This Is What Stylish Girls Wear to the Beach


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Whether you're the kind of person who loves splashing around in the waves or the kind who'd rather sip a margarita while reading a good book, one thing's for sure: Beach days are the best days. And you know what makes them even better? The right outfit. And by the "right outfit," we mean wearing something over your bathing suit that makes you feel confident, comfortable, and ready for a Kodak moment without looking overdressed.

Since that can be something of a tall order, we decided to scour Instagram for fashionable beach outfit ideas. Unsurprisingly, the best ones were donned by stylish travel bloggers, fashion It girls, and design-savvy influencers. So if you're headed to a coastal locale or have a pool party to attend this summer, consider these beach outfits ideas from the most stylish women on the 'gram your official guide.

1. High-Waisted Shorts + Bikini Top + Visor + Straw Bag 


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As much as we love a classic straw hat, we're really digging this visor look—it feels decidedly sportier and unexpected. Create cohesion with a matching straw circle bag and high-waisted shorts. 

2. One-Piece Swimsuit + Denim Skirt


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Make things easier on yourself by wearing a one-piece that can double as a top if you're planning on dining at a nearby restaurant during a midday sun break. And you can't go wrong with a denim skirt. 

3. Button-Down + Scarf + Bikini Bottoms 


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Never underestimate a classic button-down, especially if you're looking for something that's easy to change in and out of. It exudes simple, easy elegance. Plus, this way you get to spice things up with accessories—we also love how the retro look of the hair scarf. 

4. Kimono + Bikini Top + Trousers + Slides


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A lightweight robe or kimono is a great coverup for the beach if you want to wear something that shows off your outfit but also allows for some coverage when needed. Some slouchy trousers and easy slide-on sandals complete the look.

5. Flowy Maxi Dress + Embellished Bag 


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It doesn't get easier than an oversize maxi dress. Loose, breathable, and sophisticated, it's everything you could ask for in a beach outfit. We also love how Emili Sindlev opted for a cute beaded bag to dress things up and keep her look intriguing.

6. Crop Top + Sunnies + Sarong


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Sarongs were literally made for the beach, so if you plan on spending a lot of time by the water this summer, you should definitely have one of these on hand. They're super easy to adjust to your liking, and when you pair them with a crop top, you get instant summer vibes.

7. High-Waist Trousers + Scarf + Sunnies + Hoops


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If you don't plan on swimming and your #1 goal is to snap a great photo, consider tying a printed silk scarf into a makeshift bikini top. Pair it with high-waisted linen trousers for a more casual edge, and then add some interest via large gold hoops and dainty layered necklaces.

8. Button-Down + Shorts + Straw Tote + Sandals


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If you want to wear bottoms with your button-down on your way to and from the beach (or just while walking around a city dreaming of the waves), consider this your blueprint. Try tying up your shirt up for a retro look that shows off your shorts or skirt. 

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