What To Actually Wear To All Those Outdoor Weddings

Weddings are difficult enough to get dressed for, so when a wedding is outdoors, well, it makes things even more complicated. First, you need shoes that won’t be a total disaster on grassy or hilly terrains. Two, you need to be prepared for whatever the weather might have in store (high humidity, thunderstorms, who knows). Add the fact that an outdoor wedding tends to have a totally different, more relaxed vibe, and you need a look to match.

Since it’s late-summer and wedding season is in full-force, we’re constantly thinking of clever outfits that are both practical and photo-worthy. Of course, you’re always safe in a non-white dress, but outdoor affairs are a prime opportunity to experiment with suits, skirts, jumpsuits, and beyond — they’re also the perfect chance to finally wear the basket bag or statement earrings you’ve been saving for the right occasion. Here’s how to put all those pieces to use.

We love a good black dress, especially when it’s got two of our favorite design details: off-the-shoulder straps and a midi-length. Since it’s simple and comfortable, allow your accessories to do all the talking. Complete the look with some minimalist jewelry, some vintage-inspired cat-eyes, a bold pink bag, and some shoes that will look damn good in a #shoefie. Whoever said flats can’t be fancy?

Rejina Pyo Issy Cotton Chambray Midi Dress, $225.60, available at The M Project; Prada Sandals, $274, available at Yoox; J.Crew Edit Bag, $98, available at Nordstrom; Absurda Murillo, $125, available at Absurda; Sugarfish by BaubleBar Hoop Earrings, $9.99, available at Target.

If you’re sick of dresses (we don’t blame you!), try a summery skirt set instead. It feels a bit more unexpected, but still gets the job done — and, you can wear each piece again once the wedding is behind you. With this, try a fun, low heel, decorative earrings, and a voluminous bucket bag that can store anything you may need, from lipstick to deodorant. Clutches were never your thing, anyway.

Merlette Spritz Cropped Wrap Blouse, $280, available at Moda Operandi; Merlette Singapore Sling Keyhole Wrap Skirt, $260, available at Moda Operandi; MR By Man Repeller Kitten Heel Embroidered Raffia Pumps, $395, available at Net-A-Porter; Lotuff The One-piece Bag, $640, available at Lotuff; Susan Alexandra Candy Earrings, $125, available at Susan Alexandra.

What’s easier than throwing on a one-piece outfit? A jumpsuit is more adventurous than yet another sundress, but still looks totally put-together. Pair it with a simple, walkable heel you can actually dance in (because there’s no fun when your feet hurt), a floral-print bag that touches nicely on the outdoor theme, and some classic gold jewelry that elevates the entire outfit.

Topshop Petite Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit, $110, available at Topshop; L.K. Bennett Claudette Suede Heel, $375, available at L.K. Bennett; Muun Ninon Straw and Striped Cotton-canvas Tote, $210, available at Net-A-Porter; Charlotte Cauwe Studio Brass Delicate Signet, $95, available at Reformation; J.W. Anderson Mini Hammered Bird Earrings, $435, available at Opening Ceremony.

Why not wear a dress just as sunny as the weather (hopefully) is? A short number with long sleeves feels flirty-but-formal enough (plus the extra coverage will come in-hand if the temperature drops at night). Add some interest with some festive socks (bet you never thought to wear those to a wedding), a printed crossbody, and some metallic accessories that plays off the dress’ yellow hue.

Realisation Par The Mary Jane, $210, available at Realisation Par; & Other Stories Satin Mid Heel Sandals, $95, available at & Other Stories; Etro Paisley Crossbody Bag, $1,080, available at Etro; Rachel Comey Metallic Ankle Slimming Sock, $46, available at Accompany; Reliquia Spiral Hoop Earrings, $120, available at Reliquia.

Another solid option for an outdoor wedding is a classic well-tailored suit. Add a classy topper that’s both practical and stylish (why don’t outdoor weddings ever have enough shade?!). Since the look is such a statement-maker, it doesn’t need much else: A little sparkle from some delicate jewelry and a beaded handbag that doubles as both a clutch or a crossbody will do just the trick.

Alexa Chung Single Breasted Jacket, $825, available at Alexa Chung; Alexa Chung Relaxed Tailored Trousers, $500, available at Alexa Chung; Zara Multicolored Beaded Crossbody Bag, $49.90, available at Zara; Stone & Strand Totem Collection Initial Square Gold Necklace, $290, available at Stone & Strand; Dorfman Pacific Samantha Hat, $58, available at Garmentory.

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