It’s bikini season, and my Instagram feed has been flooded with non-stop it-girl inspiration. Since I’ve been inspired to go #nofilter this summer, I’m trying to make up for Nashville and Walden with infinitely photogenic outfits.
While I certainly can’t afford the same $200 cover-up and Quay sunglasses I see on my feed, I’ve put together four beach-ready looks with this summer’s key pieces, inspired by what I’ve been seeing all over Instagram.
1. Mixing It Up
A chambray shirt makes for an unusual beach cover-up– it doesn’t quite have the boho flair of a kimono cardigan, but it can be styled in so many different ways. If you usually wear your denim shirts cardigan-style, try tying your chambray shirt so it looks like a cute crop top.
I personally really like the way chambray looks with a bright floral print, so I’ve gone with this floral bikini top. I’m not quite bold enough to rock bikini bottoms in the same print, though, so I picked this pair of black bottoms with a ruffle detail. If you have no qualms going full-on floral, though, more power to you– go for it!
Can you tell I really love mix-and-match bikinis? They make packing light for any summer getaway so easy, because you get twice as many options. If you’re looking to soften a caged bikini top, try a pair of high-waisted bottoms in a girly, retro print. Gingham is super on-trend this season, but you could also go with polka dots for a similar look.
Sarongs are not a particularly popular beach cover-up, but I think they’re an interesting addition to any summer-ready outfit. Though I’ve opted for one with a subtle pattern, they also come in really interesting prints and colors. Bonus: There are about ten million ways to wear and tie a sarong, so it can easily be styled to match any of your bikini combinations!
3. One-Piece Frenzy
Would this be a beach outfit post without a kimono cardigan? I don’t think so. If you prefer one-piece swimsuits, cutouts are a great way to add interest, and you can always pick one that shows less skin. I love the crochet detail on this swimsuit– and the triangular belly-button cutout, which is everywhere this summer.
If you’re working with a tight budget but still want a variety of outfits for the beach, go with a white or black swimsuit and play around with colorful cover-ups. A plain-colored piece is a fail-safe way to style a statement kimono cardigan like this one– and you also get to wear neon shoes without worrying if it clashes.
4. In the Tropics
Contrary to what swimwear advertisements would have us believe, there’s really no shame in wearing shorts and a tank top to the beach! I’ve made my love for crochet tanks painfully obvious by now, but the coral color of this one makes it a great piece to throw on over your bikini top.
The unexpected star of this season’s collections has to be pom-pom shorts. I love my floral print ones (again), because they’re both cute and super-comfy– perfect for lazy days lounging by the water!
What do you think?
Do you have any unusual ways of wearing a beach cover-up? What are your favorite beach-ready outfits? What do you think of this summer’s trends? Let me know in the comments!