When it comes to warm-weather bridal gowns, sometimes it seems like it’s all been done. From sweetheart necklines to barely-there spaghetti straps to even high-hem lengths, the approaches to summer wedding dressing can easily become a bit overdone and not-so-modern—which is why we enlisted the help of renowned Style Me Pretty founder and editor Abby Larson to give us her picks for the prettiest summer wedding dresses ever.
From light, sheer fabrics to experimenting with color, Larson has shared her top five tips for how to instantly upgrade the pretty-factor of your wedding dress this summer. Read on to learn from her wedding wisdom!
1. Play around with embellishments.
A little touch of sparkle adds instant glam to any gown.
Catherine Deane Jewel-Belted Silk Lace-Sleeve Gown ($3,130)
Marchesa Embellished Lace and Tulle Gown ($5,950)
Tiny beads add a subtle glimmer to this dramatic gown fit for a queen.
Jenny Packham Open Back Long-Sleeve Beaded Gown ($6,725)
If you’ve ever dreamed of walking down the aisle as a glittering gray goddess, this is the dress for you.
2. Go with tulle and other airy fabrics.
Airy fabrics like tulle are having a major moment. Not only are they stunning, but they’re an ideal way to beat the heat for summer weddings.
Delphine Manivet Flutter-Sleeve Cloqué Gown ($4,500)
Reem Acra Isabella Sweetheart Tulle Gown ($6,800)
The sweetheart neckline, done very right.
Sophia Kokosalaki Ortygia Lace, Tulle and Silk-Satin Gown ($3,845)
We love the romantic cutout shoulders on this gown.
Zac Posen Hand Painted Tulle Strapless Ruffle Skirt Gown ($5,995)
If there’s one day you’re allowed to wear something unabashedly dramatic, it’s your wedding day, right?
Kate Moss for Topshop Embroidered Tulle and Crocheted Lace Dress ($360)
There’s something very endearingly medieval about this gown.
3. Two words: lace sleeves.
Three years after the royal wedding and Kate Middleton's iconic dress is still making style waves. Lace sleeves are here to stay!
Erdem Lourdes Embroidered Silk-Organza Gown ($4,032)
4. Don’t only be open to wearing white.
Barely-there pastels are a pretty and oh-so-subtle way to play with color.
Max Mara Fiamma Dress ($523)
Philosophy Ruffled Silk-Chiffon Gown ($848)
The off-the-shoulder asymmetry of this dress lends to its ultimate femininity.
Reiss Lana Dress ($285)
The boatneck makes this otherwise plain dress instantly elegant.
Temperley London Long Strappy Cambon Dress ($3,248)
The pleated tulle, diamanté embellishments, and delicate embroidery all lend themselves to one ladylike gown.
5. Try an illusion neckline.
An updated look on the strapless dress, an illusion neckline creates a look that's on trend, yet classic.
Reem Acra Lace Inset Draped Silk Georgette Dress ($3,995)