While we’re always keeping our eye on new trends and what’s next in fashion, sometimes the best way to get inspiration is by looking back. While some trends fade over time, others prove to be timeless and classic. Curious to find out which beach styles look just as cool today as they did decades ago, we did some digging.
It’s impossible to think of retro style without including everyone from French icon Brigitte Bardot to British fashion muse Jane Birkin to American film stars Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Faye Dunaway. Each has a unique take on dressing for the beach and proves there’s no need to reinvent classic style. From nautical stripes and espadrilles to bustier dresses, there’s no shortage of stylish looks. Want to see how to tap into their style?
Keep reading to see our favorite cute beach outfits from five fashion icons and shop pieces inspired by their looks.
It doesn’t get more classic than nautical stripes at the beach. Wear a striped top over a swimsuit and add a pair of espadrilles.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Denim at the beach? It’s Jane Birkin–approved. Try styling a pair of flares with a simple white T-shirt.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in sizes 24 to 30.
Tap into Grace Kelly’s style with a streamlined one-piece swimsuit, cat-eye sunglasses, and a headscarf.
Available in French sizes 38 to 46.
If you want to imitate Brigitte Bardot’s iconic style, pair a bustier top with a fuller skirt to keep the proportions in balance.
Available in sizes 2 to 8.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Follow Faye Dunaway’s lead and stick to neutral tones. Pair tailored white pants with a cream sweater.
Available in sizes 0 to 4.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.