When the sun is shining, the waves are calling, and the sand is just a stretch away, dressing for the beach is part of the fun. We're always on the hunt for beach outfits that blend style and comfort, allowing us to bask in the seaside ambiance while feeling confident and chic.

As we put together our list of seven beach outfits for women, we keep in mind that versatility is key. From breezy sundresses that catch the ocean air to charming playsuits perfect for a beachside café, our selections are designed to be as functional as they are fashionable.

And since beachwear isn't just about the swimwear, we consider the whole look—from head to toe, including those essential accessories that can turn a simple swimsuit into a complete outfit.

A blonde woman wearing a cute black and White onepiece swimsuit, brown background
Swimsuits on HerSecret.fi -> Uimapuvut

With an eye for trends and a nod to classic beach style, our outfits are curated to help us embrace the shorelines in our own unique way. Whether we're lounging on the sand or exploring a coastal town, these picks promise to keep us cool, comfortable, and effortlessly on-trend.

Essentials of Beachwear

When we hit the beach, our outfits have to strike that perfect balance between style, comfort, and practicality. We're talking choices that are both flattering and functional for our seaside escapades.

Choosing the Right Swimsuit

We've got to start with the foundation of beachwear: swimsuits. For us, it's all about finding one that complements our body shape while making us feel confident. You can never go wrong with a one-piece monokini for its sleek look and the coverage it provides.

If we're aiming for a bit more flair, a triangle bikini might just be our go-to for soaking up the sun. It's essential that the fit is snug but not tight, ensuring that we're comfortable whether we're lounging or taking a dip.

Sarong and Cover-Up Selection

Next, let's talk about cover-ups. A sarong knotted around the waist is a versatile piece that transitions from beach to café seamlessly.

If we're looking for something that we can slip on and off with ease, a light cotton blend cover-up is ideal. It's the perfect combination of comfort and airy style to keep us cool in the heat.

A collection of white, green, brown, red and black kimono on a brunette woman. Dark red background.
Find our beachwear collection here -> Kimono

Beach Footwear Basics

Lastly, no cute beach outfit is complete without the right footwear. Sandals are a must-have for us; they're easy to slip on and off and prevent sand from becoming an annoyance.

We're particularly partial to styles that can be rinsed off easily—nothing's worse than taking half the beach home with us in our shoes.

Accessorizing Your Beach Look

When we hit the beach, our accessories are just as crucial as our swimsuits. They not only complete our look but also offer practical benefits like sun protection and storage for our beach-day essentials.

Hats and Sun Protection

We all love that warm sun on our skin, but it's important to shield ourselves from harmful UV rays. A wide-brimmed sun hat or a bucket hat can do just that, while also adding a touch of style to our beachwear.

For added sun protection, we make sure to choose hats with UPF fabric, which blocks out a significant amount of UV radiation.

  • Recommended Sun Hats:
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat for maximum coverage
  • Bucket hat for a trendy and practical look
  • UPF-rated hats for additional sun safety

Beach Bags and Totes

To carry our sunscreen, towels, and beach reads, a durable beach bag is our go-to. Canvas bags are sturdy and easy to clean, making them perfect for the sand and sea.

If we're aiming for a more stylish look, we opt for a straw tote that blends fashion with function.

  • Beach Bag Picks:
  • Canvas tote for resilience and longevity
  • Straw tote for a chic, summery vibe

Sunglasses and Eyewear

Our eyes need protection, too, so we never forget a pair of sunglasses. Aviator sunglasses not only offer a classic look but keep our eyes safe from the glare.

We ensure that our sunglasses have UV protection to lessen the risk of eye damage from the sun's rays.

  • Sunglass Options:
  • Aviator sunglasses for a timeless look with ample coverage
  • UV-protective lenses to prevent eye harm from sunlight

Beach Outfits for Different Activities

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This Glitter Bikini set can be found on HerSecret.fi.

Choosing the right beach outfit hinges on the day's plans. We've curated looks for lounging, dining, and sports that combine style with function.

Casual Beach Day Wear

For a laid-back day on the sand, we opt for comfort and easy-going style. Denim cut-offs paired with a breezy floral bikini make for a classic go-to.

We can't go wrong with a lightweight sarong skirt, adding a touch of elegance while keeping it casual. Don't forget to throw in a pair of gladiator sandals and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection.

Dinner by the Seaside

As the sun sets and we prep for a seaside dinner, linen pants are the gold standard—they're light yet sophisticated. We like to pair ours with a silk camisole or if we're feeling more festive, a crochet top adds texture and charm.

A denim jacket can ward off the evening chill, making sure comfort is on par with the picturesque views.

Active Beach Sports Attire

When we're geared up for some beach volleyball or a frisbee game, we favor functionality without sacrificing style. A secure one-piece swimsuit (uimapuku) lets us move freely, and when paired with quick-dry shorts, we're ready for any activity.

Madewell's denim shorts are a durable option that allows us to transition from sports to relaxation seamlessly.

The Perfect Beach Garments

When we talk about beach wear, it's all about choosing pieces that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Think lightweight fabrics and playful prints that embody the relaxed atmosphere of the seaside.

Selecting Fabrics and Prints

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Find out plus size swimwear collection here -> Plus size bikini

When browsing for beach clothing, we prioritize lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton for their breathability and comfort under the sun.

These materials are perfect for keeping us cool, and they also lend that effortless, laid-back vibe we all crave at the beach.

When it comes to prints, we love incorporating vibrant colors or even sticking to classic white or black for a chic look.

Opting for garments with fun patterns can also heighten our beach style – think tropical or nautical motifs that reflect our surroundings.

  • Recommended Fabrics: Linen, Cotton
  • Color Choices: White, Black, Vibrant Colors
  • Print Ideas: Tropical, Nautical

Styling Dresses and Skirts for the Beach

We can't go wrong with a maxi dress for its elegant yet relaxed appeal, perfect for those seaside strolls. Choosing a maxi with an elastic waist or a flowy printed skirt keeps us comfortable and fashionable.

For versatility, it's great to have a cover-up (e.g. a mesh-kimono) that can take us from sand to a café with ease.

A cutout dress proves to be both daring and breathable, making it a standout piece in our beach wardrobe.

In dresses and skirts, we often favor chic designs that are not only fashionable but also functional, with details like pockets or adjustable straps.

  • Dress Styles: Maxi Dress, Cutout Dress, Cover-up
  • Skirt Options: Printed Skirt, Elastic Waist
  • Functional Details: Pockets, Adjustable Straps

Wrap Up: Creating a Versatile Beach Wardrobe

When we pack for a beach trip, we're all about creating a versatile wardrobe that'll take us from sand to soirée without skipping a beat.

Let's face it, every piece we choose needs to serve multiple purposes to save space. This makes room for those travel treasures we're bound to find.

Versatile Essentials:

  • Swimwear: At least 3 swimsuits. A quick-dry bikini or one-piece can double as a bodysuit under shorts or skirts.
  • Cover-Ups: Go for dresses or wraps that can transform into a top or a skirt for endless mix-and-match potential. (Check out different ways to style your outfits)
  • Tops & Bottoms: About 4 pairs each. We want tops that complement multiple bottoms and vice versa to keep our summer outfits fresh.

Balance in Accessories:

  • Shoes: Stick to two pairs. Choose one casual flip-flop and one dressier option for nighttime fun.
  • Bags: A single beach bag can hold our beach necessities and look great with our evening wear.

Think about what to wear to the beach that'll also fit your evening plans—choose threads that transition smoothly. Our mantra: every item has at least two uses.

For those Instagram moments, we pick cute beach outfits that are simple yet photogenic. A flowy dress or a chic hat can do wonders.


  • Balance is key. We aim for a mix of practical and posh.
  • Keep it light to make travel easy.
  • Accessorize smartly to change up the look.