How Fashion Girls Are Packing for Their Beach Vacations in 2021

Now that the official start of summer is on the horizon—with things reopening and the temperatures and humidity only rising—it's likely you have one thing on your mind: the beach. Whether you live in a place where the sandy shore is only a drive away or you're planning to head to a tropical destination, having a full stock of stylish beach outfits on hand is always a good idea.

When you're dressing to bask in the sunlight or enjoy a seaside campfire on top of the sandy beaches, it's tempting to wear your most casual items (e.g., shorts and a tank top). However, if you've been in the mood to up your beach game, we've rounded up the chicest beach-ready ensembles that don't feel overdone. Scroll down to see them all for yourself, and then add the looks to your wardrobe for your next trip to the waterfront.

Best beach outfits



Style Tip: Throw a long, flowing maxi dress over your swimsuit when you're headed to and from the beach.

One classic cover-up, right this way.

Le Specs can do no wrong when it comes to eyewear.

Style Tip: For a look that feels more elevated than your average T-shirt and shorts, opt for a printed button-down with long denim shorts and heeled thong sandals.

Thong sandals are having a major moment this year.

It doesn't get more beach appropriate than this.

Style Tip: Looking for a cool way to cover up your swimsuit? Sport a one-piece with snake-print pants.

We're still not over cool prints.

Beach outfits: Printed shirt and sarong



Style Tip: For the moments when you need a little more coverage, layer a button-down shirt with a tropical print over your swimwear look.

Because who wouldn't want to wear a tropical shirt to the beach?

A stunning one-piece is always a great idea.

How to dress for the beach



Style Tip: If you're taking a casual stroll along the beach, opt for comfortable wide-leg trousers and a button-down shirt.

Style this buttoned, or leave it open over your swimsuit.

Easy beach outfits



Style Tip: Believe it or not, bucket hats are still big for 2021, and they're perfect for the beach. Wear yours for additional protection while you're on the shore.

We love this version of the bucket hat.

There's a reason It girls can't stop wearing this top from Réalisation.

Beach outfit with knit skirt



Style Tip: When you aren't right on the beach soaking up the sun, wear a one-shoulder top with a knit skirt for a dressier evening ensemble.

Replace your classic tank tops with this one-shoulder version.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Midi skirts are the most comfortable way to add instant polish to any look.

Gingham beach outfits



Style Tip: Bask in the sunlight in a chic gingham skirt and an easy top.

Let's be honest: Gingham print for the oceanside will never get old.

Red sweaters don't seem to be slowing down one bit.

Style Tip: A knit skirt is the perfect way to dress up a beach ensemble that feels comfortable and polished.

Trust us—you won't ever want to take off this cotton tee.

A comfortable skirt that feels ready for a party.

Sheer cover up dress and bikini



Style Tip: A lightweight dress is the perfect easy, breezy piece to throw on over your swimsuit while you're running to and from the beach.

This is essential for the days that are too hot to handle.

Who would have thought that minimalist flip-flops could feel so chic?

French girl beach outfit



Style Tip: For a French-girl take on beach ensembles, wear a striped button-down shirt with denim shorts and classic low-heel shoes.

Classic jean shorts for a classic warm-weather look.

Without a doubt, you can wear this with literally everything.

Style Tip: An unexpected but undeniably chic way to style your swimsuit on your next vacation is with a cool blazer and minimalist mules.

Whether you wear it to the beach or to dinner, this will be one of your best sartorial investments yet.

You won't be able to get over how versatile these heels are.

Comfortable beach outfits



Style Tip: A tried-and-true beach outfit will always include comfortable pieces like a T-shirt and drawstring shorts.

Dress this casual top up or down for all of your everyday affairs.

Lounging by the beach can't get any better when you're wearing these.

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This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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