What to Wear to the Beach: 5 Outfit Ideas

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As I mentioned in yesterday's article Top 10 Fabulous Beach Day Essentials, there are so many cute coverups and other options to wear to the beach. If you're stumped for what to wear to the beach or just want a little bit of inspiration, here are five beach day outfit ideas.

Outfit #1

This outfit makes the quintessential "shorts and a top" look a lot more interesting. First, a black monokini doubles as a top when worn under denim shorts and a button-down white shirt left unbuttoned for maximum cool factor. A fun floral bag adds color and interest, while turquoise gladiator sandals are far more fabulous than basic flip flops.

Beach Day Outfit 1

Product Information: Shirt - Charlotte Russe, Monokini - Wet Seal, Shorts - American Eagle, Sandals - TopShop, Bag - TopShop, Sunglasses - Wet Seal

Outfit #2

This outfit keeps it simple in the best possible way. A loose white tee and shorts combine for the ultimate summer uniform, while a basic black bikini is universally flattering. Dark faux Wayfarers (or real ones if you have the cash) are just as classic. I love the addition of some metallic Havaianas sandals and a buffalo plaid bag for a little extra interest that still keeps it simple.

Beach day outfit ideas

Product Information: Crochet Bikini - oldnavy.com, Tee - TopShop, Denim Shorts - Wet Seal, Faux Wayfarers - Amazon.com, Sandals - Havaianas, available at Piperlime, Bag - Wet Seal

Outfit #3

This look channels the 80's trend that's so popular right now with lots of brights and a hint of acid wash for good measure. This outfit would be a great way to play up a bright bikini. Neon aviators match a cute eco-friendly shopping tote that doubles as a beach bag, while basic Havaianas are simply a summer staple that go with everything.

What to wear to the beach

Product Information: Tunic - TopShop, Bikini - Victoria's Secret, Sunglasses - TopShop, Flip Flops - Havaianas, available at Piperlime, Tote - Forever 21

Outfit #4

This outfit reminds me of a mix between Charlotte York and Elle Woods - cute and preppy, but still fun. The overall look is very matchy-matchy, but that's part of what makes it work. A pretty pink dress is the focus of this outfit, layered over a crisp white bikini with metallic accents. A wide brimmed hat adds style and sun protection for your scalp, while white and gold metallic accessories tie the whole ensemble together.

Beach outfits

Product Information: Dress - American Eagle, Hat - e4Hats, Bikini - Wet Seal, Tote - Aeropostale, Bracelet - 1928.com, Sandals - Rampage, available at Piperlime

Outfit #5

I think this outfit is my favorite of the bunch: a forever classic white beach kaftan paired with some stud-embellished flip flops, Chanel-inspired sunglasses and a colorful tote. Perfect for the stylish city girl who doesn't want to give up her basic black but still wants to embrace summer fashion.

Outfit for a beach day

Product Information: Kaftan - TopShop, Sunglasses - Bleudame, Bikini - oldnavy.com, Tote - TopShop, Flip Flops - Forever 21

Your Thoughts?

What's your favorite outfit to wear to the beach? Do you like to keep it simple with a dress and flip flops, or mix it up a little more? Share your beach outfit ideas in the comments section.