20 Beachy Looks That Will Inspire Your Next Summer Trip

When you think about going on vacation, do you picture yourself laying out on a beach? According to Travel + Leisure, Florida, Panama, Mexico, and Greece are all home to beautiful beaches and are popular and affordable vacation spots.

Whether you're visiting for a romantic getaway, a solo escape, or a trip with friends, a beach vacation is typically always a good time because it's easy to wind down and relax. There's nothing bustling and rushed at the beach; it's a stark contrast to a busy office environment. When the water is clear and the sand is soft, the beach feels even more magical. 

Something else that makes a beach trip fun is being able to wear your favorite beachwear looks. Obviously a swimsuit is a given, but what else are you going to wear to give off beach vibes? According to Mood Designer Fabrics, fashion is all about keeping up with ever-changing trends and knowing what's popular at any given moment; it can be fickle, but that's what makes it so fun. Here are some fabulously trendy pieces you can add to your beachy look.

Criss-cross crop top

There's something very flirty and fun about wearing a crop top. And criss-cross crop tops up the sultry factor because they reveal even more skin, which is perfect for the beach. Look to La'Mazi on Instagram for style inspo. The brand's criss-cross crop tops are just revealing enough without being vulgar.

Off-the-shoulder top

If you're wearing a bandeau-style bikini, an off-the-shoulder top or dress can make a cute cover-up. The style is figure-flattering and breezy, as evidenced by options from UK-based brand Lindsay Brown on Instagram. This style can really look great on anyone. 

Off-the-shoulder tops can also be paired with jean shorts, miniskirts, or flowy maxi skirts for plenty of outfit variation.


Miniskirts show off your legs in a fun and flirty way and are perfect for warm beach days. You can easily throw on a bikini under your mini and be on your way. Another plus about miniskirts is that they also come in a huge assortment of colors and patterns, like the ones designed by Debbie Dannheisser Threads on Instagram.

Crochet crop top

There's something very bohemian about a crochet crop top and it would definitely make a statement. Look to Spirit + Thread on Instagram for styling ideas. The brand's orange crochet crop top is absolutely perfect for a trip to the beach.

The best part about wearing a crochet crop top is that you can accessorize it with stunning boho-style jewelry, such as feathery earrings and necklaces, and stacked turquoise bracelets and rings.   

Backless romper

Comparable to sundresses, but way more unexpected, backless rompers are great for beach days. While wearing one, you can show off your back in a way that's both chic and sexy, and catch some sun. Influencer @susyydarling_ on totally rocks the look on Instagram. Pair your romper with your bikini, and cute shoes and jewelry.

Cut-out dress

Cut-out dresses are sexy and bring the drama. Consider one the next time you're enjoying a warm, summer beach day. Just as trendy as cut-out crop tops, cut-out dresses give the illusion of concealing more of your stomach, hips, and legs. Just slightly, though. Options from LadyTee Collection LLC on Instagram are giving total vacay vibes.

Short sundress

Sundresses come in all shapes and sizes, but short sundresses are a top-of-the-line choice when it comes to the perfect beach day attire. Influencer Isabela shares plenty of sundress styles on Instagram for her 220K+ followers. Her red sundress, shown above, had material that cinched in the stomach area to create the appearance of a flawlessly snatched waist. She accessorized it with a simple necklace.

Ripped jean shorts

It's common to see people wearing denim shorts to the beach. But when these denim shorts are a bit ripped and rugged, they often appear even trendier than basic jean shorts. This acid wash pair shown by South + Main Boutique on Instagram would look great with swimsuits or tees.

Sleeveless vest

A sleeveless vest might be an unexpected piece of clothing to add over a bikini before your next trip to the beach, but it works, trust us. Look for colorful prints and light fabrics like linen or crochet. This option from The Tickled Pink Boutique on Instagram would be perfect. And because your arms and shoulders won't be covered by any fabric, they'll be free to catch some sun as soon as you leave the car. Just don't forget the sunblock.

Ruffle-trim shorts

When you're dressed in clothing that makes you feel good on the outside, you generally start feeling good on the inside out to match that vibe. And fun and flirty ruffle-trim shorts can definitely put you in a good mood. Like this blush pair by Saskia featured on Instagram, they also look great on the beach and are comfortable to throw on over your swimsuit.

Belted romper

Rompers look cute when worn to picnics and park dates, but they also look fabulous when worn to the beach. The belt helps to define your waistline and the loose fabric is comfortable and will keep you cool when temps rise. We're loving this light and airy look from Cocowillow on Instagram.

Loose shawl

Want to feel covered up at the beach while still having the ability to show off some skin at times? Look no further than a fashionable shawl to do the trick. Shawls complete any beach day look, and are available in many different color combinations and fabric weights. Mungo's beach shawls, as featured on Instagram, come in gorgeous prints and are versatile enough to be used as towels.

Maxi dress

One thing that makes maxi dresses great to wear to the beach is the way they flow with the wind to give off a laidback, breezy vibe. Maxi dresses are long and loose enough to be flattering on all body types, so feel encouraged to rock one confidently. This colorful option from S/W/F on Instagram just screams beach day.

T-shirt dress

Seeing a T-shirt-turned-dress on someone like influencer Becciabey on Instagram is your inspiration to try out this cute style for a day at the beach. T-shirt dresses are known to be casual and fun, which means you never look like you're trying too hard when you pull one of these out of your closet. And using an actual tee as your dress is fashion innovation at its best. 

Tennis skirt

There are no laws written in any rule books stating that tennis skirts are reserved only for tennis courts. Influencer Natalie King makes her own personal tennis skirt look gorgeous on Instagram. And you can totally adapt the look for a day of fun in the sun. Just add a swimsuit and water! 

Cargo skirt

Cargo skirts are all the rage in the world of fashion these days. When people think of cargo material, they typically think of cargo shorts or pants, but skirts deserve just as much love, especially if you choose to wear them at the beach. On Instagram, Fntsyangels noted a few iconic examples of cargo skirts and the different ways they can be styled. Wearing them with a bikini is definitely the way to go.

Fishnet dress

Since fishnet dresses cover you up without actually covering you up, they create a very flirty and fun illusion. According to Hidden Fashion on Instagram, fishnet dresses make staying home look good, but dresses this bold don't deserve to be hidden away inside your house. A great place to rock one of these would be at the beach so that it reveals the details and color of your swimsuit underneath.

V-neck tank top

A v-neck tank top shows off your arms, shoulders, chest, and back, while still giving your midsection some coverage. Influencer Kiarra Brooke's v-neck tank top on Instagram proves that this style is a total winner. Try wearing a simple black or white v-neck tank top to the beach with a colorful bikini. It will totally pop. 

Oversized button-up

When Instagram model Mecah May Wirht opened up on Instagram about wearing oversized button-ups during her pregnancy, she started a fashion movement. Oversized button-ups aren't just reserved for women who are expecting a baby, though. They can be worn for a fun beach day since they are so easy to throw on and pull off, and very forgiving. The casual comfort and style of an oversized button-up are undeniable.

Floral prints

Most fashion lovers who care about keeping up with trends know that beachwear is all about floral print. Floral print belongs on anything and everything you might choose to wear to the beach, from accessories and cover-ups to shoes and swimsuits, just like this adorable bikini from Kamoni on Instagram. When you wear a floral print to the beach, you're embodying a sense of nature's beauty.