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These Are The Beach Vacation Clothes We Can’t Live Without

Casual beach dresses, bathing suits and more.

After what feels like an endless winter here in NYC at the Journy HQ, our minds are on one thing and one thing only: the beach. Eager for a well-deserved dose of Vitamin D, we reached out to our friends at THE OUTNET for tips on what to pack for the perfect beach getaway—whether we’re sticking stateside or jetsetting abroad.

THE OUTNET carries over 350 designer products, with exclusive capsule collections for the widest variety of summertime staples. And get this: everything (yes, everything) comes at a reduced price. It’s the sale that never ends—which is good, because we’ve got quite a few trips to start packing for, and have a feeling you do, too.

Check out our top beach vacation clothes below, all of which have the stamp of approval from Journy’s very own Honolulu and Bali Trip Designer, Molly Vita, who practically grew up on the beaches of Long Island in the Hamptons and Fire Island.

Dresses:

We almost always go sleeveless when it comes to summer dresses—to show off our tan, obviously, but mostly because it’s practical (no sweat stains, for the win!). We tend to avoid tight dresses in favor of flowy styles—especially for maxi dresses—because, well, if we’re being real… sweat, again. We need something that’ll allow our legs to breathe in that sweet summer breeze.

“The perfect summer dress will flatter your summer body and show off your tan!” says Vita. “More importantly, it will be versatile enough to wear to any occasion, whether it’s a casual backyard barbecue or upscale seaside dinner. Allow your accessories to set the mood for your staple summer dress.”

...which is exactly what we plan on doing in this linen halterneck from THE OUTNET, which can easily be dressed up or down depending on the choice of shoes, shawls/sweaters and jewelry.

It’s the perfect marriage of function and fashion—heck, we’d book a trip to the beach just to sport this dress.

Kali Hawaiian Knotted Printed Linen Halterneck Maxi Dress
Zimmerman
THE OUTNET: $438

And then there’s this ruffled mini dress which, yes, is also sleeveless (noticing a theme here?) and made of 100% silk for an easy slip-on post-beach and pre-dinner.

Cold-Shoulder Ruffled Printed Silk Mini Dress
Adriana Degreas
THE OUTNET: $272

Coverups:

Coverups are a must come summer, since they allow for an easy transition to lunch, into town for shopping or onto the next activity if we’re only spending part of the day at the beach.

What we look for? Material that’s lightweight enough to easily toss on and off all day long, colors that complement our bathing suits and a style that’ll actually cover us up and help protect against UVA/UVB rays.

“My coverup has to be as light as possible,” says Vita. “Between the heat, humidity and sun, I do not want heavy material or any crazy cuts. I prefer to bring one that will look just as cute as my bathing suits for pics, but nothing too crazy to feel uncomfortable. Bonus points if it’s neat and long enough to wear into public places like a coffee shop or deli!”

THE OUTNET’s printed crepe de chine coverup checks all the boxes.

Embellished Printed Crepe de Chine Coverup
Camilla
THE OUTNET: $298  

Bathing Suits:

“Feeling comfortable and confident in my body is a make it or break it for my perfect beach day,” says Vita. We couldn’t agree more, which is why we’re big fans of packing a combo of one-pieces and bikinis for beach getaways. This way, we can make game-time decisions in the morning depending on how we’re feeling and what the day holds.

Trying our hands at waterskiing or surfing for the first time probably means we’ll reach for a more secure one-piece. Have no other plans besides lounging? A bikini will do juuuuuuust fine.

These are our favorites:

The Anne Marie striped seersucker swimsuit
Solid & Striped
THE OUTNET: $78

Cuba Lace-Up Swimsuit
Melissa Odabash
THE OUTNET: $120

Leandra off-the-shoulder striped stretch-cotton bandeau bikini
Lisa Marie Fernandez
THE OUTNET: $200

Printed Halterneck Bikini
Emilio Pucci
THE OUTNET: $232

Helm Off-The-Shoulder Ruffled Polka-Dot Bikini Top (And Bottom)
Zimmermann
*Set sold separately
THE OUTNET: $98 (top) / $48 (bottom)

Bags:

While large totes undoubtedly have a place in our summer repertoire (for towels, and sunscreen, and water bottles, and snacks, and magazines, and more sunscreen just in case), sometimes a small bag is in order. Something to just hold keys, a phone, maybe a small credit card wallet. Nothing more, nothing less.

Enter this tasseled woven straw bucket bag. Vita’s not sure what she likes best about it: the lightweight straw material that practically screams summer, or the versatility of swapping between the long bag strap and shorter top handle.

Nissa Tasseled Woven Straw Bucket Bag
Nannacay
THE OUTNET: $133

Hats:

However much we love baseball caps, they’re a decidedly American accessory. So whenever we’re abroad at the beach (or even stateside and feelin’ like an upgrade), we reach for a wide, floppy sun hat or stylish fedora.

“There’s something about a floppy hat that elevates your entire outfit,” says Vita. “Never leave home without it, especially if you’re heading to the beach bar or out to dinner. Your beach hair with thank you.”

This woven, beige piece from THE OUTNET is neutral enough to match with whatever bathing suit or coverup we’re sporting, with a stylish black bow to boot.

Bunny grosgrain-trimmed woven paper-blend sunhat
Eugenia Kim
THE OUTNET: $240

Sunglasses:

The cherry on top of any beach look? Sunglasses. We’re big fans of this round-frame Gucci pair for its 100% UV protection, subtle gold tones and sturdy metallic frame. Because as Vita will be the first to admit, the summer season can do a number on your sunglasses—so high-quality frames are key.

“I can never make it through a summer without breaking or losing a pair, or both!” admits Vita. “Finding quality sunglasses with a sturdy frame is ideal for tossing them into your beach bag or hanging them off of your top.”  

Round-Frame Gold Toned Mirrored Sunglasses
Gucci
THE OUTNET: $231

Sandals:

If we had the choice, we’d be barefoot all summer, but if we have to strap on summer footwear that’s a step or two above your ordinary flip-flops, we have two conditions: they’ve got to be comfortable (no blisters, please!) and breathable (open toes preferred!).

For something with a bit more structure and just enough attitude, we reach for these studded leather and suede slingback sandals.

Microstud leather and suede slingback sandals
Valentino Garavani
THE OUTNET: $497

But for something more delicate and minimalist, this bow-embellished, polka-dot pair will do the trick.

Cleo bow-embellished polka-dot twill slides
Tabatha Simmons
THE OUTNET: $258

Looking for a destination that strikes the perfect balance between beach relaxation and city culture? Look no further than Tulum.