What To Wear To the Beach

Bridget Reed
Tue Apr 05, 2022

What To Wear To the Beach

What’s better than a beach trip with friends and family? The beach is full of opportunities and adventures, and you’re sure to make special memories for years to come.

Whether you love jumping the waves or you’re all about building sandcastles, it’s important to have the right outfit for the day. And that’s where PixieLane can help! We carry clothing for any occasion, and we know parents and kids alike will love these fantastic options for the sun and the surf.

Let’s chat about what to toss in your beach bag and the summer outfits that are calling your name louder than the sunny skies:

Beach Outfit Ideas for Girls

Girls have so many fun beach outfit ideas to pick from it can be challenging to know where to start. The important thing is that girls have clothes that are comfy, breathable, and good at protecting them from excess sun exposure.

Here are some of our favorite pieces for the next girl’s day at the beach:


You can’t go wrong with a cute summer romper. Rompers are similar to jumpsuits in that the top and bottom pieces are connected, but they have shorts on the bottom rather than full-length pants.

Rompers are a lovely warm weather beach option because they’re so versatile and available in so many different colors and designs. They’re lightweight and breezy, which makes them an essential for beach days, and available in easy-to-clean materials, so there are no worries when it comes to sand and saltwater.

You can find rompers with different top designs, which means girls can pick between tee designs, thin straps, halter tops, and more.


One of the most important things to remember when it comes to the next beach day is sun safety. Sunscreen is vital, but it’s also a bright idea for girls to get out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day or to pull on cover-ups or protective layers when it gets bright outside.

The good news is that cover-ups are as versatile and unique as the girls who wear them. Girls can find them with a long or short skirt, tie them like a sarong, or pick them out in polka-dot, stripe, or tie-dye patterns. For the next beach vacation (or stay-cation), cover-ups are the answer to all your fashion questions.


Tankinis are a classic swimwear style for girls and teens, and it’s not hard to see why. She’ll be comfortable and cool in a bathing suit with a tank-top style, rather than a bikini top. And with so many different color and style options to pick from, girls can represent their personality out on the beach.

Tankinis are two-piece bathing suits, so they’re simple to get on and off when it’s time to change or head to dinner. Throw on a sun hat, and you’ve got the perfect combo.


Skirts are versatile and good for beach days because they can be matched with a tee, blouse, or even bathing suit top. Skirts pair well with a wide variety of beach-ready shoes, as well, like flip flops and strappy sandals.

They’re also useful for dressing at the end of the day without having to find a changing room. Between flowy maxi skirts and joy-sparking ruffles, there are no shortage of cute and colorful skirt designs for girls to pick from.

Sleeveless Dresses

What’s better for a hot beach day than a sleeveless dress? Sleeveless dresses can have thick or thin straps, depending on her style preference and comfort level, and they pair well with beach accessories like a boho straw hat or beaded accessories.

She can throw a denim jacket over her sleeveless beach dress if it starts to get chilly or wear it over her favorite one-piece swimsuit for a quick on-and-off change.

Beach Outfit Ideas for Boys

Girls don’t have all the fun! There are plenty of cute styles and designs for boys at the beach, including some of the following.


You just can’t go wrong with a classic t-shirt, and they serve many purposes on beach day. To start, t-shirts are usually made with cool, breathable fabrics, which will help to keep him feeling great on hot days.

They also pair well with swimsuit bottoms for a complete outfit and match swim trunks and board shorts. Most importantly, t-shirts can help to protect against excess sun exposure and reduce the effects of sunburns.

Tank Tops

Like t-shirts, tank tops can be paired with boy’s swim trunks or board shorts for a cute beach outfit that also works on boardwalks or at the amusement park. They’re a breeze to wash after a day in the sand or surf and are available with lots of different beach sayings and designs he’s sure to love.

Board Shorts

It’s no secret that denim shorts are the worst when they get wet. That’s why we have board shorts.

Board shorts are the ideal beachwear for busy boys on the go. While the term is often used interchangeably with swim trunks, board shorts are actually a little different than a classic swimsuit. They’re a little longer than the average pair of swim trunks, as they were originally designed for surfers and are recommended for water activities like surfing or jet-skiing.

Kids who love an adventure in the sand or the waves will really enjoy the added protection and mobility of board shorts.

Baseball Caps

No beach outfit is complete without a cute hat. Boys can pick from a large collection of baseball caps and find a style that matches their beach day look. Ball caps can protect the face from sun exposure and provide shade during even the heat of the day. Show off your favorite band, team, or state with a cool cap.

What Are the Best Beach Accessories?

The perfect beach outfits should come with the perfect beach accessories.

Here are some of our top picks for girls and boys headed to the beach:


Eye protection is critical when it comes to bright and sunny days. Plus, stylish sunglasses can elevate any outfit and really make a look stand out. Girls can find a pair that protects and serves style all at the same time.

Straw Hats

Another option for sun protection is a straw hat. Straw hats help keep the sun out of the eyes and keep the face protected from UV rays. They can be tied into buns or braids to keep them from flying away and add a touch of cottagecore or seaside sweetness to every beach look.

Strappy Sandals

Going barefoot in the sand is one thing, but what about visiting the arcade or heading to dinner? Strappy sandals are cute and comfortable and transition from the sand to the boardwalk seamlessly. They can add a little extra shine to a beachy outfit, and it’s easy to brush off any sand or salt from the day.

Flip Flops

Or maybe flip flops are more her style. Flip flops are easy to get on and off when it comes to the sand and surf. They’re also waterproof and easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about damaging them at the beach. And if she needs to visit the changing room or restroom during a day at the shore, flip flops will help to keep her safe.

Fun in the Sun With PixieLane

What’s more fun than a day at the beach with family and friends?

Here at PixieLane, we make sure parents and kids have the perfect pieces and accessories for the next great adventure, from dresses to t-shirts to sunglasses and floppy hats.

Explore the collection of beach clothes available here at PixieLane and begin creating memorable and comfortable looks for the sunshine today.


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