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Updated Jul 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
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Beach Outfits
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Beach season is upon us, which means sooner or later, we'll be getting dressed for some (safe) fun in the sun. Whether you're set on relaxing on a chaise lounge, seeking a beach-to-brunch outfit that wows, or attending an evening soiree on the sand, beachside style is a singular one, and often calls for a bit of preparation.

When it comes to our arsenal of beach outfits, we try to keep it simple but ultra chic. Think easy jean shorts, classic oxford shirts as cover-ups, and silk skirts with cotton tanks for evening events. Plus, thanks to the stylish group of influencers below, there are plenty of ideas to motivate and inspire you ahead of a day down the shore, and you probably have all the tools needed to recreate some spectacular looks.

Ahead, find some of the best pieces and combinations that pair well with both sun and sand and work through morning, noon, and night.

A Little Black Swimsuit

You may be headed to the beach, but city slickers know that (not so) basic black items have an elevated and classic vibe that works for every occasion. Grab a one-piece in a deep onyx, and if you're looking for something special, snag a design with extra detail, either on the back or shoulder.

A Cozy Knit and Bikini

For those fickle Summer days, consider topping your bikini with a chunky knit. Winter might be long gone, but that doesn't mean that you won't find yourself shivering post-swim — or that you can't continue to reach for delicious cashmere.

A Bright or Floral Maxi Dress

For daytime cover-ups and evening candlelit dinners on the beach alike, a maxi dress in a flowing silhouette is an ultimate beach essential. It's easy to throw on, and can quickly be dressed up or down depending on shoes and accessories.

A Maillot and Printed Shorts

When you're going back and forth from the beach to lunch, the boat to the sand, and taking full advantage of the sun and ocean alike, consider wearing your one-piece maillot swimsuit as a shirt with your favorite pair of printed shorts. It's an easy transitional outfit.

A Mixed Print Look

Have a bit of fun with your look by styling a floral bathing suit with a gingham or striped cover-up. When you mix pieces of coordinating colors, it'll look more purposeful, and the sky's the limit.

All Over Sparkle

Want to turn heads on the beach? Choose swimsuit with a bit of sparkle, be it a skimpy bikini or full-coverage one-piece. Colorful lurex pieces are a playful, whimsical go-to for summertime weather.

An Oversized Button-Down

You know what makes a great cover-up? An oversized button-down shirt, which comes across as effortless, classic, and somewhat sexy. It's also versatile when it comes to styling: You can let it hang loose like a mini dress or tie it up at the waist — whatever makes your heart sing!

A Tank and Midi Skirt

If you're looking for an evening beach look that isn't a traditional maxi dress, try out the relaxed-luxe trend. Grab a flowing midi skirt in a delicious silk pattern and pair it with a casual white cotton tank or T-shirt. We promise, it'll quickly become a summer uniform, on the beach and off.

Baggy Jeans and a Bikini Top

If the early '00s insist on coming back, lean into the trend. Nail a throwback popstar-inspired look by pairing a triangle bikini with baggy pants. Accessories like chain belts and bucket hats are welcome but not required.

A Slip Dress

Should the weather be humid and super sticky, a silk mini dress will come to the rescue. The material makes it feel fancy on its own, so you won't have to fuss with piling on accessories. When paired with flat strappy sandals, it becomes a carefree yet memorable vacation look.

A Scalloped Swimsuit

Whether you're an all-black girl or prefer a little bit of color, look for bathing suits that have a subtle something extra, such as a scalloped edge. What's more, with that little detail, your suit becomes a great option for a fun shirt for whatever you have planned afterwards.