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A Nautical Outfit for Your Summer Beach Vacation

With Memorial Day here and gone, it unofficially marks the start of summer! Yay! That means soaking in the sunshine, bike rides, ice cream, pool days complete with pool floats, beach vacations and pulling out your best nautical pieces for your summer wardrobe! For us Florida girls, that means trading short sleeves for crop tops and maxi skirts for midi or mini wrap skirts.

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Vetta Top (similar) / J.Crew Skirt (similar here and a budget friendly option here) / J.Crew Bag (similar, under $40!) / Sugarfix X Baublebar Target Earrings (great price under $13!) / Gap Sandals (similar, under $20) / J.Crew Bag (similar and under $25!)

Growing up in Florida, my family and I always took summer beach vacations on the West Coast of Florida almost every year. Some of those off summers were spent in the Carolina mountains but I always voted to return to my beloved beach vacations every year! Love the mountains but love the beach more! We’ve been to Ameila Island, Clearwater, St. Pete/Tampa and Captiva Island to name a few.

My favorite part was always planning out outfits in advance to wear on each day of my vacation. I lived and breathed styling outfits and it made me so excited as a kid! I would go all out and pack all my best classic, navy and striped pieces along with fun items like colorful dresses and surf brand swimsuits.

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I can’t deny that my entire wardrobe is built around living in a coastal town. This isn’t your typical nautical outfit with stripes but it’s classic and perfect to wear by the water! For the summertime, I buy easy and lightweight pieces that I can mix and match all summer long.

In the summer I wear white all the time. Forget the Labor Day rule…break the rules and wear white year round!!! I will be rotating this white skirt with easy classic pieces like chambray tops and strappy tanks. Sadly my white skirt is from last year but I found this white wrap skirt in midi length and a really affordable option here. You might recognize this outfit from my Spring Break post on Carly’s blog!

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What to Wear on a Summer Beach Vacation | Summer Beach Outfit Idea | Beach Vacation Outfit | Cruisewear | What to Pack for your Summer Beach Vacation | Beachwear for Women - A Nautical Inspired Summer Beach Outfit by Katie McCarty of Sunshine Style

A high waisted skirt is perfect to wear with chambray pieces! My go-to’s are crop tops or tucking in a strappy spaghetti strap top. Keeping it simple is the trick! Some other chambray options I am loving lately are this button front blouse, this adorable tie front cami (seriously SO CUTE and I’d style it with these these pink shorts), and this unique chambray fringe top.

What to Wear on a Summer Beach Vacation | Summer Beach Outfit Idea | Beach Vacation Outfit | Cruisewear | What to Pack for your Summer Beach Vacation | Beachwear for Women - A Nautical Inspired Summer Beach Outfit by Katie McCarty of Sunshine Style
What to Wear on a Summer Beach Vacation | Summer Beach Outfit Idea | Beach Vacation Outfit | Cruisewear | What to Pack for your Summer Beach Vacation | Beachwear for Women - A Nautical Inspired Summer Beach Outfit by Katie McCarty of Sunshine Style
What to Wear on a Summer Beach Vacation | Summer Beach Outfit Idea | Beach Vacation Outfit | Cruisewear | What to Pack for your Summer Beach Vacation | Beachwear for Women - A Nautical Inspired Summer Beach Outfit by Katie McCarty of Sunshine Style
What to Wear on a Summer Beach Vacation | Summer Beach Outfit Idea | Beach Vacation Outfit | Cruisewear | What to Pack for your Summer Beach Vacation | Beachwear for Women - A Nautical Inspired Summer Beach Outfit by Katie McCarty of Sunshine Style

Vetta Top (similar) / J.Crew Skirt (similar here and a budget friendly option here) / J.Crew Bag (similar, under $40!) / Sugarfix X Baublebar Target Earrings (great price under $13!) / Gap Sandals (similar, under $20) / J.Crew Bag (similar and under $25!)

Shop the Nautical Beach Look

Speaking of summer vacations, today on Instagram I was reminiscing about my month-long trip to Hawaii last summer and how I live and breath for exploring new places. This year I don’t have any plans to travel…maybe something locally and then hopefully I can save up for a big trip next summer. My dream would be to travel to Australia or New Zealand but I wouldn’t mind traveling the East coast of the U.S. and visiting New England or trecking around Cali. Give me water and I’m happy! Have you seen Sarah Vickers and KJP’s Instagram!? They are both business owners, live in Rhode Island and share about their New England lifestyle. That place is drool worthy!

Who else is as excited for summer as I am? Are any of you heading on a fun summer vacay? Let me know in the comments so I can live vicariously through you!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Libby
    May 31, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I love this outfit, and love Florida style! I need a good beach vacation, and really miss when my parents had a house in FL!! Happy summer! I hope you have many beach days in your future ahah 🙂

    xx Libby
    https://premedwearspearls.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      Sunshine Style
      May 31, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much Libby!! You know I’ll be at the beach allll summer! =) You need to make a trip back here this summer!

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