What to Wear For a Summer Wedding + Style With a Smile Link Up

Max Azria brown print one shoulder dress

Knowing what to wear for a Summer wedding when it actually feels like Summer can be tricky. Staying cool and composed isn’t easy in a heatwave, and by UK standards it’s been really hot. We travelled over to my mum’s in Cambridgeshire at the weekend for a family wedding reception at the beautiful Wadenhoe House in nearby Oundle. Although it had cooled down considerably by the time we arrived in the evening, it was still very warm. I didn’t want to wear anything tight that would make me feel even hotter, so I chose my Max Azria draped one-shoulder dress. Strictly speaking, I suppose it’s not really a one-shoulder dress because it has a spaghetti strap, but it’s near enough.

Maybe part of the reason I love this dress so much is because it conjures up happy memories of going to the Moulin Rouge on my 40th birthday trip.

This is one of those dresses that I always feel good in. The draping accentuates the waist and skims over the hips, finishing at knee, which is my preferred length. Maybe part of the reason I love this dress so much is because it conjures up happy memories of going to the Moulin Rouge on my 40th birthday trip. I even chose the same shoes and clutch, although the platform on them made walking on grass rather perilous. I managed not to fall in a bush though, even after a few glasses of wine!

What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

Max Azria dress (old) | Asos studded clutch (old, similar) | KG by Kurt Geiger shoes (old, similar) | Merle O’Grady ring (this one from Asos is a great budget alternative) | Azuni bangle

Asos studded clutch Merle O'Grady spike ring

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What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

Wadenhoe House

 

A one-shoulder dress is a very elegant option for keeping cool, without flashing too much flesh, but not everyone is happy exposing their arms. My mother-in-law doesn’t like wearing sleeveless dresses because of her “bingo wings” – her words, not mine! Similarly, my mum insists on having her arms covered, but this is because she has a fistula for dialysis. I don’t think she should be self-conscious about it – after all, it’s helping to keep her alive, but I understand that she’d rather cover it up. I can take no credit for the gorgeous blue lace dress she’s wearing – she chose it herself, as well as the accessories. The flared sleeves are very on trend, while the sheer lace provides coverage without getting too hot.

It was wonderful to meet up with family members – some I hadn’t seen for years – and the location was stunning.

Mum had been there all day and looked as fresh as a daisy when we arrived in the evening, which was impressive considering it had been in the high 20s. We don’t get to see each other very often these days, so when we do, I love to grab a photo. Isobel got to wear her favourite sequin dress and have a dance with the bride, which made her evening! It was wonderful to meet up with family members – some I hadn’t seen for years – and the location was stunning. Happy memories 🙂

How do you stay cool in the heat? Do share any tips…and don’t forget to link up what you’ve been wearing!

Joanna Hope blue lace dress Max Azria one shoulder dress

Mum’s outfit: Joanna Hope lace dress | River Island bag

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40 Comments

  1. June 20, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Great dress qnd accessories- love the ring! It sounds as if it’s currently hotter back home than it is here in Greece. The irony!

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks Gail! Yes it was a scorcher!

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks Laurie! It was so hot…we’re just not cut out for it in the Uk!

  2. June 20, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    You look positively divine, Emma. And at first glance, the studs of your clutch are laid out in such a tribal motif 🙂

  3. June 20, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    This dress is beautiful! I need a dress for a big fashion show in Seattle that I am attending in July and this would be perfect! I love the colors, design and style and how it really compliments your hair color! So pretty! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! The fashion show sounds very exciting!

  4. June 20, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Sexy!!! You wear that dress with grace! Fabulous! And that ring is fantastic too.

  5. June 20, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    First off , Emma your haircut looks so stunning! I have been considering a new hairstyle, but I always chicken out. I am just going to try some pretty updos for summer as it is hot here too! Love the print and style, the one shoulder s sexy and elegant. The clutch’s tones go perfectly! Sounds like you had a lovely time too. Your mom looks lovely in blue!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Jess 🙂 I was so overdue a haircut. I’ve had the same hairdresser for 17 years! She lives near my mum so I have it done when I go to visit. It’s not always practical to wait so long but I can’t bring myself to go anywhere else!

  6. June 20, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Your hair, it looks fantastic shortened, Emma. Sounds like a great wedding where all three of you including your mom and Isabel had fun and all three looked fabulous too. I love the asymmetric dress on you and that studded clutch matches it perfectly! =)

  7. June 20, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Emma I love reading your blog, and love your style, but how can you really be forty something??!! You look sooo young!.
    That dress is pure elegance, I think you look super in it. How lovely to spend time with your family, I can feel the love coming through your blog for your family. xx Many thanks for sharing this Emma, and for the link up. xx Jacqui
    mummabstylish

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much Jacqui, what a lovely thing to say 🙂 I had it drummed into me from a young age to wear SPF by an older cousin. I saw her at the wedding for the first time in years and she still looks so young so I guess that proves that sunscreen really does work!

  8. June 21, 2017 / 12:45 am

    I can see why you love that dress, it is so pretty!!!

  9. June 21, 2017 / 3:32 am

    Love this dress on you – really flattering colour and style for you.

  10. Andrea Nine
    June 21, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Absolutely Stunning!!! Oh how I love that print and fit!! So Fabulous!!

  11. June 21, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Beautiful dress my dear! I know exactly what you mean about trying to stay cool in the heat. Here in Texas August is the hottest month and I stay cool by eating tons of ice chips lol! Keeps me cool when I’m out and about. Thanks for sharing:)

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      Thank you Trina! We’re really not used to very hot weather in the UK so we struggle to cope…same with very cold weather and snow!

  12. June 22, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Beautiful dress and it you look great wearing it.
    Nora

  13. June 23, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    “Bingo Wings”! She sounds fabulous. And you look fabulous! I haven’t tried the one bare shoulder yet, but I this look so elegant. Now I wonder if I have a place to wear it…hmmm. To keep cool in the summer, I pick as light of a material as possible without being to sheer. I know this doesn’t work for every occasion, but where I can…Thank you for linking up with Thursday Moda. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to chat with so many beautiful ladies.

    • July 1, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you Chrissy! So glad you stopped by 🙂

  14. June 25, 2017 / 7:03 am

    This dress is a great choice for you. It flatters you skin and hair tone. Great styling with the clutch. You are at risk to outdress the bride. LOL. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style party!

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