29 Beachwear Outfit Ideas to Look Wow!

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.

Swimsuits to wear on a cruise - tropical

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.

Stylish Beachwear - orange ruched swimsuit and coverup

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!

hot-pink-tankini and sarong

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.

what to wear on a cruise - green swimsuit and coverup

4.  Get Glam with Big Sunglasses

If you want something to up your glam game, a pair of oversized sunglasses creates 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.

beach swimwear for women | black ruched one-piece swimsuit, sheer floral sarong, rope bag, sandals | styled by Fabulous After 40

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.

beachwear for women | navy and white print, plunging neckline,one piece swimsuit with blue gauze coverup with lace trim| styled by Fabulous After 40.

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.

Stylish Beachwear - blue one-piece swimsuit- crochet coverup

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!

Stylish Beachwear - red ruffle swimsuit, white coverup| styled by Fabulous After 40

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 right around your bust and makes it appear larger.

Swimsuit Black Ruffle Floral Tankini

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.

Stylish Beachwear - Black floral ruched swimsuit

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.

beachwear for women - red wrap swimsuit, black coverup

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!

Beachwear for women - navy tankini, white men's shirt coverup

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.

black twist front swimsuit with sheer panel, striped coverup

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.

Beachwear for Women - orange ruched swimsuit, white maxi coverup

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.

Beachwearfor women- black and purple one shoulder swimsuit

16. Look Elegant in a One Shoulder

A great way to look alluring without letting it all hang out is a one-shoulder swimsuit. Not only do one-shoulder swimsuits look elegant, but they are pretty comfy too.


Beachwear for women - blue ruched, zippered swimsuit

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, sporty is youthful!

Beachwear clothes - Navy nautical swimsuit, white crochet coverup

18. Nautical is always Nice

When in 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.


Beachwear for women - Black lace-up tropical print swimsuit

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 it all.

Cruise Coral Swimsuit

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.

beachwear tankini blue

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.


Beachwear for Women white tankini

23. Get Cross

This gorgeous white floral tankini with the criss-cross draping is fresh and feminine and does wonder for the bust. Top it off with a cute blue coverup and some fun straw accessories.

Beachwear for women swimsuit with trim

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.

beach for women yellow and pink two piece

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 is a fun swimsuit!

Swimsuits - Nautical

26. Sexy Sailor

Anchor yourself at the beach this summer in this sporty, nautical tankini.  Tankinis are super popular because they have a bikini vibe, but give you the tummy coverage you are looking for. This one looks super chic with a crisp,  button-up shirt, a straw tote, and navy sandals. 


27. Flirty Fringe 

An easy way to send a playful vibe is to wear a swimsuit that has some fringe. Fringe, strategically placed around this alluring V-neckline, makes you look twice.  When you move, it moves, making fringe the perfect accent when you want to highlight your feminine figure.



28. Exotic Wrap 

We’ve all seen bandage dresses that crisscross the body. Now this trend is now showing up in swimwear bringing a lot of sexy glamour to the wearer. This is a gorgeous bathing suit because it is so simple, elegant, and alluring. A gorgeous wrap sarong is a lovely way to mirror the wrap neckline and add a touch of tropical excitement.


black swimsuit


29.   Color Block Curves

This chic black swimsuit with festive color blocking that curves in at the sides and carves out a waist. All those curvy lines at the sides and your bustline help give you a pin-up girl figure!


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4 thoughts on “29 Beachwear Outfit Ideas to Look Wow!

  1. While I love the all-black swimsuit, I am a bit torn as FA40 has mentioned that black can age against +40 skin. I prefer a colorful swimsuit to enhance my skin tone better.

    1. Hi Lynne,
      Yes, black can be harsh on some significantly fairer types, although with a bathing suit, you have more skin exposed than you would if you wore a long-sleeved black top and long black pants. I’m faired-skinned and blonde, and I would not wear black, although darker-haired women with more olive skin might be able to wear it well.

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