Just what do you wear to a beach club to spend the afternoon with your favourite girls in a farflung, sun-drenched destination? The flights are booked, constant sun is a promise and the rosé (Whispering Angel, anyone?) will inevitably be flowing – the only thing that’s missing are your all-important outfits for that beach club jaunt with the girls.
Dressing for a beach club (especially a high-stakes one in Marbs, Miami or Dubai) is no walk in the park. With the sun beaming down, the drinks flowing and the daytime dancing exacerbating the sweating that’s already well underway, there are very few ways to dress in a way that’s both cool – in more ways than one – and put-together.
That’s precisely the reason I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a stylistic hit list of the beach club-ready outfits that deserve your attention ahead of hitting the sand with your day-ones this summer. The beach club is a place where the frozen daiquiris flow like water and the idea of a fun day spent dancing in the sun is not just a wish, but a promise.
These are the beach club-ready outfits to bookmark now, buy later and eventually dance the night away in (without ever compromising on that all-important comfort factor).
Beach club 2023 outfit ideas to shop now:
Sheer sarong + swimsuit
While hardly revolutionary, the humble sarong is once again having its moment in the sun – just as you and your girls will inevitably be having soon. To make a sheer sarong (this summer’s cover-up of choice) beach club-appropriate, try wrapping one – Skims and Away That Day’s coffee-coloured creations are among the best money can buy this summer – over the top of a plunging swimsuit.
For those partial to a summer accessory, consider adding a statement necklace or silky headscarf to inject personality.
Mini pareo + white linen shirt
Whether you’re one for adopting a sun-safe approach to beach club dressing, or simply prefer more modest beach attire, this foolproof duo combination is a no-brainer. All it requires is a mini pareo – a beach-ready style of wrap skirt – and a breezy white linen shirt.
Shirt + shorts co-ord
When investing in a holiday wardrobe, it can be all too easy to overlook the fact that the pieces that you’re buying may not transition into your wardrobe back at home. That’s precisely where shorts co-ords come into their own.
Opt for one made of a breathable fabric to allow for optimal breeziness while dancing on the sand and, once you’re back on home turf, swap the flip flops out for heeled sandals to make for a perfect day-to-night brunch time get-up. Two birds, one chic stone.
Crinkle mini dresses
Nothing is more appealing when lining a suitcase for a holiday than a fold-proof mini that promises to look as good upon unpacking at said-sunny destination as it will hitting the dance floor at the beach club.
Meet the crinkle minidress. Reach for simple, classic colours in yours and add a touch of je ne sais quoi with statement accessories to keep it easy, dancefloor-friendly and achingly fun. Summer style really doesn’t come simpler.
Floaty maxi dress + flip flops
Heading to a Balearic beach club this summer? Then opting for a floaty maxi dress might well be the solution to your sartorial woes. Embrace the bohemian energy of the islands – and their beach clubs – by reaching for an easy breezy maxi dress that allows you to keep cool without compromising on style.
To make things even easier, do as the Scandi style set does, and finish your look with an easy-peasy pair of Havaianas, which you can whip out time and time again on future beach club jaunts.