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A Survival Guide to Attending an Outdoor Wedding in the Summer

Top 8 Tips for the Summer Outdoor Wedding Guest

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When you first get the invitation, you're thrilled. And then you realize. It's an outdoor wedding. In the heat of the summer.

As a guest at an outdoor wedding, how do you survive the heat while still looking chic and lovely? Here are my top tips.
  1. Your Outfit Look for a cotton sundress or other clothing made of natural fibers. Loose fitting clothing will be your friend. I love this green cotton party dress for a summer outdoor wedding, because it strikes the right balance between comfort, formality, and stylishness. For men, consider a light tan suit, or the old-fashioned chic of seersucker.

  2. Stay Hydrated Everyone knows water helps keep you cool. So carry a bottle of water in your purse. If you're a man, ask your date to hold it for you, or bring it in a white gift bag.

  3. Horses Sweat, Men Perspire, Ladies Glow To combat sweat, don't cover your face with a thick layer of powder. Instead, do what top beauty editors do to rid themselves of shine - blotting papers. These powdery pieces of paper will absorb oils without coating skin. I especially like the blotting papers that Bobby Brown makes, which come in chic little packaging. But there are less expensive options that work as well.

  4. Don't Sink! The Wedge Will Save You!Stilletos are great, but they won't work at an outdoor wedding. Whether sinking into the grass, or tripping on cobblestones, you'll wish you'd worn a more sensible shoe. A wedge heel like this Franco Sarto 'Gondola' will be far more comfortable. Or, you can go for the very trendy ballerina flat.

  5. Act Like an Onion – Wear Layers Here in New York, it seems like every summer has an unseasonably cold day in the middle of June. And visitors to San Francisco are frequently surprised by how chilly it is in July. If you're traveling to another city, make sure you pack a cardigan or jacket that coordinates with the outfit you plan to wear to the wedding. Even on a warmer day, a light sweater will keep the sun off of your shoulders, preventing sun damage.

  6. Wear Sunscreen It may seem like a no-brainer, but sunscreen is a must. Especially when you're trying to stay cool, the last thing you want is a blistering sunburn. You never know when the sun will shift, and you'll be standing in full sun, without the possibility of moving to shade.

  7. Consider a Hat In Europe, wearing a hat to a fancy wedding is de rigueur. So adding a hat to your outfit will not only shield your face, but it will add some European punch to your ensemble.

  8. Parasol Means Stop the Sun You remember how chic Audrey Hepburn looked in My Fair Lady. You don't have to be as fancy as she was to carry a parasol to shade you from the sun. Be sure to sit in a place where you aren't blocking others' views.
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