5 Perfect Outfits For L.A. Beach Weddings

We think we speak for all Angelenos when we say we've never met a beach bash we didn't like. It doesn't matter if it's for a BBQ or a round of bocce ball — if it involves sand and an ocean breeze, we're there. When it comes to seaside weddings, however, we're a bit more apprehensive. Not that the idea, in theory, isn't a total winner (after all, who doesn't love some boozy dancing near the surf?). It's just that it presents its own unique set of sartorial challenges. How casual is too casual? What kind of shoes are you supposed to wear?

If you're in agreement, you've come to the right place. Below, we've rounded up five perfect outfits with L.A.'s most popular beaches in mind. From a pretty, printed dress for Santa Monica nuptials to an awesome, Venice-worthy jumpsuit — and, yes, shoes to match — scroll down for outfit ideas aplenty.

Manhattan Beach
The verdict is in: Culottes are one of the season's most noteworthy trends. And, the laid-back vibe of a Manhattan Beach wedding happens to be perfect for test-driving a rad, patterned pair like these. With of-the-moment items, though, it's wise to steer clear of pricey investment pieces, which is why we settled on this under-$100 pair from Topshop. (After all, one day they're in, the next day they're out...)


Santa Monica
For colorful, bustling Santa Monica, we went with a vividly printed midi dress. A picnic-basket-inspired clutch subtly plays up the dress's lawn-party vibe, while fun nail polish, on-trend flatforms (don't you dare wear stilettos to a beach wedding), and a perfect denim jacket round out the look. Et voilà — you're ready for any SaMo soiree that comes your way.

A ceremony in boho Malibu calls for an easygoing look with muted colors. Here, the accessories do all the talking: Straw d'Orsay flats are a cool update to the classic shoe, while the clutch's palm-tree embellishment fits the beach-wedding theme to a T. Lastly, a couple swipes of blush for a healthy dose of color will leave you thoroughly party-ready.

Hermosa Beach
A youthful, cheery pink dress is just the ticket for nuptials in happening Hermosa Beach. While this embellished gold clutch makes a statement, it doesn't overpower the dress's busy pattern. Fresh, white nail polish and summer's requisite strappy sandals are tried-and-true additions to this A+ ensemble.

For hip, cool-as-ever Venice, we went for a modern, minimalist look. A simple black jumpsuit is the perfect blank canvas for showing off look-at-me accessories — namely, a statement cuff, metallic sandals, and a geometric clutch. A bold, red lip finishes it off on the right note.

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