A trip to the beach is stressful enough for mom without having to worry about what she’s going to wear. No matter her size, mom wants to look good and feel comfortable in the perfect beach wardrobe. Is that too much to ask? We don’t think so. Whether you want to wear a one piece or a bikini in the sand, we’ve got the perfect options, as well as beach cover ups, sandals, sun hats and sunglasses to keep you cool as you play with your kids in tropical locations and beaches across the globe.
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: One-Piece Swimsuit
When it comes to a solid one-piece swimsuit, you can never go wrong with a little ruching around the middle. It’s forgiving of any imperfections you may perceive in yourself and instantly flatters many body types. Pick a Firpearl Retro 50s V Neck Halter Top swimsuit and you may get more compliments than you are used to as you show up at the beach with your kids. Solid colors bring a classic look, while the pattern options are even more forgiving for those still working on those last few baby pounds hanging out in the middle.
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: Two-Piece Swimsuit
Not everyone likes a one-piece. Some like a Prana Moorea tankini top or even a bikini, especially if they plan on wearing a rash guard over their suit. We say, wear whatever feels natural and the most comfortable to you. For a bikini that will stay in place and gives multiple coverage options, we always go with Roxy Women’s Reversible Bikini tops and bottoms. You get two looks for the price of one, and ample opportunities to mix and match throughout your trip. Although hand washing is recommended, you can get away with washing these on delicate, because let’s be honest, we don’t have time to wash anything by hand (unless it’s our babies).
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: Rash Guard
Up until recently, rash guards weren’t the most attractive look on the beach. Most looked baggy and only came in drab colors. O’Neill rash guards brought a breath of fresh air to the market with colors moms will be proud to wear as they demonstrate sun responsibility to their kids. These long-sleeve, UPF 50-plus Ultraviolet Protection rash guards have minimal seams for maximum rash protection, four-way stretch for easy on and off, and dry quickly for next-day use. This rash guard is fitted so that it doesn’t float up in the water and stays put as you swim, surf and boogie board with your kids.
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: Sunglasses
Sunglasses can tell you a lot about a woman. This simple accessory can also serve multiple purposes when you’re at the beach with your family. Not only does it protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but it can act as a headband, allow you to pretend to sleep when the kids continue to bug you (or a neighbor you don’t want to chat with walks up), and can hold up clothing in a pinch. Jackie OHHH sunglasses will give a woman a regale air, while the classic Ray Ban Aviator is pretty easy for just about anyone to pull off. Try a few different styles and don’t be afraid to get wild. This is the beach; you should have a little fun with your look.
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: Sun Hat
There is nothing worse than getting to the beach and finding out that your floppy straw hat was destroyed in your suitcase. Have no fear! There is an entire line of roll up straw hats out there just for you. While many are more visor style or have the top missing from them, for maximum sun protection, we like a full hat on our head. The SunLily Women’s Roll-n-go Sun Hat can handle your suitcase and other beatings that may come along with life as you rush to get out the door to the beach. The hat can be hand washed, and the band around the hat also acts as the roll strap to secure it for packing. Nothing makes us happier than a little double duty in a product.
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: Beach Cover Up
Every mother knows that a good beach cover up can make or break your day. No one wants to show up at the beach in a T-shirt and shorts, or sweat through a bulky outfit. It’s just too much work. A cute cover up can make you look and feel good, as well as keep you comfortable as you herd kids out of the water for lunch, stroll down the beach with your youngest, and pack everyone up to grab an ice cream from the shop on the boardwalk. The Cherry Cat Women’s Beach Dress is comfortable on the hot sands of Barbados, as well as a night out on the Santa Monica Pier. Best of all, you can throw it in the machine to wash on gentle as it’s 100 percent polyester.
Beach Wardrobe Must-Have: Sandals
You may think you know the Croc line of footwear, but these Crocs Women’s Sexi Flips will have you rethinking those bulky clogs the company got known for years ago. Using the same Croslite material that their other shoes are made of, Crocs has designed a sleek, yet comfortable sandal that looks good with just about any beach outfit. Bonus: these sandals are waterproof and incredibly easy to clean. The massaging nub footbed will help mom reach her Zen spot in the middle of the day, and the lightweight material makes these easy to pack up without adding bulk and weight to your carry-on.