Here's What You Should Wear to the Beach This Summer

Start with swim trunks. End with a whole outfit.

Great beach style extends beyond just a pair of swim trunks—although, in many cases, that's where it should start. To really level up your outfits while around or on the beach, having a few key pieces in your wardrobe makes every beach outfit that much easier to put together. Here are the best ways to nail great beach style, whether it's cloudy and cool or hot and sunny. Day or night, this is what you'll need. 

Rec Sock 3-Pack

After a long day at the beach, there are few things better than a hot shower and limbs free of sand. Make sure you always have a pair of clean socks on hand to revel in the sensation. 


Everlane The Baseball Cap

A hat comes in handy for extra vibes—and protection from the sun.

Birkenstock Arizona EVA

For when you're walking on the beach, something open-toed is the easiest to clean off afterward. These Birkenstocks are waterproof, too, so they're perfect for all near-beach adventures.

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

Having fun with your swim shorts doesn't have to mean a crazy pattern—it can be as simple as opting for a bright white color. Plus, these are easy to pair with everything. 

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Vans UA Era Sneakers

And when you're more around the beach than on the beach, a pair of Vans are an easy go-to.  

Madewell Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt

Given the proximity to water, beach weather can be occasionally temperamental, even in the summer. Keep a sweatshirt on hand to navigate it in style. 


Maison Kitsuné Parisien Beach Towel

Stop bringing ratty towels to the beach and invest in one that is meant only for the sand. 

Tommy Jeans '90s Sailing Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt

For nighttime, near-beach activities, you can't go wrong with anything Tommy. This crewneck sweatshirt goes with everything.  

Rag & Bone Railroad Stripe T-Shirt

When traveling to and from the beach, you want something that's light, comfortable, and easy to get in and out of, but that also has plenty of style. A striped tee is great for wearing with your board shorts or jeans after. 


Ray-Ban Aviator Silver-Tone Sunglasses

A pair of timeless sunglasses are great for keeping your eyes protected from the glaring sun. 

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Sport Mid-Length Swim Shorts

Great swim trunks are the meat of any good beach outfit. These work as well for relaxing on the sand as they do for scarfing down some margaritas and fish tacos.


Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck Sunglasses

Matte acetate sunglasses have an inherently more casual feel to them. The light frames make them feel sportier, too. 

Saint Laurent Mirrored Sunglasses

For edgy shades you can wear to the beach and beyond, Saint Laurent is a no-brainer. 

Tom Ford Wrap Bracelet

A braided warp bracelet is the most ideal beach accessory. Plus, it's Tom Ford—you know it'll last, no matter how much you wear it.


This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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