What to Wear

How to dress right when you come to the coast

It’s so embarrassing when you show up somewhere in completely inappropriate attire, isn’t it? That one party you thought was a costume party but … wasn’t. That black-tie affair to which you wore black jeans (ugh, and brown shoes). And let’s not even talk about your misunderstanding of the “country casual” dress code for that one office retreat.

We know how you feel, and want you to be right at home in Newport, so here’s a guide to what to wear to make the best fashion statement when you visit our oh-so-chic coastal town.

Fleece, otherwise known as coastal velvet

Step one in dressing for coastal success is to wear lots and lots of fleece: Fleece pants, fleece socks, and especially fleece shirts and jackets are all must-haves. Fleece is warm, lightweight, and, most importantly, dries quickly. It also comes in every color of the rainbow, so you can sport your basic black fleece top (very slimming) for attending the Newport Symphony; you might want to go with OSU orange when you visit Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center; and perhaps ocean blue to blend in with the exhibits when you tour the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Any color will do when you hit the beach, because you’ll likely be covered in layers over your fleece anyway.

Rain Gear

It sometimes rains here, as you might already know, so good rain gear is critical. A raincoat is in nearly everyone’s closet already, but the insiders at the coast know that rain pants are all the rage. (Seriously, we recommend them. It’s no fun to have to change out of your good tuxedo pants because they got soaked at the beach. Rain pants rock.) And remember to dress in layers, just like your mom always told you. In addition to helping handle the weather, layers mean even more opportunities to make fun fashion choices!


The right shoe for the right setting, right? Great coastal options, depending on the plan for the day, include hiking boots (waterproof, preferably), rubber boots (the top of the line, worn by most fishermen, are Xtratufs), sneakers, or five-inch patent leather heels. Just kidding on that last one.


If your outerwear does not come with a hood, you might choose to accessorize with a hat. While that dashing top hat does match your tux, a better choice might be a baseball cap. Ski hats aren’t just for skiing anymore … they’ve come down off the slopes and onto the beach. It could still be cold enough here in March and April (and, truthfully, May) to need one.


On trend this season, and in fact every season, at the coast is neoprene, the fabric of choice for all the best wetsuit designers. You’ll need a wetsuit if you plan to surf, sail, or otherwise get wet. Don’t have your own? You can rent or buy wetsuits and the appropriate accessories at Newport’s surf shops.


Top off that coastal ensemble with just the right accouterments. Appropriate accessories include scarves, backpacks, and any kind of dog. The biggest fashion accessory faux-pas? Umbrellas. Not useful. Not cool.

In all seriousness, dress here is pretty casual at most restaurants, performances, and venues. We don’t stand on ceremony, and we certainly don’t stand on five-inch heels (unless you want to). Come as you are, and just have fun.

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.