Beach Chic: 4 Ways to Accessorize Your Swimsuit

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Hot summer days were practically made for living in your swimsuit. But to look truly chic, and to turn your swimwear into a stylish complete outfit, accessories and cover-ups are key. With the right pieces, your swimsuit can take you from the pool to a lunch date to the beach, and everywhere in-between.

Whatever your style, here are four ways to step up your swimwear looks this summer:


Retro inspired beach outfit

Product Info: Bikini, Shorts, Top, Sandals, Sunglasses

If you're a fan of classic, vintage styles, try this getup. Start with a fun polka-dot high-waisted bikini, which we paired with high-waisted cutoff shorts and a tie-front eyelet blouse for a cute and summery combo. Cat-eye sunglasses definitely add that retro touch, while comfy red sandals complete the ensemble with a pop of color.


Preppy nautical beach look

Product Info: Shirt, Bikini, Tote, Bracelets, Sunglasses

With this nautical-inspired outfit, you'll look like you just returned from a trip on your sailboat. Wear an oversized white button-down shirt over a striped bikini (try a man's shirt, or a women's shirt in a larger size to get a more tunic-like fit). Tortoiseshell wayfarer sunglasses add the perfect mix of glamour and adventurous spirit. Lastly, an anchor print tote and rope bracelets add a bit of color while tying the classically preppy look together.


Glam poolside look

Product Info: Dress, Monokini, Hat, Sandals, Sunglasses

If you picture yourself lounging poolside at a swanky resort this summer, then this glamorous look is for you. Try a studded white monokini for a chic and sophisticated vibe, and layer on a flouncy, strapless red maxi dress for some bold color. Flat gold sandals add shimmer without sacrificing comfort, while a floppy sun hat and oversized sunglasses will give you that undercover celebrity look.


Swim boho ikat bikini crochet tunic

Product Info: Bikini Top, Bikini Bottom, Tunic, Sandals, Earrings

More of a free spirit? Try this boho swim ensemble, which could also work for a music festival on a super hot day. A pink ikat bikini shows through nicely under a crochet tunic, while brown gladiator sandals add a casual yet rustic touch. As far as accessories go, don't forget a big pair of dangly beaded or feathered earrings to complete your effortlessly boho chic outfit.


Which look is your favorite? What's your swimwear style? How do you accessorize your swimsuit? Let us know in the comments!

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