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27 Dresses to Wear to Summer Weddings

BY ROXY ALLNUTT

Obviously inspired by the 2008 rom-com.

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5 JAN - 2023

Summer is fast approaching and with it, wedding season.

Weddings nowadays have fewer and fewer fashion rules than in previous decades, which is great but also makes things a little more confusing. Modern brides are foregoing traditional gowns in favour of elegant trousers or jumpsuits, the occasional groom skips the standard black tux in favour of a pastel suit, and even bridesmaids are skipping cookie-cutter skirts in favour of something they can wear again and again. This means that guests can express themselves in the same way. Colours, textures and feeling your absolute best is the go this 22/23 wedding season.

If you're fretting about what to wear to an upcoming wedding, never fear. We've done the research for you and have compiled a lookbook of incredible dresses that you can rock. Following, of course, the golden rules of 1) not wearing white and 2) not outdoing the bride.

Obviously inspired by the 2008 rom-com, here are 27 Dresses to nail the important occasion.

Sidenote! The majority of these dresses are available for hire if you don't plan to shop your heart ahead of the season!

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Paris Georgia Remmy Dress

This simple yet elegant piece by Paris Georgia is a great option for your next event. A classic with a beautiful twist. This dress can be easily dressed up or dressed down.

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Paris Georgia Remmy Dress $780

Harris Tapper Black Mallory Dress

This stunner by Harris Tapper is the perfect option for the black tie occasion. Pair with your favourite black heels and a slick bun to give a truly luxurious look.

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Harris Tapper Black Mallory Dress $899

Wynn Hamlyn Linda Gown

Wynn Hamlyn is always the best option if you're needing something stunning. Paired with strappy heels and beachy waves, this is the one.

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Wynn Hamlyn Linda Gown $650

Natalie Rolt Rosie Dress

Natalie Rolt is certainly a wedding fave and you’ll see a few NR dresses gracing this wedding lookbook. This soft blue one-shoulder is going to nail the brief for your next wedding wonderfully.

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Natalie Rolt Rosie Dress $126

Caitlin Crisp Forever and Always Dress

Romance at its finest. The Forever and Always Dress was inspired by love and long summer days. This is the ideal garden or seaside occasion dress with a halter-tie at the neck, a low plunge neckline, and a full skirt with two voluminous tiers.

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Caitlin Crisp Forever and Always Dress $725

Aje Eugenie Off Shoulder Dress

A strapless midi dress with plenty of volume, this number serves a curved neckline, fitted bodice with a cut out and boning, and puff sleeves that fall off the shoulder. To make a statement, pair with bright heels and a sleek ponytail.

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Aje Eugenie Off Shoulder Dress $605

Zimmerman Dancer Lantern Mini Dress

Zimmermann’s Dancer Lantern Mini Dress in the Spliced Lace Print from their Spring 2022 Collection isa silk crinkle georgette spliced mini dress featuring buttons along the centre front and bouncy sleeves with elongated floating cuffs.

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Zimmerman Dancer Lantern Mini Dress $795

Maggie Marylin Springing Forth Dress 2.0

This is a classic MM silhouette in Green Apple silk, paired with their distinctive knot. Picture this dress at a scenic outdoor setting.

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Maggie Marylin Springing Forth Dress 2.0 $895

Maggie Marilyn Nights in Rodanthe Dress

A truly stunning halter dress that you will wear again and again. Pair with chunky heels and a bright handbag for the ultimate summer look.

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Maggie Marilyn Nights in Rodanthe Dress $685

Ruby Marina Gown

Want to make a statement? This is your gal. The asymmetric ruffles are so flattering and will be a dress you’ll remember forever.

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Ruby Marina Gown $109

Revolve Cinema Jumpsuit

You will turn HEADS in this. This electric blue number will be fabulous for your next event. Wearing a jumpsuit means you can go wild on the dance floor. The movement from the silky fabric will even do the dancing for you! Be prepared to have friends beg to borrow this one.

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Revolve Cinema Jumpsuit $742

Ruby Uma Dress

You will scream utter elegance in this stunning satin number. The Uma dress comes in shades of blue, green, and even black. A very versatile and fan favourite from the Ruby collection.

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Ruby Uma Dress $329

Bec and Bridge Kimberly V Maxi Dress

An elegant event wear style. The asymmetrical crossover dress features a plunging V-neckline and thigh-high split, complemented by statement black binding. You can wear this to the wedding and to date night the following weekend.

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Bec and Bridge Kimberly V Maxi Dress $190

Bec and Bridge Celestial Cowl Neck Maxi Dress

If khaki is your colour, then you have to give this one a whirl. Classy and sexy sitting at a luxurious full-length finish, wear your favourite blingy clutch with this one.

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Bec and Bridge Celestial Cowl Neck Maxi Dress $300

Ruby Kata Silk Dress

Floral and fresh. If the dress code is bright, well meet your match. Summer in silks is always a good option and Ruby knows that. You’ll feel amazing in this happy piece.

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Ruby Kata Silk Dress $399

Rat and Boa Paloma Dress Lemon

Be effortlessly cool and sexy in this lemon dress. It’s super flattering and wearable time and time again. Pair with gold jewellery and black heels for the ultimate look

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Rat and Boa Paloma Dress Lemon $295

House of Sunny Lakeside Hockney

Dress this one up or down and enjoy the knitted eco fabric against your skin. These dresses are super flattering and will be worn more than once!

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House of Sunny Lakeside Hockney $110

Camilla and Marc Castille One Shoulder Maxi

Simple yet stunning. The Castille defines the term, ‘simple elegance’ and gives a fluid and breezy silhouette. The length ever so slightly skims the floor which can hide your favourite sneakers if you're eager to ditch the heels of this wear!

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Camilla and Marc Castille One Shoulder Maxi $695

Camilla and Marc Izaro Maxi Dress

With unique gold and black stripes, the Izaro gives the illusion of a ribbed dress. Serving a clean and summery look, it can be dressed in gold jewellery, black heels or your favourite white sneakers.

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Camilla and Marc Izaro Maxi Dress $595

Natalie Rolt Charmine Dress

While the lilac shade above is my favourite, this dress this comes in slate, white and black. She’s also one of my favourites from the lookbook for its elegance with the sleeves but is equally as flattering and sex,y which I’m a sucker for.

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Natalie Rolt Charmine Dress $440

Natalie Rolt Irena Dress

Blue is going to dominate this wedding season. From soft blues to electric tones, Natalie Rolt has you covered yet again. This Australian-made Australian-made number will be one for the memory books. The keyhole cut-out can be adjusted to your preference are through the straps to make this adaptable to whatever occasion.

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Natalie Rolt Irena Dress $520

Understated yet elegant, the Spencer Dress features a modest empire line and hidden zip with a bias cut skirt. Ideal for special occasions when you want to look fun and floral.

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Juliette Hogan Spencer dress $663

An everyday slip that will be sure to rock a wedding. Perfectly tapered to the body, this silhouette comes in tangerine or in olive - certainly timeless and will live in your wardrobe forever.

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Paris Georgia SJP Long Slip $640

Helix Dress Wynn Hamlyn

Cinched at the waist to give an incredible silhouette,the Helix dress has been made with a lightweight woven material which means it won't be too hot or cold as you party the night away.

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Helix Dress Wynn Hamlyn $650

Olivia Cashmore Sweet Pea Dress

There's no denying that sometimes the most simple pieces are the best. Perfect for throwing on and running out the door, that go-to garment will pair with any shoe and accessory that you choose - the Sweet Pea Dress encompasses this!

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Olivia Cashmore Sweet Pea Dress $595

Aje Gianna Puff Sleeve Mini Dress