Beach Outfit Ideas for Every Personal Style

Updated 08/05/19
three women on the beach
@babba.c

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 dawned 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, consider these beach outfits 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
@_hollyt

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. 

3.1 Phillip Lim Belted Denim Shorts
3.1 Phillip Lim Belted Denim Shorts $275
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Available in sizes 4, 6, and 10. 

2. One-Piece Swimsuit + Denim Skirt

One-Piece Swimsuit + Denim Skirt
@claire_most

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. 

Mango Interwoven cord denim skirt
Mango Interwoven Cord Denim Skirt $70
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Available in sizes XXS to M.

3. Button-Down + Scarf + Bikini Bottoms

a woman wearing a Button-Down + Scarf + Bikini Bottoms
@juliamateian

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. Plus, you get to spice things up with accessories—we love the retro look of the hair scarf, just tie and go. 

Treasure & Bond Print Short Tie Scarf
Treasure & Bond Print Short Tie Scarf $29
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4. Kimono + Bikini Top + Trousers + Slides

a woman wearing a Kimono + Bikini Top + Trousers + Slides
@reddieharrel

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. Some slouchy trousers and easy slide-on sandals complete the look.

Solid & Striped The Rachel Striped Bikini Top
Solid & Striped The Rachel Striped Bikini Top $90
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Available in sizes XS to L.

5. Flowy Maxi Dress + Embellished Bag

a woman wearing a Flowy Maxi Dress + Embellished Bag
@emilisindlev

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.

Three Graces London Almost A Honeymoon Tasseled Belted Ramie Maxi Dress
Three Graces London Tasseled Belted Ramie Maxi Dress $660
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Available in sizes 6 to 14.

6. Crop Top + Sunnies + Sarong

a woman wearing Crop Top + Sunnies + Sarong
@alessandragl

Sarongs 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. They're super easy to adjust to your liking, and when you pair them with a crop top, you get instant summer vibes.

H&M Patterned Sarong
H&M Patterned Sarong $13 $5
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7. High-Waist Trousers + Scarf + Sunnies + Hoops

a woman wearing High-Waist Trousers + Scarf + Sunnies + Hoops
@thatsaleaf

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 trousers for a more casual edge, and then add some interest via large gold hoops and dainty layered necklaces.

Jaline Tallulah Macramé-trimmed Pointelle-knit Cotton Pants
Jaline Tallulah Macramé-Trimmed Pointelle-Knit Cotton Pants $375
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Available in sizes S to L.

8. Button-Down + Shorts + Straw Tote + Sandals

a women wearing Button-Down + Shorts + Straw Tote + Sandals
@honeynsilk

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. 

J.Crew Button-Down + Shorts + Straw Tote + Sandals
J.Crew Relaxed Boy Shirt $80
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Available in sizes 00 to 20. 

Shop Our Favorite Beach-Ready Picks

Cult Gaia Kennedy Large Hoop Earrings
Cult Gaia Kennedy Large Hoop Earrings $90
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Rhode Resort Ariel Tiered Midi Piped Short Sleeve Dress
Rhode Resort Ariel Tiered Midi Piped Short Sleeve Dress $375
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Available in size XS/S.

Karen Walker The Bird Square Sunglasses
Karen Walker The Bird Square Sunglasses $210
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Innika Choo Bow Singlet Ruffle Top
Innika Choo Bow Singlet Ruffle Top $150
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J.Crew Women's J.crew Grosgrain Tie Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit
J.Crew Grosgrain Tie Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit $118
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Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Mango Flower print kaftan
Mango Flower Print Kaftan $100 $99
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Available in sizes XS to M.

Topshop Mini Mykonos Beaded Tote
Topshop Mini Mykonos Beaded Tote $55
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Zara Multicolor Crochet Dress
Zara Multicolor Crochet Dress $100
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Available in sizes S to M.

Forever 21 Bow Wide-Brim Straw Hat
Forever 21 Bow Wide-Brim Straw Hat $13
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Susan Alexander Clem Bag Purple
Susan Alexander Clem Bag Purple $285
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Rosie Assoulin Ruffled Cotton-twill Wrap Skirt
Rosie Assoulin Ruffled Cotton-Twill Wrap Skirt $1095 $438
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Intentionally Blank Willow Heel in Silver
Intentionally Blank Willow Heels $180 $90
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Available in sizes 39 to 40. 

LoveShackFancy Maya Ruffled Printed Cotton Dress
LoveShackFancy Maya Ruffled Printed Cotton Dress $365
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Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Monserat de Lucca What a Catch Tote Bag
Monserat de Lucca What a Catch Tote Bag $78
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Miguelina Jill Tie-front Printed Cotton-poplin Top
Miguelina Jill Tie-Front Printed Cotton-Poplin Top $290
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Available in sizes XS to L.

Ganni Liva Crocheted Slides
Ganni Liva Crocheted Slides $160
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Available in sizes 36 to 41. 

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