What To Wear In Goa – Style File

From a bikini for the beach to a bohemian dress for a fancy meal – here’s your Goa outfits checklist!

Reviewed by Traci Jeske, Personal Stylist
Written by Pratima Ati, MSc
Edited by Madhumati Chowdhury, MA (English Literature)
Fact-checked by Srijani Roy Chowdhury, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Style & Image Consultant  • 

Well, first off: congratulations on finalizing a trip to Goa, for we know Goa plans often get canceled, and there are no apparent reasons behind it. Now the biggest concern is what to wear in Goa. Since Goa is mostly about beaches, beaches and beaches, and of course beach parties – a lot of beach parties, in fact, it is so much important to plan your outfits before you even begin to pack. You would probably have a particular look in mind, a hairstyle that you would want to pull off, a dress you would want to rock. But without prior planning, things might not turn out the way you want. But don’t worry when we are here. Today, in this article, we will help you pack the most amazing looks that you would love without a doubt. So come on now, take a deep dive and give this article a read about clothes to wear in Goa along with some styling tips! Find out what goes into your duffle bag for your most awaited trip to Goa!

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  • Occasion: Wear knee-length dresses or maxi skirts for church visits, loose-fitted cotton clothes for exploring the city, and well-tailored trousers or party-wear dresses for nightclub visits.
  • Clothing Colors: Go for vibrant prints and colors to blend well with the local culture and environment. Avoid bright clothing choices like neon-colored outfits.
  • Jewelry Material: Avoid wearing metal jewelry, as the moist weather and sand can ruin most metals. Instead, go for shell, bead, or acrylic jewelry that can withstand the Goa weather.
  • Bag Material: Pick jute or plexi bags over faux leather bags, as the latter are expensive and can get damaged easily with humidity.

What To Wear In Goa

1. Bikini/Tankini/Monokini – Whatever Works!

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I’m starting the list with this because – no reason, actually obvious reasons. Come on, there’s a beach, there’s water, and it’s Goa! And, dude, even if you want to FLAUNT that bikini body of yours or not, it is one place where people give two hoots about what you are wearing or how you look – and you should too! So, pull out all those swimsuits- bikinis, tankinis, and monokinis, whatever you prefer or have been hoarding secretly – and wear them already. If you are curvy and conscious, a tankini and shorts are your go-to. But, if you are reading this, promise me (or yourself) that you will not shy away from wearing it on yet another trip. Nobody is judging you, wear it, and do it confidently!

2. Sarong/Bikini Cover Up

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Imagine this – you are getting out of the sea, and with a sexy headbang, you throw those tresses behind (with water dripping from them), and run your fingers through your wet hair. You reach into your beach bag, pull out a bikini cover up or sarong, and wrap yourself with it. Just this one scene makes me want to get on a plane right now. Nothing is sexier than a woman in a perfectly wrapped cover up and just out of the water. So, the next time you go shopping or packing your bags, remember that sarongs are just as important.

3. Shorts – The More, The Merrier

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It does not matter if you have got the body or not, be sure to pack a lot of shorts – all kinds. Shorts with oversized T-shirts, tanks or those flowing kaftan style tops you can buy off the streets in Goa are perfect for a breezy, relaxed look. Carry at least a couple of denim shorts and a few cotton ones.

Mansi, a beauty and fashion blogger, shares details about her outfits during a trip to Goa. Describing her day 1 attire, she mentions, “Since there was a lot of activity and scooter riding required on this day, I chose to wear this summer beach dress with fringed denim shorts and a uncomplicated black choker (i).”

4. Tank Tops And T-Shirts

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Tank tops and a flowing cape with denim. Or a boyfriend T-shirt with cotton shorts is all you will need when you are in Goa. If you have not been there, you will see for yourself that’s all people wear anyway. More than anything, considering the humidity and the sun, you cannot survive in anything else.

5. Lingerie – Always Pack Extra

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Just to bust a myth for you – you don’t need to wear underpants with your bikinis. However, it’s still the beach, and you never know when you want to jump into the water or rather get pushed into the water by your fellow friends. So, account for extra pairs, always. Besides, in weather conditions like that, you can repeat your outer clothing, but not lingerie. It’s just too gross!

6. Dresses – Keep Them Coming

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One piece flowing, bohemian kind dresses and maxis are the best clothes to wear in Goa that match the Goan vibe, so be sure to carry them all. Even if you are not taking a swim in the azure waters, and want to sit by the shack and get lost in a book, do it in style!

7. Palazzos/Dhoti Or Harem Pants – Any Or All Of Them

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For once, no denim, please. I’d say, do not even pack them! Remember we spoke about tanks, T-shirts, and kaftans with shorts? Swap the shorts with palazzos, harem or dhoti pants if you are not thrilled with the idea of wearing shorts. These still fall under the perfect beachwear category and are light, airy, casual, and comfortable.

8. Maxi Skirts

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A colorful maxi skirt is another interesting way of looking stylish without wearing shorts, yet being in the stylish beachwear radar. A maxi skirt, fedora, reflectors, flip-flops, and a big bag. You’re sorted!

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If dresses are not your vibe, try long jumpsuits or playsuits. Jumpsuits increase the causal, fun factor and can be worn on the beach, especially ones with prints.

Essentials To Take To Goa

Here is a list of essential things to carry while traveling to Goa.

9. Sunscreen – Tons Of It

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Reality check! The beach, the body, and the water. It’s all good until you get to the mirror and see the horror it conjured up for you. Summers in Goa can get intense, so you do not want to end up with that horrible tan (remember Ross’s tan?). Sun and sea water can be a dangerous combination if you don’t plan to combat it. In three of my five trips, I’ve forgotten to carry my sunscreen, and what follows next is a story for another day. Sunscreen is a must – and please make that waterproof!

10. Flip-Flops – A Must

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Goa is all about flip-flops and comfortable beach shoes. So, ladies, please leave those red pumps at home. Even if you decide to spend the evenings sitting by the bar, go for fashionable yet comfortable shoes like gladiators, platform heels, etc. For everywhere else, stick to crocs, flip-flops, and comfortable footwear. You can show off those new shoes elsewhere. This is not the place for it.

11. Sunglasses – A Necessity

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Sunglasses complete your beach look, and of course, you can effortlessly click some great looking pictures.*For me, it’s to hide those hungover, bloodshot eyes behind those sexy reflectors. But, jokes apart, the sunglasses you carry will protect your eyes from the sun.

12. Accessories – In Good Proportion

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Who said you cannot accessorize when you are at the beach in a bikini? Flaunt some attractive, chunky, and statement neckpieces or huge finger rings. Mix and match so that they match your bikini, cover up, and any other evening dresses you decide to carry.

13. Fedora/Hats – Fancy And Fun

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What is a beach vacation without fedoras or hats? More than anything, they protect you from the scorching tropical heat while making you look incredibly stylish. But go for a classy hat, please, and not the tacky ones. There’s no bigger turn-off!

14. Beach Towels

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Yes, I know! It does not fall under the ‘What to wear’ category. More like under the ‘MUST-HAVE’ category! Plus, you cannot completely ignore the fact that cute beach towels add to your look. Whatever it takes to rock that beach vacation!

15. Beach Bags

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Why a separate bag, you ask? First of all, it looks incredibly chic and stylish, and secondly, what else can you carry them all in? Your regular office sling bag or that not-so-great looking backpack? Please, no! Invest in a cute oversized beach handbag if you care about the aesthetics of your overall outfit, or just a decent looking big bag that can endure sand and water (and maybe still look a teeny bit stylish).

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The humidity in the air may wreak havoc on your hair. Carry a stylish scarf that not only keeps you safe from the humidity and sun but also makes your outfit look good.

Packing right is the only way to enjoy the beaches and parties, but you cannot plan a trip to Goa on a whim. You may risk missing out on the best that it has to offer. So when is the ideal time to visit Goa? Find out below.

Best Time To Visit Goa

It is best to visit Goa between November to March for the best experience. The weather is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C. The clear skies and cool weather make it ideal for enjoying water sports and beaches. During these months, Goa’s nightlife is at its peak, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment. Avoid going between June to September as many shacks and water sports will be closed during this time.

Infographic: What To Pack For A Goa Vacation

Get ready to soak up the sun, hit the beaches, and eat lots of seafood. If you want to make the most of your trip, check out the infographic below for the essentials you need to pack. From beach essentials like swimsuits and sunscreens to general carry-ons that glam up your look like sunglasses and flowy dresses, this packing guide will help you prepare for a memorable Goa vacation. Scroll down, go through the infographic, grab your suitcase, and get ready to experience the magic of Goa!

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Planning your Goa outfits is a must if you want to stay cool and stylish in the humid beach weather. You do not want to land at your resort and wonder what to wear at the last moment. You are there for partying and having fun, so spare yourself the trouble of figuring out your looks. This article has taken care of all the wardrobe essentials you may need for a perfect beach vacation so that you don’t have to worry about them. We hope you got a fair idea about dresses to wear in Goa with the above recommendations mentioned. However, remember to try out the different outfit ideas at home first to be doubly sure whether or not you are comfortable with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear short dresses in Goa?

Yes, you can wear short dresses in Goa when you go sightseeing. Opt for dresses made of linen or cotton as they are comfortable and do not stick to the skin.

Should I wear jeans in Goa?

No, avoid wearing jeans in Goa as the fabric will stick to the skin and make you feel warm and uncomfortable.

Can I wear sneakers in Goa?

While flip-flops are comfortable and a must in Goa, you can carry a pair of sneakers if you wish to go hiking or trekking.

Are shorts allowed in Goa churches?

It is recommended that you wear a dress, trousers and a top when entering churches in Goa. Avoid wearing shorts to churches.

Is there any dress code for casinos in Goa?

It is recommended that you wear semi-formal dresses, t-shirts, shirts, jeans, or trousers with heels when visiting a casino.

Key Takeaways

  • Wear a bikini, monokini, or tankini to the beaches of Goa.
  • Carry denim and cotton shorts and pair them with oversized T-shirts, tanks, crop tops, or flowing kaftan-style tops.
  • Match the Goan vibe with bohemian, flowing, or maxi dresses.
  • Wear sunscreen at all times to protect yourself from the harsh sun and horrible tan.
  • Pack your comfortable and fashionable flip-flops, sandals, gladiators, beach shoes, and platform heels


Check out this awesome video for 30 ideas on trendy beach outfits! Get inspired and look your coolest self this summer!

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