What to Wear to a 'Tropical Elegant' Wedding

Updated 01/27/17

Kyle John Photography

When it comes to wedding guest attire, the choices used to be limited to black tie, cocktail, and casual. But there's a growing trend of couples expressing the uniqueness of their special day with custom dress codes. Of late, we have seen tons of invites specifying "tropical elegant" attire (typically for destination wedding locales). But what does that actually mean?

Let's break-it-down: for "tropical," think vibrant hues (like pink, kelly green, and cobalt) or a beachy floral print. "Elegant" calls for a longer dress and elevated accessories. Our recommendation: opt for a breezy maxi—perfect for the laid back setting. And have some fun with your accessories—why not finish your look with cork stacked heels, a raffia clutch, and colorful statement earrings?

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Bauble Bar "Artemis" Yellow Tassel Drops

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Tassels are totally on-trend. Why not rock them on your ears? Sunny, beaded tassels, and gem-embellished posts create killer statement earrings. ("Artemis" yellow tassel drops, $34, BaubleBar)

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Loeffler Randall "Piper" High Wedge Sandal

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If you know the festivities (including dancing) will take place on the sand, a low wedge is a smart choice. Ankle straps keep you secure while the laser cut detailing is just plain chic. ("Piper" high wedge sandal, $350, Loeffler Randall)

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Kayu "Jen" Clutch with Turquoise Stone

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A neutral clutch is an essential that every woman should have in her wedding wardrobe. Perfect for breezy beachside nuptials, this straw minaudière is accented with a turquoise gemstone clasp. ("Jen" clutch with turquoise stone, $205, Kayu)

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Yumi Kim "Rush Hour" Silk Maxi Dress

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Show off your shape with the ultra-flattering wrap dress. A watercolor floral print and high-low hem feel perfectly suited for warm-weather nuptials. ("Rush Hour" silk maxi dress, $288, Yumi Kim available at Shopbop)

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Panacea Tassel Statement Earrings

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These silky, tassel statement earrings add a pop of color to any ensemble. Slick your hair back, swipe a pop of color on your pout and you’re ready to wow. (Tassel statement earrings, $24, Panacea available at Nordstrom)

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Revolve Camilla Wrap Dress

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Just because the forecast calls for high temperatures doesn't mean you can't don a long-sleeved dress. This breezy maxi, featuring a beachy print, high slit, and flounce hem, is giving us major Ibiza vibes. Pair with metallic heels or, if the occasion allows, keep it casual with a strappy flat sandal. (Wrap dress, $600, Camilla available at Revolve)

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Schutz "Jaden" Stacked Heel

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If you don't want your stilettos digging into the sand (and let's face it, who does?), a stacked heel is an infinitely more practical option. Plus, this nude hue goes with everything! ("Jaden" stacked heel, $190, Schutz)

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Rachel Zoe "Bellamy" Gown

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You can never go wrong with a pop of pink—especially when the ceremony is taking place on a white sand beach or botanical jungle. Thigh-skimming side slits, a gathered waist, V-neck bodice, and twisted shoulder straps give a Grecian (think: Greek Isles) vibe to this crinkled chiffon gown. ("Bellamy" gown, $495, Rachel Zoe available at Shopbop)

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All Things Mochi "African Raffia" Earrings

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Colorful raffia, bright beads, and faux shells lend a beachy vibe to these bold statement earrings. Keep your other accessories minimal and let these stunners take center stage. ("African Raffia" circle earrings, $100, All Things Mochi available at Shopbop)

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Milly Splatter Cork Small Frame Clutch

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A colorful splatter print lends a festive vibe to this Italian cork clutch. An interior zip compartment is perfect for storing valuables (think: cash, ID, and credit cards), while a drop chain offers versatile carrying options. (Splatter cork small frame clutch, $225, Milly)

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