Date nights are a mix of anticipation, excitement and butterflies. 

At the same time,  they’re totally nerve-wrecking. Especially when it comes to wanting to make a good first impression. 

The dilemma of what to wear can turn the most organized wardrobe into a scene of absolute chaos. 

You want to make an effort - but you don’t want to look like you’ve made too much effort.

So how do you find that balance of effortless chic? 

With advice straight from the expert stylist Ale Platz, you're about to find out how to navigate the waters of beach date fashion: 

For the Ladies: Beyond the Heels

We all want to leave a lasting impression on our dates, but high heels on the beach? That's a fashion faux pas waiting to happen. Imagine the struggle of walking on the sand, heels sinking with every step – it's hardly the glamorous entrance you were hoping for. 

DITCH THE STILETTOS! Save those heels for a dinner date where they can shine without becoming a liability. The beach calls for something that blends beauty with practicality.


Ale Platz, with her wealth of styling experience, stresses the importance of matching the setting with your footwear choice.

The secret to beach footwear is finding a happy medium – a flat sandal that's as far away from the dreaded havaianas in style but equally comfortable. 

Opt for sandals with unique designs or eye-catching details like crystals or flower appliqués. "It's all about showing effort and style without sacrificing comfort," Ale explains. These choices not only elevate your beach outfit but also ensure you're prepared for a romantic walk along the shore.

For the Gents: Sneakers Aren't Beachwear

Guys, we understand the attachment to those high-end sneakers, but beach dates are not the place for them. 

"Wearing sneakers to the beach can come off as poor planning and gives everyone around a bit of anxiety," Ale shares. It's a fashion misstep that can easily make you seem out of touch with the setting.


Slide into Comfort: Ale's go-to recommendation? Sliders or Birkenstocks. They're not only stylish and in tune with the beach vibe but also practical. "These options show that you're laid-back yet thoughtful about your choices, striking the perfect balance for a beach date," she adds.

Underwear and Swimsuits – A No-Go: Another crucial tip from Ale involves what not to wear under your swimsuit. It might seem like a good idea for extra support, but wearing underwear beneath swimsuits is a definite no. "It's uncomfortable, impractical, and frankly, a bit of a style ick," says Ale. Opt for a lined swimsuit instead. It's designed to offer support and comfort without the need for extras. "Your skin – and your date – will thank you," she assures.

With Ale Platz's guidance, we've distilled some golden rules to help you navigate your beach date with style and grace. Here's how to ensure your fashion choices make the right splash:

Embrace the Setting

Your beach date attire should reflect the setting – think breezy, comfortable, and effortlessly chic. For the ladies, a lightweight sundress paired with the right sandals is perfect. For the guys, a linen shirt paired with smart shorts that double as casual wear is ideal. "It's about being in harmony with your surroundings," Ale suggests.

Accessorize Wisely

Accessories can make or break your beach date outfit. Ladies, a wide-brimmed hat not only adds a touch of elegance but also protects you from the sun. A statement necklace or a pair of chic sunglasses can elevate your look instantly. 

For men, a stylish pair of sunglasses or a casual, waterproof watch can add a layer of sophistication to your ensemble. "Choose accessories that complement your outfit without overwhelming it," advises Ale.

The Right Bag

A beach date means you'll need to carry a few essentials. Ladies, a tote bag in a natural fabric or a fun print can carry everything you need while adding to your outfit's overall appeal. For men, a simple, durable backpack or a canvas tote works well. "Your bag should be practical yet stylish – it's a part of your outfit after all," Ale notes.

Final Touches

Ale Platz emphasizes the importance of the final touches to your beach date look. "Skincare is key," she says, advocating for a good SPF to protect your skin from the sun. A light, refreshing scent can also work wonders, creating a memorable impression. "And don't forget about your hair – a simple, natural style works best for the beach setting."

To wrap it up

The key to beach date fashion is balancing comfort with style, making sure your outfit complements the laid-back and intimate atmosphere of the setting. 

From ditching the heels and sneakers for more sand-appropriate footwear to choosing the right accessories and making sure your attire is in harmony with the beach vibe, these tips will guarantee you'll look and feel AWESOME on your date.


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