The must-have colors to wear at the beach according to stylists and dermatologists

Reveal your and protect your with these shades. For a successful day, choosing the right colors to wear is as important as selecting your snacks, packing your sunscreen or deciding which summer book to devour. Here are the expert-recommended shades for the perfect seaside getaway.

Navy Blue: A Classic That Never Goes Out of Style

is a great choice for your day at the beach. You may have noticed that you feel warmer when you wear black on a hot day compared to a lighter color. According to Dustin Portela, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Treasure Valley Dermatology, darker colors like black and navy blue absorb more than lighter colors, which can help protect your skin from sun damage.

In fact, a typical pair of dark blue jeans offers UV protection equivalent to SPF 100, while a white cotton t-shirt only offers the equivalent of SPF 4. Being slightly lighter than black, navy blue absorbs slightly less heat, which means you're more likely to stay comfortable.

White: Effortless Chic

“White is not only effortlessly chic, but the bright brings out its natural vibrancy, making it a great choice to show off your summer tan,” says Andréa Bernholtz, sustainable expert and founder of Swiminista. Plus, white is universally flattering and goes with just about everything, making it easy to mix and match with other pieces and accessories.

However, white does have one weakness: it leaves your skin more exposed to the sun. That's why Asmi Sanghvi, a board-certified dermatologist at Mount Sinai System, recommends choosing tightly woven fabrics like linen or cotton whenever possible, as looser weaves will offer less protection.

Pink and Coral: Vivid Shades for a Summer Look

Vibrant shades of pink and coral can only benefit you on a sunny day by the ocean. According to fashion expert Joana Walker, these colors offer a contrast to the blue of the sea, making your outfit more appealing.

Keep in mind that the darker and more vibrant the shade of pink, the more sun protection your clothing will provide. Even a pair of bright pink sunglasses or a beach dress can boost any beach look.

Yellow and Gold: The Sparkling Glow on Sand

Bright yellow not only makes you stand out on the beach, but it also gives off a super playful and positive vibe. “The sun's rays bring out the vibrant shades of yellow, making it a perfect color to wear on a sunny day at the beach,” says Bernholtz.

is another luxurious color perfect for the beach. “It's a touch of glamour and sophistication,” adds fashion and lifestyle expert Chantelle Hartman Malarkey. However, keep in mind that less is more when it comes to gold: a pair of gold sandals, a gold necklace or a beach bag with gold detailing is enough to elevate your beach look.

Red: A Bold Color That Turns Heads

“Red has always been a bold color in my book – classic and exuding power,” says Malarkey. “A red bikini, one-piece swimsuit or beach dress is sure to turn heads.” Additionally, Bernholtz notes that red works with all skin tones – the key is to opt for a shade that complements your skin undertones.

Studies have shown that wearing red can boost your confidence and make you more attractive to the opposite sex. If red isn't your thing, consider Pantone's color of the year 2023: Viva Magenta.

Emerald Green: A Trendy Hue for Enhanced Sun Protection

This shade can bring out the green shades of the ocean, according to Walker. If you opt for a shade that's dark enough, you'll benefit from the added sun protection.

“Emerald green is very trendy right now, and it can complement any skin tone – especially those with warm undertones,” says Bernholtz. “This color looks great against the blue water and white sand of the beach.” You can't go wrong with an emerald green one-piece swimsuit, a flowing maxi dress, or a kimono to wear over it.

Express Your Style While Protecting Your Skin

Whether you're more classic with navy blue or white, or prefer to express your bold side with red or emerald green, you now have an expert color palette for your next trip to the beach. Not only will these colors enhance your summer look, but they will also help protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Remember, no matter what color you choose, the most important thing is to feel good in your clothes. So don't be afraid to experiment and find out what shades suit you best. After all, the beach is the perfect place to have fun with fashion and express your unique style.

So why wait? Dive into your wardrobe and get ready to shine on your next beach day with these trendy and protective colors.

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