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Ultimate Beach Guide for Fashion Tips & Best Beaches

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Welcome to Always For Me's ultimate beach guide! We're your destination for learning about the tips and tricks to looking sensational while enjoying the feeling of the sun on your shoulders and the sand between your toes. What you wear to the beach is an extension of your personality and sense of style. Just because you're enjoying a relaxing day doesn't mean you should relax your style. Our beach fashion guide and checklist act as your personal stylist, steering you towards your best beach looks.

Once you've found the swimsuit that makes you feel like the sea goddess that you are, and selected chic cover ups and accessories that punctuate your ensemble, read our selection of the top beaches to visit for different categories. From top romantic US beaches for newlyweds to favorite beaches for families, we're your go-to for some of the most prized beaches. Armed with this information, you'll be ready to hit the shores with your significant other, kids or BFF looking on point.




Top Beaches in the US for Newlyweds and Romantic Getaways

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One of the favorite (and arguably least stressful) aspects of planning a wedding for couples is deciding where to go on the honeymoon. The destination of choice is typically any place that includes sand, sun and a colorful drink complete with a tiny umbrella. While many people think the best beach retreats require a passport, there are quite a few romantic beach escapes located right here in the US that repeatedly earn the praises of travel experts and honeymooners alike. Here are some of the top 5 US beach escapes for newlyweds.

Little Palm Island, Florida

This charming 5.5-acre private resort accessible by boat or seaplane in the Florida Keys, consists of 15 spacious bungalows, complete with thatched roofs, luxe interiors and breathtaking ocean views.

Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii and honeymoons go hand-in-hand and for many good reasons. For honeymooners who want to escape the crowds, Hotel Wailea is situated on a 15-acre tropical hillside, giving you a sense of refuge.

El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California

El Matador State Beach boasts breathtaking ocean views captured from the rugged cliffs above. The cliffs, natural rock structures and hidden sea caves (not to mention the serene sunsets) set the scene for an undeniably romantic honeymoon.

Rodanthe, North Carolina

Made famous by the Nicholas Sparks novel, Nights in Rodanthe, the coastline is dotted with the sweetest cottages and a fishing pier that's perfect for stargazing.

Kauai, Hawaii

Chocolate-sand beaches, turquoise seas, azure skies and dramatic waterfalls - need we say more?


Top US Beaches for a Girlfriend Getaway


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Sometimes you just need a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy a relaxing, fun in the sun getaway with your favorite gal pals. Whether you only have time for a weekend excursion or can sneak away for longer (lucky you!) here are the some of the top beach destinations in the US where you can unwind, catch up and create memorable moments with your besties.

Santa Barbara, California

Set on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Bacara Resort & Spa is a favorite spot that provides a blend of stunning vistas along with an incredible 42,000-square-foot spa. Enjoy a seemingly endless list of spa treatment options in a setting that resembles a palace. We're relaxing just thinking about it!

Honolulu, Hawaii

While Hawaii is often considered the destination for couples, certain parts, such as Honolulu, have gained a reputation for catering to the girls'-time-only crowd. There's plenty to do such as yoga on the water or on the beach and if you stay at the Moana Surfrider, known as the "first lady of Waikiki," you get to sip tea on the veranda.

Miami, Florida

Miami is perfect for girlfriends who want to lounge on the beach by day and dance and enjoy the energetic nightlife after dark. When booking a girlfriend weekend, look for hotel packages that offer such amenities as spa credits, yoga classes and nightclub VIP passes. Try The Sagamore in South Beach.

Need a much-needed break from life's chaotic obligations? What are you waiting for? Invite a few girlfriends, pack your sunscreen, chic swim dresses, swimsuits and cover ups from Always For Me and get ready for lots of fun in the sun. With our figure-flattering collection, you'll not only feel great on vacation, you'll look great.


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Top US Beach Vacations for Families


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School's out for the summer, the temperature is on the rise and you and your kids are ready to hit the beach. Planning a beach vacation that's fun for the adults and kids requires kid-friendly attractions, safe waters, spacious accommodations and multi-generational appeal. We've done the legwork for you and researched the top US beach vacations for families.

Sanibel Island, Florida

This family-friendly spot features calm waters where kids can swim and take part in what the natives call the "Sanibel Stoop" - searching the lengthy stretches of sand for endless seashells and sand dollars.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Beautiful, clean beaches aren't the only draw to Myrtle Beach. After you've enjoyed a day on the warm sand, visit such family favorites as the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Ripley's Aquarium. 

Ocean City, Maryland

Enjoy a breathtaking beach that stretches 10-miles along Maryland's eastern shore. In addition to spending hours boogie boarding and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, families can take a stroll along the boardwalk or visit various amusement parks.  

San Diego, California

San Diego is one of the top-rated family beaches praised for its family-friendly and lifeguard-patrolled beaches. Mission Beach is the most popular, but venturing to the northern coastline offers calmer seas which are perfect for little ones.

To look and feel your best on your family's beach vacation, consider Always For Me your personal stylist. Our swim dresses, swimsuits and cover ups not only come in many flattering silhouettes, colors and prints, they're comfortable enough to keep up with chasing after your active children.


Stylish Plus-Size Beach Fashion Guide

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Whether you're spending the day at your local beach or escaping for a week-long getaway to a tropical oasis, our beach fashion guide will have you feeling like the sea goddess that you are. Shopping for a swimsuit doesn't have to be a dreaded experience when you have a great selection of designs and silhouettes to choose from, like the ones consistently offered at Always For Me. Our inventory is filled with swimsuits that are specifically designed to accentuate your favorite parts while addressing your problem areas.

Know Your Body Shape

Knowing whether you're an hourglass, pear, apple or full-busted is the first major step in finding your perfect swimsuit. If you have a pear shape, for example, tankinis or one-pieces with a dark bottom and light or patterned top draws the eye up and away from problem areas. To learn more about determining your body shape read our Plus-Size Chart & Fit Guide

Cover Ups That Complement

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Once you've found your flattering bathing suit based on your body shape, complement it with an equally stylish cover up. Cover ups are every woman's ally when it comes to beach fashion essentials. We've filled our inventory with cover ups that serve multiple purposes; not only do they cover up your bathing suit, many styles double as a chic casual dress that you can wear beyond the beach. For the busy woman, you can slip on one of our fashionable dress cover ups to run errands before or after the beach.


We love accessorizing our beach outfits just as much as our regular outfits. Have fun with color by wearing a bright sarong, cute sandals and a bold hat with a wide brim. Put on an alluring pair of sunglasses and you'll be set to turn lots of heads.



Beach Fashion & Accessories Checklist

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What you wear to the beach is an extension of your personal style. Just because you're heading to the beach for a day of relaxation doesn't mean you should take a break from looking on point. At Always For Me, we have all the swimsuits, cover ups, hats and other accessories that are meant to make you look effortlessly chic. Follow our checklist for what you need for a beach ensemble that'll make you feel awesome.

Bathing Suits with Personality

Shopping for swimsuits is like shopping for dresses or any other article of clothing. Are you going for a sophisticated look? Wear ones with an illusion neckline. One that's boho-inspired? Try pieces such as our off-the shoulder designs with a ruffle neckline. A nod to Old Hollywood? Slip into a retro halter swim dress in black or red.

Totes That Are Totes-ally Adorable

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Whether you're staying at the beach for a couple of hours or plan on relaxing all day, you'll want to bring along some essentials - sunscreen, phone, cool drink, snacks and a romance novel. Our oversized totes are the stylish way to carry it all. Choose one in a whimsical anchor print, one with bold stripes or any of our other patterns.

Hurray for Hats

Don't forget to protect yourself from the strong sun with a hat. From baseball hats to visors to floppy straw hats, choose the style that complements your swimsuit and reflects your mood. Hats are also a great way to keep your hair under control on a day when the winds are kicking up.

Charming Cover Up

From sarongs to pareos, there are many sassy ways to cover up. These versatile pieces can be tied several different ways to give you the type of coverage you need. Wear them as a skirt, halter-style dress, strapless dress and many other creative ways. Choose a pareo in a vibrant print to add "pop" to your solid-colored swimsuit or keep it classy with a black or white one.


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