If you're the kind of traveler who doesn't want to be bothered with the proposition of "curating" each and every single OOTD—much less shop for new ones—then here's two words for you: capsule wardrobe. All you need is a few key pieces from your closet that mesh well together no matter how you mix and match them. It's the perfect packing tip for the fuss-free beach bum! Here are our top tips to making your own beach capsule wardrobe, no matter what your style is:
Choose plain tanks or tees in your favorite neutral color
Packing clothes in neutral colors is the creed for foolproof travel OOTDs. It requires less effort on your part since neutrals go well with pretty much everything. It's all a matter of choosing which hue works best for you. Do you wear white often? Black? Nude? Navy? Tan? The ball's in your court. Here, Cara Sumabat sports a white tank, and we spotted her wearing it to the beach multiple times before!
Pack a linen button-down
Wearing long-sleeved shirts may sound ridiculous at the beach, but not when it's one in linen. Linen button-downs have been a beach staple for many style mavens because it doubles as a cover-up for when you're chilling seaside. Check out Sarah Lahbati and Bianca Umali's white piece above! If you're into color like Laureen Uy, feel free to stash a linen button-down in your fave hue.
You can never go wrong with denim cutoffs
No need to rack your brains to decide on the best all-around bottoms for the beach—denim cutoffs are here. Like your good old trusty pair of jeans, you can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. Going to explore the island? Pair it with your bandeau top like Laureen Uy. Heading out for a sophisticated lunch at the hotel? Simply pair with a tie-up blouse like Rhian Ramos' or that linen button-down you'll be bringing.
Bring sleek lounge pants or bermuda shorts
If denim shorts aren't your thing, or you simply want a backup option for fancy nights out on the town, then pack a pair of sleek lounge pants or chic bermuda shorts. Again, bring one in a neutral color that you know will match the rest of your wardrobe. As seen above, Rhian prefers nude colors because they go with anything!
Any day dress will do
Did you really visit the beach if you didn't take an OOTD photo in a summery maxi skirt or dress? Well, whether or not it's right up your alley, we think a classic day dress is still a beach trip must-have. It instantly makes you look polished and put-together. Plus, it transitions well into the evening. It's like the beach version of an LBD!
Aside from your bikini, bring a maillot
Here's a tip that one-piece swimsuit lovers will relish: A maillot can double as a top. If you have no time to head back to your hostel for a shower, take a quick rinse in your maillot and slip into your denim shorts, lounge pants, or bermuda shorts. A black piece is the best way to go for maximum impact!
Don't forget to bring a statement hat
Outdoor activities like beach volleyball, kayaking, and island hopping don't leave much room for accessorizing (as the practical fashion girl that you are), but if you still want a lean but mean OOTD, a fabulous hat will provide the much-needed sartorial impact. Whether you're into bucket hats or wide-brimmed straw hats, a topper will complete any look. Plus, you get SPF protection, too. Win-win!
Bring comfy sandals
We've already tackled all the alternatives you could shop if you hate flip-flops, but if you need to choose just one, might we suggest bringing your most durable pair like Liz Uy's velcro sandals? They're not only cozy but waterproof, too—so you don't have to worry about ruining your shoes while you're having fun by the sea. Choose a color that will match the rest of your wardrobe, and you're good to go!
A silk scarf will be your secret weapon
Aside from a black maillot, another hardworking piece you need to take with you is a large, printed silk scarf. We're sure you've got one lying around somewhere! You could use it as a headband to add a little pizazz to your ensemble, or you could wear it as a cover-up after you go for a swim. Want to show of your tan after a day of sunbathing? Wear it as a top when you head out at night! Just pair it with your trousers for a comfy yet on point evening look.
Don't you dare leave without your sunnies
To say that sunnies are a beach staple is an understatement. It's practically a sartorial sin if you don't bring at least one pair with you! SPF protection is everything. A classic pair of black sunnies is a versatile choice, but if you're feeling extra, take cues from Kylie Verzosa and Nicole Andersson who can't leave home without their favorite pair of statement sunnies.