It’s official: summer wedding season has finally landed. Warm, romantic days watching your oldest friends announce their true love to each other can be both an emotional roller coaster and a beautiful moment to be a part of. And if you’re one of the people that aren’t involved in the wedding party, you get one major bonus: you can dress in whatever your heart desires (as the dress code allows).
When we think of weddings, we usually think of them as black tie affairs. But, one of the refreshing things about summer weddings is that many of them take place on the beach, giving off a relaxed and casual air to the classic ideology of a wedding. Clear blue skies, mild salt-scented breeze, and the sound of crashing ocean waves gives the average wedding a more relaxed feel, which allows attendees to get more creative with their ensembles.
But, that doesn’t mean getting dressed for a casual summer beach wedding is easy. First off, the key concept to attending a beach wedding is that you have to find that fine line between underdressing and overdressing. Wearing a grand evening gown will not only make you pop out like a stick in the sand, but it can also be such a nuisance to try and stroll around with your dress heavily trailing behind. But then, you obviously can’t wear actual beach attire to a swanky beachside wedding, so keep the bikini and beach wraps at home.
Not only do you feel the ironic pressure to dress more relaxed to fit the theme, but you also have to prepare for anything the oceanside weather is willing to throw at you. A light breeze can easily turn into gusts of wind and heavy tides, so you have to keep on layers and emergency wardrobe pieces on hand.
Our aesthetic for summer beach weddings will always be low-key, yet striking. We always go for a fierce look that won’t show-up the bride (and we wouldn’t even think about wearing white). A simple bohemian-style maxi dress or two-piece skirt and elegant crop top combination is the perfect fit for our summer beach wedding destination outfits. We’re also into the layered looks, which will not only keep you warm as the night goes on but will also keep you guarded from the blazing sun during the day. Because, who want to deal with sunburns on a wedding day?
So, if you’re stuck in the beach wedding slump, then we’ve got you covered. The following pieces are the most fitting items of the season for any destination beach wedding. From head to toe, we’ve found some of the hottest summertime pieces to keep you cool and casual while you’re dancing the night away on the sand. From vibrant patterns to pastels and color blocks, these outfit choices are the perfect mix of playful and elegance, making them our top choices for the ultimate summer beach wedding style.
Heading beachside for a destination wedding? Say “I do” to these casual wedding looks.
When it comes to beach weddings, you don’t want to wear a dress that’s too long, but you also want to stay classy and elegant. That’s when the midi dress comes into play: it’s a lively cut that stays modest, and it comes in a variety of styles and colors to choose from. One of our favorite midi dresses for any summer beach wedding is this floral-patterned halter dress from Diane von Furstenberg. This halter dress has a fitted bodice that compliments your figure, and the skirt easily flows through the ocean breeze. The purple floral design gives this dress a bohemian vibe, making it the ultimate dress for any beachside wedding.
Just because you can’t wear a white dress doesn’t mean you can’t wear a white skirt. This angelic skirt from Hervé Léger will effortlessly flatter your silhouette while staying simple and casual with any top you pair it with. The white bandage gives this skirt a slim, figure-hugging fit through the hips, and then descends down into a textured-knit hem that is intriguing to the eye while still staying subtle. The mid-length cut of this skirt makes it sultry, yet completely appropriate for any summertime occasion. Pair this skirt with any colorful blouse to give your look a splash of color (and to keep the bride happy).
This wedding season, get creative with your style by grabbing a dress that’s filled with fun patterns and colors, like this mini dress from Eliza J. This short dress steals the show through its monochromatic yet multi toned floral pattern over an off-white base. The shimmery tulle is inviting to the summertime aesthetic, and the dress gives off a flattering silhouette through the cinched waist created by the grosgrain-ribbon waistband. The simple spaghetti straps and straight neckline give this dress a humbled yet fearless approach, making it perfect for those long summer weddings when you want to make a statement. Pair this dress with a pair of nude heels to keep the focus on your quirky gown.
A simple wrap can do wonders for you, especially when it comes to dealing with any inexplicable weather changes. Pair any of your outfits with this silk chiffon wrap from Bernie of New York. This simple and sheer wrap will give you some light coverage from the sun (you’ll still need some SPF, though!) while adding a touch of gracefulness to your look. Quick tip: if you’re feeling a little hot in the summer sun, then simply wrap this piece around your neck and use it as a light scarf until you’re feeling chilly again. Elegant and versatile? We’re grabbing this one, ASAP.
One of the biggest mistakes women make during summer beach weddings is wearing stiletto heels. Think about it, you’re hanging out on or near the beach all day, wearing heels would just make things much more difficult than they have to be. That’s why we’re swapping our 6-inch heels for something more comfortable, like these ballet flats from Sudini. These flats have an intricate cut-out pattern that gives them a head-turning upgrade, and the scalloped details only make these ballet flats more striking. And they come in a whole variety of colors, so you can find the perfect flat to fit your style at ease.
If you’re into open-toed shoes, then try on a pair of strappy sandals that are filled with liveliness. These studded leather sandals from Valentino are your next perfect fit for some spot-on summer beach wedding style. These nude heels get the makeover of a lifetime with the added golden stud detail, which is only accentuated more by the gold buckles. These shoes may look like they’re all play, but the luxurious leather material lets you maneuver around the party in extreme comfort. And these sandals are perfect for any summertime outfits, from day looks to party-filled nights, so they won’t be sitting in your closet once the party’s over.
No beachside look could ever be complete without a pair of espadrilles. And for those of you craving some height from your shoes, these wedge espadrilles from Badgley Mischka are your match made in heaven. The classic espadrille wedge design is heavily contrasted by the metallic strap details, making these shoes a pair to never forget.