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July 9, 2012

Guests: What to Wear to a Beach Wedding

We love a beach wedding. What could be more romantic than saying “I do” with waves lapping and the sun setting in the background? Thankfully almost any event that takes place shoreside means the rules of dress are a little more relaxed—who knows what might happen with all that sand and water everywhere.

So, what to wear that walks the line between beach bum and black tie?

We suggest a breezy, vibrant maxi dress with a high/low hemline. If your trip requires an overnight stay, stick to wrinkle-averse jersey knits (lace or sequins are also less temperamental). Keep your accessories simple (the bride’s the one who should be making a statement here); try something gold with colored enameled accents like coral, turquoise or white, and don’t forget a lightweight scarf for breeze and sun protection.

Chic, flat sandals are a must for the beach, as are sunglasses and a pretty tote for carting your camera, H2O, sunscreen etc.

Pictured: Cynthia Steffe Halter Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Sunglasses | Milly Canvas Tote | kate spade new york scarf | Ivanka Trump Sandal | Sequin Large Bangles | kate spade new york earrings

If you’ve got a guy who needs some help, the same idea applies of a put-together casual look. Summer-weight suits or suit separates and a white, textured or patterned button down look sharp while keeping their cool. Loafers or boat shoes and a classic-looking pair of sunglasses finish off a plus-one-worthy outfit that’s unstuffy, but totally dapper.

Pictured: Michael Kors Linen Pants | Salvatore Ferragamo Belt | John Varvatos Star Sportcoat | Persol Capri Sunglasses | Cole Haan Loafer | Dsquared Dress Shirt

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