Destination weddings are always a great time—as a guest, you get to enjoy a brand-new experience and locale, without any of the headache or worry of planning the event. In fact, oftentimes your only worry as a destination-wedding gust is what in the world to wear (which, if you’re an online-shopping addict like I am, isn’t a bad problem to have).

Today, then, we wanted to break down some of our favorite looks for tropical destination weddings. The key lies in hitting that sweet spot between fancy formal and oh-so casual. Everything we’ve rounded up below is from one of our all-time favorite fashion websites: Rent the Runway (a site that allows you to rent high-end designer fashion at a fraction of the cost—which happens to be a perfect option for finding some seriously dreamy digs for a tropical destination wedding, without committing to spending hundreds on a dress you’ll only wear once).   

Relaxed Maxis


The easiest go-to wardrobe choice for a tropical destination wedding is a great maxi. They’re easy-breezy, super comfortable and so simple to pack. (Plus, they tend to be pretty easy to steam should you need to get a few wrinkles out when you arrive at that tropical locale.) The key with wearing a maxi to a tropical destination wedding is to pick something a little celebratory and dressed up. (I.e. You don’t want to show up in that same cotton maxi you wear to the grocery story on Sundays.) We are swooning over this Parker Floral Ruffle Getaway Maxi. Its deep wine and bright pink hues feel about as tropical as you can get. We also love this Badgley Mischka Utopia Maxi or this Yumi Kim Botanical Dream Maxi for a more formal option. And we can’t stop swooning over this Joie Annada Silk Maxi Dress for a softer touch. (Is there anything dreamier than that pale yellow, by the way?)

Modern Florals


We know what you’re thinking: Floral—for a tropical wedding? Groundbreaking. Chances are the guests at that tropical destination wedding you’re jet-setting to will be dripping in florals. So we love option of going for a unique, modern take on florals—whether that means the pattern itself is a little contemporary, or the actual cut of the dress is different. We love this Red Rust Off the Shoulder Dress by ASTR. The off-the-shoulder cut and flowy layers work well for humid climates, and the midi-length offers a little something different as far as silhouette goes. We’re also head-over-heels for the neckline on this Cynthia Steffe Light Blue Monte Dress—it would look amazing with a loose, beachy updo and a great pair of drop earrings. Or, for an earthy get-up, you can never go wrong with something flowy from Free People. We recommend this Free People Floral Ruffle Dress—the micro floral print is untraditional (in a great way) and the ruffled bottom is perfect for dancing the night away on a breezy beach.

Colorful Jumpsuits


Fear not, fashionistas—the jumpsuit saves the day yet again. If you’re wanting to stand out from the crowd of floral and flowy (but not so much so that you steal the bride’s thunder, obviously), opt for a colorful jumpsuit. Rompers are such an easy option for traveling—and it can be nice to not have to fuss with a dress all night long. We are in love with the coral hue of this Trina Turk Bermuda Jumpsuit—the bright coral especially pops against darker skin tones. This Jill Jill Stuart Perfect Pleat Jumpsuit is also a stunning option. Pair it with a colorful pashmina for the perfect beach-wedding look. If you’re wanting to shy away from solids, though, we recommend this J.O.A. Red Floral Off Shoulder Jumpsuit. It’s as colorful and as statement-making as they come—without upstaging the couple at the altar, of course. If you’re more of a cool-tone person, this BCBGMaxazria Green Leo Jumpsuit is about as tropical and turquoise as anything we’ve ever seen, and it would look stunning with a simple clutch and chic earrings.

Overall, figuring out what to wear to a tropical destination wedding is all about finding something that’s fuss-free to pack and that boasts a bit (or a boatload) of color. You’ll want the overall look to feel celebratory and special, without feeling super formal or as stuffy as it might for a black-tie affair. Above all, though, you’ll want something you can drink, dine and, most importantly, dance the night away in.

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Wedding Planner LVL Weddings and Events