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“Just because the wedding will be held on or near a beach doesn’t mean a fancy cover-up or flip-flops are appropriate,” says Anne Chertoff, trend expert for WeddingWire. “A summer dress or colorful cocktail dress are both great options for ladies, and a linen suit or khakis and a button-down shirt for the guys will be comfortable and chic.” Remember: You may be on the sand, so wear fancy flat sandals since it will be nearly impossible to walk in high heels.
A morning formal
If the engaged couple is inspired by Prince William and Princess Kate (Middleton), who had a formal wedding in the morning, there’s a strict dress code for guests to follow, says Chertoff. Think Downton Abbey, where the men wear a cutaway coat with tails, a vest, and pin-striped pants, top hat-optional, says Chertoff. “Another option is a morning suit, an all-gray version of the cutaway coat, pants and tails, or a dark gray or black suit. Women shouldn’t wear a floor-length dress before the evening, but a tea-length dress, colored pantsuit, or skirt and top are quite formal for a wedding held early in the day.” Here are ways to dress so you look 10 pounds thinner.