Beach weddings are arguably one of the most picturesque out-of-town affairs. In addition to the joy of celebrating the couple with various loved ones, these events double as an opportunity to get all dressed up—and have a lot of fun doing so.
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When attending a beach wedding, first take into account the couple’s prescribed dress code. If it falls under the casual/informal or cocktail codes, then you’re free to play up your personal style for the occasion. In terms of color, a mix of neutrals and citrusy hues work well for seaside dressing, with white being another staple option if the dress code allows it.
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Mobility and breeze-resistance should also be on your priority. For now, skip tighter silhouettes such as bodycon dresses that restrict the knees, especially if the ceremony is right by the shore, necessitating some trekking in the sand. Wrap skirts or trousers with hip-high slits might also be difficult to manage in case of strong winds, so slip dresses or a-line shapes would be a better fit.
Below, we list 11 outfits for guests attending a beach wedding:
Outfits for Male Guests:
White Linen Shirt, Chinos, Canvas Loafers
Return to earthy essentials. Wear a white linen shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a pair of cuffed chinos. For footwear, keep in theme with sand-toned canvas loafers.
Hibiscus Print Polo and Cotton Shorts
Blend in with the tropical florals in a short-sleeved print polo. For an extra breezy look, opt for a pair of light cotton shorts.
Striped Shirt, Drawstring Pants, and Espadrilles
Stripes can be for the beach, too. Go for a vertical striped shirt in a linen blend, and pair it with neutral drawstring pants or joggers. For the shoes, opt for espadrilles.
Outfits for Female Guests:
Geometric Print Slip Dress
While still effortless and comfortable, a slip dress with a color blocked motif is a head-turner. Against a sandy matte background, this outfit will look stunning in photos. Style it with an embroidered or tasseled handbag and strappy sandals.
Bohemian Embroidered Dress
Indulge in your whimsical side in a dress covered with adorable embroidery. Since the dress is already a focal point in and of itself, you can lay low on accessorizing, which is also practical if you plan to take a swim right after the ceremony—less jewelry to worry about. Wear it with floral slides or mules.
Few garments rank as highly as the romper in the comfort category. Opt for a playful piece in a striped or gingham fabric. Voluminous sleeves, such as a flounce or puff sleeve, will elevate the outfit from casual to occasion-ready.
Crop Top and Tiered Skirt
In the sweltering tropics, a crop top becomes a wardrobe MVP. Style it up with a floor-grazing tiered skirt and a bohemian woven bag. Accessorize with drop earrings.
Vest and Pants
Not one for dresses? Go for a vest and trousers set in a breathable cotton or linen blend. For beach occasions, find coordinates that feature wooden buttons as opposed to metal to capture that summery mood.
Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
If you’re not keen on getting the hem of your maxi dress wet with seawater, simply wear its slightly shorter sister: the midi. Grab a frock with puff sleeves and a pretty color scheme, and style it with block heels or sandals.
Wide-Leg Pants and Tunic Top
Here’s another dressy yet easygoing set. Wear a tunic top with a long back over a matching pair of breezy trousers. A flattering halter cut works fabulously with a pair of statement earrings. Style further with quirky wooden sandals.
Classic Satin Slip
A beachside classic is the silk or satin slip dress. Available in a variety of gemstone colors, this wardrobe essential is sleek, simple, but always high-impact. Style it with transparent heels and a minimalist clutch.
These are just some of the many options to choose from when planning for your beach wedding attendance. Remember to try on your chosen outfit in advance to ensure that it gives you maximum comfort, as well as the most flattering fit.
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