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This Is What Fashion Girls Wear to the Beach

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updated Mar 08, 2020

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.

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. 

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.

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

Shopa 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.

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.

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

Shopa 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.

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. 

Cult Gaia Kennedy Large Hoop Earrings

Cult Gaia Kennedy Large Hoop Earrings $90

ShopRhode 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

ShopInnika Choo Bow Singlet Ruffle Top

Innika Choo Bow Singlet Ruffle Top $150

ShopJ.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

ShopZara 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

ShopSusan Alexander Clem Bag Purple

Susan Alexander Clem Bag Purple $285

ShopRosie Assoulin Ruffled Cotton-twill Wrap Skirt

Rosie Assoulin Ruffled Cotton-Twill Wrap Skirt $1095 $438

ShopIntentionally 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

ShopMiguelina 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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