Whether you're the kind of person who loves splashing around in the waves or the kind who'd rather sip a margarita while reading a good book, one thing's for sure: Beach days are the best days. And you know what makes them even better? The right outfit. And by the "right outfit," we mean wearing something over your bathing suit that makes you feel confident, comfortable, and ready for a Kodak moment without looking overdressed.
Since that can be something of a tall order, we scoured Instagram for fashionable beach outfit ideas and came away with a ton of inspiration. Unsurprisingly, the best ones were donned by stylish travel bloggers, fashion It girls, and design-savvy influencers.
So if you're headed to a coastal locale or have a pool party to attend this summer, keep scrolling for eight beach outfit ideas from the most stylish women on the 'gram.
1. High-Waisted Shorts + Bikini Top + Visor + Straw Bag
As much as we love a classic straw hat, we're really digging this visor look—it feels decidedly sportier and unexpected. Create cohesion with a matching straw circle bag and high-waisted shorts.
2. One-Piece Swimsuit + Denim Skirt
Make things easier on yourself by wearing a one-piece that can double as a top if you're planning on dining at a nearby restaurant during a midday sun break. And you can't go wrong with a casual yet polished denim skirt.
3. Button-Down + Scarf + Bikini Bottoms
Never underestimate a classic button-down, especially if you're looking for something that's easy to change in and out of. It exudes simple, easy elegance, and when worn off the shoulder, is effortlessly cool. To get the effect, simply unbutton the top half of your shirt, slide it down just below your shoulders, and then tie at the waist. Accessorize with a hair scarf for a retro finish.
4. Kimono + Bikini Top + Trousers + Slides
A lightweight robe or kimono is a great coverup for the beach if you want to wear something that shows off your outfit but also allows for some coverage when needed. Slouchy trousers and easy slide-on sandals complete the look.
5. Flowy Maxi Dress + Embellished Bag
It doesn't get easier than a flowy, oversized maxi dress. Loose, breathable, and sophisticated, it's everything you could ask for in a beach outfit. We also love how Emili Sindlev opted for a cute beaded bag to dress things up and keep her look intriguing.
6. Crop Top + Sunnies + Pareo
Pareos were literally made for the beach, so if you plan on spending a lot of time by the water this summer, you should definitely have one of these on hand (in addition to your water-proof makeup, of course). They're super easy to adjust to your liking, and when you pair them with a crop top, you get instant summer vibes.
7. High-Waist Trousers + Scarf + Sunnies + Hoops
If you don't plan on swimming and your #1 goal is to snap a great photo, consider tying a printed silk scarf into a makeshift bikini top. Pair it with high-waisted linen or cotton trousers for a more casual edge, and then add some interest via large gold hoops and dainty layered necklaces.
8. Button-Down + Shorts + Straw Tote + Sandals
If you want to wear bottoms with your button-down on your way to and from the beach (or just while walking around a city dreaming of the waves), consider this your blueprint. Try tying your shirt up for a retro look that shows off your shorts or skirt.