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.

Purple sheath Stretch Cotton

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.