Though it's the South, beaches in North Carolina are still pretty cold in the winter. Sure, you can frolic on the sandy shores -- but be prepared with closed toed shoes and a sweater.
My ideal winter beach outfit plays up the neutral palette and includes items that are super comfy, but not so high maintenance that you can't get a little sand on it. Retro sunglasses add a hint of old-school glam, but a pair of TOMS keeps you grounded with nautical details like stripes and a rope sole.
Bonus points if you put your hair in a messy bun.
Fisherman's sweater // Sunglasses // Convertible tote/cross body bag // Belt // TOMS // Jeans