One of the best parts about summer is getting to wear cute beach outfits. And one of the best parts about cute beach outfits is that as long as you’re comfortably covered, you can wear whatever strikes your fancy. Let’s look at some fun outfits to debut this summer.
If you’ve never worn a swim dress, you’re missing out. A swim dress is simply a swimsuit with a built-in skirt. You can go straight from the sand to the surf without removing extra cover-ups or changing outfits. How easy is that? Modest swim dresses are a great choice for those of us who prefer to show a little less skin while still looking and feeling great. If you love to swim, consider buying a swim dress made from chlorine-resistant fabric. This is a summer swim staple that can last all summer long and then some.
There is just something about a sarong. They are sophisticated and fun, and they give you the coverage to take you from the beach to the boardwalk. Depending upon what sarong you choose and how you style it, you can have a beach dress, a short skirt, or a midi skirt while enjoying all the flowy styles of this quintessential beach outfit.
Sarongs are a great opportunity to play with color, especially if you have a solid-colored swimsuit in either white, black, or a pop color. Look for lovely prints or go all in with a monochromatic ensemble to make a statement. If you would like additional inspiration, look online or in your favorite fashion magazine for additional styling tips or color combinations. This is one of those fashion staples that comes back year after year because it is both beautiful and practical.
How about mixing things up by wearing a fun midi skirt over your swimsuit? You will have an instant outfit that is breezy and can go from the beach to lunch. If you like a bit more coverage on top, consider bringing a white blouse to wear over the top of your swimsuit and tying it up at the waist.
If you like fun hippie skirts in tie-dye or pop colors, repurpose one from your closet for the beach. A cover-up doesn’t have to be a “cover-up”—go for a little whimsy with one of these and enjoy all the comfort and good looks of a best-loved style.
Whoever invented swim cover-up pants deserves a medal! They are cute, sophisticated, and just as comfortable as pajamas. If you haven’t tried a pair before, you owe it to yourself to put this on your summer list of wardrobe candidates. They add instant coverage to a swimsuit, can easily be paired with a T-shirt or blouse over your suit, and are quick to remove when you want to hop in the water.
Most swim cover-up pants have wide-cut legs that drape almost like a skirt, but with all the comfort of pants. A solid color that will coordinate with your suit is always a good choice, perhaps a neutral like black or white, or choose a pop of color for some fun.
A shirt dress is a summer wardrobe staple you can dress up, dress down, or wear on top of your suit. Most shirt dresses fall just below the knee for an easy length to pair with sandals or even sneakers with just a bit of built-in modesty for bending over and picking up beach bags, towels, or toys.
When you’re not on the beach, a shirt dress can make a nice outfit for wearing out to lunch or a casual dinner. They can also work for many offices that have a business-casual dress code if you pair them with simple flats or sandals and understated jewelry. Keep the strappy sandals reserved for an evening out.
A maxi dress on the beach creates a beautiful silhouette, is light and breezy, and gives you more sun protection than shorter skirts or shorts. Maxi dresses for women have a hint of drama, which is a nice departure from other types of beach outfits.
Go for stripes or tiers of color or a pretty print to keep it light, or choose a solid color in white, black, or a jewel tone for even greater flair. You can dress up a maxi dress with a statement necklace and strappy sandals for an evening out, too. If you are thinking about creating a summer capsule wardrobe, consider a maxi dress for one of your pieces. You’ll be glad you did. The right one will be just as versatile as it is pretty, and it will make you look and feel great.
Find a great beach outfit and enjoy the sun, the sand, and the surf!