A beach day has no single definition. For some, it may entail trying out a new surfboard or doing early morning yoga along the coast. For others, it’s hiding from direct sunlight under an umbrella while reading a new book. While beach days are wonderful no matter what you have planned (just remember to wear SPF! ), one of the most difficult aspects is selecting a fashionable ensemble that is appropriate for all of your activities. Naturally, a beach outfit can be as simple as a swimsuit and sandals, but the 15 examples below cover a wide range of beach outings, so you’re not caught off guard when the mood strikes. Think of on-trend swimwear from our favorite brands, playful accessories, and breezy dresses to slip into as the sun sets.
This ensemble will complete your sporty moment in the sun for the beachgoer who never spends a day on the sand without a game of volleyball or a five-mile run.
The Maxi Skirt
A skirt with a high, dramatic slit is a chic way to “cover up” while still showing off your swimsuit. Combine a lightweight, neutral maxi with a patterned bikini for the ultimate laid-back look.
The Denim Shorts
What beachwear wardrobe would be complete without a pair of denim shorts? Combine the classic silhouette with a modern vacation top that can be worn buttoned up or open over your swimsuit.
The Rash Guard Set
You don’t have to be a surfer to wear a rash guard outfit we love this long-sleeved top as an extra layer of sun protection for anyone who will be laying out or swimming for an extended period of time. Rainbow slides are optional but encouraged to complete the look.
The Breezy Beach Dress
This is the ideal late-afternoon beach outfit, in our opinion. It’s for when you take off your wet bathing suit and an easy, lightweight dress transitions you to sunset watching, strolls along the beach, and, most likely, ice cream.
The Citrus Palette
A bright, citrusy color palette feels perfect for summer. Make a statement with a mix of printed and solid pieces, like this ’70s-inspired floral cover-up paired with a yellow swimsuit.
The Wide-Leg Pants
Wide-leg pants are one of our favourite beach outfit staples. When you slip high-waisted pants overtop of a one-piece, two-piece, or somewhere-in-between swimsuit, it becomes a complete look, taking you from lounging in the sand to lunch at your favorite beach-front bistro.
The Bold Printed Swimsuit
Allow your boldest swimwear to stand out by pairing it with non-competing accessories like a woven tote—an ideal beach bag because it’s easy to brush sand off of.
The Statement Sunnies
Sometimes the accessories make or break a beach look, as in the case of these bright yellow sunglasses. Your shades will communicate the pure joy that beach days bring when paired with a patterned one-piece.
The Open-Weave Cover-Up
Make or buy a crochet cover-up to channel your inner DIYer. Wear it over a colorful swimsuit that peeks out from behind the open weave for a laid-back beach look.
The Matching Set
Matching sets are having a major moment almost everywhere, and we love how they can create an effortless, pulled-together beach outfit that can take you from day to night. For a beach bonfire or clambake, wear shorts and a cropped top.
The Any-Which-Way Sarong
A scarf or sarong is a versatile, go-with-the-flow style of swimsuit cover-up. Make it into a skirt or dress, or use it as a headscarf while sunbathing.
The Vacation Dress
If your ideal beach day consists of sipping a cold beverage with friends in a picturesque spot near the sand (or if you have evening plans), choose a vacation-ready design. To balance out the playfulness, pair this patterned dress with timeless and comfortable sandals.
The Classic Black Swimsuit
The classic black one-piece suit is a summer wardrobe must-have. Choose a new design with an asymmetric neckline and cut-outs to shake things up.