It’s barely the Spring season, but I am already looking forward to the summer months! Maybe it’s the nostalgia or the relaxed fashion, but Summer is definitely the season I look forward to the most. And whether you are taking a vacation or having a special staycation this year, these 10 classic beachwear must-haves will keep stylish but versatile all summer long.
These pieces were selected because they are easy to pack, easy to pair with various outfits, and easy to wear again and again. One of the best parts about having a more classic, feminine style is that you can have fun investing in pieces that will last by knowing they will never go out of style.
So without further ado, check out the below top 10 and let me know which one is your favorite! All pieces are clickable and linked on my Liketoknow.it page. If you are not following me there yet, I would love for you to join that community as well since there are many items I share there separate from my other platforms! 🙂
Top 10 Classic Beachwear Must-Haves
1. Bathing Suits
It’s tradition that I start off with the most obvious one first, so bathing suits take the number 1 spot! If my younger self had told me that one day I would love one-piece suits, I would have laughed in their face. Of course, that is not the case, as I have been pleasantly surprised by the fashion-forward one-pieces nowadays. The prints that tend to catch the most attention are ones that have a grand millennial/French retro vibe. With their cute ruffle or bow details, these elegant suits will continue to be a summer must-have. But don’t worry, there are a few separates suits included too that work great for all figures!
3. Beach Bags
Is there such a thing as too many beach bags? Asking for a friend 😉 From straw/wicker bags to fun quilted patterns, a good beach bag is a quintessential beachwear favorite. Options that are easy to wash down or shake out make it ideal, so you don’t bring back the whole beach with you. Plus, there are various sizes listed below that make it easier to carry!
4. Straw Hats/Panamas
You all have heard me say this again and again, but the sun is not a friend of your skin— especially when it comes to aging! As I have gotten older, I have made it more of a point to wear a wider brim hat to shade my face from the harmful rays. The wider brim hats also keep you cooler, so you can enjoy your day outside even longer. These types of hats also come in various price points while still looking very sleek!
Towels and beach blankets have come a long way! There are sand-free options, colorful prints and more that make it another classic beachwear must-have. Another fun take is to take a large, thick quilt, so you don’t have to carry a lot of towels to cover an area for your whole family!
Sunnies are an underrated accessory! Love that retro sunglasses have been popping back on the scene like with these white cat eye ones shown below. If you want to keep it more classic, go for a tortoise-color or aviators to keep the shade going all day long!
Another classic beachwear must-have that has come along way is beach coolers! However, nothing quite says ‘beach day’ like lugging a 30lb Igloo cooler from the car all the way to the beach! Thankfully, there have been fresh updates so you can save your energy for fun activities and not for carrying a cooler. Check out the ones below from tote bags to picnic baskets!
The last clothing must-have that made the list is the beach sandal! There is always the classic flip-flop, but if you are looking for a more elevated look, try a sleek slide. They range from rattan to leather and can instantly complete your beach look! If you will be spending more time in or around water, try a more rubber or plastic material so they don’t get soaked through!
9. Waterproof Beauty
This one might not seem like an obvious choice, but I love wearing a little bit of concealer or waterproof mascara even on beach days! Naturally, people tend to take a lot of pictures on vacation, so it is a great way to still look put together and well-rested in pics. Keep it light and simple for that perfect ‘au natural’ look!
10. Clean Sunscreens
This one is tied for Number 1, so I saved it for last! 🙂 Sunscreen is SO important, but I totally get that you might not like the sticky-feel or the white cast that’s left. However, these options leave no white cast and go perfectly under your makeup! These will protect yourself from the sun while still leaving you a flawless finish.
Whether you are heading for a beach day or a day in the sun, these Top 10 classic beachwear must-haves will be the perfect additions! They are versatile and can be layered with many different items to ensure you can use them summer after summer. Would love to hear if you are planning any trips this year and what items are on your shopping list??