How to Accessorize for Your Day at the Beach

*this is a guest post

Preparing for a day on the beach, may seem as simple as just putting on a swimsuit.  However, for women who want to look stylish, there are tons of accessories that they can choose from that are as functional as they are stylish.  Whether you’re visiting a laid back beach town, or heading to one of the top beaches in Los Angeles, your fashion style will likely determine what you wear.  However, when it comes to accessories, there are a lot of things that most women have in common.

Keep reading for a list of accessories that every woman should consider when heading out to the beach for some fun in the sun.

Sun Protection

First things first, a day at the beach will be no fun at all if you end up getting sunburnt!  So, the number one accessory that you need to take with you to the beach is sun protection.  And, sun protection doesn’t only mean sunscreen – a good pair of sunglasses will also help to prevent the sun’s harsh UV rays from damaging your eyes and the skin around them. The style of sunglasses you choose doesn’t really matter as they’re all pretty good at blocking UV light.  However, if you want to fully block the sun, consider getting a pair of oversized glasses.  A big, colorful floppy hat will also protect your head, although a baseball cap is another option if you want to go for a more relaxed, sporty look.

A Beach Bag

A fun, colorful beach bag not only looks stylish but is also useful for carrying all of your beach gear, such as your sunscreen, towels, magazine or book, and any beach toys for the kids (for food, it’s worth taking a separate cooler to keep everything cold and fresh).  When buying a beach bag, you’ll want to find something that’s practical and big enough for what you need it for, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be chic as well.  You’ll find tons of patterns and colors, and a lot will also have fun beach or ocean prints on them as well.  Go for simple shades for an effortless look, or go for big and bold colors for a trendy design.  And, avoid anything overly fancy as you don’t want it to get ruined by the sand and sea water.

Shoes

Though heels look great with most outfits, they’re not the most practical of shoes to wear at the beach.  So, instead opt for a pair of flip flops.  Not only are they comfortable, but they’re also really convenient and easy to slip on and off.  If you feel like you still need a bit of height, wedges are another good choice.  For those of you who plan on walking in the water, you could also consider buying a pair of water shoes.  These look like the old school plimsoles, however they’ll definitely offer your feet the protection they need.

Jewelry

Forget about what you’ve read in magazines – jewelry can work at the beach.  A basic pair of hoops, or a pendant necklace can both be great choices, and work well with almost every outfit.  If you’re just planning on just relaxing on a sun lounger, rather than swimming or playing volleyball for example, there’s no reason why you can’t opt for more glamorous jewelry such as Tiffany gold bracelets, or diamond earrings.  And, if you want to really accessorize your outfit with an ocean theme, why not consider wearing some shell jewelry – there are some really stylish handmade designs out there that go really well with beach attire.

Cover Ups and Sarongs

If you have pale skin, or are feeling a little body conscious, cover ups and sarongs are your best friend.  This beachwear is light and airy, yet it’s designed to cover you up where needed.  A lightweight sarong can be worn around your waist, or even around your head to keep your hair off your face.  Whilst a maxi dress can be slipped over your swim suit to give you an effortless, feminine look.  Just remember that cover ups and sarongs aren’t intended to be used as an alternative to sunscreen, so you still need to top up no matter what you’re wearing.

Although dressing for a day in the sun may seem like a bit of a no-brainer, it’s a good idea to consider your accessories as well as your swimsuit.  Which accessories do you always take to the beach with you?

*thank you for this guest post!