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What to Wear at the Beach

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 9 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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There is nothing quite like a day at the beach, but it is made even better by knowing what clothes to wear and what accessories to take with you! Fortunately, womens clothing offers a wide variety of beachwear, no matter what your size.


Going to the beach should be an enjoyable experience, yet it usually causes stress due to body image. Picking the right womens clothing can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable at beaches.

Flatten Your Tummy

There is nothing worse than wearing a swimsuit for women who are already self-conscious about their stomach. However, there are things you can look for in swimwear clothes to minimize the size of your stomach. For instance, look for a swimsuit that has a control top. A cute tankini will help you cover your stomach with the top. If you do choose a tankini, look for those with higher cut briefs which will help give your stomach more support. Some swimsuits have an attractive gathering around the middle, which helps hide your tummy. As for colours, black and darker blues always help minimize your size in general. Swimsuits with vertical stripes will also help make you look thinner.

Better Bust Support

Larger breasted women are often uncomfortable wearing beach clothes that offers little support. Look for a swimsuit with a bust lining to give you both support and shape while still being comfortable. Beach clothes fashion has come a long way in the past ten years. Many swimsuit manufacturers now sell tops and bottoms separately, so women can mix and match until they get the perfect fit. Some swimsuits even have cup sizes like bras. Some bikinis even come with underwire support. If you want to minimize the size of your bust, look for a swimsuit that has a pattern all over. This will help take the focus away from your bust.

Hourglass Figures

Hourglass figured women are proportional on the top or bottom, but may have trouble with swimsuits due to their defined waist. If this is the case, pick a supportive bikini top. Choosing a suit with prints will also help make you look more balanced. If you choose a bikini, look for one that is offers a high waist bottom. This covers your tummy while still allowing you to show off your waist.

Pear Shaped Figures

Pear shaped women are often particularly leery of going to beaches, but you can still pick a type of swimsuit to help you look slimmer in the hip area. Look for a swimsuit with a decorative neckline. This type of clothes will draw others attention upwards, away from your hips. The same is true of a halter-top swimsuit.

Undefined Waist

Women with an undefined waist may feel shapeless in many swimsuits. However, a push up bikini top can enhance our bust and accent your waist. Be sure to choose low leg bikini brief to help your hips appear curvier. Swimsuit with draping will also help create the illusion of a waist.


Don’t forget to include wraps as part of your clothing when going to the beach! Wraps are great accessories no matter what your size. If you have a solid coloured bathing suit, consider choosing a wrap with a pattern to help your fashion pop!

Other Items

Before you head off to the beach, make sure you have everything you need. Another great accessory to have at the beach is sunglasses. Not only do they protect you from the sun, but they will also help you look fabulous. An umbrella can also protect you from the weather while at the beach.

You will want to take some type of shoes. You want comfortable shoes and sandals work best as they are not only easy to take off and put on, but you can also easily shake the sand from them. Stay with something plastic or rubber and you won’t have to worry about water damage to the leather. As for handbags, they are probably best left at home or in the car. Rather than handbags, consider getting a cute beach bag to carry all your extra stuff.

When visiting the beach, you will need to carefully consider your clothes. You can even check the weather. If you plan to spend along day at the beach, you may want to wear clothes to change out of later. Follow the basic rules of swimsuits to make sure you look your best and make sure you carry all necessary accessories such as sunglasses or an umbrella. Remember – even at the beach, fashion is important!

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