With summer just around the corner, vacation season is almost here! In fact, according to research by the Vacationer, over 85% of Americans plan to travel at least once or twice this summer. Many of those trips will be to tropical beach locations to enjoy nice weather after the brutally long winter we just had.
In today’s post, we’re sharing the tips and tricks you need to know to find affordable and stylish resort wear—from scoring upscale swimsuits (one-piece, tankini, and bikini options) at affordable prices to finding unique and gorgeous coverups, dresses, and other resort wear fashion. After reading this post, you’ll be beach ready for your next vacation, without breaking the bank.
What is resort wear?
First up, you may be asking yourself: what exactly is resort wear? Resort wear refers to clothing that is typically worn while on vacation in a warm, tropical location. It's designed to be comfortable, lightweight, and versatile.
Typically, resort wear refers to clothing specific for when you’re heading to a tropical location, staying at a beach resort, or going on a cruise. However, you can wear resort wear anytime during the summer—from pool parties to late afternoon bbqs—it’s all fair game. Resort wear can include everything from swimsuits to sundresses and coverups to matching sets. The key is picking pieces that feel both luxurious and comfortable.
What to look for in resort wear?
Now that you know what resort wear is, let’s discuss what to look for to find that effortlessly cool, yet chic resort wear style. Here are a few things to be mindful of when you’re shopping:
- Consider the activities you'll be doing. Will you be spending most of your time at the resort lounging by the pool or beach? If so, make sure to bring plenty of swimwear—we recommend bringing at least a one-piece, tankini, and bikini swimsuit to give yourself options. A swimsuit cover-up is also a must-have, as it provides a stylish and practical way to cover up when you're not in the water. If you’re planning on doing active hikes, tours, or activities, dress in layers and try moisture wicking fabrics to stay cool.
Lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen. Most beach resorts are located in hot and humid climates so make sure to pack comfortable clothing that’s light, breathable and cool. We recommend looking for cotton or linen fabrics. Maxi dresses and skirts are also great options, as they are easy to wear and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Avoid clothing that's too tight or restrictive, as it can make you feel uncomfortable in the hot temperatures.
Comfortable shoes. Comfortable shoes are always a must. They can truly make or break your entire vacation experience! You’ll likely be doing a lot of walking and the key to resort wear is looking effortlessly chic. Opt for a comfy pair of sandals, flip flops, or a pair of sneakers or flats to explore the resort and local area.
- Layers. Look for pieces you can mix and match. What tops can you throw over your swimsuit for an afternoon lunch date? What coverups or jackets can you wear for an evening beach stroll? Bring plenty of light-weight pieces to mix and match throughout your trip.
What to avoid?
We’ve talked about key things to look for in resort wear, but what should you avoid? It’s really quite simple, avoid anything that is uncomfortable or out of place in a hot beach environment. Here’s a list of three quick things to avoid to be resort and beach ready:
Heavy makeup. The beach is not the time to put on a lot of makeup. Swap the foundation for a face sunscreen and the lipstick for a clear gloss, and you’ll be picture perfect for the beach. Plus, with hot temperatures any makeup you put on will just melt and sweat off anyway.
- Clothing that makes you uncomfortable. Comfort is key! Wearing a swimsuit that is too revealing or one that doesn’t have the support or coverage you need, makes for a miserable experience. Avoid clothes that are too restrictive or tight as well. Resort wear is often about an effortless, chic style that blends in with a low maintenance beach lifestyle.
- High heels or other uncomfortable shoes. High heels, stilettos, and other unrealistic shoes can be difficult to walk in on sand or other uneven surfaces. The last thing you need on your vacation is a rolled ankle. Avoid these shoes and stick with a comfortable yet stylish pair of sandals, sneakers or flip flops.
Top beach and resort wear pieces
Now that you know what to look for and what to avoid, it’s time to shop! We’ve curated a list of our favorite beach and resort wear ready pieces below. Snag these and you’ll be ready for your next vacation—without breaking a sweat or breaking the bank!
Swimsuits: One of the main staples you’re going to need on your resort vacation are swimsuits! We recommend bringing a few swimsuits in different styles so that you have a variety of fits, coverage options, and styles to choose from. Below are our favorite one-piece swimsuits, tankini swimsuits, and two-piece bikini styles.
Sundresses: Sundresses are a summer staple and a great option for a beach resort. Choose a lightweight fabric such as cotton or linen, and opt for bright colors or prints to add some fun to your outfit.
Maxi Dresses: Maxi dresses are a great option for a beach resort, as they provide ample coverage while still keeping you cool. Choose a lightweight fabric and opt for a bold print or bright color to make a statement.
Swimsuit Cover-Ups: A swimsuit cover-up is a must-have for any beach vacation. Choose a style that's easy to wear and provides ample coverage, such as a duster, warp or poncho.
Shorts and Tops: A pair of shorts and a lightweight top can be a great option for casual activities. We love these options to mix and match:
Shop now—and Buy One, Get One Free!
Now that you know all about resort wear and how to find the best styles, it’s time to shop! Be sure to check out the latest HAPARI collections from swimwear to loungewear, to find gorgeous and effortless resort chic styles. And, for a limited time score BOGO when you use code B1G1 at checkout. Better hurry, though, this deal won’t last long!
HAPARI since 2004
Last but not least as you’re shopping for resort wear you should know that we’ve added a moniker to our brand: ‘since 2004’. This represents quality, commitment, and trust in the HAPARI brand. We’ve been supporting and creating swimwear designed for women, by women, for nearly twenty years. And, we specialize in creating tankini swimsuits—from the slimming tankini to the high-neck tankini to the bandeau tankini—combining design and functionality, specifically for women and moms in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond, is our speciality and focus area.
HAPARI has come a long way since 2004, when we were founded by moms who took issue with what the swimsuit industry had to offer. We believe women shouldn’t have to choose between the perfect style and the perfect fit. So, we decided to create a line of swimwear for women that was fashionable as well as flattering—a line of swimwear we would want to wear ourselves. Though a lot has changed at HAPARI since then, our commitment to providing stylish swimwear and clothing for all kinds of women hasn’t.
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