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Dress Code: Summer Weddings
Summer weddings can be daunting in terms of what to wear. For example, you want to avoid looking like a defacto bridesmaid and/or the color black. Warm weather nuptials are cause for celebration so don't be afraid to experiment with brightly-hued frocks or pretty floral patterns. Metallic accessories (and dresses a la Chloë) are key. What better way to show of bronzed skin? Click on for more tips.
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Dress Code: Summer Weddings

    Go for the Gold, or Silver Chloë Sevigny attended the Bulgari 125th anniversary party in Rome in an Acne dress and the company's covetable jewels. The actress easily could have been a guest at a chic wedding ceremony for day or evening. The one-shoulder look is au courant and her upswept hair, simple accessories, and slash of red lipstick complete the ensemble without drawing too much attention from the bride.

    Prints are a Plus Isla Fisher wore a long floral Julien MacDonald gown to the Paris premiere of Brüno but this gorgeous number could easily be wedding guest-worthy.

    Again note the simple accessories that compliment the dress rather than distract from it. Summer is all about metallics ladies!

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    Don't Be Afraid to Go Long Florals ruled the runways for spring/summer and this long pleated dress with crisscross straps is an excellent summer staple. Don't be afraid to show off those Michelle Obama arms!

    Newport News crisscross-front georgette dress, $69.99, available at www.newport-news.com

    Courtesy of Newport News

    In Lieu of a Print, Add Color When shopping for a dress to attend a summer wedding, it's best to go with something classic that you can wear again year after year. A teal blue number like this one is eye-catching and simple in design (read: not faddish).

    Bonus points for adding a chic belt.

    Banana Republic silk twist neck dress, $89.99, available at www.bananarepublic.com

    Courtesy of Banana Republic

    Add Some Shimmer Metallic accessories work best in the summer when your skin has a bronzed glow and your wardrobe is full of color. A gold or silver sandal can work with any outfit whether it be wedding, work, or play. (For extra pop, paint your toes a bright hue!)

    Michael Antonio Bregue sandal, $39.95, available at www.endless.com

    Courtesy of Michael Antonio

    Flats Can Be Fab In these days of casual style, a bejeweled flat is considered equally as dressy (if not more so) as a high heeled shoe. These can be worn with a long maxi dress or a shorter cocktail number. (At the end of a long ceremony, your feet will thank you for wearing them.)

    Nina "Delorah" sandal, $99, available at www.dillards.com

    Courtesy of Nina

    Chic Accessories Don't Have to Cost a Fortune Whether your hair is swept up or if you've had an incredible blow out, chandelier-style earrings will add some extra polish and sparkle to your ensemble. Don't overdo it though. If this is the route you opt to take, forgo a necklace altogether and opt for a chunky cuff bracelet instead.

    Perforated Dangling Earrings, $4.80, available at www.forever21.com

    Courtesy of Forever 21

    Color Can Also Come in the Form of a Clutch Instead of lugging around a purse, bring a functional carryall that holds only the essentials and adds some pizazz to your ensemble.
    These eco-conscious clutches are handmade in Madagascar and Kenya, with proceeds going back to the community.

    Mad Imports Ariel clutch, $75, available at www.endless.com

    Courtesy of Mar y Sol