So, you've decided to leave regular life behind for a few glorious days of sun, sand, and sea? Congratulations on making the best decision of the season! Beach vacations offer an idyllic escape from the mundane, where the most pressing decision you'll face is whether to build a sandcastle, take a dip, or snooze under the shade of your umbrella. But don’t let packing for such a trip dampen your sunny mood. This beach vacation style guide is here to help – to ensure you not only pack everything you need but also know how to style it. Let’s dive in!
What to Pack: A minimum of two bikinis or swimsuits for alternating. Choose styles and colors that flatter your figure and match your skin tone. If you plan to do a lot of water sports, a rash guard can also be a great addition.
How to Style: Play with cover-ups. Choose lightweight options that are easily pulled on and off, like kimonos and sarongs. You could even layer your bikini under a light sundress for a casual beachside lunch before or after your fun in the sun. And pair your rash guard with board shorts for an extra sporty look with plenty of coverage.
CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
What to Pack: For daytime, opt for light, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen in the form of shorts, skirts, and dresses. Bring along a few dressier options for fancier evening events. You might also want to take a light cardigan or wrap for the cool beach nights. And for shoes, flip-flops or slides, strappy sandals, and espadrilles or other wedges.
How to Style: For daytime, go breezy with shorts or a skirt and a tank top or crop top. Easy slip-on sandals are the perfect finishing touch for beach time and casual strolls on the boardwalk. Dress up more for evenings with maxi dresses or nice summer jumpsuits. For height, use wedges instead of heels in case you’ll be stepping in sand. Or opt for some cute sandals that can go from daytime exploring to dining out.
What to Pack: A wide-brimmed hat not only looks chic but also protects you from the sun, as do a trusty pair of sunglasses. Opt for one that suits your face shape and has UV protection. Bring a large tote for all your essentials at the beach and a stylish smaller bag for evenings. And don’t forget the jewelry – a mix of fun, playful pieces for daytime and more elegant ones for night.
How to Style: Your hat and sunglasses are your daytime best friends for shade from the sun, but don't be afraid to make a statement with them too, like with an extra oversized sun hat or big movie-star-inspired sunglasses. As for jewelry, stacked bracelets and anklets create a boho beach vibe. Save your more delicate pieces for fancier occasions.
Of course, don’t forget sunscreen for skin protection, a beach towel or mat for lounging on the beach, beach toys if traveling with kids, and a waterproof camera or phone case for capturing those moments in or by the water. Enjoy!