Get them from Amazon for $63.99+ (available in sizes 4–13 and wide sizes, and eight colors/patterns).

    24. A tulle gown because nothing says I'm headed to a summer ceremony like florals and frills (in the best possible way).

    a reviewer wearing a black tulle dress with floral print on it

    Promising review: "Beautiful and made very well! I'm so happy with this purchase! I am a bridesmaid for my friend and this dress is perfect! I had some issues with the shipping but the seller was very helpful and on top of it!" —leah

    Get it from Amazon for $56+ (available in sizes 2–26 and 23 styles).

    25. An off-the-shoulder ruffle dress you'll probs wear over and over again. Got multiple wedding events this summer? This'll work for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.

    A reviewer wearing an off the shoulder pink ruffle dress

    Promising review: "This dress was perfect for a mid-summer wedding! It was extremely comfortable and fit super well! The layers of ruffles are not too bulky and lay super well against your body. Loved the lilac color and got tons of compliments!" —Meghan Barden

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S—XL and 15 colors). 

    26. A set of various rattan earrings if you're traveling to a destination wedding and aren't sure which you'll want to wear day of. This will ensure you have loads of options to pick from.


    Promising review: "These are absolutely beautiful earrings. I struggle with costume jewelry because it gives me a headache and they hurt my ears but these did not! I was SO surprised. They are extremely lightweight and great quality for the cost." —ILA26

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A baguette shoulder bag in a classic neutral shade that'll work with ANY color 'fit you decide to go with. The pearls are an elegant touch.

    JW Pei

    JW Pei is an Asian, family-owned brand with minimalist accessory designs that are made with sustainable vegan materials.

    Get it from JW Pei for $59 (Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo are available).

    28. A set of trendy, pearl-covered barrettes to incorporate into all the hairstyle looks you'll be pairing with your ensembles., Amazon

    Promising review: "These hair clips are very cute, durable and stay in place well. I love the fact that they are longer than most. I would highly recommend these clips." —DSW

    Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $9.59.

    29. A purple chiffon dress featuring a dreamy butterfly print that's as light as a feather. This midi length is perf if you don't love maxi dresses and aren't a fan of cocktail length either.

    Simple Retro

    Simple Retro is a women-owned brand that was created by a group of friends with a passion for thrifting and a common mission to create clothing that would be timeless beyond seasonal trends. They are based in NYC.

    Get it from Simple Retro for $79.99 (available in sizes XS–L).

    30. A high-neck tulle option in case your taste is more high-fashion elegance. The lilac shade is to die for.


    This dress features a tiered lace bottom and sheer cap sleeves.

    Get it from Asos for $135 (available in sizes 18–28).

    31. And a faux crocodile handbag so you can carry all of your essentials in style. This will fit your phone, hand sanitizer, wallet, and lipstick!

    Nasty Gal

    This bag can be worn as a crossbody, a shoulder bag, and a handbag.

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $14.80 (originally $37).

    When you're ~finally~ prepped for wedding season:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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