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post #1 of 15
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I'm attending a wedding in Hilton Head, SC and the attire is "Beach Chic". The ceremony actually takes place on the beach. I'm interpreting Beach Chich for a wedding to be something along the lines of Tommy Bahama. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 15
Ask? That term just seems so utterly vague that someone might show up in anything from a speedo to a summer suit.
post #3 of 15
I think they meant "beach chick," so bikini, some sort of sarong, flip flops, big ol sunglasses or giant straw hat. Right?

I think linen or cotton suit, striped/checked shirt, sandals (shudder), no tie, silk pocket square.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by chorse123
I think they meant "beach chick," so bikini, some sort of sarong, flip flops, big ol sunglasses or giant straw hat. Right?

I think linen or cotton suit, striped/checked shirt, sandals (shudder), no tie, silk pocket square.

I would almost wager that this situation would cater to a lack of shoes entirely! Sandals just don't work well with suits but rolling up the pant legs a bit on a white or off-white pair of linen/cotton pants should work perfectly!

Example (minus the shoes obviously):

(Ann Dem s/s 06)
post #5 of 15
This cruel conundrum once crept up on me, as well. There must be a crew of wedding planners up and down the southern coast of the Atlantic plotting how to throw the gents into a tizzy. In my case the wedding was on Jeckyl Island, GA.

As it ended up, I went in black linen pants and a black linen shirt, no jacket. (mind that I was a grad student at the time). I was dressed exactly like the groomsmen, so I sure wasn't underdressed. Based on that one experience, I would say that tie and jacket are not required for such events. Which is for the best, because it was about 100 degrees that night. Good times, good times...

If I had to do it over, I might at least start the evening in a linen suit, but I would have been the best dressed there, approximately.
post #6 of 15
A linen suit would be amazing.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Verb
I would almost wager that this situation would cater to a lack of shoes entirely! Sandals just don't work well with suits but rolling up the pant legs a bit on a white or off-white pair of linen/cotton pants should work perfectly!

I'd try to avoid white even for a beach wedding.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by whoopee
A linen suit would be amazing.

STP has a Haspel linen suit. I was tempted by it, but had to get the seersucker instead. You could also do great things with a seersucker suit.
post #9 of 15
Like AlanC, seersucker comes to mind, linen shirt sans tie and espadrilles sans socks or sandals.
post #10 of 15
Without any guidance from the wedding party those in attendance will wear anything from shorts with no shoes to a suit. I would wear what you feel comfortable in. If you wear a linen suit you will probably be closer to overdressed. Are you comfortable with that? Some will attend that will be very happy to underdressed in the shorts.
post #11 of 15
beige seersucker
white polo shirt
brown leather sandals

-boston
post #12 of 15
beach chic for a wedding means an off-white linen or cotton suit, white linen shirt, no tie, no socks. shoes/sandals optional.

this is a common outfit for beach or maritime weddings.
post #13 of 15
The word chic is overused in the most tangential contexts.
post #14 of 15
If you really are serious about your dress for this wedding,
Consider this an opportunity
To acquire a fine linen suit - and shirt.

It will serve you well for the wedding
And for many years after.

Look for something - bespoke maybe - in slightly off white / tea biscuit - very heavy linen - not the shirt weight Belgian stuff advertized in the RTW emails.
post #15 of 15
Hilton Head? Perhaps white or cream trouser, blue blazer and suitable shirt and tie?
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