5 Vacation Outfits That Are Sun- & Surf-Ready

You finally cashed in your credit card points for a ticket to the beach of Anthony Bourdain’s (and your) dreams. Your Tumi carry-on (also purchased with said credit card) is already packed with the usual suspects: bikinis, flip-flops, beach towels, and sunscreen. And yet your luggage seems more half-empty than half-full. Sure, swimwear and sandals are obvious beach garb, but eventually you’ll need a little more to take you from the cabana to the café.

Ahead, you’ll find a user-friendly guide — beyond cover-ups and caftans — to dressing for whatever your beach vacay may be. And you don’t have to jet as far as the Olympics in Rio or Balangan Beach in Bali to benefit from these sunny sartorial tips. Even if you're just off to a local watering hole, take the five outfits ahead to heart...and to the sand.
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The Destination: Monaco
The Look: Luxe But Laid-Back
Play with patterns by mismatching a floral crop top with plaid culottes of the same color scheme (at first glance, it may seem like it won't work, but it does). Keep your accessories neutral with a fringed straw hat, a compact bag, and lace-up sandals, and we guarantee your vibes will be more girly than Gilligan.

Zara Printed Poplin Top, $39.90 $25.99, available at Zara; Mango Check Cotton Trousers, $59.99, available at Mango; Ancient Greek Sandals Antigone, $270, available at Ancient Greek Sandals; Loeil Amor Needle Bag, $68, available at Loeil; Sensi Studio Lady Majorca Crocheted Hat with Frayed Raffia Brim, $135, available at Moda Operandi.
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The Destination: The Bahamas
The Look: The Beachier, The Better
Channel @badgalriri by pairing a crochet-trim one-piece with a mesh cover-up. Add a pair of flatform sandals, a fanny pack, and some shades and you'll be singing, "Bitch better have my margarita" in no time.

Topshop Crochet Maxi Dress, $68, available at Topshop; Teva Flatform Universal, $60, available at Teva; Spitfire Warp, $39, available at Spitfire; Kiini Soley - Scoop Back Maillot, $315, available at Kiini; ASOS fanny pack.
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The Destination: The Hamptons
The Look: Keepin' It Classy

Partnering a striped ruffle top with a multicolored clutch is lesson #1 from the Man Repeller school of style. Keep your shoes practical, and add geometric earrings for a look that proves you can go from playing ping-pong during the day to beer pong at night.

& Other Stories Dangling Medallion Earrings, $39, available at & Other Stories; Milly Rainbow Box Clutch, $295, available at Milly; André Assous Abigail Soft Nappa Flat, $169 $109, available at André Assous; Express Dark Wash Mid Rise Jean Legging, $79.90, available at Express; Caroline Constas Carmen Stripe Ruffle Blouse, $485, available at Intermix.
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The Destination: Bali
The Look: La Vie Bohème
Once you've (blue) crushed the surf, change into a flowy dress for the turf portion of your evening. Accessorize with woven espadrilles and a top-handle bag for an outfit that's made for relaxing in your beachside bungalow.

Missoni Mare Chevron Knit Headband, $95, available at MatchesFashion; Coach Rogue Bag 25, $595, available at Coach; Manebi Yucatan Raffia Espadrilles, $95, available at Net-A-Porter; Aurélie Bidermann Takayama Coral Stones Bracelet, $125, available at Aurélie Bidermann; H&M Patterned Dress, $59.99, available at H&M.
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The Destination: Rio De Janeiro
The Look: Sporty Spice
Just because you're not competing in the 2016 Olympics doesn't mean you can't take outfit inspiration from the athletes. A bright, cropped rash guard is an updated complement to classic Adidas track pants, and these colorful Tory Burch sneakers give credit where "Carnival" is due.

Orlebar Brown Nyla Cropped Rash-guard Top, $173, available at MatchesFashion; Adidas Firebird Track Pants, $65, available at Adidas; Tory Sport Sequin Slip-on Sneaker, $350, available at Tory Sport; STATE The Lorimer, $80, available at STATE; Bernstock Speirs Visor, $116, available at Bernstock Speirs.

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