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The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and bathing suits have moved back into your weekly wardrobe rotation. But how do you style your favorite swimsuit to take you from the beach and beyond? You still want to look put together even as you’re moving from the pool, beach, or lake. From staple swim cover-ups, your favorite trending sandals, and beach-inspired accessories, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add style, function, and fashion to your summer swimwear styles.
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Grab Your Favorite Swim Cover-up
You’ve probably already chosen your favorite summer bikini. But how do you get to your favorite pool, beach, or lake without feeling overexposed? There’s a few things to keep in mind when choosing a cover-up to wear with your bikini. You’ll want something that’s light, machine-washable, and easy to take on and off. Stay away from anything with buttons, buckles, or zippers. There’s nothing worse than having to pull on a complicated garment over a wet swimsuit!
Lightweight, casual dresses, or an oversized linen tee and your favorite pair of denim shorts are all great options to throw on over your bikini. As a rule of thumb, anything you won’t have to worry about getting sandy or wet when you throw it in your beach bag is also a home run. After all, the last thing you’ll want to worry about when you have your toes in the sand is ruining your favorite outfit.
If you want to go beyond the basic beach cover-up this summer, we recommend opting for a loose, oversized button down in an on-trend kelly green or natural oatmeal color. Style with your favorite pair of denim shorts and tie it up at the waist or leave it open for an effortless summer outfit.
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Style Your Swimwear with Trending Shoes
Put your best foot forward with your favorite pair of comfy, stylish shoes. The key to elevating your summer outfit with footwear is to pick out shoes that coordinate with your swimsuit and are also easy to walk in. You’ll want to stay away from heels or other complex styles that make summer fun less than easy.
We love the look of a sunny pair of espadrilles paired with our favorite swimwear. They’re perfect for wearing on the sand or pool deck, too, with durable woven soles made of natural rubber. Opt for styles with a wrap around detail to elevate your look. Or play with a slight wedge to add a hint of glamor.
Sandals are another tried and true option to wear to the beach, and offer tons of different style options to choose from. Simple slides are trending this season and will look great with your favorite bikini. We love the look of simple leather options in neutral shades to compliment your favorite natural, beachy look. You can also opt for a sportier, rubber option in a stylish black to make your swimwear look more comfy and casual while still being put together.
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Accessorize with Beach-Inspired Pieces
When it comes to accessorizing your swimwear this summer, there’s tons of options to choose from. We love floppy, wide-brimmed hats. But you can also opt for your favorite baseball cap for a more casual, sporty option. Whatever hat you choose, a hat is a great way to upgrade your look and keep the sun out of your eyes while still looking stylish.
You can also pair your favorite swimwear with a coordinating tote or beach bag. A stylish bag is a great way to hold all of your beach essentials. If you’re looking for something that can take a little wear and tear, opt for a casual canvas tote bag. We love the look of a woven straw bag or a vegan leather– it’s a great option to stay stylish as you move from the pool to the bar!
To complete your bikini look, adding a few pieces of beach-inspired jewelry is absolutely essential. Pair minimalist, gold necklaces and bracelets with chunky resin rings for an on-trend statement this summer. Or, take the theme to the next level and pair natural pearl earrings with shell-inspired statement jewelry for a beachy look everyone will love!
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Your Summer Swimwear Style, Sorted
Whether you’re going to the beach, or to dinner after a day of sunbathing, these ideas for what to wear with your swimwear will have you arriving in style. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite swim cover-up, sandals, and accessories – it’s time to hit the beach!
Tess DiNapoli is a freelance writer and content strategist. She has a passion for clothing and often writes about psychology and wellness in the context of self-expression, but also enjoys covering the world of fitness.