May 30, 2024 — Charlotte Pennington

Planning a surfing trip is so exciting! Living in California, we know the feeling all too well—the thrill of challenging the waves and the anticipation of exploring hidden gems along the coast. But once the initial excitement wears off and reality sets in, you start stressing about a hundred different things, one of them being “What clothes should I pack?” Women’s surfer styles aren’t just about looking good; it's about functionality, comfort, and protection. To help you out, here’s a comprehensive guide on what clothes to pack for your upcoming surf adventure!

Surf Clothes

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If riding the waves is your primary goal, packing the right women’s surf clothes is essential for ensuring an enjoyable experience. Pack several pairs of swimsuits, board shorts, bikinis, and rash guards. If you’ll be surfing in colder temperatures, then you’ll need to pack a wetsuit, as well. Wetsuits come in different lengths and thicknesses so look up the water temperature before you commit to a particular wetsuit. You’ll also need a few pairs of surf cover-ups for when you’re out of the water. A lightweight sarong or poncho would do.

Beach Shirts & Pants

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When you’ve had your fill of surfing and are ready for some coastal exploration, it’ll be time to ditch your women’s surf clothes for something more practical. Start with packing a few basic tees, short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts, and linen beach pants for comfort. You can also pack women’s surfer-styledrawstring linen shorts in a few different colors. These are ideal for wearing on their own or even as beach cover-ups.

Opt for women’s comfy clothes made of lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen that dry easily and keep you cool and comfortable. To unlock maximum outfit combinations, choose a neutral color palette. This will allow you to mix and match effortlessly for versatile looks suitable for any post-surf activity. 

Flowy Maxi Skirts

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Flowy linen maxi skirts are a staple for the beach and coast. They’re chic and comfortable, giving you a full range of motion for walking along the shoreline, exploring local markets, or enjoying a seaside dinner. So, pack a basic white tiered maxi skirt with your women’s surf clothes. Look for ones made of linen and with an elasticated waist. You can pair these with fitted crop tops or simple blouses. 

Beach Dresses

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Your surfing packing list won’t be complete without a few linen maxi dresses. They’re not only super stylish but also practical and comfortable whether you’re at the beach or out exploring. You can wear them the whole day without breaking a sweat. Plus they also make fantastic surf cover-ups! Opt for one in a solid color with strappy sleeves and elegant tiered detail. Ensure it’s made of linen or cotton so it’s comfortable to wear and doesn’t take up too much space alongside your surf gear.

Fleece Sweats

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Temperatures can sometimes be unpredictable while on a surfing trip, and you wouldn’t want to be caught unprepared. If you’re going during winter, you’ll need warmer clothes but in any case, beaches typically get chillier once the sun begins to set. So, pack a few pairs of cozy sweatpants and boyfriend sweatshirts made of a warm material like fleece. You can also opt for oversized hoodies, joggers, and baggy cargo pants for a more street-style look when you’re not surfing.

Shop High-Quality Women’s Surf Clothes at Cali1850

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At Cali1850, we’re all about the surf and sand, which is why we create high-quality women’s surfer-style clothes such as linen pants and shirts, maxi skirts, flowy dresses, and more. Our women’s casual wear is designed for the laid-back California lifestyle, combining both versatility and longevity with classic silhouettes and durable materials. We offer free same-day shipping and 30-day returns on all orders. Shop our collection now and get ready for one of the most exciting surf trips of your life!

Author Bio

With a strong belief in using fashion as a means for self-expression, Charlotte Pennington helps individuals embrace their unique personal style and showcase it through their clothing choices. From her early days flipping through fashion magazines to her adventures scouring thrift shops for hidden gems, fashion has always been her muse. Shaped by California’s iconic and relaxed fashion influences and armed with a pen and a keen eye for trends, Charlotte now shares her love for fashion through her writing.