Men's Capsule Wardrobe for a Beach Holiday

Beach capsule wardrobe for men

Beach capsule wardrobe for men

Outfit for the beach or pool

Outfit for the beach or lazing by the pool

Active day out in warm weather

Outfit for day trips

Casual day exploring

Wear for a casual day exploring

Outfit for casual dining

Outfit for casual dining

Alternative wear for casual evenings

Alternative wear for casual evenings

Evening outfit

Evening outfit

Wear for smarter dining

Wear for smarter dining

Things to Consider

  • You won't need much more than swimwear, sunhat and sunglasses for lazy days in the sun. But also consider...
  • Will you be taking day trips away from the beach - and will these need particular clothing or footwear?
  • Are there any cultural obligations in the area? See our destination pages for more advice on this.
  • Is nightlife centred around smart hotels/restaurants where there is an expectation or an opportunity to dress up? Or is it more chilled out and relaxed?
  • Whilst it may be hot during the day, how much cooler is it in the evenings? If there is mention of a breeze during the day it will feel even cooler at night.
  • Hotel air conditioning can be fierce too, making it feel cold even when it's very hot outside. A sweater is useful to put around you if you feel chilly.
  • Pick a simple colour scheme of neutrals, plus one or two brighter shades if you like. Make sure all your clothes co-ordinate so they can be mixed and matched.
  • Remember you will need an outfit to travel in! Wear your bulkiest clothes and shoes where possible.
  • Download our complete packing list below for all quantities and a checklist of items.
  • Also see our Beach Capsule Wardrobe for Women

What We Would Pack For A Beach Holiday

Smart-casual trousers

Smart-Casual Trousers

Choose a pair that are comfy for day wear (team with a t-shirt and walking shoes) but can also be worn to dinner with smarter shoes and a shirt. Smart dark jeans would work well, or try a lighter Chino style in warmer weather. Some hotels and restaurants require men to wear long trousers (not shorts) in the evenings.

Suggested buy: AG 'Protégé' Straight Leg Twill Pants by Nordstrom

Casual trousers

Casual Trousers

Choose casual for daytime including one pair with detachable legs that convert into shorts - these are a good option for variable temperatures. Pack a smarter pair for evenings too.

Suggested buy: Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pant by Amazon

Tailored shorts

Tailored Shorts

Add in another pair of shorts - and make them tailored as an option for evening wear where permitted.

Suggested buy: RVCA Flat Front Twill Shorts by Nordstrom

Rogue Leather Money Belt


Adds the finishing touch to an outfit. This Rogue money belt looks like a regular leather belt but has the added bonus of a secure zipped pocket to carry your cash - useful for emergencies, or when sightseeing in busy tourist spots that can be prone to pickpockets.

Buy from us! Rogue Leather Money Belt by WhatToWearOnHoliday

Casual top

Casual Tops

Pack simple tops in your favourite colours that will match your trousers and shorts. Collared t-shirts or shirts can be worn for casual evenings, then wear by day for sightseeing.

Suggested buy: Fruit of the Loom Cotton Polo Shirt by Amazon

Smart shirt

Smart Shirts

Choose smart shirts that can be dressed down with jeans or up with trousers. Short sleeved are fine if you prefer, but don't forget there may be chilly air-con in some restaurants.

Suggested buy: Russell Long Sleeve Fitted Shirt by Amazon


Fleece or Light Sweater

Even in hot climates a sea breeze can make it feel cool in the evening, whilst inside air-con can also make it chilly. A fleece is light, cosy and packs well - or opt for a smart sweater if that's more your style.

Suggested buy: The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece by Amazon



Some hotel restaurants may have a 'smart' dress code and a jacket may be required (with or without a tie). Team it with your smart-casual trousers and deck shoes.

Suggested buy: Trim Fit Graph Print Blazer by Nordstrom

Hotter Thor Shoes

Walking Shoes or Trainers

If you plan to go exploring you'll need some active shoes. Closed-toe are best on dusty roads, and if you're heading off the beaten track (cliff top or rocky paths, for example) do make sure you have something sturdy and supportive that are suited to the terrain.

Suggested buy: Thor Shoes by Hotter

Hotter Port Shoes

Deck Shoes

Take a lightweight comfy pair for evenings and casual exploring by day. Deck shoes have a 'holiday' feel and look good with both shorts and trousers.

Suggested buy: Tobago Shoes by Hotter

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

Sandals or Flip Flops

Add a pair of light flip flops or sandals for beach days.

Suggested buy: Birkenstock Arizona Sandals by Amazon

Swim shorts


Essential for lazy days of sun-bathing - you won't need much more than this on days spent on the beach or by the pool.

Suggested buy: Sandbar Swim Trunks by MaddaFella

Canvas Breezy Sun Hat


Essential for sun protection in hot weather - this 'Breezy' hat has mesh sides to help keep you cool. Remember you may need to pack it in your case.

Buy from us! Canvas Breezy Sun Hat by WhatToWearOnHoliday



A 'must pack' for sunny climes - check they have the right protection.

Suggested buy: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer by Amazon



Good sunscreen is essential in hotter climes, and don't get caught out on cloudy days either - you can still get burnt. Remember that water will reflect the sun's rays too. Choose a product with a high SPF (protects from UVB rays) and also look for the star or PA rating which indicates protection from UVA.

Suggested buy: SPF 30 PA+++ Water Resistant Sunscreen by Murad

Fold Away Day Sack

Day Sack

You'll need a lightweight bag for all your sightseeing essentials. Our packaway day sack folds up into itself and fits easily in your suitcase when not in use. It's surprisingly roomy, showerproof and light to carry - even in hot weather.

Buy from us! Fold Away Day Sack by WhatToWearOnHoliday

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