13 Non-Cliché Beach Ensembles to Wear All Throughout Summer

Now that the official start of summer has come and gone—with the temperatures and level of 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 jet off 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 of 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.

Style Tip: A silk slip dress is never a bad option. For added shade, throw on a straw hat.

Add a pop of color to your ensembles with a blue straw hat.

You can never go wrong with a classic slip dress.

Style Tip: Wear a lightweight sundress with a straw hat and simple sandals.

Style Tip: A sweater dress will be perfect to wear over your swimsuit once the sun goes down. Pair it with espadrille sandals as you go from the beach to drinks.

Depending on the types of accessories you use, you can dress this up or down.

Take these to wear on your next vacation.

Style Tip: Wear an easy silk shirt over your bikini for an effortlessly cool beach ensemble.

You're going to wear this everywhere this summer.

Style this with everything from a pair of jeans to a slip skirt.

Style Tip: If you're planning to walk along the shore, opt for graphic pants with a simple tank top.

You're about to see classic baby tanks everywhere this season.

Style Tip: Looser, lightweight knits are a great option to wear as cover-ups for the beach.

A lightweight sweater is perfect for the warm weather of the beach.

Style Tip: Heading for happy hour along the shore? Opt for a silk skirt and a going-out top.

Tucked into a pair of high-waisted pants, this is a good option for a night out. 

Style this with a pretty blouse and kitten heel mules for work.

Style Tip: A jumpsuit is an easy option for any beachy occasion. Accessorize it with a summery woven tote.

A floral jumpsuit will brighten up anyone's day.

You can customize this chic tote with embroidery.

Style Tip: If you're going for a picnic on the beach, you can't go wrong with a gingham print skirt and simple sandals.

Styled with a classic T-shirt, this skirt is perfect for any picnics.

Tried and true: You can walk miles in these sandals.

Style Tip: Wear a lightweight dress and easy sandals for a look you can wear all day at the beach.

Wear this lightweight cotton dress as a cover-up when you're headed to the beach or pool.

As one of the most popular footwear trends of the season, these comfortable sandals will be everywhere.

Style Tip: Style a floral midi skirt over your bikini for a chic and tropical-inspired outfit.

A classic, minimalist bikini like this is timeless.

This skirt was meant for your vacation to a tropical destination.

Style Tip: A sheer dress is a pretty option to wear as a cover-up as you head to and from the beach. Dress it down with simple thong sandals.

Leave it to Maryam Nassir Zadeh to be make an ultra-cool dress to wear as a cover-up.

Style Tip: You can never go wrong with denim shorts at the beach. To dress them up a bit, opt for a more romantic top.

Nothing says "beach" quite like a pair of denim shorts.