14 Perfect Beach Outfits for Summer

What to Wear to the Beach

Woman wearing a dress at the beach

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Ready to hit the beach? Whether you're heading to a resort, planning a beach date, or just chilling by the water with your girlfriends, you'll want to think about what to wear. We've noticed that some of our favorite fashion bloggers have come up with really cute outfits for the beach, from swimsuit cover-ups to outfits that would look right at lunch or the bar.

Whether it's a flowy kimono over a one piece bathing suit, a knotted men's shirt as a cover-up, or just a great headband and sunglasses to wear with your swimsuit, these blogger outfits give you great inspiration for amping up your beach style.

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Printed Kimono

Woman in swimsuit and tropical print kimono
Awed By Monica

How beautiful is this beach outfit of a flowing, semi-sheer, colorful, tropical print kimono, worn over a simple black one piece bathing suit? We love how this fashion blogger has adorned her pretty beach outfit with a glamorous wide brim hat (which adds great sun protection for your face, too).

Image courtesy of Awed By Monica / @awedbymoni

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Knotted Button-Down

Woman wearing a knotted men's shirt over a swimsuit
Hello Fashion

Lounging by the resort (or public) pool with your boyfriend? Borrow his shirt to tie over your swimsuit, for an instant crop top that has loads of uptown style. Add a great pair of platform sandals and you're well dressed for the beach bar, or lunch poolside.

Image courtesy of Hello Fashion / @hellofashionblog

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Tropical Romper

Woman wearing a tropical romper at the beach
 La La Mer 

Rompers are cute as street style wear, but they're even better at the beach. Choose a tropical print romper for a resort ready look that can take you to the sea side lounger, to lunch, or out for sunset drinks.

Image courtesy of La La Mer / @marianna_hewitt

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Gingham Print Beach Outfit

Woman wearing gingham print swimsuit and shorts
 Simply Cyn

We're all about the gingham print trend this summer, which is showing up on everything from shoes to separates. How adorable is this beach day outfit pictured here, with a gingham print swimsuit and matching shoes, and high-waisted striped shorts as a cover-up.

Image courtesy of Simply Cyn / @simplycyn

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Lace Tank and Denim Cut-Offs

Woman wearing lace top and jean shorts
Curves and Confidence

Beach days often involve heading into town for lunch. You'll be all set to look cute on the patio (and for wandering the shops on the way back to the sand), in this easy outfit of denim cut-off shorts and a pretty lace tank top. Add a fabulous bag and sandals, as pictured here, to take your beach fashion game up a notch.

Image courtesy of Curves and Confidence / @curveebeauty

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White Shirt and Polka Dots

Woman Wearing White Shirt and Polka Dot Swimsuit
 Southern Curls & Pearls

We're big believers that a white button-down shirt is one of the most versatile women's fashion pieces. Here, a classic white shirt is used to fashion one of our favorite beach outfits of the season, worn open (kimono style) over a retro, polka dot swimsuit.

Image courtesy of Southern Curls & Pearls / @cmcoving

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Summer V-Neck Dress

Woman in v-neck summer dress
 Barefoot in LA

Want to go straight from street to beach? Wearing a pretty summer dress over your swimsuit makes this a cinch. Plus, just add cute sandals and hoop earrings, as pictured here, and you're dressed for post-beach cocktails when the sun goes down.

Image courtesy of Barefoot in LA / @barefootinla

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Tone on Tone Kimono

Woman wearing kimono and bikini
We Wore What

Simplicity can be ultra-chic, as pictured here in this tone-on-tone look that's one of our favorite beach outfits. A sheer black and white kimono makes an beautifully understated top layer for a black and white patterned bikini. As you can see here, sticking to a neutral color palette in your bathing suit and cover-up is a great way to make everything you're wearing look more expensive (even if you bought everything on deep discount).

Image courtesy of We Wore What / @weworewhat

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Button-Up Skirt

Woman wearing yellow swimsuit and white skirt
 Color Me Courtney

Create a fresh look for the beach that's young and fun, when you layer a casual white button-up skirt over a colorful one piece swimsuit, as pictured here. The matching bow in this blogger's hair is optional — but adorable!

Image courtesy of Color Me Courtney / @colormecourtney

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Side Split Long Tank

Woman wearing long tank top and denim shorts
Janni Deler

Sure, you could throw on a basic tank top over your swimsuit. But why not take things up a fashion notch, with a long, white side split tank top, that gives the look of a maxi dress? We're super into this idea, as worn by this fashion blogger, with cute black slides and a face framing floppy hat.

Image courtesy of Janni Deler / @jannid

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Striped Mini Dress

Woman wearing striped dress and summer hat
Oh My Looks 

Blue and white stripes always feel fresh for summer style. This pretty striped mini-dress with statement sleeves is the perfect swimsuit cover-up for the beach, when you want to look a little more glamorous. How cute would this perfect summer outfit look on your next European beach vacation, especially if you accessorize it as shown here, with a statement necklace, wicker tote bag, and cute straw hat.

Image courtesy of Oh My Looks / @ohmylooks

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Off the Shoulder Dress

Woman wearing off the shoulder white dress
 With Love From Kat

You've probably got an off-the-shoulder dress in your summer wardrobe, and this trendy piece makes an easy and pretty cover-up for your swimsuits at the beach. We're especially fond of it in white, for creating a fresh and chic look that's dressed up enough to wear into town for a fancy lunch (just stash a cute clutch purse, as pictured, in your beach bag).

Image courtesy of With Love From Kat / @kattanita

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Updo and Colorful Headband

Woman in black swimsuit and headband
 Extra Petite

We love how this fashion blogger has played with the vintage-inspired vibe of her black one-piece bathing suit, by pulling her hair into a big, beautiful retro updo and adding a wide headband.

Image courtesy of Extra Petite / @jeanwang

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Athleisure Pants

Woman wearing a bikini top and leggings
 Alex's Closet

We love the athleisure trend of workout clothes that are almost too cute to wear to the gym. Here's how you can wear a cute pair of patterned gym leggings to the beach this summer, by pulling them on over your bikini bottoms, for lounging time. 

Image courtesy of Alex's Closet / @alexcloset