Five Easy and Extraordinary Outfits For Your Next Beach Wedding

Because beach weddings don't have the same exacting dress code guidelines as, say, a black- or white-tie affair, planning a look for one can be hard. For starters, since any one of these seaside events takes place mostly, if not entirely, outside—and often somewhere hot, tropical and paradise-y—it inherently calls for a more casual ensemble. Still, you can't wear something so casual that it looks like you're on vacation rather than celebrating a momentous occasion in a friend or family member's life. Whereas short sundresses don't work, most any long skirt-ed sihouette does; a pair of flat sandals is okay, but it still has to seem fancy. It's a tricky balance to strike.

Of course, if you're invited to any sun- and sand-filled ceremonies this season, there's always the play-it-safe option of a semi-formal maxi dress and embellished flip-flops (ugh, although, YOU GUYS: you know how I feel about flip-flops!); that's how most people navigate the ambiguous dress code. But why bother with that when you've got the five following outfits? Click through the slideshow below to never look boring (but still occasion-appropriate) at a beach wedding again.

What a difference one color can make! In black, especially with stilettos and diamonds, this would be dressy enough for the most lavish of galas—but ice blue is less buttoned-up. Really, the beauty of this look is its refreshing simplicity, so understated shoes and a handbag are important; make-up should be limited to bold red lipstick.