How to work it: Beach bride chic

How to work it: Beach bride chic
Prepare to celebrate under a tropical sky with beach bride-ready gowns and accessories. Outfit by Marylise. Image: Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

The mercury is rising with these fabulous beach bride-ready outfits and accessories that are just perfect for a glamorous destination wedding

Words Libby Norman

Who doesn’t dream of being a beach bride? Destination weddings are on the rise, and this season many more designers have been offering styles that are perfect for celebrating ocean or poolside. The look is relaxed and chic, with many collections featuring bikini-style tops paired with flowing or body-skimming skirts in lightweight and gauzy fabrics – so perfect for celebrating under a tropical sky or adding a festival flavour to a British summer celebration. Just add designer shades, sandals and a light tan and you’re ready to hit the beach.


1. It’s a wrap – YolanCris

YolanCris’ sarong-style skirt and off-the-shoulder wrapped top are perfect for gliding down a white sand beach

Keeping your cool is essential when you’re marrying in the tropics. YolanCris’ cool sarong skirt and wrapped top are perfect for the bride who wants to glide down a white sand beach.

2. Beach bride sandals – Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia’s elegant flats feature a lovely starfish motif on the toe

Sandals are essential to the beach bride look and you need flats that are glamorous enough to stand out on your wedding day. Charlotte Olympia’s Sandy flats with starfish motif are the perfect bejewelled option – and also gorgeous for honeymoon glamour after the day. £480;

3. Feather bright – Pronovias

With a distinctly tropical flavour, this frothy feather-trimmed skirt by Pronovias is paired to an off-the-shoulder bandeau top

At Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, Pronovias featured many lovely gowns that would be perfect for a destination bride. Here, a sleek off-the-shoulder bandeau top is paired with a lightweight multi-layer skirt trimmed with feathers.

4. Sun downers – Black Eyewear

A beach bride needs the perfect shades and Black Eyewear’s Shirley have an on-trend golden glow

The right pair of designer shades are essential to the beach bride look (and for shielding your eyes from an impossibly blue sky). Black Eyewear has a rainbow of glamorous colours, but we like Shirley in on-trend tropical yellow – just the thing to ensure you see the world in a golden light. £187;

5. Chic line – Sophie et Voilà

Sophie et Voilà gave us a chic take on tropical with this strapless column gown

One of our favourite designers for adding a modern take to bridal, Sophie et Voilà channeled destination cool on the runway at Barcelona with this sleek strapless column dress with long ribbon trim, accessorised with black shades and a jaunty beret.

6. Marine dream – Giovanni Raspini

The perfect tropical earrings, these starfish drops by Giovanni Raspini are in silver with gold vermeil finish

Staying with the marine theme is the perfect way to add a destination flavour to your wedding outfit. Giovanni Raspini’s gold vermeil pendant starfish earrings are part of a fabulous range inspired by the ocean. £185;

7. Colour up – Marylise

Featuring an acid orange and tropical pink trim, Marylise’s crop top and hi-lo skirt have a gloriously tropical flavour

A flash of colour never goes amiss when you are celebrating in the sunshine. Here, Marylise pairs a sparkling halter-neck crop top trimmed with orange and hot pink to a flowing hi-lo skirt. Pure glamour to get you into holiday mood.


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