From Beach to Boardwalk: Chic Warm-Weather Outfit Ideas

A One-Piece Swimsuit and Cover-Up Dress

The classic one-piece swimsuit is always fashionable for the beach and boardwalk. Choose a Tugless Tank for a bathing suit that stays in place. Whether you’re swimming, playing water sports, or exploring the shops, you won’t have to worry about adjusting your suit.

After you’re finished at the beach, slip a cover-up dress over your swimsuit for coverage and UPF 50 sun protection. These dresses come in mid-length and long styles, and they’re available in many colors and prints to match your swimsuit. Dress up the look with a pair of heeled wedge sandals, which are an on-trend summer footwear option for almost any casual occasion.

A Tankini and a Kaftan Cover-Up

Tankinis are a versatile summer fashion choice for beach days. Tankini tops and bottoms come in many styles, so you can mix and match them to create plenty of swim outfits. Choose from classic scoop-neck styles, along with modest tankinis. You can also pair high-waisted retro-style swim bottoms or classic bikini styles with whichever top you choose.

Kaftan cover-ups are a boho-inspired option that you can wear over your tankini. This breezy cover-up style has a roomy, relaxed fit that complements any summer footwear. For a chic summer look that’s boardwalk-appropriate, wear a black kaftan over your tankini and slip into a pair of walking sandals.

A Swim Dress and Sandals

Another option for a beach-to-boardwalk outfit is a swim dress with sandals. Swim dresses provide plenty of coverage and come in different styles and lengths. Some have short sleeves, while others are the classic swim-tank style. Any kind of sandals looks stylish with a swim dress, so choose according to your design preference and comfort level.

If you want a cover-up to wear over your swim dress for additional coverage, consider a full-zip sun protection hoodie. This type of rash guard slips easily over your swim dress, and it dries quickly if it happens to get wet. Rash guard hoodies also come in pullover and quarter-zip styles for the whole family.

A Swim Tee and Board Shorts

You can also wear a swim tee with women’s board shorts. This outfit can go straight from the beach to the boardwalk with no changes needed. Simply slip on a pair of summer shoes, and you’re all set. Swim tees have the same features as one-piece swimsuits and tankinis, except with the coverage and styling of a T-shirt. Board shorts are a surf-ready style that pairs perfectly with the swim tee, plus they’re also fast-drying and super-comfortable.

A Tank Top with Swim Leggings

Swim leggings are another piece of summer apparel that can go from the beach to the boardwalk. Top your swim leggings with a tank in a long tunic style. A tankini top can work for this look, topped with a relaxed-fit rash guard. Or you can reach for a rash guard hoodie as mentioned above for head and arm coverage. Water shoes are a good accompaniment to this look, or you can go with classic sandals.

A Sleeveless Tunic and Capris

If you want an outfit that you can change into in the beach locker room after swimming and showering, pack a sleeveless tunic and capri pants into your beach bag tote. A canvas tote bag is perfect for the beach, especially if you choose a zippered style to keep the sand out. This is another outfit that looks casually elegant with heeled wedge sandals, but you can also wear it with any flat-heeled summer shoe.

A T-Shirt Dress with Canvas Sneakers

Shirt dresses are another idea for summer occasions. As with the previous outfit idea, you can easily fit a T-shirt dress into most beach bags to change into after swimming. Canvas sneakers coordinate well with shirt dresses; plus, they’re comfortable for strolling the boardwalk. For cool summer nights, jean jackets or a lightweight cardigan on top of your shirt dress can cut the chill.

A Tiered Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses for women come in many styles, including sleeveless tiered dresses perfect for wearing to restaurants and shops. You can slip one over your swimsuit or change into it after a beach day. Women’s shoes of all kinds go with maxi dresses. Slides and sandals are a good choice, or you could wear Western-inspired ankle boots for a country-chic look that’s perfect for a beach-bar date night. Keep your after-beach shoes in a separate bag tucked into your tote—or leave them in your locked vehicle—for a quick change.

These are just some of the apparel pairings that work for multiple summer activities. Explore the selection of summer clothing and swimwear to find outfits for every warm-weather adventure.


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