The prettiest garden party dresses to wear this season from designer to luxe for less
Garden party dresses are one of the prettiest summer styles to shop for. Summer is full of outdoor parties and Garden Party dress codes can be hard to navigate. You want to be dressy but not too formal and not too casual. If in doubt always err on the side of the more conservative and elegant for your garden party dresses. Also stay away from materials that are too glam or too casual e.g. sequins and denim. I’d always rather be over dressed and chic rather than under dressed and too sexy.
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What to wear if you’re unsure of the weather for your garden party
Summer Garden Party weather can be a but hit and miss especially in England. If you’re worried you’re going to be too cold, you can always layer with a pashmina or blazer. On the opposite end of the scale, if you’re worried about burning, a long sleeve garden party dress is a good option. If you’re worried about it being windy, a maxi dress or more fitted style is a good option.
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I’m a huge fan of Hemant and Nandita and Zimmermann, especially the Zimmermann postcard applique linen-silk midi dress. For more affordable looks, Lulus floral print wrap maxi dresses for under $150 are a steal. When it comes to the prettiest, most feminine, floral garden party dresses, you really can’t go wrong with any of their styles.
I’ve chosen a lot of more conservative, elegant styles but there are a few that are more fashion forward if you know that will work for your garden parties dress code. As well as some looser dresses that would work as maternity dresses if you’re looking for a garden party dress to wear while pregnant.
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A lot of these styles would also work for Spring and Summer wedding guest dresses if you want to get more than one wear out of them. Zimmermann, Staud and Dolce & Gabbana floral mini dresses are a definite stand out when it comes to elegant but fashionable garden party outfits.
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These stunning summery dresses are perfect. If some are too casual like the white long sleeve mini dress, you can easily swap the rope belt out for something dressier whether that’s a black leather belt, gold chain belt or something colorful. Add an IT bag and/or shoes to elevate your look (keep scrolling down for my top picks).
I have this strapless dress on order to avoid getting tan lines at outdoor parties. I’ll add photos and sizing details as soon as it arrives but I normally find this brand runs true to size.
What shoes should I wear to a garden party
When it comes to deciding if you should wear flats, heels or wedges with your garden party dress gone are the days that it used to be more appropriate to wear wedges or flats.
Now it’s more of a case of using common sense depending on the surfaces. Is it going to be on grass, is there a lot of walking on gravel etc. If high heel pumps are good enough for Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family to wear to the Buckingham Palace garden party, they’re good enough for me.
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