How to Dress for the Beach

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Dress for the Beach. It doesn't take much preparation to have a fun day at the beach, but one of the most important things to consider is how to dress. Because you'll be exposed to water and direct sunlight all day, you'll need to dress accordingly.

Select a bathing suit to wear to the beach. There's a bathing suit out there to match your needs and tastes, no matter your size or style. While you can wear cut-off shorts when you swim, a bathing suit's fabric dries much faster.

Bring a large shirt, ideally a long-sleeved shirt, to help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Even if you plan to spend a good deal of the time in the water, you should bring along a shirt to wear while you're on the beach. Dress in white instead of black to keep your clothes from absorbing heat while you're in the sun.

Protect your feet by wearing a pair of flip-flops. The asphalt of the parking lot and the sands of the beach can get quite hot after hours of direct exposure to sunlight. Watch for broken glass or sharp sea shells if you plan to go without your flip-flops on the beach.

Wear a cap with a wide brim to help shield your eyes from the sun. As an alternative, stop by a beach supply store and pick up a souvenir visor.

Drape a colorful sarong around your bathing suit to retain some sense of modesty. Most womens' bathing suits don't leave much to the imagination. A sarong acts like a breezy, fun dress you can wrap around your bathing suit bottom.

Wear a pair of sunglasses while you're at the beach to make it easier to see. Look for a pair of waterproof sunglasses if you plan to go in and out of the water during the day. Use a piece of string or a safety cord to keep your glasses from falling off your face while you horse around.

Bring along a change of clothes for the end of the day. You won't want to have to ride back home from the beach in wet bathing suit.


  • While your beach attire and a wide-brimmed hat can prevent sunburns, you'll still need to bring plenty of sunscreen. Look for a water-proof sunscreen if you're planning to spend time in the water. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings will provide a greater level of protection. To make it easier to spot your kids while they play in the water, consider buying matching, brightly-colored bathing suits for them to wear. Bring along a wide beach umbrella. This will help prevent sunburns, and can help your kids to find their way back to you if the beach is crowded.

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