7 Best Women’s Fashion Accessories To Complete Your Beach Vacation Outfits

Women’s fashion accessories can make or break an outfit – even your beach vacation outfits. The trick is to not pack too many fashion accessories when you travel, but to bring the right ones. We’ve made it easier for you with a list of the 7 essential fashion accessories you should bring with you wherever you go. You’ll want to be sure to include them in your short list when you pack your bags for the beach—or elsewhere.

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Women’s Fashion Accessories You Should Never Travel Without

If you travel a lot, chances are you do whatever you can to lighten your load as much as you can. Most of you probably have already created a tight capsule wardrobe that will see you through your time away, but what about accessories?

Accessories are just as vital to looking good as that swimsuit that tucks you in in all the right places or that maxi dress you can take from the beach to the restaurant. But fashion accessories are so often neglected in packing for a trip. 

It’s time to change that with my guide to fashion accessories you should never travel without.

But first, let’s get clear on a few things.

What are Accessories?

Fashion accessories contribute to your outfit as an accent or secondary fashion statement. They are important in that they enhance your outfit and also offer the opportunity for you to personalize your look. 

Popular Women’s Fashion Accessories

In general terms, women’s fashion accessories include things like:

  • Belts
  • Eyewear
  • Footwear
  • Gloves
  • Headwear
  • Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Scarves
  • Socks and Stockings
  • Watches
  • Wraps, Sashes, and Shawls

They vary by season, occasion, and your tastes – but there’s no arguing that whatever women’s fashion accessories you choose, they complete your wardrobe.

You probably know how you should dress for a beach vacation, but do you know how you can look stylish on the beach?

The answer is to pack these 7 fashion accessories that will accessorize your look and help you transition with ease from beach to bar and beyond.

1. Sunglasses

woman with short hair and sun glasses

It almost goes without saying that you should pack a decent pair of sunglasses before you head off on a trip, especially a beach vacation. 

They’ll protect your eyes and hide those dark circles after a long-haul flight. They should, without a doubt, be part of your capsule accessories wardrobe when traveling.

Choose polarized sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. That will keep your eyes safe, especially from the glare coming off the ocean.

Opt for a pair that will go with any outfit, like these classic Ray-Ban aviators or some cool wayfarers.

2. Scarf

woman holding scarf on beach

Scarves are perhaps the most convenient travel accessory for women. You can wear them in so many ways, too!

Use them to keep you warm when it gets cool on the beach, or to cover your hair when you’re traveling and don’t have time to use a hairdryer.

A large cotton scarf draped over the back of your beach chair makes drying off after a swim more comfortable. (Plus, they dry quickly in the sun.)

And you can also use them to brighten up plain outfits when you want to look a bit more glamorous. Experiment with different looks, like tossed around your neck, tied, or wrapped around your shoulders.

This fashion scarf with a hidden pocket has the added benefit of freeing up your hands. Safely zipper your money or passport into your travel scarf and wear them close to your body. No one will evere know!

As you can see, a good scarf is such a versatile accessory. It’s a must-have when it comes to packing for a trip!

3. Some Bling

diamond earrings

Whether it’s one of these Whiteflash 1 carat diamond rings, a beautiful jade brooch, or your favorite pair of statement earrings, you should always pack a little bling. 

Why? 

Because capsule wardrobes may be practical for travel, but they aren’t always the most exciting. By simply by putting on a piece of jewelry, you can transform your look and make it more special for those more formal occasions on your vacation. 

Plus, adding some bling to your outfit makes you feel more confident, and that’s a beauty tip that can’t be bought.

Even if you’re on the beach, a sparkly piece of costume jewelry will catch the sunshine and amp up your look. 

Just make sure you keep your jewelry safe, and maybe don’t pack your more expensive pieces in case they get lost in transit or go missing.

4. Wristlet

woman holding wristlet purses

Wristlets are an excellent fashion accessory for the beach. 

Here’s why.

These tiny purses you can hang from your wrist let you stash your cash, cards, and cellphone in the most stylish way possible. Having one also makes it easy to locate your important things within your beach bag. Then, it transfers nicely to your wrist when you are ready to grab a bite to eat.

These days, you can get designer leather wristlets or canvas wristlets, and everything in between. So, you’re sure to find one that suits your style. 

Plus, wristlets look a bit more appealing than the typical traveler’s fanny pack!

5. Bamboo Socks

woman in bikini holding flip-flops at beach

Bamboo socks on a beach vacation?

Yes, really. 

Why? 

Because bamboo socks are not only very comfortable, but they’re great at wicking away sweat. 

So if you’re going to be on your feet exploring a lot on your beach vacation, you are going to want to have a few pairs of low-cut bamboo socks on hand to pair with comfortable walking shoes.

Don’t get me wrong – I love my flip-flops. They are essential footwear for the beach.

But for serious walking on vacation, I want something more comfortable — and that includes bamboo socks.

Plus, if you’re an eco-conscious travelers, you know bamboo is sustainable. That’s a bonus!

6. Sun Hat

woman holding straw beach hat

Sun hats are an essential fashion accessory for the beach.

They protect you from the rays of the sun in a bigger way than sunglasses.

Sun hats also help you to hide bad hair days, and stop you from getting too overheated. 

Oh, and they also look totally awesome. 

So be sure to bring one alone when you pack for your summer vacation. Bonus points if it’s straw.

7. Beach Cooler Bag

striped beach bag with towel, sunglasses, flip-flops, straw hat on beach

Finally, when you’re planning your beach vacation, pack a pretty beach cooler bag. That way, you can store all your snacks and drinks in a way that compliments your beachy outfit.

For instance, this PortoVino Swankey, which comes in cute fashion colors, is a stylish beverage tote with a hidden insulated compartment. (I mean, who doesn’t love a fashion accessory that holds and pours wine, right?!)

You can also fill the Swankey with up to 3 litres of non-alcoholic drinks, like lemonade or water, to refresh you all day at the beach. And the insulated cooler compartment can also store 6-packs, sandwiches, and more.

In fact, a beach cooler bag might be the most practical women’s fashion accessory you bring along!

Final Thoughts on Women’s Fashion Accessories

Now that you know what accessories to pack for your beach vacation, you know you’ll have fun and look amazing! That’s a winning combination for any vacation!

And if you’re thinking of driving to your destination, check out these best outfits to wear on a roadtrip.

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Photo Credits: Sunglasses – Olya Prutskova, Earrings – say straight, Hat – Jorge Fakhouri Filho (Pexels), all others courtesy of Canva Pro.

Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.