While we’re always keeping our eye on new trends and what’s next in fashion, sometimes the best way to get inspiration is by looking back. While some trends fade over time, others prove to be timeless and classic. Curious to find out which beach styles look just as cool today as they did decades ago, we did some digging.
It’s impossible to think of retro style without including everyone from French icon Brigitte Bardot to British fashion muse Jane Birkin to American film stars Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Faye Dunaway. Each has a unique take on dressing for the beach and proves there’s no need to reinvent classic style. From nautical stripes and espadrilles to bustier dresses, there’s no shortage of stylish looks. Want to see how to tap into their style?
Keep reading to see stylish looks from five fashion icons and shop pieces inspired by their outfits.
It doesn’t get more classic than nautical stripes at the beach. Wear a striped top over a swimsuit and add a pair of espadrilles.
What screams seaside more than a classic striped tee?
This French-girl swim line is your direct escape to a European vacay.
Easy slip-ons are great for sandy beach days.
Denim at the beach? It’s Jane Birkin–approved. Try styling a pair of flares with a simple white T-shirt.
This basic white tee is the as timeless as they come.
Upgrade your denim with these vintage-style denim flares.
Tap into Grace Kelly’s style with a streamlined one-piece swimsuit, cat-eye sunglasses, and a headscarf.
Channel your inner princess in a slimming one-piece.
Coordinate a white swimsuit with matching sunglasses.
The perfect accessory to tame those beachy waves.
If you want to imitate Brigitte Bardot’s iconic style, pair a bustier top with a fuller skirt to keep the proportions in balance.
Follow Faye Dunaway’s lead and stick to neutral tones. Pair tailored white pants with a cream sweater.
A lightweight summer sweater can brace you for those afternoon beach winds.
Classic summer pants are upgraded with a tailored cut.
Next, read about the retro swimsuits to start wearing now.