This "Grandpa" Staple Is Actually Summer's Biggest Beach Trend—Hear Me Out

Floral beach shirts are probably a piece you’ll find in your grandpa’s or dad’s closet. Often called a “Hawaiian shirt,” the tops are well-known for their tourist vacation vibes. This summer, though, the grandpa staple is carving itself out as one of the biggest trends for summer. Fashion insiders have already been wearing printed beach shirts on repeat, so if you’re still on the fence, I have plenty of proof of how chic they can actually be.

Looking to the fashion set, the styling options are seemingly endless. Whether worn as a bikini coverup, styled with slouchy, tailored trousers, or worn as a matching set, beach shirts are a key style to own for summer. It’s no accident that the trend is arriving at a time when vacations and travel are finally coming back onto our calendars, and it’s one of the first pieces you should pack into your suitcase. Ahead, see six cool ways to style the beach shirt trend this summer.

With a Bikini

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@emilisindlev

This summer, everyone is styling their swimsuits with a myriad of cool coverups. Beach shirts are just one more option to consider.

With Matching Shorts

The fashion set loves a good matching set and shorts sets are taking off as one of the top buys for summer. The printed versions take the dad-style beach shirt to the next level.

With Athletic Shorts

Beach shirts

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@meccajw

Who knew that athletic shorts could be such a fashion statement? Choose a nylon pair in a bold shade to really make your look pop.

With Slouchy Trousers

Beach shirts

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@pamarias

Slouchy trousers seem to be the piece to own in 2021, and fashion people are showing endless ways to style them. That includes this stunning look that incorporates a bikini top and a printed beach shirt.

With Jeans

Beach shirts

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@bellathomas

A similar outfit to the one above, this look swaps in jeans instead of slouchy trousers. I have a feeling this exact outfit formula is about to be everywhere.

With Mixed Prints

Beach shirts

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@rixo

Clashing prints are having a moment, and this is a really cool way to pull them off. I wouldn’t have thought to pair an ocean print with an animal print, but it just works.

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