Common Beachwear Styling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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You’re planning an unforgettable day at the beach, and then the dread sets in:

You have no idea what to wear.

Your mind shuffles through memories of uncomfortable bikinis, sandy shorts, and blisters from painful sandals, and you realize you need some styling help.

You’re not alone in making some beachwear styling mistakes. Prepare for your beach day with these easy solutions for common beachwear problems.

Swimwear That Doesn’t Fit

As the foundation of your outfits, undergarments should always fit well for both comfort and hygiene. If you’re heading to the beach, your swimwear acts as your undergarments.

Not only this, but there won’t be anything to cover these pieces once you’re sunbathing or jumping in the water. To avoid a fashion faux pas or a body part accidentally slipping out, your swimsuit must fit properly.


Check the fit to make sure you look and feel good at the beach.

If there are straps, they shouldn’t hurt or feel tight on your shoulders. You shouldn’t have to adjust around the bust area much if the top fits properly. The cups should also feel supportive, yet not restrictive. You should be able to move and wiggle around without your top moving and wiggling.

For the bottoms, they should provide coverage and stay in place. There should be no marks left on your skin. If you see marks, it means your bottoms are too tight.

If you choose a one-piece swimsuit, make sure the fabric doesn’t sag. It should be smooth on your skin, and you should be able to move, sit, and stand without it pulling. 

Wearing Too Many Accessories

You may find that accessories are the secret to looking stylish, but this isn’t necessarily true at the beach. Who wants to lose an earring in the water? Or who wants to have heavy jewelry sticking to their skin in the heat? Not you!


Accessories can work in your beachwear styling options, but lighter is better.

If you wear jewelry, choose daintier styles that are safe in the water. The beach is the place to feel free, not weighed down by big jewelry.

If you love accessorizing to express your style, put your focus on beach bags and sunglasses. These items are practical while adding your own unique flair to your beach outfit.

Following the Latest Beachwear Trends

When you’re unsure how to choose beachwear, it can be tempting to look to trends. And while experimenting with some fashion trends is okay, you might soon find yourself at the beach feeling awkward and out of touch with your real style wearing the same swimsuit as a popular influencer or celebrity.


Style yourself in beachwear that makes you feel cute and comfortable, even if it isn’t trendy.

Besides feeling more authentic and true to yourself, you can also save yourself money by resisting the urge to shop for what’s trendy.

If you don’t spend all year, or even all summer, at the beach, it’s not worth it to spend money on trendy beachwear you only wear a few times until next year, when it’s out of style.

Instead, go for boho styles that have been on-trend for beachwear for decades.

Choosing Stuffy Clothes

It’s obvious you shouldn’t wear a knitted sweater or a down jacket to the beach. But you might not be thinking about that thick cotton t-shirt or your denim shorts. Sometimes, clothes for beaches can be thick and stuffy, leaving you wishing you were in an air-conditioned room and not the beach.


One of the biggest beachwear styling mistakes is not considering what your clothes will be like once you’re in the heat or after you’ve hit the water.

Think about what your beachwear will be like if it gets wet. In the case of denim, for example, it can take all day to dry, meaning denim shorts may not be a comfortable choice as a cover-up.

Instead, choose light cover-ups that dry quickly when thrown on over wet swimwear.

Not Dressing for the Occasion

Just because you’re dressing for the beach doesn’t mean you’ll be in a bathing suit all day.

If you’re invited to an elegant beach wedding or going to a luxurious dinner after your swim, you may embarrass yourself when you realize you’re underdressed.


Combining class and casual beachwear isn’t as impossible as it may seem.

One easy tip is to choose easygoing dresses that function as both cover-ups and going-out garments. Light and flowy maxi dresses are especially good at taking you from the beach to the party.

Painful Beach Sandals

Beach sandals can be light and comfy, yet they also have the potential to be among the most painful footwear too. Flip-flops may hurt your toes, and sandals may rub and blister your skin.

Then, even if your beachwear looks cute, you’ll feel miserable and in pain. That dream walk on the beach will quickly become a nightmare with the wrong shoes.


It’s common to make the mistake of buying shoes only for the beach and never breaking them in beforehand. This can lead to some surprise pain once you hit the beach.

If you choose flip-flops, test them by going on a walk before heading to the beach. Notice if there’s any pain between the toes or if they’re difficult to walk in. If so, it’s better to try a different style.

If you decide to try rubber or plastic-y sandals, beware that these are likely to rub and irritate skin. Practice wearing them before taking them to the beach.

Though not always water-friendly, sandals in soft leather or faux leather can be a more comfortable option. You can also try slides that don’t hug feet much, meaning there’s less chance of getting painful blisters.

Avoid These Beachwear Styling Mistakes

Properly styling your beachwear is less about fashion and trends and more about enjoying your day at the beach.

Watch out for these beachwear styling mistakes next time you plan a trip to the beach. That way, you can have a relaxing, breezy day by the ocean.

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