What To Wear To A Summer Afternoon Wedding When You’re Over 40

Hi Deborah,

Do you have any suggestions for a summer wedding starting in the later afternoon…it’s at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, so I’m at a loss for how to dress. I’m sure it’ll be hot on August 13.  Love your blog. To your health, Ilona

Hi Ilona,

Great to hear from you! I would suggest a dress that is made of good cotton so that it breathes. Try to find something in a pretty solid color or print.  Here are a few suggestions and please note, you will have to try on these dresses since the length will vary greatly depending on how tall you are.

This pretty sheath dress is a classic!

Dress this mauve dress up with strappy sandals in bronze or silver, or if you do a print dress a sandal in one of the colors in the dress is festive!

If you like to dress in a more romantic style this dress is for you!



You might want to bring along a pretty, little, lightweight sweater or scarf to put on after the sun goes down.








This is a more casual look than the others but you could get a lot of use out of it!




All these dresses are from Nordstrom and are under $150.00 or less!

Have a wonderful time! Cheers!

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  1. Hello, how are you going? :-) I love that nice floral dress you have pictured above, do you know where I can buy it? Thanks heaps for your excellent articles! :-)

  2. Darlene Harlan says:

    What do I wear to an early afternoon , casual wedding at a resort in north west Idaho in June? I am 55, 5’5″, 148 LBS. Weather is supposed to be 6o high and 30 low. I am from Virginia and it’s hot and humid here.

  3. Kathy Gable says:

    Help! What if you don’t wear sleeveless dresses? What about a shrug? I don’t know if that is too youthful for me, I don’t want to look too young, yet a stylish dress with a sleeve is so hard to find.

  4. Unless you are a Demi Moore over 40 I would suggest a more conservative option for a wedding. In these photos the models are most likely late 20’s mid 30’s . There are some lovely dresses out there that are more “flow-ey” and don’t forget your dress shrug. The indoors will be chilly and one must have buffed arms or a shrug. Too, remember the leg make-up. The average woman over 40 should not wear above the knee dresses with bow’s. There are those exceptions with firm bodies, knees and botox of course….

  5. I love the new look of your site!! Very eye catching. Congratulations on your selection.you did a great job.

  6. I am so glad that you covered this topic. last year I had an August wedding and I spent days trying to find something that felt right. I never did and wore a navy blue linen dress that did not feel festive. Now I have another wedding in late July and with your perfect guidelines I know what to look for. I will send you a pix of my final choice. Now if you can just explain what is business casual for women our age.