A lot of us have fantasized about being by the shore, digging our toes in the sand and breathing the ocean breeze even when it isn’t summer anymore. While there are some pieces we specifically save for those beach getaways, you can totally still wear your swimsuit or cover up when you’re in the city! Surprise others (and maybe even yourself!) with a double-tap worthy beach outfit you can easily wear on a casual day out—no body of water required, TBH.
The trick to achieve a beach-ready look that can go from city-strolling to island hopping is to play around with colors, prints and silhouettes. Have one focus piece—let’s say your favorite bikini or co-ord set—and pair it with versatile top or bottom to make it wearable anywhere. You can throw on as much or as little depending on how much skin you want to flaunt! The result is a relaxed vacation-ready ensemble that still looks put-together and never out of place. If you need some outfit inspo, you’re in luck. Here’s a round-up of stylish beach ‘fits you should definitely recreate for your next Instagram OOTD.
24 Stylish Beach Outfits to Try for Your Next Instagram Photo
1. Bandeau + Denim Shorts + Printed Head Scarf/Bandana
It can get hot at the beach—and even in the city! Michelle Dy shows us how to look fresh amidst the heat with an eye-catching bandeau top paired with high-waisted denim shorts. A printed head scarf caps off the look and makes it look island-ready.
2. Lace-up Top + Maxi Skirt + Strappy Heels
This look is perfect for dinner along the metro or along the shore. It’s a bit more covered-up, but the airiness of all the pieces still makes it perfect for the beach. Aimee Song keeps the colors neutral, resulting to an elegant but laidback look.
3. Sundress + Straw Bag and Hat
A crisp white sundress is always a good idea. As seen on Jessy Mendiola, it’s flowy enough for the island breeze, but also still has a dressy aspect to it that makes it appropriate for a dinner date.
4. Bikini Top + Denim Pinafore + Clear Plastic Bag and Hat + Matching Sunnies
Ever thought about wearing your vibrant bikini tops with a denim pinafore? We didn’t, but thankfully Laureen Uy did. It’s an unexpected but very youthful outfit that properly highlights your swimsuit.
5. Tank Top + Swim Shorts + Cap + Sandals
This is the go-to combo for any beach trip, and we see why. David Guison keeps the colors subdued and coordinated for a more “Island Chic” take on the pambahay look.
6. Bodycon Dress + Bikini Top + Boots
Show them who’s boss like Chie Filomeno and throw on a sexy bodycon dress that bares your bikini top. Finish the look with some statement boots to stomp around the city.
7. Blazer + Linen Shorts + Bandeau + Necklaces + Mini Bag + Oversized Shades
Yup, blazers at the beach is a thing, thanks to supermodel Kelsey Merritt. A lightweight blazer can be the perfect cover-up to a simple bandeau and shorts ensemble. Stack your necklaces, grab a baguette bag and some shades, and you’re ready to go.
8. Drawstring Dress + Platform Sandals + Shades
One of the easiest ways to look effortlessly chic is to incorporate complementary colors into your outfit. Vlogger Emma Chamberlain pairs a soft lilac dress with chunky yellow sandals for a look that pops!
9. Bikini Top + Matching Workout Set
The queen of YouTube also shows us that an outfit with contrasting colors can also be chic and beach-ready. Putting together pistachio green and bright cobalt blue might be a bit too loud for some, but it’s a look that’ll definitely turn heads anywhere you go!
10. Striped Polo Shirt + Swim Shorts
Wearing blue and white stripes by the sea is a no-brainer. Style influencer Drew Scott dons the pattern as fleece polo short, paired with simple black swim shorts. It’s a comfortable but classic look that will never go out of style.
11. Bikini Top + Mesh Cover-up + Corduroy Shorts
When you want to show a little skin, but not too much, a mesh cover-up is just what you need to layer over your bikini top. Pair it with some high-waisted corduroy shorts, and you got a Toni Sia-approved outfit.
12. Bright-colored Swimsuit + Matching Scrunchie + Dark-wash Jeans
It can be as easy as putting on your most eye-catching swimsuit and wearing it with a pair of baggy dark wash jeans for some contrast. Style influencer Bea Marin ties her hair with a matching scrunchie to finish off the cool hubadera look.
13. Printed Polo and Shorts Set + Bandeau + Bucket Hat + Chunky Earrings and Necklaces
Nothing says summer like co-ord set with cheeky prints Wear the top open with a complimenting bandeau underneath and you’ll look cute and coordinated at the same time.
14. Bikini Top + Baggy Cargo Pants
Cop Bella Hadid’s Y2K-inspired ‘fit by pairing your bikini top with loose cargo pants. Bonus points if the pants are low-waisted to show off that beach bod!
15. Frilly Shoulder Top + Loose Shorts + Bag
For a more dressed up look that’s still pretty chill, tops that have interesting shoulder details or sleeves are the way to go. Pair them with simple bottoms to balance out your look and you’ll be fashionably set for a beach-side dinner like content creator Bea Arboleda.
16. Oversized Jumpsuit + Sandals
Let’s face it, when you’re by the beach you just want to be comfortable. Influencer Janina Vela agrees, and shows you that a flowy jumpsuit with some comfy sandals is all you need for a carefree outfit that’s still cute!
17. Tailored Jumpsuit + Stacked Necklaces
If you’re looking for a more elegant option, Awra Briguela sets an example of how stunning a fitted jumpsuit in a nude colorway can be. With a couple stacked necklaces, it’s the perfect look for an event by the shore or in the city.
18. Oversized Tie-dye Shirt + Bucket Hat
Tie dye instantly signals summer, so an oversized one with a matching hat is obviously the perfect beach outfit. Pants? Optional.
19. Linen Button-Down + Linen Shorts + Tank Top + Sandals + Cap
Linen is the perfect, breathable material for all summer outfits. Keep your button down open for maximum comfort, and match it with the shorts for an easy, breezy look.
20. Bikini Top + Printed Denim Jeans + Platform Boots + Bucket Hat + Bag
DIY fashion queen and YouTuber Nava Rose knows a thing or two about leveling up her bikini tops. Here, she does so effortlessly by wearing it with statement jeans and black accessories. You can add a pop of color to this ‘fit with a bright-colored bucket hat.
21. Bikini Top + Matching Cover Up + Flowy Linen Pants + Sandals
This one’s a triple threat ‘cause you can totally flaunt this outfit while shopping at the mall, relaxing on the beach, or just lounging at home. It’s a cozy but chic look that shows off some much-needed skin.
22. Oversized Silk Button Down + Denim Shorts + Shades + Hoop Earrings
You can never go wrong with a trusty oversized silk shirt. French tuck it into your denim shorts, throw on your accessories and you’ve got an outfit that can take you from brunch to beach in no time.
23. Sweater Vest + Corduroy Pants + Panama Hat
Now, we know sweater vests and corduroy aren’t the first pieces you’d reach for when coming up with a beach outfit. But these fall-winter textures are a great way to elevate your typical “tank top and lounge pants” outfit combo. Influencer Mike Miguel shows us that the key is to wear both pieces in neutrals to avoid it looking stuffy under the sun.
24. Bodycon Dress + Heels + Statement Bag
Whether or not you’ve been invited to a yacht party, you best go all out if you’re getting a drink! Go for a vibrant monochrome look from head to toe and you’ll have all eyes on you. Pro tip: Pink is always a good idea.
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