If you are getting ready to go on a summer vacation or are simply dreaming of sunny days by shopping for beach dresses online, then you likely know how many options there are when it comes to beach-ready clothes.
We’re here to help you figure out what you need in your closet: a summer jumpsuit, a Mexican poncho, cotton dresses, boho tops, T-shirts, a Wide-Brimmed Sun Hat With Bow Knot, resin jewellery, a pair of shoes and sandals. Continue to read for more information and inspiration for the specific seven items you’ll need for a summer’s worth of beach ensembles.
No beach wardrobe is complete without a go-to bikini that you feel comfortable and fabulous in. No matter your body type, there is a bikini style that will work for you.
For example, if you have an apple body shape, then you may want to look for styles with plunging necklines and halter tops and patterned bottoms with side-ties. On the other hand, those with pear body shapes usually like to wear bikinis with bold patterns or colours on top and then solid colours and darker shades for the bottoms to create a narrower silhouette.
Those with an hourglass figure may opt for high-waisted bikini bottoms (although they can wear anything, really, and pull it off perfectly), particularly as part of a matching set. Women with a rectangle body shape look great in triangle style tops and side-tie bottoms with ruffles and frills that help define the waist.
That being said, you can wear whatever style of bikini that you feel the best in – you don’t have to stick to these rules! The most important thing is that you feel confident and comfortable so you can spend all your energy focusing on having a great time at the beach.
In addition to bikinis, many women also like to have a couple of one-piece options in their beach wardrobe. Over the past couple of years, one-piece swimsuits have become incredibly stylish, ensuring that you can find one that works for you. In some cases, a one-piece can be a more practical, modest, and comfortable choice than a bikini; however, you can also find designs with more daring cuts or eye-catching prints and styles.
Generally, black swimsuits are the most timeless option as they are chic and slimming. However, just as with bikinis, you should choose a one-piece swimsuit that suits your personality and overall summer wardrobe. If this is an area of your style that you like to have more fun with, then go for colourful, patterned options!
3. Beach Cover-Up
Women’s beach cover-ups are an essential part of any beachwear wardrobe as they are what you put on over your swimsuit while you are in transit to the beach, hanging out by the pool, or grabbing a drink or a snack in-between hopping into the water.
Good thing you have a few different options, including kimonos, maxi kaftans, and tunic dresses, when it comes to what you can wear as a beach cover-up.
An embroidered maxi kaftan is ideal for those who want to bring a touch of bohemian to their beach outfit. If this sounds like you, look for a maxi kaftan with delicate applique embroidery and oversized sleeves for an easy-to-wear and comfortable option.
Additionally, a lace-decorated beach cover-up brings a touch of vintage to any outfit. For this style, you want to look for a piece that includes adjustable drawstrings and is made from lightweight cotton.
4. Two-Piece Matching Set
Matching sets are one of the best additions to your summer wardrobe as they offer a variety of different options for styling.
In fact, there are almost endless possibilities. You can opt to wear the two pieces together for a coordinating set or wear them separately and styled with other pieces in your closet for entirely different outfits.
Due to their versatility, two-piece matching sets are ideal when packing your suitcase for a getaway. Whether you opt for a playful, colourful option or a chic neutral combination, you are guaranteed to get a significant amount of wear out of this set.
5. Breezy Jumpsuit/Dress
If you are looking for an easy piece to add to your beachwear wardrobe, there is nothing better than a breezy jumpsuit.
A jumpsuit in a classic colour – such as black or navy – won’t only work well as a cover-up over the top of your swimsuits but can also transition into dinner with a few accessory changes. Breezy jumpsuits can also be styled to look more tailored by adding a belt and a pair of platform sandals. Another option is a linen jumpsuit that can be styled with a colourful necklace and a summer bag.
In addition, you can never go wrong with a midi or maxi dress. Not only does this style of dress look good on all body shapes, but its light weight makes it a perfect option for all sorts of beach gatherings.
6. Oversized Button-Up
One of the most beloved pieces of any woman’s closet, an oversized button-up is ideal for those who like to look effortless yet chic – no matter where they are.
By bringing this piece into your wardrobe, you will find that you have what you need for a day lounging at the beach. Simply throw it on over your swimsuit for a relaxed look.
If you want to show some skin, opt to leave it unbuttoned; otherwise, you can button it up for additional sun protection. Plus, a high-quality oversized button-up can be worn with jeans, linen pants, and other skirts and shorts for the evening. Pair with your sandals and summer jewellery for an easy, chic summer uniform.
Of course, no beachwear wardrobe is complete without a pair of wear-everywhere sandals.
While there are various options on the market, you want to opt for a comfortable enough pair that you don’t mind wearing all day long. You also want to make sure they are water-resistant and that you can easily slide on and off throughout the day. The more versatile your sandals are, the more you will be able to wear them, which is especially important when it comes to packing for a beach vacation!
What do you think are the best pieces to add to your beachwear wardrobe? How many of these pieces do you already have in your closet? Which ones are on your current shopping wishlist?
Let us know your thoughts and any additional questions you have in the comments below!