A Full Guide on What to Wear to a Spa for Total Comfort and Style

Christine Steuber
Oct 28, 2022
Check out my tips on what to wear to different spa destinations to look and feel your best.

Can I tell you an embarrassing story?

My friends invited me to spend a weekend at a spa resort, which is something I’ve never done before. And yet, for some reason, I was confident about what I was doing, so I packed a whole suitcase full of robes and slippers along with jeans and tight T-shirts. I thought I’d look so cool!

And you know what?

They made me leave most of these things in storage since I wasn’t allowed to use them. Moreover, packing jeans was such a mistake – they didn’t let my skin breathe. 

So, upon returning home, I turned the entire internet topsy-turvy to find out what to wear to a spa. And as always, I decided to share my findings with you. 

6 Spa Dress Code Rules

So, apparently, spa facilities have a dress code, did you know that?

Some places will tell you about these rules beforehand, but others will just expect you to know them. 

Regardless of your experience with such places, let me remind (or inform) you about what you can and should not do in a spa. 

Rule #1: Do not bring your own robe or slippers

The first rule of the spa dress code is not to bring your own robe or slippers. This may seem like a minor detail, but it’s actually really important. The robe and slippers provided by the spa are specifically designed to be comfortable and relaxing. 

They’re also a lot easier to keep clean than your footwear. Plus, this is the only way spa employees can be sure that everyone is wearing clean robes and slippers.

Are you worried the spa won’t have your robe and slipper size? 

Thankfully, all spa centers have a wide range of sizes that should be able to accommodate everyone. 

Rule #2: Wear comfortable underwear or a bathing suit under the robe

Now tell me – did you know you’re supposed to wear comfortable underwear or a bathing suit under your robe? I had no idea, so I brought my lace lingerie because I wanted to show it off.

What I should have done is opt for cotton or other natural fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. The same goes for the swimsuit – it shouldn’t be tight or constricting. Remember, comfort is key here!

Rule #3: Leave your outdoor shoes outside

The third rule is to leave your outdoor shoes outside. This might seem annoying, but it’s actually for your own good. Walking around in outdoor shoes can track in dirt and bacteria, which can ruin the spa experience for everyone.

Instead, as I mentioned earlier, most spas offer slippers or flip-flops that you can wear inside.

Rule #4: Bring in your flip-flops for a spa day by the pool

Now I will talk about one specific thing: the flip-flop rule at the pools. You’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal? I can just be barefoot all day.” 

But trust me, you don’t want to do that. If you spend a day at a spa by the pool, you should bring your flip-flops in the bag. They’ll keep your feet from getting wet and protect them from the hot concrete. 

You can also bring other alternatives, like sandals or even Crocs. Just make sure your feet can breathe.

Rule #5: Always opt for linen clothes

Rule No.5 says: always pack linen clothes at a spa. Linen is a natural fabric that breathes well, which means it will keep you cool and comfortable even when you’re sweating. 

Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, will make your body hot and sticky, which is the last thing you want when trying to relax.

Rule #6: Choose non-restrictive clothes

Finally, the last rule on our list is to wear non-restrictive clothing when you go to a spa. That means no jeans, no tight shirts, dresses or trousers. 

Restrictive clothing is not allowed at most spas because it can interfere with the treatments. For example, if you’re getting a massage, you want to be able to move your arms and legs freely.

On the other hand, when getting a facial treatment, you don’t want your hair getting caught in a tight shirt collar. 

So what does that leave you with? There are a few options. You can wear a loose-fitting dress or skirt, a T-shirt, and some comfortable bottoms like yoga pants.

My Spa Clothing Guide You Can Steal

Alright, the general dos and don’ts of a spa dress code are more or less clear. However, I feel like you might still want more specifics on the actual clothing items you can mix into spa outfits. 

To bring a bit more clarity, here’s the guide on spa clothing I’ve put together for myself – feel free to use it, too.  

1) Swimwear

You might be asking yourself – is it okay to wear a swimsuit to the spa? 

Of course! In fact, I think swimwear is the perfect clothing for the spa. It’s comfortable, doesn’t restrict your movement, and allows you to fully enjoy all the spa offers, including a pool and jacuzzi. 

Consider something cute and comfortable like this:

Green two-piece swimsuit to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

P.S. If you’re planning on spending time in the sauna or steam room, choose a bathing suit made of breathable fabric.

 2) Footwear

You might be protesting this (especially if you’ve recently bought a pair of nice stilettos), but slippers are the best shoes to wear to a spa.  

Let me explain.

First, they are comfortable and allow your feet to breathe, which is especially important if you get a foot massage. 

Second, they are easy to slip on and off. It’s just counterproductive to spend 10 minutes unzipping your heeled sandals just to get into a jacuzzi. 

Finally,  wearing slippers helps keep the spa facility clean. You’ll probably get something like this in the spa center:

White fabric slippers to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

Are you still protecting against slippers? 

My most rebellious readers can always bring a pair of CLEAN flip-flops or sandals, but make sure to inform the reception staff about it.

 3) Pants

When it comes to pants, let’s first talk about the models to avoid. 

Essentially, you should stay away from tight or constricting pieces. This includes jeans and anything else that doesn’t breathe well. I’d also leave formal trousers at home – a spa is just not the place to flaunt them. 

So, what types of pants should you wear to a spa? The best bet is something made of breathable fabric, like cotton or linen. A pair of yoga pants, lightweight trousers, or capris would be perfect.

For instance, I have similar linen pants like the ones below – they are super breathable and lightweight:

Linen pants to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

Remember, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and relaxed. So whatever type of pants you choose, ensure they meet those criteria.

4) Dresses

I think that the biggest challenge for me was to figure out what is the best dress for a spa. I’ve tried a lot of different models and found that some work better than others. 

For example, I love wearing flowy dresses to the spa – they allow for better air circulation and freedom of movement, not to mention that they make me feel like a goddess. 

Here’s a good example of what I am talking about:

Loose dress to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

On the other hand, avoid wearing tight dresses or pieces with many embellishments. 

5) Skirts

When it comes to the best type of skirt to wear to a spa, the rules are the same as above – choose the one that is loose and comfortable. A linen or cotton A-line skirt always sounds like a great choice. 

Let me show you one:

Linen midi skirt to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

Midi, maxi, or mini – it’s totally up to you. Just make sure your skirt is not too tight or revealing. You want to be modest while at the spa to avoid awkward moments and feel completely relaxed.

6) Tops

Finally, there are so many different tops to choose from when you’re going to the spa. 

Let’s start with the simple T-shirts that are the perfect option because they are versatile, comfortable, and soft, which is all you need for a day of pampering.

Here’s the casual white T-shirt ideal for all occasions, including the spa:

Loose T-shirt to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

Button-downs are another great option –  you can wear them with capris, shorts, or skirts for a tailored and polished look. Plus, they are breathable and will keep you cool during your treatments.

Check it out:

White linen shirt to wear to a spa
Credit: Pinterest

Ultimately, you can always wear a bikini top instead of any classic shirt, especially if your treatments include being in the water. 

What I would never wear to a spa

Okay, girls, there are certain things you just don’t wear to a spa. I’m not talking about clothes that aren’t stylish – I’m talking about clothes that are just plain uncomfortable and inappropriate.

For instance, avoid:

  • Jeans – they’re too constricting and make me feel like I can’t relax. 
  • Tight dress or skirt – a recipe for disaster. Not only will you be uncomfortable, but you’ll also probably end up with wrinkled clothes.
  • High heels – I simply don’t want to risk slipping and falling.

Another thing to avoid is anything made from synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon. These fabrics can trap heat and moisture, which is the last thing you want at a spa. 

7 Spa Day Outfit Ideas Based on Occasion

Now we know that a day at the spa requires a special outfit. But how does perfect spa attire look?

Well, no place for panic because I’m here to help again, ladies. I’ve put together some great outfit ideas for days at the spa, whether you’re going for a back massage, a facial, or just a general pampering session. 

Event #1: Spa massage

So, you’ve finally decided to use that gift card you got for a birthday couple of months ago and enjoy your massage as you deserve.  But what should you wear? 

Well, for a massage, you might have to take off clothes at a spa. That’s why you want to make sure you wear something loose and comfy that you can easily slip off from your shoulders and back.

Again, go with breathable fabric, such as linen or cotton, to avoid sweating during your session.

Here’s a great outfit for this purpose:

White linen shirt black leggings white top to wear to a massage spa
Credit: Pinterest

This outfit is ideal for spa massage because it is comfortable and allows you to move easily. The leggings will not restrict movements, and the buttoned-down shirt can be easily removed if necessary.

Finally, leave at home your jewelry, belts, and anything that can bother you and cause blisters during the treatment.

Event #2: Jacuzzi or pool

My go-to choice for a pool and jacuzzi is a one-piece swimsuit – it provides enough coverage.  . However, avoid thick materials that quickly get soaked with water and take too long to dry.

Here’s my favorite pick:

One-piece floral swimsuit to wear to a jacuzzi spa
Credit: Pinterest

And if you’re looking for extra coverage when you get out of the pool or spa jacuzzi, the sarong comes to the rescue.

Here’s how you can style it:

And if you’re looking for extra coverage when you get out of the pool or spa jacuzzi, the sarong comes to the rescue.  Here’s how you can style it:
Credit: Pinterest

Finally, when it comes to footwear, the following rubber flip-flops are the perfect quick-drying solution:

Quick-dry flip flops to wear to a jacuzzi spa
Credit: Pinterest

Here’s one extra tip – if you’re going to the spray tanning session, I don’t recommend using the jacuzzi or anything with hot water. I had a bad experience – my bronze tan completely washed off after it.

Event #3: Facial

There’s nothing like a relaxing facial massage to help you unwind and de-stress, right? And if you think you can wear whatever you want to this treatment just because no one will be touching your back and your arms, you’re wrong!

First, you’ll be sitting a lot. That’s why you don’t want to wear tight clothes that leave marks on your skin.

Whether you’re going in for a massage or any other facial treatment like dermaplaning or lip injections, I recommend wearing a cotton T-shirt and some comfy linen pants. For example, go with something like this:

Blue linen pants white T-shirt outfit to wear to a facial spa
Credit: Pinterest

Apart from that, avoid jewelry like necklaces or earrings that could bother the massage professional during the treatment.

Event #4: Medical spa

A medical spa is a facility where a licensed physician performs non-surgical aesthetic medical services. So, you might be asking yourself – what to wear to a spa like this?

The dress code in such places is not different from regular spas, and the general rule is to wear something relaxed and comfortable. 

Personally, I’d go for a white regular-fit T-shirt and a pleated skirt:

Yellow pleated skirt white T-shirt outfit to wear to a medical spa
Credit: Pinterest

The most important thing to remember is that procedures at medical spas require easy access to all muscles (treatments like coolsculpting require that, for instance). So, you should choose clothes you can easily take on and off. 

Event #5: Mineral springs spa

My first and most crucial advice to you – forget your silk robe at home! 

When I went to the mineral springs spa with my friends, I brought it along and felt really bummed when I was told to remove it and change to a spa robe instead. 

However, it’s up to you what to wear underneath your robes for this bath spa experience. For instance, you can go for a one-piece swimsuit like this:

Black one-piece swimsuit to wear to a mineral springs spa
Credit: Pinterest

And I almost forget – always bring a towel wrap and appropriate flip-flops for such treatments.

Event #6: Spa & brunch with friends

For this occasion, you want to wear something comfortable yet stylish. I’d say that a casual sundress or maxi dress would be a great option. And, if it’s colder outside, you can layer a cardigan or sweater over your dress.

Try something like this:

Maxi dress long knitted cardigan outfit to wear to a spa and brunch with friends
Credit: Pinterest

For shoes, sandals or flats would be best. You’ll want to be comfy while walking around the spa, but you also want to look put-together for brunch. 

Event #7: Fall & winter spa day

You can still enjoy a relaxing spa day, even in winter or autumn. Just make sure to choose the right clothes to wear to a spa! 

In winter, you want to dress in layers to adjust to the changing temperatures. A good outfit for a winter spa day can include a sweater, leggings, sneakers, and a light jacket. 

Here’s a great pilates-inspired attire:

Black leggings crop top windbreaker jacket outfit to wear to a spa in fall & winter
Credit: Pinterest

In autumn, you can dress a little lighter since the temperatures are usually milder. A long-sleeved shirt with a cardigan and midi skirt should be enough to keep you comfortable and stylish on your spa day.

Inspire yourself with this combo: 

Midi pleated animal print skirt beige cardigan outfit to wear to spa in fall & winter
Credit: Pinterest

Just make sure to bring a jacket or a scarf in case it gets chilly. And, as always, comfy shoes are a must!

General Spa Day FAQs

Are there still a few spa-related questions bugging you?

If so, here I have a few things I wish I knew the answers to before going to my first spa experience. 

Q#1: Should I be naked during spa treatments?

The answer to this question depends on the type of spa treatment you’re getting. For some treatments, like massages, it is normal to be naked (you can wear panties). However, you don’t have to be completely naked for other treatments, like facials. 

Q#2: What to wear under the robe?

If you are getting in the pool or jacuzzi, wear a bikini in a spa, so you don’t have to worry about getting your clothes wet. If you are just relaxing in the robe, you can wear comfortable lounge clothes, including yoga pants, leggings, shorts, and a tank top. 

Q#3: Can I wear makeup?

You can, but wearing makeup in the spa is generally not recommended. Makeup can clog pores and prevent the skin from properly absorbing the benefits of the treatments. 

Q#4: Should I bring my own toiletries?

If you are going to a luxury spa, the facility will likely provide a high-quality package with all the necessary toiletries. However, if you are visiting a more basic spa, bring your own products. If you’re not sure, it is always a good idea to check with the spa in advance to find out their toiletries policy.

Q#5: What to do about my hair at a spa?

If you have long hair, consider putting it up in a bun or a ponytail. This will keep it out of your face while you’re getting treatments, and it will also help you avoid getting your hair wet in the jacuzzi or even oily during the facial treatments with different serums. If you have short hair, you can either leave it down or put it up in a clip.

Q#6: Where would I store my personal belongings?

Most spas have locker rooms where you can store your belongings while using the facilities. However, I recommend bringing a small bag with you during your treatments. You can use it to put your phone or any valuables you don’t want to leave in the locker.

Over to You

And that’s it, ladies! If you’re planning a spa visit, keep all these tips in mind when choosing the right clothes, and your experience will be flawless!

Let’s go through the key points one more time:

  • Wear comfortable clothing. 
  • Avoid anything tight or revealing.
  • Wear a robe or cover-up between treatments.
  • Slip-on shoes are the best footwear.
  • Tie your hair.
  • Leave your outdoor shoes outside.
  • Don’t wear jewelry.

Want more tips on what to wear (and what not to wear) to different occasions? Check out my blog and boost your fashion game!

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