What to Wear: Beach Bridesmaid

What to Wear: Beach Bridesmaid

I haven’t been so lucky to attend a beach wedding, but they seem so lovely. Heather has a request:

My best friend is getting married at the beginning of May, on the beach, in Santa Cruz. I am a CA native, but no longer reside there. My issue with wedding attire is that I am a bridesmaid, but my friend was pretty lax about what we all chose to wear (what with it being a beach wedding) as long as we chose a dress in espresso. I chose this dress from J.Crew.

When I chose it, the picture was more formal looking and I am appalled at how informal it is. Even thought it is a beach wedding, the bride’s dress is very formal and I think the other girls are choosing the strapless or halter option. I chose mine because I thought it would make a good spring/summer dress. Is there a way to dress this up with accessories/shoes? I would like flats because the ceremony will be on the beach. The reception will not be at the beach, however, so maybe a different shoe option for that would be a good idea?
Dressing up the dress shouldn’t be too hard. It is all about accessories and panache:

Dress – From J.Crew.
Beach Shoes– Ask your bride if these would be okay. The flip flop style is good for the beach and the heels give them a tiny bit of dressiness when you’re not sinking in the sand. Also, some brides want you to go barefoot? A good pedicure is a must.
Reception Shoes – Switch into these gold sandals with brown and blue beads along the toe after the service.
Bracelet – A gold cuff has an elegant, beachy style.
Earrings – I think button style earrings are more formal than a dangly pair, especially when you wear your hair up.
Bag – In blue satin to match the shoe details and on sale.

Have fun on your trip!

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  1. mary at 8:42 pm

    Dear Bridesmaid: the great thing about this dress is that you really, truly will be able to wear this again.

    Great job as always, Emily! 🙂

  2. Anonymous at 9:27 pm

    Living in Florida and having had a beach wedding myself… don’t wear heels period. Also I know what you mean about the J.Crew dresses being very casual. I think the biggest problem with them is the lack of any structure. Maybe go to a traditional bridal shop and buy a small crinoline to give it more fluff

  3. Anonymous at 9:45 pm

    I wore the same dress for my best friend’s wedding at a winery in Northern California. Although it was more casual than the other bm’s dresses, it ended up looking great in the pictures and was super comfortable to wear.

  4. Valerie at 9:46 pm

    I had to wear a similar dress to a wedding but to dress it up, the bride chose to have all of us tie a wide piece of satin fabric to match her wedding colors around our waist that tied in a bow in the back. It was an inexpensive and easy way to add a little flare to the dress

  5. love.boxes at 10:43 pm

    beautiful! and I love a bouquet of daisies.. they are the happiest flowers I think 🙂

  6. Janet at 2:11 pm

    I love the combination of the deep brown of the dress with the turquoise of the bag!