Now that the official start of summer is on the horizon—with things reopening and the temperatures and humidity only rising—it's likely you have one thing on your mind: the beach. Whether you live in a place where the sandy shore is only a drive away or you're planning to head to a tropical destination, having a full stock of stylish beach outfits on hand is always a good idea.
When you're dressing to bask in the sunlight or enjoy a seaside campfire on top of the sandy beaches, it's tempting to wear your most casual items (e.g., shorts and a tank top). However, if you've been in the mood to up your beach game, we've rounded up the chicest beach-ready ensembles that don't feel overdone. Scroll down to see them all for yourself, and then add the looks to your wardrobe for your next trip to the waterfront.
Style Tip: Throw a long, flowing maxi dress over your swimsuit when you're headed to and from the beach.
Tiare Hawaii Surry Maxi Dress ($110)
One classic cover-up, right this way.
Le Specs Unreal Sunglasses ($79)
Le Specs can do no wrong when it comes to eyewear.
Style Tip: For a look that feels more elevated than your average T-shirt and shorts, opt for a printed button-down with long denim shorts and heeled thong sandals.
Chelsea Paris Slash Sandals ($380)
Thong sandals are having a major moment this year.
Saloni Tilda Top ($295)
It doesn't get more beach appropriate than this.
Style Tip: Looking for a cool way to cover up your swimsuit? Sport a one-piece with snake-print pants.
Mango Flowy Printed Pants ($80)
We're still not over cool prints.
Free People Clean Lines Thong Bodysuit ($40)
This bodysuit is so simple yet so chic.
Style Tip: For the moments when you need a little more coverage, layer a button-down shirt with a tropical print over your swimwear look.
Ganni Printed Cotton Poplin Blouse ($144)
Because who wouldn't want to wear a tropical shirt to the beach?
Mango Swimsuit With Ruffle Detail ($120)
A stunning one-piece is always a great idea.
Style Tip: If you're taking a casual stroll along the beach, opt for comfortable wide-leg trousers and a button-down shirt.
Proenza Schouler White Label Belted Rumple Pique Pants ($395)
These can be worn on and off the beach.
Frank & Eileen Rose Linen Button Down Shirt ($218)
Style this buttoned, or leave it open over your swimsuit.
Style Tip: Believe it or not, bucket hats are still big for 2021, and they're perfect for the beach. Wear yours for additional protection while you're on the shore.
Vans Pride Bucket Hat ($32)
We love this version of the bucket hat.
Réalisation The Stevie ($150)
There's a reason It girls can't stop wearing this top from Réalisation.
Style Tip: When you aren't right on the beach soaking up the sun, wear a one-shoulder top with a knit skirt for a dressier evening ensemble.
Susana Monaco One Shoulder Top ($130)
Replace your classic tank tops with this one-shoulder version.
A.L.C. Louisa Skirt ($395)
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Midi skirts are the most comfortable way to add instant polish to any look.
Style Tip: Bask in the sunlight in a chic gingham skirt and an easy top.
Solid&Striped The Willow Dress / Skirt ($268)
Let's be honest: Gingham print for the oceanside will never get old.
Monse Fold Over Draped Knit ($990)
Red sweaters don't seem to be slowing down one bit.
Style Tip: A knit skirt is the perfect way to dress up a beach ensemble that feels comfortable and polished.
LNA Rib Vylett Tee ($88)
Trust us—you won't ever want to take off this cotton tee.
Mango Flared Long Skirt ($100)
A comfortable skirt that feels ready for a party.
Style Tip: A lightweight dress is the perfect easy, breezy piece to throw on over your swimsuit while you're running to and from the beach.
Mangishi Doll Amina Maxi Dress ($189)
This is essential for the days that are too hot to handle.
Tkees Riley Flip Flops ($50)
Who would have thought that minimalist flip-flops could feel so chic?
Style Tip: For a French-girl take on beach ensembles, wear a striped button-down shirt with denim shorts and classic low-heel shoes.
Mango Frayed Hem Denim Shorts ($60)
Classic jean shorts for a classic warm-weather look.
Citizens of Humanity Kayla Shirt ($228)
Without a doubt, you can wear this with literally everything.
Style Tip: An unexpected but undeniably chic way to style your swimsuit on your next vacation is with a cool blazer and minimalist mules.
Lioness Welcome to the Jungle Blazer ($89)
Whether you wear it to the beach or to dinner, this will be one of your best sartorial investments yet.
BY FAR Lenny Sandals ($432)
You won't be able to get over how versatile these heels are.
Style Tip: A tried-and-true beach outfit will always include comfortable pieces like a T-shirt and drawstring shorts.
525 Cotton Cropped Collared v Neck Top ($108)
Dress this casual top up or down for all of your everyday affairs.
Madewell Perfect Jean Shorts ($72)
Lounging by the beach can't get any better when you're wearing these.
This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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