What to Wear on a Beach Vacation : 8 Cute Outfits Your Trip

Whether visiting Cape Cod, Malibu, or Miami, there’s more to a beach vacation than lying in the sun. Shopping and outdoor lunches are also a big part of the fun, and so is a cute outfit to go with it.  Here are some breezy beach vacation outfits that are relaxed, stylish, and comfy for surf and turf. 

beach vacation outfit pink tiered maxi dress

1. Walking Around the Beach

A soft, flowing maxi that you slip on over your swimsuit, or wear just as a sundress when you feel like going for a walk, is the ultimate in beach loungewear.

You’ll look and feel tranquil in this gorgeous pink-tiered sundress that is feminine and modern. Add a cute palm leaf bag, a pearly slide, and sparkly tropical earrings for an island girl look.


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2. Shopping and Sightseeing

When you’re tired of the beach and want to enjoy a nice lunch on the patio, do some shopping, or go sightseeing, this monochromatic beach look is chic.

Start with a comfy pair of wide-leg pants. Add a similar colored top. Then pull the look together with this straw bucket hat, canvas slides, and mesh bag. A touch of gold jewelry dresses up the look.


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3. Seaside Lunch

A simple one-and-done t-shirt dress is your best friend on vacation. I love this Lilly Pulitzer dress with its tribal print and fun pompom neckline. Light, natural accessories keep the look summery.

These studded white sandals are versatile and will go with almost anything, while the straw clutch is cute and crafty and captures the spirit of summer. Top it off with a big summer sunhat. 



Beach Outfits - Striped Swim Suit  

4. A Sexy Swimsuit -Ooh LaLa!

Finding the perfect swimsuit that doesn’t reveal everything but isn’t an old lady can be a real challenge, but this swimsuit seems to have nailed that sweet spot.  This gorgeous striped tankini is undoubtedly sexy but in a classic, modern, grown-up way. I love the bra cups that boost the girls and give you fabulous cleavage. And, that tankini style with bottoms of your choice is so flattering at any age.

Stripes are slimming, and this stunning blue color was made for the sand and sea. Pair this swimsuit with a cute white shirt coverup with the prettiest tonal print, a fabulous straw baggy, and some beautifully braided slides. Don’t forget a pair of oversize sunglasses for full-on Hollywood glam!



5. Wide-Leg Pants for Lounging

Now, these look comfy! Whether you are lounging by the pool, having a drink on your balcony, or going out for a walk and an ice cream cone, these billowy striped pants keep you looking and feeling fabulous!

I love the long, slit sides and the comfy flow of these big wide pants. Wear them with something fitted up top, as a stretchy tee tucked in or a pretty camisole. A straw sun hat and tinted sunglasses go with the beachy vibe. And, take a look at those Mystic flop flops. I couldn’t resist putting those in! How sweet!




6. A Feminine, Flowy Maxi Dress For Sunset Dinners

Once the sun sets and it’s time to go to dinner, it’s nice to be able to slip into something pretty and feminine. A gorgeous, tropical maxi feels special when you sit outside under the moonlight, listen to the ocean waves roll in, and dine on island cuisine. A dress like this needs accessories that fit the mood. Pair this dress with these chic cork slides, a wicker bag, and some exotic jewelry for a fabulous vacation look you’ll never forget.

    Beach Outfits - White Jeans Green Top

7. White Jeans for Everything!

They are a must for anyone planning a beach vacation. Don’t leave home without a pair of fabulous white pants. These cute white jeans are the perfect backdrop for this colorful green button tank that oozes personality. A matching straw bag and chunky sandals keep the look light and bright. Starfish earrings and big Tortoiseshell earrings are perfect for vacay.

  Beach Outfits - Sleeveless dress

8. A Perky Sundress for Daytime Shopping and Site-seeing

A light, sleeveless sundress is one of my favorite things to take on a beach vacation. I’m not much for shorts, and pants can be hot during the day, so a fun little sundress is the perfect go-to. I love this one with the coral reef print in subtle sand shades.

Team it up with this natural rattan bag in this stunning mauve shade, fun wicker earrings, and some sleek designer sandals. Play up the subtle lavender theme with a pair of lavender-shaded glasses.

 You thought you were excited about your beach vacation before. Now, what do you think? Treat yourself to something cute. Take lots of photos and enjoy your new beachwear outfits. What will you be wearing shopping, lunching, and sightseeing at the beach this summer?

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11 thoughts on “What to Wear on a Beach Vacation : 8 Cute Outfits Your Trip

  1. Awesome blog post! Every woman wants to feel comfortable and secure when visiting the beach or enjoying a pool party. Part of this comfort is having the right clothes and being able to either dress down or up, depending on what the situation calls for.

    1. Hi Janet, Great point about covering up those sun-deprived legs! After the long winter or just using good sense and keeping out of the sun, our legs can look pretty pasty!
      A long dress can be the ticket to looking hip and comfortable!

  2. I’m never sure if I can pull off a long dress like this–I’m on the short side of 5’5″ and need to get rid of 10 pounds.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Great question! Well, 5’5 is not that short! But to answer your question, Yes you can wear a long skirt, but you might want to pair it with wedge sandals to give you some height. There are lots of comfy styles of them these days.

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