Not all weddings take place in a chapel or at a park—some folks opt for the more casual but still beautiful beach wedding. Although beachfront weddings can be fun and offer an opportunity to dress up without going fully formal, you still need to consider your wedding attire carefully. Below, we’ll break down what to wear to a beach wedding as a man.
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Linen or Cotton
Although the coast will doubtlessly cool you down, you should still pick either linen or cotton for your clothing materials. Both linen and cotton are incredibly breathable and cool, so you won’t sweat up a storm while sitting in the sun during the wedding service.
Fortunately, linen and cotton are ideal choices for formal and semi-formal dress pants, jackets, shirts, and more. Any attire you want to wear should come in one of these two material types.
Tie or No Tie?
Beach weddings are typically not as formal as weddings that take place in churches or other formal locations. Because of this, you don’t always have to wear a tie with your suit or jacket.
Of course, the major wedding rule of thumb still applies here: ask the bride and groom about the dress code before deciding whether to skip the tie. If you do decide to go with a tie, make sure it matches your jacket and shirt and that it’s made of linen.
Consider a Waistcoat
Consider a waistcoat for a beach summer or spring wedding. Waistcoats can be dressy and comfortable at the same time, plus many of them are made in comfortable linen material. Waistcoats also come in a variety of sizes and colors, allowing you to mix and match this key part of your wardrobe with other accessories or elements.
Consider a Pastel Palette
When choosing the color of your jacket, waistcoat, or even your pants, consider pastel colors instead of the normal selection of black or white. Remember, beach weddings are usually held in full sunshine with a more casual aesthetic.
If the wedding is being held on a beach with golden sand, blues and yellows are ideal colors to match. Depending on your complexion and hair color, you might also be able to pull off pink. Either way, consider pastel colors as a way to spruce up your wardrobe without stepping out of the dress code.
Khakis or Light Colored Pants
When it comes to trousers for a beach wedding, you can’t go wrong with khakis. These light brown or beige pants can be tailored for your personal comfort and an ideal fit, and they come in a wide range of weights, styles, and more.
Consider Berle’s Charleston Dress Khakis, for example. These come in several different colors, feature a flat front, and offer a classic appearance that will never go out of style.
You might even be able to make some performance khakis work. Berle’s Performance Dress Khakis can serve dual roles as work attire and suitable trousers for a beach wedding, provided you don’t play a major part in the ceremony.
Ask About Shoes
Since the wedding will take place on a beach, be sure to ask the bride and groom about shoes. They may decide to let people wear whatever shoes they want, as nobody wants to be slipping around on sand in dress shoes. Be sure to inquire about sandals or slippers. These are more comfortable footwear choices that can still go with a waistcoat or another semiformal outfit ensemble.
A Word on “Casual”
We’ve talked at length about how beach weddings are more casual than other weddings. But that doesn’t mean that they are always “casual” per se.
Unless the bride and groom explicitly say that the wedding is casual and that they don’t want you to dress up, assume that what they really mean is semi-formal. Don’t, for example, show up in a T-shirt and jeans to a casual beach wedding unless explicitly asked to do so.
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