What to Wear on Beach Vacations

Julie Marshall
by Julie Marshall
15 Minutes

Are you heading out for one more summer trip?

Do you always struggle with what to wear on beach vacations?

Are you planning a fall trip to a warm beach destination like I am? Or maybe one in the winter. Save this post for then!

Mr. G.Q. LOVES the weather in Chicago during the summer. I do too as it’s been a great season for his golf and my gardening.

But, we love going to Hawaii, and this September we’re heading to the Big Island for a ten-day trip! I will definitely do a post closer to the dates but since lots of stores are doing their End of Summer Sales, I thought you might like to snag some deals! Read all the way to the end as I will show you some things I just ordered!

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Cute Beach Outfits:

Are you like me in that on beach trips, I spend most days wearing a bathing suit with a cute cover-up especially when heading out to breakfast at the hotel?

Do you LOVE reading and napping by the pool? I just read the cutest beach read Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel. Check it out! Loved it.

So, since I am such a reader and lounger, I like comfy, but attractive suits and coverups. Here are a few for you to check out:

Sheer Pink Pareo and Print Bathing Suit:

Isn’t this a darling pareo? It’s hot pink, so I had to have it! And for those of you who follow me, I almost always buy a solid bathing suit. But I thought this sarong would look SO CUTE with a print suit underneath, so I went for this one ( very similar print, here).

J Crew Beach Shirt and Cute Pink One Piece (Another CUTE Beach Look):

As I mentioned above, pink is my FAVORITE color! It always makes me feel happy and it’s so feminine!!!

This J. Crew beach shirt has sold out several times, but since it’s back in stock now and ON SALE, I think you should snatch it right up so we can be twins!!! I love it and in the next few photos, I will show you that it looks GREAT as a cover-up for any suit, but also looks cute in several adorable summer outfits!

This hot pink one-piece is a bit retro with the sweetheart neckline and ruched body. I usually wear a size 8 in a suit, but this size 6 fits great.

Whoops, the tag is peeking out of the back. I LOVE the adjustable straps!

J.Shirt as a Shirt Dress:

Isn’t this a cute way to wear this beach shirt? I love it! I added a mustard-colored leather belt, silver hoops, nude flat sandals, and white cat eyeglasses, just for fun! I also added a lightweight, inexpensive mini-slip as the dress alone is a bit sheer.

J. Crew Beach Shirt as a Duster with White Jeans and a Tank:

So this could easily be a date night look. Wear the shirt, open as a duster over the white Maya cotton tank and white cropped jeans. Add silver pave hoop earrings, and heeled nude sandals to complete the outfit.

Black Pompom Sarong Over a Black Suit:

I saw this black sarong with multi-colored pompoms and knew I had to get it! It goes with all my solid-colored bathing suits and it’s such a great buy!!! Of course, I love this tummy-controlling Miraclesuit style as it’s so flattering.

Black and White Sarong Over the Black Suit:

This is one of my go-to beach vacation looks as it pairs a solid black bathing suit with a black and white sarong ( similar, here), silver beaded bangles, my stainless steel Ebel watch, and my favorite SPF 50 broad-brimmed hat!

My sunglasses are classic Oakleys, and my white cotton shirt is oversized and can be worn with every suit.

So there you have it! A bunch of cute bathing suits with cute coverups. Below I’ll also show you a bunch of beach outfits for women that I’m eyeing for my late summer shopping hurrah. See if you like anything too!


Dr. Julie

PS Here are a few more posts for you to enjoy:

Capsule Wardrobe for Fall (from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2022)

The Best Lotion for Crepey Skin on Arms and Legs

What to wear in New York in the Fall

Dermatologist Advice for Anti-Aging Products

Late Summer Outfits

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