Find the Best Beach Looks for 2018
Packing for a summer vacation usually starts with a few cute swimsuits. But if you want to stay comfortable and stylish for your entire trip, from the beach to sightseeing to a night on the town, you need more than sunblock and flip flops in your suitcase. We put together the ultimate guide for packing cute summer outfits for the beach that are as practical as they are trendy.
Going from a Day of Sightseeing to a Night on the Town
Whether you enjoy exploring tourist spots or checking out the local shopping scene after a morning on the beach, you’ll want to pack a variety of casual outfits that let you show off your style without compromising on comfort. The best beach outfits are those that transition smoothly from a day of sightseeing to a night on the town.
A breezy blouse or tank is always a great choice. They’re cool enough to wear during the day but stylish enough to dress up for dinner or a night out. The White Print Tank by Nostalgia is terrific for a day of exploring in the sun. Pair it with shorts and comfortable sandals during the day. Then, when the sun goes down, swap the sandals for wedges or the shorts for leggings and you’re ready for a night out.
Accessories like sandals and jewelry can help take your look from day to night. But one item that can be tough to choose is the right handbag. While a leather bag will get ruined in the sand, a large beach tote is the last thing you’ll want to lug around all day. This summer, the hottest trend for 2018 is an old classic, the woven handbag, and it’s practically made for your next beach vacay. Whether you choose a purse-sized bag that’ll carry everything you need for hitting the beach, like the Erin Natural Straw Handbag from Melie Bianco, or a smaller clutch nice for stashing your phone and wallet, these trendy pieces add a tropical vibe to any summer look.
Picking the Perfect Beach Vacation Dress
Another must on any packing list of vacation outfits is a cute summer dress or two. The perfect beach vacation dresses will take you effortlessly from a walk on the sand to lunch at the resort and beyond. All you need to do is swap out a few accessories.
Choosing the right summer dress starts with considering your own body shape and the styles that will flatter it. For instance, a dress with a defined waist and loose, flowing skirt is excellent for complimenting an hourglass or full-figured shape, while a piece that draws the eye downward, either with vertical stripes or a long, flowy skirt is best for a petite shape.
If you’re unsure of what type of dress works best for your body shape, there are a few styles that can compliment any figure. This Embroidered Tencel Shift Dress is easy to wear and accessorize. It’s comfortable enough to wear for a day on the beach or exploring the local sights, while the embroidered details make it polished enough to wear to a nice dinner. Another superb choice for any body type is our Ivory Long Dress from Dex Clothing. The flowing skirt and soft waist tie lend an elegant edge, while the cutouts and strappy top make it the perfect summer dress.
Choosing a Cute and Functional Coverup
Outfits for the beach should be comfortable and easy to wear. While you’ll want a few dresses or other outfits for the beach that you could also wear when you hit the town, you’ll likely spend most of your time enjoying the sun and sand. Besides a few cute swimsuits, you’ll also want a coverup or two that protects you from the sun and lets you go from the sand to the boardwalk or resort without needing to change your clothes.
Flowing kimonos, worn over your favorite swimsuit or shorts and a tee or tank, might be the best summer layer. They’re easy to pack in your bag for the beach and light enough to protect your skin without making you too hot in the summer sun. While kimonos are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles, this Hepburn Kimono by Paparazzi offers a classic look that’s easy to mix and match with any swimsuit or other summer outfits.
Shopping for Your Beach Vacation Look
From choosing the perfect summer dresses to kimonos and straw bags ideal for accessorizing, picking out cute vacation outfits for the beach doesn’t have to be a challenge. Keep this guide in mind when you visit our North Bethesda location to find the right pieces for your next summer vacation!