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What's fashionable to wear this summer to a church wedding?

A FLARE fashion editor answers your questions!

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Question: I am invited to a wedding this summer and I am wondering which types of dresses are fashionable and appropriate for a church wedding.

Answer: Church weddings can range from very traditional (read formal) to summer dressy. The invitation will usually state a dress code but if it doesn’t there are a few style guidelines to follow. The location of the reception should also give you an indication of what to wear.

A pretty floaty dress in solid or print is a perfect choice. Choose something with or without a sleeve that falls to the knee. Have fun with your accessories – this summer, natural is in so choose a crochet clutch, wood bracelets or raffia heels to contrast a silky delicate pattern. Avoid wearing white. This is a pretty standard rule and will keep you out of harm’s way (from the bride). Stay away from anything too revealing, such as a high slit or a bare midriff (save that for Friday nights). A strapless dress is fine but you may want to wear a little jacket such as a shrug or cropped number out of respect for the locale. Pants and a top are just too casual. A dressy pantsuit works well – but make sure it’s not too corporate-looking. Be sure to check out the following stores for great options- Banana Republic, Holt Renfew (Pink Tartan, Laundry), Le Chateau (they’ve just launched a new dress collection), H&M and BCBG Max Azria.