10 Cute Beach Outfits To Try This Summer
Summer is just around the corner. (Finally!) When the weather heats up, the new outfit possibilities are endless. Roll out the red carpet; there’s no better way to spend your days than to make the beach your own personal runway. Get prepped for warmer days with these beachy outfit ideas, perfect for the sand, the sidewalk, vacay and beyond.
1. Sarong Skirts & Bikini Tops
Sarongs are the superwoman of any summer outfit. Whether you’re using them as a substitute for a towel, a creative hair wrap, a scarf, or simply as a way to cover up, sarongs can do it all. Any manner of wrapping, folding, and twisting can help you create a dreamy sarong skirt to tie around your waist for a laid-back look, while still allowing you to showcase your fun bikini on top. Check out this video for helpful tips to get started!
2. Denim Overalls
OK, we know what you’re thinking. Please keep your mind open because we know you will look super cute and fresh in overalls. Trust us!
You love jeans right? You’re ready to graduate to denim overalls. And before you write this one off as too trendy, keep in mind that overalls are a classic and have been a staple of the fashion set for years. Ready to try the trend? Wear a pair over a cute one-piece swimsuit or pair with a simple white t-shirt when you need to follow the old “no shoes, no shirt, no service” rule at beachside restaurants. Tie a red or blue bandana on your shoulder straps or through your belt loops for an eye-catching, retro accessory.
3. Button-down Shirts and Cutoff Shorts
Whether we’re stealing from someone (brothers, best friends, boyfriends, etc.) or investing in our own, this combo is dynamo. Pairing a clean, crisp button-down in white or a nautical stripe with a pair of faded cutoff shorts is a foolproof way to mix formal with casual and bring a bit of edge to your summery beach look. There’s no better way to get a hold of great denim than when shopping secondhand for unique finds. Check out the basement section for incredible deals on clothing that’s seen some love and looks all the better for it!
4. Linen Tunics
For a European-chic look, toss on a simple linen tunic – the lightest, easiest vacation dress. Ideal with crisp, dark jeans in the evening or with the hint of a bathing suit underneath during the day, you can’t go wrong with a Grecian-inspired white linen tunic! Try styling your shift with lace-up sandals in neutral brown tones – another go-to item for beachwear 2017.
5. Palazzo Pants
Palazzo pants are oh-so flowy and breezy, making them the optimal bottom layer for when you want full coverage, but don’t want to end up a sweaty, swampy mess. Wear them with a cropped shirt or just a swimsuit top to allow them to be the focal point of your beach outfit. The good news is they’ll last you into the evening hours when paired with a sweater or a jacket…did someone say dinner and dancing?
6. Soft Shorts and Crop Tops
There’s nothing more versatile than the simple combo of a pair of soft shorts and a crop top. Get creative with a variety of patterns and fabrics as you swap out different tops and bottoms to craft this failsafe outfit. Extra details like lace or pom-poms on the hem of your shorts can add an extra chic element, while crop tops in colorful, tropical prints and styles like off-the-shoulder can help you stay on trend and can be easily paired with board shorts too!
7. Matching SetsContrary to what their name might suggest, matching sets definitely don’t have to be purchased together or even be perfectly matched to achieve the effect of casual cohesion. Aim for cropped tops and high-waisted bottoms in similar color schemes or patterns, but don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit when you find secondhand treasures begging to be worn. When in doubt, check out the color of the season and snag a couple of pieces in similar shades!
8. T-Shirt Dresses
T-shirt beach dresses are an essential in any wardrobe and are super handy on summer days when they can do double duty as bathing suit coverups! Try out loose-fitting shifts in striped patterns or bold solid colors for carefree outfits that can be revamped and up-styled with the addition of accessories, like chunky belts or colorful, cat-eye sunglasses.
9. Frayed Denim on Denim
Frayed denim on denim can come in the form of a skirt, high-waisted shorts, or a even a handy pair of mom jeans. Whatever the case may be, you can’t go wrong with distressed denim bottoms paired with a timeless well-worn jean jacket. Let’s not forget that summer nights can bring a bit of chill too! Stay warm and on-point in the vintage look of the moment: denim on denim is back in a big way.
Where is your ideal beach getaway? Let us know in the comments!