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5 beach styles you can wear anywhere

Woman in white, waffle-trapeze dress

Are you starting to gear up for a vacation? Instead of investing in resort wear that you’ll only wear once or twice a year, get more bang for your buck by purchasing pieces that work swimmingly both on the boardwalk or by the sea. A bonus? This trick will add room in your suitcase  to store all the souvenirs you bring back for your friends and family, too!

Ladies, it’s time you get more mileage out of your vacation attire. From cover-ups to wraps to floppy hats, here are five beach styles you can wear anywhere:

1. Take cover

Instead of bringing both dresses for nights out and baggy T-shirts to throw over your bathing suit, turn your tropical beach cover-up into a dress. Simply layer it over a fitted camisole, pair it with a fashion belt, striking jewelry and voila! You’re dressed to the nines and ready to spend a night out on the town.

Wear as a casual swing dress or as a swimsuit cover-up. Straps are accented with faux tortoise rings. Breathable cotton in a waffle pattern. 37" l from shoulder. Machine wash. Made in the USA of imported fabric or imported. Available only in white.
Waffle Trapeze Dress from Monroe and Main

2. That’s a wrap

Get more use out of all those patterned sarongs you own, and use them as a bathing suit cover-up or as a dress if you’re going out for some afternoon cocktails. Style this versatile garment as a one shoulder, side slit, halter dress or as a skirt. Get even more creative by transforming your sarong into a pant jumpsuit.

“Get more mileage out of your vacation attire and pack universal garments.”

3. Shady styles

Being able to successfully pull off a fashion hat can be tricky, but as long as you know how to wear it, you’re golden. First of all, it’s hot. Stay away from beanies or fur hats – save those for your trip to the snow-capped mountains. Instead, head to the beach with a wide-brimmed floppy hat. This will help shield your beautiful skin and smooth hair from drying out under those beaming sun rays. Are you worried about getting hat hair before going out for drinks after a day at the beach? Easy. Just keep the hat on! It’ll look great with your exquisite caftans that double as a cover-up and a dress.

Wow them with this sensational black and white hat with wide, floppy brim. Paper straw. 21 1/4" diam. One size fits most.
Wide Brim Hat by Isaac Mizrahi from Monroe and Main

If floppy hats aren’t  quite your style, throw on a woven fedora hat instead. This material is lightweight, so it’ll keep your head feeling cool in the sun. Again, hat hair isn’t a problem here if you don’t have time to rinse off after the beach. Just bring a change of clothes like a pair of cropped jeans and a simple, white blouse, and keep the hat on for a casual-chic look.

4. Sole mate

Your hefty collection of shoes can almost be considered a department store, which is why it’s so difficult to pack for a trip. Try and put aside all shoes that can be worn to the beach, out to a nice dinner or for strolling along the boardwalk. With a rubber sole and comfy fabric, the traditional espadrille is the perfect shoe for a beach day and classy enough for a dinner date. Your embellished strappy sandals are a must-have item for your trip. Before heading to the pool, cover-up with a sarong, and slip on your sandals. This way, you’re able to head straight to lunch after spending a couple of hours under the sun without having to worry about changing your entire outfit.

High profile with curves of supple leather. 2" wedge heel; 1/2" platform.
Petrina Selma Espadrille by Clarks from Monroe and Main

5. It’s in the bag

You’re a bag lady – we get it because we are too. But there’s definitely no need to bring every single clutch, shoulder and tote bag with you on your trip. Instead, opt for a large hobo bag. It’s the perfect carry on for the airplane, beach bag and everyday purse. If you’re worried about it being too casual for a night out, get one with a funky pattern or one adorned with fringe or studs.

Your unzipped bling is showing (great style) at both ends. Center zip; 1 outside pocket; 3 inside pockets. Synthetic. Adjustable, removable chain link strap. 15" l x 4" w x 11 1/2" h. Available only in Tan.
Rhinestone Hobo Bag from Monroe and Main

Comments (6)


Is bag leathet

Monroe and Main

Hi Ellen,
The Rhinestone Hobo Bag isn’t leather – It’s made of synthetic materials. You can view full product details here.

Laura E Renner

love the hat!

Monroe and Main

Glad you like it, Laura! Thanks for commenting!

Braden Bills

My wife has been looking for clothes to wear to the beach. The main thing she wants is a hat to wear. I didn’t know that you could get a woven fedora! I’ll have to see if she would want to give that a try.

Monroe and Main

Hope she likes it, Braden!

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Published on May 02 2016

Last Updated on Oct 05 2018

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