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Ultimate Guide to Beach Casual Wedding Attire and Resort Casual Attire

A refreshing ocean breeze, a romantic sunset, and a wedding ceremony on the sand can be magical—but despite the picturesque setting, finding the perfect beach casual wedding attire can be a tad daunting. Contrary to the traditional dress codes such as cocktail, semi-formal, or black tie, the “beach” aspect allows you to have a little bit more creativity. Whether you’re the bride on the hunt for millions of white outfits, or a guest with an excuse to splurge on a new tropical wardrobe for the weekend, think comfy, cool, and casual when doing your shopping.

What to wear to a casual beach wedding

As you pack for a beach wedding, remember that beach getaways are always about keeping the energy high and the stress low, so make sure to do the same when searching for your look for the big night. The two greatest differences between beach wedding attire and other formal dress codes lies in the preferred color palettes and fabrics. You generally will not see a little black dress and stilettos at a casual beach wedding. Think more along the lines of a fun sundress or breezy maxi dress. Floral prints, gauzy material, and even some boho-style dresses are fair game. Lean on the power of vibrant colors, lively prints, and simple, chic staples to elevate casual, breathable fabrics and give you an effortless yet elegant beach wedding look.

What to wear to a casual beach wedding

Beach weddings are also a beach vacation for many. You will probably be basking in the sun, sipping on piña coladas under a cabana, and enjoying a delicious dinner with old friends you haven’t seen in ages. Therefore, contemplating your resort casual attire is just as important when packing for your beach getaway. What exactly is resort casual? Resort casual is relaxed yet polished with an easygoing refinement that typical everyday-wear lacks. It's functional and understated, but still snazzy enough to be head-turning. Imagine simple, modest swimsuits, airy coverups, flowy beach pants, and bright-colored sundresses. The key to resort casual is encapsulating resort wear that is chic without jeopardizing comfort.

To help navigate the hassle of wardrobe prepping for a beach getaway, we’ve rounded up some Helen Jon resort wear that is guaranteed to elevate your resort casual attire.

Olivia One-Piece


Helen Jon Olivia One Piece Navy


Whether you’re planning to read a book by the pool or take a dip in the ocean, this Olivia One-Piece Swimsuit is a great piece to have in your closet. It is a simple, comfortable style that is practical for any beach excursion while also offering various colors and prints that keep you stylish at the same time.


Relaxed Shirt Dress

Helen Jon Relaxed Shirt Dress Olive Green

There is nothing worse than putting on a coverup and getting unbearably hot. The lightweight fabric, multiple color options, and flowy style makes the Relaxed Shirt Dress easy to throw on over a swimsuit for an afternoon walk on the beach, and it allows you to look sophisticated and classy while doing so.


Claudia Crochet Midi Dress

Helen Jon Claudia Crochet Dress Ivory

Put this on over a slip, and the Claudia Crochet Midi Dress would be amazing for a dinner outing. Everyone loves a textured dress! This is such a great piece because it is very versatile - you can dress it up for dinner or simply wear it by the pool. For a beach bride, this would be such a unique 'welcome party' dress. Pair it with some fun jewelry and heels and everyone will be speechless!


Weekender Pant

Helen Jon Weekender Pant Navy

The Weekender Pant is a staple piece when it comes to a beach wardrobe. These pants may be simple, but you can do so much with them. They can easily be worn to cocktails with a fun blouse and wedges or into town for ice cream with a sweater and flip-flops. These pants—available in white or navy—will be a hero piece in your resort casual attire.


Beach Topper

Helen Jon Beach Topper White

Who says sweater season can only be in the winter? It always seems to get a bit chilly in the evening when the sun decides to take a little nap. The Beach Topper is comfortable enough to wear to on a sunset cruise and polished enough to carry to dinner for when it gets breezy.


Brigid Tunic

Helen Jon Brigid Tunic Light Seafoam Aqua

The Brigid Tunic can be relaxed yet dressy. These soft and flattering pieces come in an array of bright colors that would look stunning with your glowing vacation tan. A dress like this with the capacity to transition from a coverup to a dinner out dress is pivotal—especially when you’re packing for a vacation.



We know you will look remarkable in your casual beach wedding and resort attire. Happy Shopping!


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