21 Beach Outfit Ideas For Your Next Vacation Getaway

Are you planning a trip to the beach soon? Check out these 21 gorgeous beach outfits that are comfortable and so cute! These looks will totally have you're ready for some fun in the sun!

I am also going to answer a few questions on what to wear to the beach and for different types of weather, situations and occasion. If you have ever been to the beach before, especially on the pacific west coast, you know it can vary between being chilly, overcast, windy or hot. 

I grew up in California and spent most summers, holidays and lazy days at the beach. I can tell you now that I definitely didn’t always wear just a swimsuit to the beach.

If I specifically planned on getting into the water that day then yes I would wear a swimsuit underneath my clothes. That being said, a cute and casual beach outfit is a must when hanging out at the beach. 

There are usually nice restaurants near the beach and lots of little shops to checkout. So it really depends on what your beach plans are.

Surprisingly, a lot of times the beach can be cold, windy and overcast. So you want to be prepared for this kind of weather too. Whether you plan on sun bathing, surfing or just taking a beachy stroll through the sand, I've got a collection of beach day looks that I know your going to adore. 

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What outfit is best for the beach?

The best beach outfit typically includes a swimsuit and a coverup. You can wear a sundress or a kimono over a swimsuit as a coverup.

Another option is a pair of shorts and a casually cute loose fit blouse. A wide brim oversized hat and sunglasses are a must, especially on sunny beach days.

A beach bag is a fantastic accessory to carry along all of your necessities, like extra clothes, towels, water bottle and sunscreen. 

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 Can I wear jeans to the beach?

The short answer is yes and no. You can definitely wear jeans to the beach, just consider the activities you plan on embarking on.

Jeans may be a good option for certain beach activities like walking on the beach, visiting a rocky beach or hanging out around a fire pit at the beach when its cold. Jeans aren’t the best options for beach activities like sunbathing, surfing or volleyball for example. 

Jeans are also a great option to wear over your swimsuit with a bikini and a loose fit top. This way you can take off your jeans as soon as you hit the sand and relax. You can put your jeans back on once your ready to get back to your car. 

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When is it okay to wear jeans to the beach? 

It's important to consider the occasion and the weather. Jeans are a good option for cold beach days, beach parties, a casual walk on the beach or even beach fire pits.

Cut off jean shorts are even better, especially if its a hot day and you plan on getting your toes wet. However, you probably don’t want to actually get into the ocean water with your jeans on. 

Personally, I prefer to wear dresses, loose linen pants or skirts to the beach over my swimwear if I am having an actual beach day.

Since living near the beach my entire life, I have had several impromptu beach stops where changing wasn’t an option. On these days, we are usually driving past the water and decide to stop to eat lunch or take a stroll because the day looks nice. In a similar fashion to when you make an impromptu stop at the park with your kids because the day is just too nice to pass up the opportunity. 

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Living on the northern pacific coast, the weather tends to be on the cooler side so generally jeans are a good option. If you are going to a hot beach, then you might be way too warm in a pair of jeans. So definitely keep an eye on the weather. 

If you plan on laying out in the sand, I wouldn’t recommend wearing jeans. Getting sand out of jeans is so annoying, especially if your jeans get wet. Also, if your jeans get wet, they become so heavy!

However, if the beach is very rocky, then wearing jeans may be necessary in order to protect yourself from the elements. 

If you are horseback riding on the beach then you'll definitely want to wear jeans. It really just depends on the activities you'll be pursuing. If you think you will be doing several different types of activities, then be sure to pack a change of clothes for the occasion. 

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On one of my impromptu visits to the beach, my son wanted to stop at the beach and get into the water for a little boogie boarding while the tide was right.

I wasn’t dressed for the occasion, but we stopped anyway since he was all set. I ended up having to get into the water wearing jeans to grab my sons boogie board since it had gotten too far out into sea.

It felt like I was swimming with 30LBS wrapped around my legs. I definitely don't recommend getting into any body of water wearing jeans, but sometimes you just need to take care of the situation. (: 

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(Me on an impromptu beach stop getting into the water to save my 8 year olds boogie board wearing jeans! Yikes! Haha! My husband photographed this moment for fun! It's a good reminder for me to always keep an emergency swimmy in the trunk!) (;

What to wear to the beach other than a bikini?

If you don't want to wear a bikini to the beach, go for a sundress. You will get the benefits of keeping comfortable and cool, while also being stylish. You can also wear your bikini under your dress so you'll be ready for anything. 

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What to wear to the beach in 60 degree weather?

If you are going to the beach on a cooler day, you will want to layer up your clothing. Start with your swimsuit underneath your layers. You can wear a blouse over your swimsuit and layer it with a cardigan or sweater and complete your outfit with either a maxi skirt or pair of pants. There are alot of cute ways to style a beach outfit for 60 degree weather. 

Sometimes the beach can be cooler in the mornings and evenings and get pretty warm mid-day, so you'll just want to check the weather ahead. Just remember to pack layers and an extra change of clothes for the occasion. 

21 Beach Outfit Ideas For Your Next Vacation Getaway

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Teal colors for a cold beach day stroll

See what you’re missing out on with the Evidently Extra Peekaboo Cut Out Top. Its layered tank-underneath-top design reveals a playful peekaboo, while multi-color stripes and textured knit add a pop of pizzazz. Make a style statement while staying cool and comfortable in this must-have top! 

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A great dress to wear over your swimmy! Take your style to the next level with the What a Feeling Shirt Dress! This elegant mini shirt dress features a unique cutout back waist detail, in-seam side pockets, a chest patch pocket, and roll-up cuff detail for a design that's both modern and classic. Feel confident, stylish, and comfortable with this medium weight, woven double gauze fabric in a relaxed fit that's perfect for any occasion!

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Watch the waves roll while relaxing back in the Ride The Wave Tunic! This dreamy cover up is guaranteed to become your new go to! From the beach to pool parties then on to lunch by the coast. You'll be dressed to impress. Featuring a crochet bust that falls past the waistline in a unique triangle design, a sleeveless cut, and square neckline. You'll be wearing this beach staple all summer long!

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You'll be saying "Beach Please!" in no time with our super-stylish Beach Please Zippered Tote! It boasts contrast web handles, 600 denier polyester canvas, zip closure, and two side pockets - because what's an adventure without snacks, am I right? So grab one and get ready to soak up some sun!

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The perfect day starts with the Out For A Cruise Dress! This darling summer piece features a lightweight linen/rayon blend, with v-neckline, button front, cap sleeves, and tie waist detail. Dress this piece up or keep it casual with sandals and your bikini! 

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Slip into vacay mode in the Beachwalk Shorts! These shorts feature a gauzy cotton fabric, with two pockets, thick waistband, and raw hem detail. These are the perfect shorts to toss-on over your swimsuit or, dress it up with your favorite blouse and sandals! 

 

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Twirl around under the sun in the High & Low Tides Tie Dye Dress! This dress is composed of a lightweight jersey fabric that shapes an a-line silhouette, short sleeve cut, round neckline, and side seam pockets! Keep it casual with sneakers and a denim jacket, or dress it up with nude heels. Either way you're going to look fashionable and feel comfortable!

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A tank top that is inspired by a beach sunset. With stripes of watercolor, this Painted Print Tank speaks to a beautiful summer sunset. You will feel confident wearing this tank and shorts for a picnic in the park or as a companion to a light summer skirt on a night out. The soft stretchy fabric tank also works year round as a layering piece to add a dash of color to any ensemble.

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It's time to hit the beach. Do so in a playful style with these comfy Beachy Clean Wide Leg Trousers. Sporting a cute stretchy waistband and a fun decorative tie, these colorful trousers will become a new favorite. Pair them with a neutral graphic tee and sandals for an easy go to look.  

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Dress to impress and make it a cinch with our Everyday Favorite Ribbed Knit Dress! With a ribbed round neck, short sleeves, and mini dress silhouette, it's the perfect piece to throw on when you don't want to think. Plus, with a patch pocket and t-shirt dress styling, you'll be looking ultra-chic and completely timeless!

Long Sleeve Swimsuit

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Jump out of the pool—and into style! Our Montego Animal Print Zip Up Long Sleeve Swimsuit is so fierce, you'll be ready to take on summer in a powerful animal print. With its rash guard protection, 1/2 zip closure, removable cups, and full booty coverage, you'll be ready to have fun in the sun with confidence! The sleek fit and ladder details at the sides set this piece apart! (Go wild!) 

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Step out in style and make a statement with our new Tropical Stories Wide Leg Pants! Crafted from lightweight jersey knit fabric and decorated with a gorgeous statement floral print, these pants are designed to make you feel confident and inspired. An elastic waistband and side pockets make them comfortable and practical for everyday wear, while the wide leg silhouette gives you a flattering and trendy look. Pair with the Tropical Stories Kimono for an effortless vibe. 

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The Beach Garden Dress has us day-dreaming about a vacation at the beach and those warm summer nights! This dress has the cutest details guaranteed to make you feel your best. With a scoop neckline, flared skirt, and faux tie shoulder detail, this is the perfect dress to toss on and go!

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Look like a total beach bombshell in this  Key Largo One Piece Skirted Swimsuit! This flirty one-piece features a tank style top, cheeky bottom, faux tuxedo buttons, adjustable straps, and dramatic scoop back, so you won’t be overlooked on the sand. The attached skirt is accented with two side slits. Who said a swimsuit can’t be sophisticated and sassy?

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Take your summer style to new heights with Boardwalk EVA Double Strap Platform Sandals! Our waterproof, washable platform sandals have an ethylene vinyl acetate foam sole for superior flexibility, comfort and shock absorption. With adjustable plastic buckles and soft straps that hug your feet, you'll feel like you're walking on air!

 

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Head to your next beach outing in style in the Virginia Crochet Bag! This darling bag features a hand woven beaded clutch bag design, with wooden handle detail. Pair with a maxi dress and sandals for a cute beach time look!

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Always feel adorable in the You're In Luck Jumpsuit! This easy throw on piece will make you feel cute and comfortable featuring a lightweight, stretchy fabric that shapes a romper silhouette, with dolman sleeves and tie waist detail. Keep it casual with a denim jacket, and sneakers, or dress up with sandals and a kimono!

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The perfect cover up for when the sun is just a little too strong! The Beach Bum Tee is perfect for throwing on over your swimsuit or pairing with shorts and sneakers for running errands! This versatile tee will become your new favorite for any occasion! Featuring a classic t-shirt cut, and beach bum graphic.

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Head to your next resort vacay in style with the Sunny Rain Forest Dress! This unique dress features a halter style neckline, with v-neck slit, and tiered maxi skirt while a colorful tropical print decorates this dress throughout! Pair with white sandals and a matching bag for a complete look! 

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A beach outfit essential! Shaped from a polyester spandex blend, this versatile top consists of a square neckline, three quarter sleeve, and lined bodice. Perfect for spring layering, or worn on it's own! Throw a denim jacket over this or pair with a mini skirt for a cute beach day look!

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Be ready to own the beach in the Beachside Babe Kimono! This cute cover up is composed of a sheer lightweight, lace fabric. With oversized sleeves that flow into a dramatic ruffle, that help shape a midi length bodice with a relaxed and flowy fit. Wear as a swim cover up or pair over a tank and denim shorts!

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In conclusion, the best beach outfit is all about getting the right balance between style, comfort, and functionality.

Whether you prefer a classic bikini and cover-up combo or a more modern and trendy look, there are plenty of options to choose from that will keep you looking and feeling your best while enjoying the sun, sand, and surf.

When selecting your beach outfit, it's important to consider the weather, your activities, and your personal style to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable throughout the day.

Remember you definitely need to accessorize with a good pair of UV sunglasses, a hat, and a beach bag to complete your look, and please don't forget to apply sunscreen regularly to protect your skin from those UV rays.

With these tips in mind, you're sure to create a beach outfit that will turn heads and make you feel great on your next seaside adventure. I hope this post has helped you today. 

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