Living in a tropical country can sometimes feel like we’re being robbed of fall and winter sartorial choices. But, you have to admit that being able to have an island getaway all year round and dressing up for the occasion is pretty fun, too. While it’s a common notion that bare minimum clothing is key to surviving the heat, we’ve scoured the ‘gram for other stylish and practical beach outfits to wear other than just a bikini.
Ready to pack your bags? Check out these chic beach looks to try for your Instagram-worthy summer OOTD!
1. Snap an “I woke up like this” moment in a bikini with a white button-down as cover-up.
If the thought of wearing just a bikini seems a bit plain or rather too hubadera for you, wearing an undone white button-down is an easy fix. It’s breathable and effortless—really the perfect piece to throw on when snapping an “I woke up like this” selfie. Leave it to Patricia Henson and Hailey Bieber for acing this perfectly undone beach look.
2. Get the perfect back shot in a sexy backless dress.
Whether you’re trying to show off your perfectly toned back or a dreamy sunset view, a back-baring dress would be the perfect beach wear for this OOTD. Check out Kimi Juan-Caja’s ultra-low back maxi dress and Paulina Ortega’s sexy crisscross sundress for inspiration. Oh, and no need to worry about striking a pose since you won’t need to do much else with statement-making dresses like these.
3. Dress up your maillot with a wrap skirt or a makeshift sarong.
Since a maillot can easily pass as a top, take advantage and pair it with a wrap skirt for an easy outfit change during happy hour. Thinking of other ways to cop the look? Mari Jasmine took her beach towel as a makeshift skirt and looked inarguably chic.
4. An LWD easily does the trick!
Dressing up in a white dress is a no-brainer come summer season. It’s easy to throw on and has the proper ventilation while out under the sun. And in true summer fashion, Kimi Juan and Jess Wilson stepped out in gorgeous white dresses while enjoying their respective holidays. The length doesn’t really matter—wearing a white dress will assure a great photo as it easily contrasts the blues of the ocean and complements the earthy tones of rock formations.
5. Embrace the summer uniform and opt for head-to-toe linen.
Scroll through Instagram and you’re bound to see linen outfits aplenty. While it has indeed become popular these past few years, linen has always been a tropical wardrobe staple, and for good reason: The fabric does the job in keeping you cool and chic! We love how Cara Sumabat and Paulina Ortega kept it effortlessly undone in head-to-toe neutral linen.
6. Strike a pose in a hat and a nude-colored dress.
A beach getaway is a perfect excuse to show some skin... or show off a skin-colored dress, for that matter! Just see how Jess and Kimi showed off their fresh tan and kept it au naturel in form-fitting nude-colored dresses. To commit to the island girl look, throw on a cool wide-brimmed hat before you start snapping those OOTDs.
7. A beach party calls for fun coordinates.
Up for a summer party in the tropics? We think a pair of coords is the perfect outfit for some day-drinking by the beach. Keep it simple and classic in a white ruffly number like Mari, or go for fun prints like Martine Cajucom-Ho. Just don’t forget to take the perfect OOTD before that cocktail takes effect!
8. Focus on details like an earthy color palette and wooden accessories.
Marie Lozano is a master of destination dressing—island getaways included. Peep her beach OOTDs, which not only feature covetable outfits but also other elements like an earthy color palette and island-appropriate accessories. Sometimes, it really is all in the details!
9. Trust in the power of classic denim cutoffs.
Nothing screams summer like a pair of denim cutoffs. It’s versatile enough to wear with literally anything and is easy to remove once a dip in the ocean is called for. Plus, don’t you just love how blue denim looks like with the sand and the sea?
10. Yes, you can wear pants to the beach!
And by that we mean easy, loose-fitting pants. If you wanna rock your bikini top with some bottoms that provide a little more coverage, go ahead and slip on some flowy pants that you don’t mind getting some sand on. Turn to An Estrada’s laidback take or Gabs Gibbs’ more dramatic look for inspiration. Either way, you’re bound to turn heads in this summer look.