Beach Outfit Ideas for Every Personal Style

group of femmes on the beach in colorful outfits

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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

a woman with 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. 

RE/DONE high-waist white denim shorts
Re/Done High-Waist Shorts $440 $196
Straw Visor
Anthropologie Woven Visor $32
Round Paper Straw Handbag
H&M Round Paper Straw Handbag $25

2. One-Piece Swimsuit + Denim Skirt

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. 

Asymmetrical denim skirt
Ksubi Rap Clas Sick Denim Mini Skirt $170
One-piece one shoulder bowtie white bathingsuit
J.Crew Grosgrain Tie Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit $110

3. Button-Down + Scarf + Bikini Bottoms

a woman wearing a 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.

White button down shirt
Zara Linen Shirt With Pockets $40 $48
Set of floral hair scarves/scrunchies
Anthropologie Lydia Scarf Scrunchie Set $24

4. Kimono + Bikini Top + Trousers + Slides

a woman wearing a 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.

Yellow woven kimono
Free People Cabana Woven Kimono $78
Metallic pink slides
Anthropologie Kimbra Slide Sandals $68

5. Flowy Maxi Dress + Embellished Bag

a woman wearing a 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.

Yellow maxi dress
Three Graces London Almost a Honeymoon Ramie Maxi Dress $630 $378
Multi-colored bead bucket bag
Susan Alexander Merry Beaded Bucket Bag $212

6. Crop Top + Sunnies + Pareo

a woman wearing Crop Top + Sunnies + Sarong

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.

White cami crop top
Zara Strappy Knit Top $20
Tie Die Cover Pareo
Everything But Water Tie Dye Cover Pareo $48

7. High-Waist Trousers + Scarf + Sunnies + Hoops

a woman wearing 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.

High-waist white trousers
Nili Lotan Cyro Stretch-Cotton Tapered Pants $425 $128
White geometric sunglasses
Nasty Gal Baby I'm Yours Geometric Sunglasses $18 $9

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. 

a women wearing Button-Down + Shorts + Straw Tote + Sandals
Birkenstock sandal with one strap and big buckle
Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle $135
Navy blue and white striped shorts
H&M Shorts High Waist $13

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