How to dress for the beach

by Sylvia

How to dress for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

For many, it is that time of year when beach trips are a seasonal main stay. Putting together the perfect beach look does not have to be a challenge (though we always make it so, don’t we?).

In this article, we cover the essentials (from sunscreen to sandals) and the perfect looks for a chic, fun, and relaxing day at the beach.

Sunscreen

The first item on our list is probably the most essential component of “dressing” for the beach. From your hair to your feet, sunscreen is a must-have to protect your skin. Not only does this stop premature or advanced aging (think wrinkles, hyperpigmentation,etc.), it is also critical to keep your skin and entire body protected and healthy.

Sunscreen and beach wear tips | 40plusstyle.com

Sunglasses

In the same vein of keeping your skin protected, sunglasses are also essential for protecting your eyes and the sensitive skin surrounding your eyes. The bonus here is that they are also a stylish must have for the beach.

Sunglasses | 40plusstyle.com

Swimsuit

There is absolutely no need to fear the swimsuit as the temperatures begin to rise. Much like selecting the best clothing for your shape, swimsuits can be quite flattering if you select the best styles, colors, and cuts that fit your shape.

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For an extensive list and more recommendations for swimwear visit this page.

Outerwear

Sarongs are a great beach option. When paired with the right swimsuit, there is something ethereally sensual about the look, which immediately translates to increased confidence. It is also not a requirement that you show your stomach if you are not comfortable. They can be easily paired with a one-piece. We would, however, recommend that you not pair them with a one piece that is too full at the top. This will create a lot of material on both the bottom and top which is not a universally flattering look.

Sarongs | 40plusstyle.com

Kaftans are the perennial beach resort favorite. Available in a plethora of styles and cuts, they are usually quite light, extremely forgiving (they can be tossed in a bag and won’t wrinkle or lose their shape), and add a bit of elegance to your look.

You can find more fabulous tunics and kaftans in store right now here.

Like the kaftan, dresses are a great beach look. Select a style that best suits your body style, can handle being wet and stretched, and is light and forgiving enough to be roughly handled (i.e. does not easily wrinkle).

Kaftan ideas for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

If you are feeling especially confident (and you should!) shorts are also a great sporty option for a casual beach look. The length can vary depending on your taste preferences and look. We especially like the lace varieties which create a whole new look, are casual and also sexy.

Shorts for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Hats

Another beach must-have, hats are a stylish option for the perfect beach look. You can channel old hollywood glamour by going with a large, floppy brim style. For a more casual chic look, a coordinating baseball hat is also a great option.

Hats to wear to the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Beach tote

Beach totes do not have to be dowdy. Think of them as that perfect accessory for your beach look. Many of the beach totes available can also double as casual totes to wear beyond the beach.

Just make sure they are roomy enough to comfortably hold all of your essentials (a great book, your favorite tunes, beach towel, sunscreen, water, snacks, etc.).

Different kinds of tote bags for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Sandals

We really do not recommend heels for the beach (we’ve all seen those women once in a while). Beach sandals do not have to be a very utilitarian style. There are plenty of chic styles you would be tempted to wear beyond the beach.

We definitely recommend investing in a quality pair that can last season after season, coordinates well with multiple looks, and that withstands all of the elements.

Sandals for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Beach towel

The perfect beach towel is absorbent, big enough for all of your needs, and (of course) something stylish that doubles as the perfect accessory. Much like the best shoes and swimsuits, select a towel that is great quality and can last. The investment early on will keep you from dealing with towels that lose their softness too soon, are not easily absorbent, and cannot withstand the elements. Here are some of our favorites.

Chic beach towels for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Chic beach looks

Here are four looks to help inspire your next beach visit

Look #1: Shorts

Shorts outfit idea for the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Look #2: Sarong

How to wear a sarong at the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Look #3: Kaftan

Outfit ideas on how to wear a kaftan at the beach | 40plusstyle.com

Look #4: Dress

How to wear a dress at the beach | 40plusstyle.com

What is your “go-to” look for the beach?

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Greetje

I have got the beach well covered: anything I can throw in the washing machine when I return, will do. Strange but true.

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Sabina @Oceanblue Style at Manderley

I love that pink bathing suit. Having lived in SoCal I got the beach wear quite well covered. Sabina

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Mary

I have several swimdresses I really like, one from Athleta and I think one from Venus swimwear. I’m surprised not to see any here. Covers upper thighs well for us over 50 gals! And very cute.

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Suzanne

What a great summer round-up! I spend lots of time at the coast, or the lake during the summer months and you have me swooning over some of these fun pieces! Love the dresses/coverups – oh la la!
XOXO
Suzanne
http://www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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