Headed to the beach and need a little style inspiration? Here are 21 ideas for creating head-turning beachwear outfits that are chic, sexy, and easy to pull together.
1. Pick a Theme
The fun thing about swimwear is that there is a lot of variety, so it’s easy to create a poolside persona. Pick a theme like nautical, Old Hollywood, or in the case above, Tropical Getaway, and build on that. It’s the easiest way to look chic at the beach.
2. Wear Orange
If your skin and hair are on the warm peaches and cream/golden side, then orange will be a perfect beachwear color for you. It will also play up your skin tone and make you look tanned, but orange is a playful, friendly color that communicates I want to have fun!
3. A Sarong is Sexy
There are many cute breezy looking tunics that you can pull over your head to cover up, but there’s nothing as sexy as the classic sarong. Knot it at an angle on your hip to show off your curvy hips or create the illusion of them.
4. Get Glam with Big Sunglasses
If you want something to up your glam game, a pair of oversized sunglasses create instant star quality. These chic glasses are the perfect beach accessory because not only do the large lenses give great coverage from the sun, but they give you an air of mystery, and that’s chic.
5. Wear Sheer for Shading
One of the sexiest ways to shade your legs from the sun is with a semi-sheer coverup. This gorgeous black sun skirt is a gorgeous style statement with this glam black one piece and will keep them guessing.
6. Do a Deep Dive
One of the chicest styles of swimsuits on the beach is the classic maillot. This deep plunging style has a sophisticated air perfect for gals with wide hips who want more attention up top.
7. Give a Palm Leave Print a Modern Twist
Palm leaf and tropical floral prints are the no-brainer answer to cute-looking swimwear. Look for palm prints in unusual color combinations to look modern and trendy, like this turquoise, purple, lime green, and black mix.
8. Try Crochet for a Boho Beach Vibe
With so many concerns about the environment, handmade-inspired clothing is trendy at the moment, and that includes crochet. So if you are want to tweak your look to a more boho babe vibe, then slip on a pretty white tunic shirt with a crafty crochet detailing. Looks stunning with this gorgeous blue one-piece!
9. Ruffles Enhance a Small Bust
If you always feel flatter than a pancake when you wear a swimsuit and want a little oomph, then a ruffled swimsuit will help make you look bustier. This darling ruffle swimsuit with the ruffled rim v-neck adds bulk and right around your bust and makes it appear larger.
10. Tiers Hide a Tummy Pooch
Got a little tummy that sticks out a bit? Try camouflaging this trouble spot with a few strategic frilly tiers. This floral ruffled tiered swimsuit, for example. A plunging v-neckline also helps to emphasize the top.
11. A Square Neckline Makes Your Neck Look Longer
Do you have a short neck or narrow shoulders? A square neckline fixes that problem. The only time you should stay away from is when you have a square face. A square neckline will emphasize it like the swimsuit, but not the neckline. You can find it here.
12. A Wrap Style Flatters Everyone
Just as a wrap top or dress drapes and shapes the body, so does a wrap swimsuit. You can’t go wrong with this classic style that works wonders to create an hourglass figure, even at the beach. This rust wrap swimsuit is a beauty!
13. Menswear Makes a Chic Coverup
Looking for a cheap and easy coverup idea? Grab your man’s old white button-up shirt, slip it on, roll up the sleeves, and turn up the collar. Voila! A sexy way to stay safe from the sun.
14. A Cute Hat is a Must
At the beach, it’s all about attitude, and a part of that includes choosing a beach hat with personality! Go for an oversize straw beach hat, a sporty bucket hat, or a chic straw Fedora. Express yourself! Black Palma swimsuit by miracle suit.
15. A Ruched Swimsuit has Magic Powers
When a swimsuit drapes and gathers in certain spots, the effect is called ruching. Ruching helps soften and hide a problem area, which is why swimsuits with ruching across the tummy are in high demand. It camouflages those pesky trouble spots perfectly.
16. Look Elegant in a One Shoulder
17. Zip it to Look Youthful
Wouldn’t it be great to lose a few years? Swimsuit with zippers spell sporty, and in case you didn’t know it, sporty is youthful!
18. Nautical is always Nice
When it doubt, you’ll always look ship-shape in a nautical-inspired beachwear outfit. You can’t go wrong with navy and white, a softer but just as slimming alternative to black.
19. Lace-Up to Look Lovely
Tie on one at the beach in a lovely lace-up swimsuit. This swimsuit style is hot right now and an excellent way to show some cleavage without revealing all.
20. A Cute Straw Bag
A cheery swimsuit and a cute straw bag are all you need to look like a beachside babe. Leave the heavy purses at home and go for a natural tote like this with some playful detail like pompoms.
21. Get Dramatic at the Beach
If your goal is sunning instead of swimming, why not get a little dramatic in a gorgeous statement swimsuit like this one with the stunning portrait neckline? This sexy black number is slimming and oh, so chic.
22. Play Peek-a-boo
A cut-out here or there is a cute way to add a little sex appeal. A one-shoulder is always alluring. Combine the two with this fresh, bright blue, and you have one fashion-forward beach outfit.
23. Get Cross
This gorgeous white floral tankini with the criss-cross draping is fresh and feminine and does wonders for the bust. Top it off with a cute blue coverup and some fun straw accessories.
24. Trim it
Black swimsuits are always popular because they are sophisticated and slimming, but they can wash you out. That’s why this one with the colorful trim is such a standout. A deep v neckline and statement trim bring life to your face and style to your swimsuit.
25. Try Neon
If there ever was a place to try something bright, even neon, it’s the beach. For gals who love color and feel confident in a two-piece, this a fun swimsuit!