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What To Wear On Your Next Beach Vacation: Radiate Cool With A Capsule Summer Wardrobe

What To Wear On Your Next Beach Vacation: Radiate Cool With A Capsule Summer Wardrobe

From breezy dresses to relaxed lived-in denim fits, summer vacay style is all about serving looks while keeping it low-key.

But wondering how to maximise your first-impressions while balancing that baggage allowance? We got you. 

Here are your summer staples all packed up, incorporating the key pieces from three categories, mixing and matching for wearing in more ways than one. 

 

6 Hot Girl Summer Looks for Your Next Beach Vacay

Summer styling is all about versatility. From beachside brunches to late-night seaside celebrations, you can take any of these three pieces and rework them into what works for you. 

 

WHAT TO WEAR ON A BEACH VACATION: THE BLUEPRINT

The most important thing to bring is—of course—your bathing suit. How many you bring with you depends on how many days you’re on vacation (and how many photos you want to take).

But beyond the string bikinis, ruched tankinis, and stylish one-piece swimsuits, what else should you throw into your luggage? Denim shorts? Leather slippers? Loose button-ups?

We personally recommend the ‘T, M, Wide’ rule.

That’s a triangle halter top, a maxi dress, and a pair of wide-legged pants.

Let’s start from the (halter) top and work our way down.


Triangle Halter Top: The ‘One Style Fits All’ Favourite

We don’t believe that one size fits all, but we do believe that there are some universally flattering styles. For instance, almost anyone can pull off high-waist jeans with crop tops (as long as they get the right sizes). For another, every woman can rock a solid pair of strappy heels (yes, we’re looking at Neve).

For your beach vacay, your must-have item number one is a triangle halter top.

There’s something about the angles of the cut and the contrasting elements (like thin straps against a wide swathe of cloth) that really help highlight the best parts of your torso.

 

LOOK #1: NATURE BABE

Jayleen Keyhole Triangle Halter Top With Fringe Triangle Halter Top + Sonya Low-Rise Denim Jeans + Emory 14K Gold Plated Anklet

For a naturally chic beach babe look, opt for a fringed halter top in earthy or neutral tones. Pair with a plain sarong wrapped around your hips.

Complete the look with a dainty anklet and bare feet. You’ll look like a whimsical nature goddess ready to dance the night away.

 

LOOK #2: BEACH TO BAR

Jayleen Keyhole Triangle Halter Top With Fringe Triangle Halter Top  + Janelle Mid Rise Pants

If you’ve got a lot of walking to do, trade your bikini bottoms and cover-up for a crisp pair of wide-legged pants. You’ll feel more comfortable since they’re so secure. Plus, the triangle halter top should be breezy enough to keep you cool.

 

Maxi Dress: Effortless Chic

A maxi dress is one of those things you can just throw on and look instantly put-together. It’s a full outfit that literally requires no prep and no adjustments.

Brush out your hair, apply some lip colour, and then accessorise with a cute woven bag and sandals. Other than that, you’re good to go.

A maxi dress can also work for both super casual and kind of formal settings! You can literally go from the beach to the inside of a hotel lobby in the blink of an eye.

 

LOOK #1: SUMMER STATEMENTS

Zoe Cowl Front Print Maxi Dress + Adria Linen and Faux Leather Handbag

Pair a printed maxi dress in light or cream colours with a muted-toned handbag. It doubles as a sweet accessory and must-needed carry-all for your essentials. 

If you’ll be visiting tourist spots, go for a minimal and fresh no-makeup makeup look. If you’re spending the day on the beach, skip the makeup altogether and let your true beauty shine!

 

LOOK #2: SEASIDE STYLING

Bethany Distressed Knit Maxi Dress + Willow Ruched Drawstring Bikini Top + Allora Triangle Hardware Bikini Cheeky Brief

Highlight your curves but temper your silhouette with an air of mystery. A see-through knit or mesh maxi dress makes for the perfect beach cover-up.

 

Wide Legged Pants: Comfy Chic

A soft, solid pair of wide-legged pants is the best way to combine comfort and style. It’s all about room to breathe while you’re bringing your A-game to the beach bar. Wide-leg pants keep their shape regardless of the time of day which keeps your overall silhouette from looking too loose, too drooped, or two casual.

Plus, wide-legged bottoms generally match well with bikinis, halters, and cropped shirts, so having a pair in your bag allows you to pack extra options for up top. 

 

LOOK #1: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Gloria Wide Leg Trousers  + Ines Wrap halter Neck Crop Top + Brandy Ankle Strap Heels

Look fresh and fashionable with this foolproof combo: Wide leg pants and a gorgeously fitted wrap halter top.

The wraparound top will cling and emphasise the curves and lines of your torso. Meanwhile, the linen pants will flare out your silhouette, creating a beautiful contrast. It’s the perfect blend of casual and fashion-conscious.

 

LOOK #2: LOUNGE MODE

Gloria Wide Leg Trousers + Lea Multiway Crop Top

A pair of wide-legged linen trousers can help you kick back and relax in style. After all, a vacation is your time to go offline. To unload and de-stress. But if you don’t fancy walking around looking like you literally crawled out of bed (even if that does feel like the case most days—we’ve all been there!), pull on a pair of loose, breezy bottoms.

Balance it out with a plain crop top to show a bit of waist.