The 25 Best Beach Wedding Guest Dresses for Seaside Nuptials (2024)

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Our Favorite Beach Wedding Guest Dresses of 2024 A Tropical-Themed Dress A Flirty Open-Back Dress A Silky Dress With Pockets A Monochrome Linen Dress A Mermaidcore Dress A Vibrant Caftan Dress A Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress An Ocean-Inspired Dress An Intricate Tiered Dress A Dainty Floral Dress Farm Rio Red Heliconia Midi Dress Farm Rio Red Heliconia Midi Dress ASTR the Label Neira Dress ASTR the Label Neira Dress Banana Republic Isa Cotton-Silk Dress Banana Republic Isa Cotton-Silk Dress Reformation Selia Linen Dress Reformation Selia Linen Dress Baoab Mambo Maxi Dress Baoab Mambo Maxi Dress Eloquii One-Shoulder Kaftan Eloquii One-Shoulder Kaftan By Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress By Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress Rixo Moniq Maxi Dress Rixo Moniq Maxi Dress Rhode Alber Dress Rhode Alber Dress Christy Lynn Christian Dress Christy Lynn Christian Dress Stella McCartney Asymmetric Draped Jersey Dress Stella McCartney Asymmetric Draped Jersey Dress Simkhai Alfie Dress Simkhai Alfie Dress A.L.C. Angelina Dress A.L.C. Angelina Dress Solid & Striped Carnation Pink and Clementine Leaf Print Dress Solid & Striped Carnation Pink and Clementine Leaf Print Dress PatBo Cutout Fringed Metallic Knitted Midi Dress PatBo Cutout Fringed Metallic Knitted Midi Dress Veronica Beard Radley Dress Veronica Beard Radley Dress La DoubleJ One-Shoulder Bouclé Minidress La DoubleJ One-Shoulder Bouclé Minidress Lemlem Inku Cascade Dress Lemlem Inku Cascade Dress Mango Ruffled Dress Mango Ruffled Dress Never Fully Dressed Blue Jacquard Mini Dress Never Fully Dressed Blue Jacquard Mini Dress FAQs
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Beach weddings are both idyllic and tough to dress for: Your outfit needs to match the ceremony’s dress code and venue aesthetic just as at any wedding, but also stay comfortable in sand, sea spray, and hot, sticky weather. The key to finding just the right look? Skip stilettos in favor of flat sandals and go for the best beach wedding guest dresses that are wearable and refined at once.

“Look for styles that are flowy, made with lightweight fabrics like linen and viscose to help to keep you cool, and that you can dance on the beach in all night,” Suzanne Smallshaw, senior director of fashion and styling at Rent the Runway, tells Bazaar. “If you’re looking for a more form-fitting dress, opt for one with breathable stretch, so you’re comfortable from the afternoon ceremony to sunset co*cktails.”

Our Favorite Beach Wedding Guest Dresses of 2024

Don’t be afraid to lean into bold, bright designs. In fact, Smallshaw suggests looking to mood-boosting spring 2023 trends for inspiration. “Opt for vibrant colors, seasonal prints, and interesting details or cutouts to show off a little skin,” she says. “Playful pleats, sunset-inspired hues, and mermaid-esque silhouettes are top themes this summer that would also play wonderfully in a beach wedding setting.”

Attending a black-tie seaside ceremony? Try a floor-length slipdress in a bright graphic print. If the invite specifies semiformal or co*cktail attire, go for a dreamy puff-sleeve maxi or an ornate lace mini with a slightly relaxed fit. To enhance the vibe of your beach-chic look, Smallshaw suggests adding timeless, beachy touches like straw bags, gold jewelry, and pearls.

Whether you’re staying local or traveling to faraway shores, I did the research and tapped Smallshaw’s expertise to find the 25 best beach wedding guest dresses for every kind of seaside ceremony. Now, all that’s left to do is enjoy the salty breeze on your skin and bask in the sunshine.

A Tropical-Themed Dress

Farm Rio Red Heliconia Midi Dress

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A Tropical-Themed Dress

Farm Rio Red Heliconia Midi Dress

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A wedding in paradise calls for a joyous, statement-making dress. Rio de Janeiro–based label Farm Rio is an expert at those, including this vibrant tropical-print midi complete with billowing puff sleeves and front-to-back cutouts.

Sizes: XXS-XL

Colors: Red/multi

Materials: 60% cotton, 40% viscose

A Flirty Open-Back Dress

ASTR the Label Neira Dress

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A Flirty Open-Back Dress

ASTR the Label Neira Dress

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ASTR the Label is a great source for contemporary, affordable occasionwear, and I’m currently eyeing this charming maxi from the brand for sun-soaked nuptials. My favorite part? The subtly plunging neckline and feminine open-back detail. For added coverage, make sure to pair this dress with some of the best nipple covers.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Green Multi

Materials: 100% polyester

A Silky Dress With Pockets

Banana Republic Isa Cotton-Silk Dress

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A Silky Dress With Pockets

Banana Republic Isa Cotton-Silk Dress

Accesorized with block-heeled sandals and some delicate jewelry, this soft cotton-silk midi can go from weekend brunch to wedding-ready in a flash. In addition to coming in a wide range of sizes, it has adjustable straps and handy pockets.

Sizes: 0-20, including regular, tall, and petite options

Colors: Gather Floral Periwinkle

Materials: 70% cotton, 30% silk

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A Monochrome Linen Dress

Reformation Selia Linen Dress

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A Monochrome Linen Dress

Reformation Selia Linen Dress

Simple yet elegant, this linen, plunge-back maxi will keep you cool at the hottest beachfront weddings. The simple cut and color can be styled in different ways for multiple weddings on your calendar.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Avocado, Black, Giverny

Materials: 100% linen

A Mermaidcore Dress

Baoab Mambo Maxi Dress

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A Mermaidcore Dress

Baoab Mambo Maxi Dress

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The mermaid aesthetic is set to be everywhere this summer. Channel your inner Ariel with this strapless number from sustainable resortwear and swimwear brand Baboab. “This sleek maxi is practically made for a beach wedding, showcasing a beautiful sheen and ombré color palette that’s perfect for the season,” says Smallshaw. “Additionally, the silhouette has breathable cutouts and a beautiful hourglass shape that’s comfortable enough to wear all night long.”

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Cosmo

Materials: 100% polyester

A Vibrant Caftan Dress

Eloquii One-Shoulder Kaftan

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A Vibrant Caftan Dress

Eloquii One-Shoulder Kaftan

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For those ultra-toasty destinations, caftans are an airy, effortless choice that will help keep you covered when you don’t want to reveal too much skin. This kaleidoscopic version will certainly earn a spot on the best-dressed list. It’s made with lightweight rayon and has a side zipper for easy on and off, as well.

Sizes: 14/16-30/32

Colors: Color Wave

Materials: 100% rayon

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A Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress

By Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress

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A Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress

By Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Eyelet Dress

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It can be difficult for petite women to find long wedding-guest dresses that don’t need to be altered, but Anthropologie has some gorgeous boho-leaning options. Offered in six petite sizes (as well as plus sizes!), this eyelet style is the perfect companion to your favorite espadrille flatforms and a woven handbag.

Sizes: XXS-3X, including plus sizes

Colors: Ivory

Materials: Cotton, polyester

An Ocean-Inspired Dress

Rixo Moniq Maxi Dress

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An Ocean-Inspired Dress

Rixo Moniq Maxi Dress

Perhaps no dress seems more fitting for a semiformal beach wedding than this playful Rixo piece, done in a lightweight gauze material with an embellished, aquatic-inspired print. Add on a bright handbag and pair of mules to inject some color into the cheeky look.

Sizes: UK6-UK20

Colors: Black

Materials: 100% viscose

An Intricate Tiered Dress

Rhode Alber Dress

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An Intricate Tiered Dress

Rhode Alber Dress

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Rhode’s vivid, intricate prints are personal favorites of mine. Starring a rich jewel-toned motif, this stunning number from the brand is sure to pop against a range of skin tones. Its strappy halter neckline, keyhole detail, and tiered skirt offer extra intrigue.

Sizes: 0-14

Colors: Ivy Flora

Materials: 100% viscose

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A Dainty Floral Dress

Christy Lynn Christian Dress

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A Dainty Floral Dress

Christy Lynn Christian Dress

One of my new favorite closet additions, this exquisite chiffon dress from emerging designer Christy Lynn would easily fit in at a seaside wedding. Drawing inspiration from Lynn’s Korean heritage and love for Parisian fashion, it boasts custom, hand-painted blooms and an ultra-flattering fit thanks to its adjustable waist tie and attached slip.

Sizes:

XS-XL

Colors: Blue Garden

Materials: Silk crinkle chiffon

An Asymmetrical Jersey Dress

Stella McCartney Asymmetric Draped Jersey Dress

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An Asymmetrical Jersey Dress

Stella McCartney Asymmetric Draped Jersey Dress

Going monochrome doesn’t mean your look has to be basic. This punchy yellow midi from Stella McCartney’s Spring ’23 collection expertly blends elements of fluidity and structure, featuring a fitted bodice, flowy asymmetrical skirt, and draping at the shoulders. Because it’s made of a jersey material, the style should also be both stretchy and breathable.

Sizes: IT36-IT50

Colors: Yellow

Materials: 100% viscose

A Watercolor Print Dress

Simkhai Alfie Dress

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A Watercolor Print Dress

Simkhai Alfie Dress

“The sunset hues of this Simkhai maxi are perfect for golden-hour pictures,” Smallshaw says. “Also, the light fabric and cutouts make this dress ideal for warm, beachy temperatures.”

Sizes

: XS-L

Colors: Multicolored

Materials: 100% recycled nylon

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A Pleated Maxi Dress

A.L.C. Angelina Dress

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A Pleated Maxi Dress

A.L.C. Angelina Dress

Smallshaw also suggests A.L.C’s Angeline dress, which plays into two popular summer dressing trends and can work for a variety of semiformal events. “This Barbiecore-pink gown has beautiful pleating for breezy summer nights on the beach, yet looks super elevated,” she notes.

Sizes: 00-14

Colors: Chateau Rose, Off White

Materials: 100% polyester

A Trippy Second-Skin Maxi Dress

Solid & Striped Carnation Pink and Clementine Leaf Print Dress

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A Trippy Second-Skin Maxi Dress

Solid & Striped Carnation Pink and Clementine Leaf Print Dress

While Solid & Striped is best known for its cult-loved swimwear, don’t sleep on the brand’s newer ready-to-wear offerings. This groovy printed bodycon offers just the right amount of ’70s nostalgia with a lightweight fit and two side slits, ideal for traversing sandy shores.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Carnation Pink and Clementine Leaf Print

Materials: 75% rayon, 25% nylon

A Fringed Midi Dress

PatBo Cutout Fringed Metallic Knitted Midi Dress

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A Fringed Midi Dress

PatBo Cutout Fringed Metallic Knitted Midi Dress

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This fabulous fringed number says you’re ready to party. The swishy cabana-style accents will sway with your every move, while the slit in the back ensures you can easily dance from sunset to sunrise. Plus, the subtly metallic fabric adds another flirty touch.

Sizes: 0-12

Colors: Beige

Materials: 92% polyamide, 4% elastane, 4% polyester

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A Classic Striped Halter Dress

Veronica Beard Radley Dress

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A Classic Striped Halter Dress

Veronica Beard Radley Dress

With its elegant striped print, crisscross halter neck, and drop-waist silhouette, this classic Veronica Beard dress feels just right for a dreamy coastal European wedding. Tie the look together with some low braided wedges for stability on the sand and at the cliffside villa where you’ll enjoy post-ceremony drinks.

Sizes: 00-16

Colors: Off White Multi

Materials: 65% viscose, 35% elastomultiester

A Festive One-Shoulder Minidress

La DoubleJ One-Shoulder Bouclé Minidress

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A Festive One-Shoulder Minidress

La DoubleJ One-Shoulder Bouclé Minidress

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Here: an adorable pineapple-print mini to match the piña colada that will inevitably make its way into your hands. Although the dress’s bouclé-style fabric is a bit heartier than lighter-weight alternatives, its high cotton content still makes it breathable.

Sizes: XXS-XL

Colors: Yellow

Materials: 98% cotton, 2% elastane

A Cotton Dress That Doubles As a Cover-Up

Lemlem Inku Cascade Dress

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A Cotton Dress That Doubles As a Cover-Up

Lemlem Inku Cascade Dress

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Packing for a destination wedding with only one carry-on? Save space in your suitcase with this breezy cotton midi that can double as a beach cover-up. Like the rest of the Lemlem’s ethical offerings, this piece is also sustainably made and responsibly crafted by artisans in Ethiopia.

Sizes: XS-L

Colors: Blue

Materials: 100% cotton

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A Wispy, Ruffled Dress

Mango Ruffled Dress

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A Wispy, Ruffled Dress

Mango Ruffled Dress

Ruffles have been experiencing a renaissance lately, and this polished Mango maxi gives them a decidedly modern spin. With an array of sheer, spindly accents, the gauzy purple gown is giving ethereal jellyfish vibes in the absolute best way possible.

Sizes: 2-10

Colors: Light/Pastel Purple

Materials: 100% polyester

A Silk Wrap Dress

Never Fully Dressed Blue Jacquard Mini Dress

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A Silk Wrap Dress

Never Fully Dressed Blue Jacquard Mini Dress

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Silk wrap dresses are easy to dress up or down and complement basically every body type. I’m loving this ocean-blue, jacquard print version, which will easily become a staple in a summer wardrobe even after the ceremony is over.

Sizes: UK6-UK26

Colors: Blue

Materials: 58% viscose, 42% polyester

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FAQs

What should an older woman wear to a beach wedding? ›

For women, opt for jumpsuits or dresses that are slightly shorter in length and/or show a bit more arm. Think off-the-shoulder sleeves, asymmetric designs with one bare shoulder or even chic dresses that are sleeveless or have spaghetti straps. You can also lean into splashier prints in moderation.

What type of dress is best for a beach wedding? ›

A dress, suit, or jumpsuit all work for women to wear to a beach formal wedding. Opt for solid, lighter colors (avoiding black, cream, and white) and breathable fabrics. To up the elegance factor, consider sumptuous fabrics like lace and tulle, both of which are light and airy but have an upscale vibe.

What do guests wear to beach weddings? ›

The most common beach wedding outfits for men include a button-down shirt, slacks or chinos and a suit jacket or blazer if it's a formal ceremony. Flowy maxi and midi dresses are common beach wedding outfits for women, but jumpsuits and dressy separates are also appropriate choices.

What color does the mother of the bride wear to a beach wedding? ›

In my opinion, your outfit should be complementary to the wedding. For example, if the bridesmaids are wearing pink, then don't wear pink yourself unless the bride asks you to. However, it would be nice to wear something that is complementary to pink such as a light blue dress with pale pink details or accessories.

What not to wear to a beach wedding? ›

Avoid wearing flip-flops as it's inappropriate. You can only wear flip-flops if the bride and groom decide to have a casual beach wedding. Take note of the weather as well. It can get cold or windy so don't forget to bring a sweater, jacket, shawl, or wrap.

What do you wear to the beach at 70? ›

70s. A basic t-shirt and shorts make the perfect combination for beach weather forecasts in the 70s. On sunny days, go with a short-sleeve tee, sailboat-ready polo shirt, or a loose tank dress.

What Colour is best for a beach wedding? ›

There are tons of beach wedding colors to choose from! Think cool colors that remind you of the ocean like teal, gray, sea foam, and deep blue. Then consider contrasting with warm tones like peach, dark pink, and gold that remind you of watching the sun set over the ocean!

What is the best hairstyle for a beach wedding? ›

For a romantic and ethereal look, a braided updo is an excellent choice for your beach wedding! This style keeps your hair off your face and neck, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable throughout the day. Choose from a variety of braided updos, such as a fishtail braid, a loose boho braid, or a twisted braided bun.

What is a coastal chic attire? ›

Coastal chic fashion is a style that combines elements of relaxed coastal living with sophisticated and elegant touches. It captures the essence of a carefree beachside lifestyle while maintaining a sense of refinement and fashion-forwardness.

What does a mother of the groom wear to a beach wedding? ›

Wear a flowy, lightweight floral dress with statement jewelry for a laid-back informal or semi-formal wedding that takes place at the beach. Tea-length, co*cktail-length, and knee-length dresses are great picks. Long maxi dresses with a loose silhouette can also work.

What should my husband wear to a beach wedding? ›

Groom's Attire

A linen suit is popular for beach weddings because it is lightweight and breathable. You can also opt for a cotton suit or a blend of linen and cotton. When it comes to colors, you can't go wrong with light colors such as beige, light gray, or light blue.

Do brides go barefoot for beach wedding? ›

Wedding Planning

When it comes to beach weddings, heels are most definitely overrated. Whether you chose to wear sandals or go barefoot, it's the one place where formal wear will look out of place; so kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and forget you ever voluntarily wore high heels!

What style of wedding dress is best for a beach wedding? ›

When selecting a wedding dress for a beach wedding, consider opting for effortless silhouettes that reflect the laid-back ambiance of the beach. A-line, sheath, and empire waist dresses are great options, as they offer a relaxed and graceful look.

What color should a mother of the bride not wear? ›

Answer: Typically the mother of the bride's outfit is whatever fits her style. In terms of color, traditionally, attendants and the MOB would avoid white (upstaging the bride), black (it reminds people of mourning) and red (because it's flashy).

Should mother of the bride and groom wear the same color? ›

Should the mother of the bride and mother of the groom wear different colors? Generally yes, according to Valiente. "Open communication is key to nailing the color selection," she says.

What should a 75 year old wear to a wedding? ›

Pantsuits, jumpsuits, and dresses are appropriate choices for casual weddings. Women over 60 can choose knee-length, tea-length, or full-length dresses for most wedding themes. A full-length gown is the most suitable choice for formal or black-tie events.

What to wear to a summer wedding over 60? ›

Although maxi dresses are suitable for the warmer weather, they can also be worn well into fall. Knee-length or midi co*cktail dresses are also great options. Make sure you know what type of wedding you are attending as a garden or beach wedding requires a different style of dress than a black-tie formal wedding.

Can a woman wear pants to a beach wedding? ›

Consider the location and time of day when choosing beach wedding attire. Opt for light and breezy fabrics, and avoid heavy jewelry or accessories. Appropriate outfit ideas include flowy dresses, linen pants, Hawaiian shirts, and lightweight suits.

What color of wedding dress should an older woman wear? ›

Older brides can and do wear white on their wedding day if they choose to. White is a classic and timeless choice for wedding attire that symbolises purity, new beginnings and the celebration of love.

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