Lately, my inbox has been filled with requests like these:
My biggest dilemma is finding a casual-yet-appropriate-for a beach wedding dress. Any ideas?!
We are fortunate enough to be able to take our family to the Caribbean for a sibling’s wedding in April. I need help! I will be 7 months post partum with a belly that still looks pregnant and I am hoping to still be breastfeeding. Where do I start to look for a dress that is appropriate for a beach wedding?
I’m always happy for an excuse to look at pretty pretty dresses. And if any occasion calls for a pretty pretty dress it’s a beach wedding. But not just any pretty dress – you need something…unstructured. And by “unstructured” I mean an unstructured feeling…something that feels light, breezy, something that goes with sun-kissed skin and windswept hair. Tailored perfection is not the goal (even if the wedding is fancy). My rule of thumb? Look for a silky, flowy, or glamorous dress that could also be worn with flipflops in some cool-girl California wedding. That’s your dress for a beach wedding.
Once the pretty dress is found, I recommend you finish off your glamorous self in the best beachy-casual kind of way: with flat metallic sandals and simple jewelry (I like a few gold bangles). Warm it up with a denim jacket (for a casual wedding), a pretty wrap (for a fancy wedding – and by ‘wrap’ I mean ‘lightweight scarf’)…or a white blazer.
Happily, there’s a whole bunch of dresses (and sandals) perfect for beach weddings. Keep reading to see my favs.
Gorgeous Dresses For a Beach Wedding
In general, I like maxi dresses because you won’t have to worry about accidental bum exposure if the wind kicks up on the beach. If you do go short, make sure the skirt isn’t too flippy (or wear swim bottoms underneath just in case). Another fun option? ROMPERS. While this piece may be too casual for formal or semi-formal weddings in general, odds are they’ll be perfect for a beach wedding. And bonus points for easy kid-wrangling.
If the wedding’s on the beach, you have three options:
1. Wear stilettos, but know that you won’t actually be wearing them. They’re more like a purse in this instance, and will spend most of the time dangling from your hand.
2. Wear wedges to give you a little more stability on the sand…unless the sand is very soft. Then you’ll look like you’re walking in slo-mo. Which, you know….we’ve all done it.
3. Wear chic flat sandals. You can walk around, chase the kiddos, babywear…and the flat sandal actually helps to balance the glam of the dress.
My favorite flat sandals (and a few wedges) are below.
NOTE: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention The Meraki Company’s Greek Sandals are one of my very favs. I couldn’t get them into the boutique below (techie probs), but check them out – especially the Halkidiki style.