Lightweight Shawls and Wraps for a Summer Wedding

The summer wedding season is here, and many of the dresses are sleeveless, which poses a problem for readers like Suzanne, who emailed to say:

Hi Deborah,

I’m attending a wedding this summer and have found shopping for a dress a bit of a nightmare. It’s challenging to find a nice summer wedding guest dress that isn’t cut too low, isn’t too short, or that isn’t sleeveless. I finally did find one that’s beautiful, but since it does not have sleeves, I’d like something to cover my arms. The temperature is likely to be over 100 so no cute cocktail jackets.

Do you have suggestions for elegant, lightweight wraps? Thanks for your work –Suzanne

Hi Suzanne,

So glad you went with a dress you really loved despite it being sleeveless. Sleeveless dresses are practical in hot weather and are very elegant for a summer wedding. By merely adding a  breezy wrap, you get the coverage you want without looking or feeling weighed down. Here are some lovely women’s wraps and shawls for summer weddings.


1. Embroidered Elegance

There are many reasons for wanting to cover your arms at a summer wedding, and showing your respect for being in a church is one of them. This delicate silver embroidered sheer wrap has a soft shimmer finish that makes it look heavenly. It’s the perfect accessory when any wedding when modesty may be appreciated.

Silver embroidered sheer wrap
Silver embroidered sheer wrap.

2. Cascading Chiffon

Wraps are lovely, but getting them to stay put is sometimes tricky, which is why this beautiful gold wrap with a cascade of falling chiffon ruffles is so popular. It’s specially designed to sit nicely on your shoulders without slipping off. Plus, the iridescent gold color is flattering on any skin tone. Available in 8 other colors!


Evening women's wraps and shawls
Evening women’s wraps and shawls

3. Floaty and Feminine

There are a lot of beautiful wraps to camouflage your arms and they come in many different colors, but I think one of the loveliest is this feminine lightweight sheer wrap in this delicate champagne color. This shade adds a soft, luminous glow to any complexion and the embroidered flowers give it a romantic touch. It’s perfect for a summer wedding.

Feminine lightweight sheer wrap
Feminine lightweight sheer wrap

4. Sweet Swiss Dot

Looking for something a touch more casual? A Periwinkle ombré wrap dipped in color may be your answer. This Betsey Johnson wrap with the sweet swiss dot would be perfect for a garden wedding or sunny destination ceremony.

 swiss dot shawl wrap

5. Instant Wow Factor

Lightweight wraps are great when you want a touch of arm or neckline coverage, but they’re also great for adding some “wow.” Take a plain dress to the next level with this ruffled evening shawl from Ralph Lauren. This shimmery wrap in a gorgeous deep midnight blue is all you need to turn up the glam on a basic cocktail dress or update something you may have had in your closet for a couple of years.


Evening lightweight wraps
Evening lightweight wraps

6. Wrapped In Comfort

Is it just me or does air conditioning in summer makes you feel like you are sitting in a refrigerator, especially at big events like wedding receptions where the venues tend to crank up the cold to the max? I always take a wrap along, just in case and usually it’s cashmere.

This exquisite cashmere pashmina is light but warm and offers endless possibilities of ways to tie and wear it.  I love its elegance and simplicity, and the fact that I can roll it up and tuck it away when I’m not using it.


Still didn’t find what you like? Here are some more beautiful evening wraps.

Lightweight Shawls and Wraps


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