As the sun sets on spring, all the thoughts of summer and its many activities rush to the front of our minds. Though there’s a lot to love about the season, there’s just something about beautiful coastal days that say summer. From lounging on the sand with a good book to mid-afternoon brunches with ocean views, they provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy summer to the fullest.
All of those activities are in serious need of outfits that will keep you cool, comfortable, and stylish—which is easier said than done, we know. Keep reading for creative summer outfit ideas for different seaside occasions that’ll have you covered all season long.
If you’ve never been one for cover-ups, you will be after this summer. More than just a way to give you extra coverage on and off the beach, colorful cover-ups are an effortless way to achieve your perfect summer style. You’ve got options, too! Dresses and kaftans look great as a stand-alone with a pair of flat sandals or heels, whether you’re having lunch at a cute, new spot or heading to a seaside town. When paired with white shorts, a tunic will get you through any seaside occasion—-even if you’re out boating.
Perhaps the most versatile cover-ups are kimonos and sarongs/skirts. Tie your cover-up and wear it the traditional way, or get creative and wear it as a scarf or a stylish top!
Little Black Swimsuit
You’ve heard of the little black dress. But summer is time for the LBS—the little black swimsuit. A simple one-piece is a staple in any summer wardrobe, and the perfect base for summer outfits for different seaside occasions, especially ones with alluring cut-outs or an asymmetrical design. Just make sure you choose the right swimsuit for your body and one that you love.
Hanging out on a boat all day? Grab a wide-brimmed hat for a look that gives off coastal resort vibes or slip on shorts for activities on the beach, like volleyball. When you’re ready to head to a picnic or sightsee, throw on a breezy pair of tropical pants. Your LBS will serve as your outfit’s top or bodysuit!
Come summer, the simpler the better for your outfits. With such a full schedule (or a day of doing nothing!), the last thing you want to do is spend time picking out a stylish ensemble. A flowy dress is easy and breezy without being boring. Go for one with colors or features of vacation-ready tropical prints, which work for both day and night. Pair your dress with white sneakers or strappy sandals for a cute outfit that’s so comfortable, you’ll be wearing it at breakfast, while exploring the sights, and having drinks with friends.
Easy Matching Set
If you still want easy but dresses aren’t for you, you can’t go wrong with a matching set. Matching sets have been trending for the past few years and for good reason. Super simple and effortless, you’ll look stylishly put together for any lunch, museum trip, or summer vacation, making it your new uniform this season.
A shorts-and-top combo works well for daytime sightseeing and evening bonfires, while a matching skirt and blouse to a nice dinner will have everyone admiring your impeccable style. Pile on your accessories to keep this look fresh, or get a couple of matching sets to mix and match!
Linen Shorts + Tank
While styling denim with a t-shirt will forever be a summer classic, sometimes you want to get creative with your ensemble. Linen shorts and a simple tank give you the same vibe, with a seaside twist. Depending on how you accessorize and layer, this outfit can be worn any time of day, for any seaside occasion.
Don your outfit with flip flops and a sun hat on the beach, wear it with slip-on sneakers sightseeing or on the boat, and then slip on your espadrilles and blazer for watching the sunset on the pier. Get creative with your style!
Stroll the Shore in Style
Add more to your summer outfit repertoire than your tried-and-true bikini and denim shorts this year. Though it may seem intimidating trying to create unique summer outfits, you don’t need to put too much effort into curating social media-worthy style. Get some inspo from our outfit ideas, add some playful accessories, put on your best smile, and you’ll be ready to stroll the shore in style in no time.
About the Author: Tess is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.