Nearly a quarter of Americans prefer to take their vacations in the winter. Why? People are looking for a break from the cold weather at home.

Whether you’re going to spend some time this winter on an exotic beach or you’re just ready to gear up for summer, it’s time to start thinking about beachwear.

This year, you won’t be caught in the sun without the right attire–or wearing last year’s styles!

Read on for a quick and simple guide to buying the right beachwear.

Start With Shoes

Start With Shoes

Let’s start with shoes. If you’re going to spend time on the beach or at the pool, you’re going to need some cute, durable sandals.

When it comes to finding the perfect summer sandal, you’re looking for a balance between quality and cost. On the one hand, $3 flip-flops can seem like an unbeatable deal, but on the other, you know they’ll fall apart instantly.

Our go-to for summertime footwear is Flojos. They offer high quality, great variety, and affordable prices.

Picking the Perfect Bathing Suit

Picking the Perfect Bathing Suit

Picking a bathing suit can become a daunting task for some people, especially when you can’t seem to find the right fit. Remember that if you’re going to purchase a bathing suit online, you need to make sure that the company allows returns!

In the end, the perfect bathing suit for you isn’t about trends. It’s about comfort and confidence.

We’re seeing a deviation from the popular string bikini of the early 2000s. Now, high-waisted two-pieces, tankinis, and one-piece bathing suits are making a comeback. The best way to navigate your options is to find something that will allow you to swim, run around, and play in the sand without having to worry about what your bathing suit is and isn’t covering.

Don’t Forget Those Beachy Layers

Even when you’re planning on spending the week in a warm climate, you need to think about layers. Temperatures can drop quickly at the beach as unexpected storms roll in. Plus, you want to make sure that you’re taking proper care of your skin and avoiding over-exposure to the sun.

One thing everyone should pack when they head to the beach is a UV-resistant swim shirt. These shirts are designed to get wet and dry quickly and they provide more protection for your skin than sunscreen, alone.

In addition, you may want to pack longer, light-weight skirts, shawls, and other layers that you can throw on in the evenings.

Stay on Top of Your Beachwear Needs This Year

Stay on Top of Your Beachwear Needs This Year

Whether you’re heading to a warmer climate for the winter or gearing up for summer, our guide to beachwear can help you get there. This year, you won’t be unprepared as you head to the beach or poolside!

Looking for more travel tips and guides? Take a look at our travel section for advice on how to plan your next trip, where to go, and what to do while you’re there. Or, find out what’s new in entertainment and plan a fun-filled staycation!

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