As much as I enjoy the inexplicable picture above, and every article of clothing is quality, you probably shouldn’t be wearing this to the beach. (Notable exception: beach weddings, but in that case you probably shouldn’t be in the water…). So here’s a guide to what you should do.
Now we’ve already talked about swimsuits–solid or basic patterns, nothing too short or tight–and those rules still apply. Even Olympic diver, and famous speedo wearer, Tom Daley wears normal trunks to the beach. Now guys have the lucky ability to wear their swimsuits as totally appropriate pants, so all you really need to add is a t-shirt or casual button-up. It may sound counter-intuitive, but a button-up on the beach is a great look. Avoid the notorious Hawaiian print unless the one in question looks particularly modern and/or makes you look ultra-cool and manly a la Daniel Craig.
Footwear is one of our favorite topics here at WAMSW, in case you haven’t noticed, and Rachel’s last post The Big 3 plays perfectly with what you should be wearing to your day (or week) on the beach. Primarily canvas shoes are perfect for a day out, they are easy to move around in and clean. Another great choice? Sperrys. I will always support Sperrys and I mean, they are called “boatshoes” how could they not be great for the seaside. If you really insist on going the flip-flop route–an understandable, if unfortunate one–please buy ones made with leather or canvas or something other than rubber.
Shorts or pants on the beach should be khaki or colored. You could maybe get away with regular jeans, but never with denim shorts. It is also totally acceptable to cuff pants on the beach.
If you’re around after the sun goes down or you are hitting one of those not so warm coasts, knit sweaters are always delightful.
And apparently this is the required beach pose: