Euro Summer Has Arrived! 5 Chic Outfits I'll Definitely Be Re-Creating

After the UK's hottest June to date, the pull of the seaside is stronger than ever—nothing beats the heat like a refreshing dip in cool British waters. Better still, the sparkling Mediterranean. Regardless of whether you're jetting off to the French Riviera or sticking to local shores, it's probably worth having a few chic beach looks in your arsenal.

Because believe it or not, it is possible to look polished while shielding from the sun's rays or recovering from a colder-than-expected sea swim. There are practical considerations, of course; choosing pieces that will layer well over a bikini, for example, and leaving the sky-high wedges at home in favour of comfortable sandals. But once you have these details nailed, beachwear is a refreshingly fluid clothing category, easy to tailor to different settings and climates. Plus, who said you can't wear a beach outfit elsewhere? There are no rules!

We suggest sticking to breathable fabrics and light colours, and most importantly, having fun with your coastal aesthetic. This season, there are plenty of playful beachwear trends to inspire you. After browsing some of our favourite fashion sites and consulting our most-trusted influencers, our main takeaways are that bright crochet co-ords, handwoven basket bags and linen separates are leading the beachwear brigade. Keep scrolling to see these key looks, plus some other need-to-know trends, in action.

1. Bikini Top + Wide-Leg Linen Trousers + Woven Tote


(Image credit: @monikh)

Style Notes: Pull a pair of linen trousers up over your swimsuit to achieve the easiest and most effective beach look of 2023. I've lost count of how many influencers have showcased their own version of this hack, but I especially love Monikh's rustic finishing touches.

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2. Crochet Dress + Classic Shades + Gold Jewellery


(Image credit: @styleidealist)

Style Notes: Crochet dresses have fast become a favourite among the fashion set. There's no better place to rock this boho style than on a tropical beach with bare feet and a cocktail in hand. Bliss.

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3. Co-Ord + White Jeans + Aviators


(Image credit: @aniyahmorinia)

Style Notes: The dress code differs slightly on colder coastlines. Aniyah's cardigan co-ord feels like the perfect solution for a British beach day; it's cheerful and comfortable, with the option of removing layers if the temperature rises.

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4. Asymmetric Tank + Sarong Skirt + Flip-Flops


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Style Notes: For a post-dinner stroll on the sand, Lucy's tank top and skirt combo feels elegant yet fuss-free. Bonus points for the flip-flops, i.e. the comfiest shoe option for the beach.

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5. Breezy Blouse + Shorts + Canvas Tote


(Image credit: @charlottekuhrt)

Style Notes: You can't go wrong with wearing a breezy blouse if you're hitting the beach on a balmy afternoon. Opt for shorts to get that sun-kissed glow on your legs and simple accessories to complete the look.

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Next Up: Ready, Steady, Beach! 9 Swimwear Trends You'll Love to Wear This Summer

Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.