What to wear for a Beach Wedding | THE STYLE INSIDER

Finding a formal wedding outfit can be a lengthy affair. From choosing the perfect suit or dress and shoes, to picking out the right accessories, it can be hard to know where to start, but what about if you’re lucky enough to be going to a beach wedding? Now you have to account for the fact that you’re going to be in the great outdoors, where the weather and terrain may be trying to work against you. 

Luckily for you, we’ve got some great inspiration for beach weddings, ensuring that you’re dressed for the occasion, and also have an outfit that is practical should the sun be blazing and the water lapping at your feet!

Relaxed and Laid Back

For the most part, beach weddings are far more laidback than your traditional ceremony. With that being said, it’s always good to make sure that you know what the dress code is (if there is one) before committing yourself to a specific outfit. 

For men, short sleeved shirts are a great alternative to their long sleeve counterparts, being far more lightweight, and heat-friendly. This isn’t an excuse to whip out your classic Hawaiian shirt though. Keep it crisp and white to ensure you don’t stand out for all the wrong reasons.

You can also get away with wearing a pair of shorts, but again, make sure they are in keeping with the occasion, and not the type you’d wear to play a game of Sunday morning footy with the lads. Chino shorts are a perfect balance of smart and casual, and they come in a range of colours, so if you’re unsure of what to go for, they're a great starting point.

Laid Back Beach Wedding

Typically, women are able to wear something a little brighter and more patterned than the men, and the go-to for any wedding is a nice dress. We’d recommend something lightweight and more floaty, which will be far more accommodating for the heat. This Lauren by Ralph Lauren dress is a perfect example of something less restrictive, yet still appropriate for the occasion. 


Smart? Casual? Or both?

What does smart casual even mean?! It’s the age old question to one of the vaguest dress codes ever. But if you have no idea where to start with your outfit, then smart casual is a safe option.

Men can pair something lightweight on top, like this Boss Casual Mabsoot Slim-fit shirt, alongside a smart pair of trousers. Blue and grey trousers work the best in this instance, and coupled with some nice loafers, you can’t go wrong! 


For women, a dress doesn’t have to be the default. A nice oversized shirt tucked into a midi skirt can balance the smart casual vibes perfectly.

Put your best foot forward

Finding the perfect footwear for a beach wedding may be the trickiest thing of all. Sand is notorious for getting literally everywhere, and the last thing you want to be doing is emptying your shoes out every five minutes.

To follow the more casual and laid back vibe, men can opt for some nice loafers, like these Loake driving loafers, or some boat shoes. These ensure that your outfit remains comfortable while still being occasion appropriate. As tempting as it may be, refrain from choosing flip-flops, sliders, or going barefoot, it’s just not a good look.

It may be obvious, but for the ladies, it’s probably not the best idea to pair heels with your outfit either. If you do go down this route, you’ll probably end up regretting your choice. You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of leather sandals, like the Lauren by Ralph Lauren Ellington Sandals. They are sophisticated enough to be suitable for formal beach nuptials, and aren’t going to have you sinking into the sand. 

Outfits for every occasion

Whether it’s for the wedding, or the afterparty, you can be sure to find plenty of fashion forward outfits at Robert Goddard! To find your perfect beach wedding fit, take a better look at our designer menswear and womenswear collections and start turning heads!