Dressing for the Beach: How to Look Fashionable

By: Francisco G�mez

I like the idea of the beach. Once I get out there, though, I’m ready to head home after about an hour. I’ve never been interested in trying to get a tan, even though I turn a nice golden colour fairly quickly. I have several friends that are jealous of how my skin looks after just a few minutes in the sun, but I’m simply unimpressed with the entire process.

However, let’s focus on the topic at hand today: beach fashion!

When you are headed to the beach, bikinis and rompers are not as obligatory as you might think. Think first about what you plan to do while at the beach. Are you there to get a tan and perhaps go swimming? You definitely need a bathing suit. However, if you plan to go for a walk and play a few games on the beach, you can put on any clothing such as sarongs and beach dresses that are cool and not restrictive.

What to Wear

When I get ready to go to the beach, I seek out clothing that will look good by the water’s edge and in a restaurant. I like bathing suits as much as the next person, and there are some very stylish options out there. However, sometimes it’s not appropriate to put on a suit; for example, if you plan to go sightseeing, you want clothing that you can wear throughout the town.

I recently went to Miami and had a fabulous vacation. One evening, we walked on the beach and then headed into town to see a few sights. I wore a tank top with flowers on the skirt. I also had on sandals and jewellery. It was a light-weight, flowy outfit that looked great on the beach but was also appropriate for other places as well.

How to Be Stylish

There are a few ways to ensure that you look great on the beach. First, pick up a pair of good sandals. Havaianas are a classic choice, but there are other great options as well. Think about what your activities are for the day and choose a pair of sandals that will be comfortable on your feet. You don’t want to get blisters on your vacation! I thought about putting on a pair of heels when I went to Miami, but doing so just didn’t make sense for what we were doing.

Don’t overdo the jewellery. Pick up natural pieces that look good with different styles. I opted for beaded jewellery that mimicked nature and had muted colours.

Don’t forget your sunglasses! Not only do they protect your eyes when you are down at the beach, but they are also a great fashion accessory. An added bonus is that they can cover up tired eyes. You may be up late while on vacation or dealing with a strange schedule. Your sunglasses can, therefore, come in handy in more ways than one!

If you really want to put on a bikini, you can certainly rock one. However, there is nothing wrong with switching up your wardrobe a little bit. Dresses, cover-ups and even caftans look great on the beach. As you think about your clothing choices, pack items that you can throw you over your bathing suit. Also, don’t pick anything uncomfortable.

If dresses aren’t really your style, you can put on a pair of shorts and a cute shirt. I’m a fan of the chino style shorts.

Don’t underestimate the power of the sun. A hat will help protect your skin and can also be a great fashion accessory as well! You should have at least one with you on your vacation, but it is a good idea to pack a few so that you have options.