Wedding season is upon us so today I’m partnering with Kohl’s to talk about what to wear to a summer wedding!
When I was shopping at Kohl’s for this post, I found a huge selection of summer dresses that fit the bill, and most are under $100. I love how they even have a Wedding Guest section on their website. Then you can drill down and sort by style and/or length.
If the invitation specifies formal attire, you would probably want more of a cocktail dress or even a floor-length gown, and if it specifies casual attire, a maxi dress might be more appropriate, but a classic sheath or fit-and-flare dress is the ideal solution for just about anything in between. I always go for a sheath dress because it works best for my curvy body type.
More specifically, I’m all about the pleated sheath dresses right now. I love how the ruching on the side helps camouflage any extra bulk in the midsection, and the stretchy fabric skims the body without being clingy. Kohl’s has a ton of dresses in this style, and they also have lots of cute shift dresses and fit-and-flare styles if that’s what you prefer. (If you have more of a pear shape, you might prefer a fit-and-flare dress to a sheath.)
This particular dress is by Chaps — it’s their Printed Pleated Sheath Dress, and it comes in 3 color combinations. I really like the pink one, but I didn’t notice it when I was shopping in the store. For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 140# and I’m wearing a medium.
After I had my dress picked out, I wandered over to the shoe department. You cannot go wrong with a metallic shoe because it goes with any color, and this style of dress sandal is definitely the trend du jour. Just about every shoe brand has a variation on this style right now. I love it because it is feminine and flattering, and you can find them in a modest heel height.
I’m wearing my regular size 8, and they fit perfectly. The toe is quite pointy, so if you have square-shaped feet, you might want to go up a half size. I could probably wear an 8.5, but they didn’t have that size in my store and the 8s are fine.
The website says that the heel is 3.5 inches. I am shocked. I would have guessed 3 at the most. Because of the ankle strap, they’re quite easy to walk in. I tried to find some lower heel options for those of you who say you can’t wear heels. These or these could work for an evening wedding. I don’t know that I’d wear the glitter to a daytime wedding, but I guess it depends on the formality.
Other strappy sandals at Kohl’s that I like a lot are these and these, but they are high too. I almost ordered that 2nd pair in the light blue to show with this dress, but I decided to keep the shoes neutral and add color in the handbag instead.
I thought this coral convertible clutch added a pretty pop of color, and coral is a bit unexpected. Normally if I wanted to add a color to a black and white outfit, I’d go for red or maybe pink, but I think the coral is really pretty with this and it’s nice for summertime.
For jewelry, I added hoop earrings, and intertwined bangle (LOVE THIS!) and a long necklace, although I actually wish I hadn’t added the necklace. I feel like it’s too much with the busy print in the dress. If I style this dress again, I’ll probably go with bigger earrings and no necklace. Or perhaps a shorter, chunkier necklace would work. The nice thing about a dress like this is the accessorizing possibilities are endless.
This is a classic look that would work for almost any wedding or special event you might be attending this summer.
Chaps Pleated Sheath Dress // Apt. 9 High Heel Sandals // Dolce Girl Amber Convertible Clutch // Crisscross Double Hoop Earrings // Intertwined Bangle Bracelet // Hammered Disc Necklace
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