What to Wear to the Beach this Summer - BCBGMAXAZRIA

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07 | 08 | 22

What to Wear to the Beach this Summer 

The Sun & Sand Guide

07 | 08 | 22

What to Wear to the Beach this Summer 

The Sun & Sand Guide

07 | 08 | 22

What to Wear to the Beach this Summer 

The Sun & Sand Guide

Beach fashion has shifted in recent years, and we’re thrilled to see the direction it’s taking. In the age of body positivity, bikinis are the ultimate social media statement and boardwalks make perfect catwalks for strutting the looks we’ve been coveting all year. Gone are the days when sarongs, cutoffs and terry dresses were the only pieces in our beachwear rotation. Now swimwear isn’t only for swimming, and cover-ups aren’t only for, well, covering up. 


So what to wear to the beach this year? We’re all about soaking up the sun in high fashion style, plus celebrating our bodies. From beachside weddings to boardwalk dinners to tanning with a good book (and lots of SPF), we’ve got your oceanside looks covered. Here’s what to wear to any beach occasion this summer.

Swimwear & Cover-Ups

Functionality and practicality are more important than ever before. Which is why you should treat swimsuits and cover-ups like resort wear. These classics can be styled in all sorts of creative ways and worn for day or night. The idea is to pair go-to summer pieces with swimwear to create a cohesive look that takes you from the beach to the boardwalk and beyond.

  • Swim Separates: Wear your bikini as a crop top or bralette under a sheer top or a buttoned blazer. Pair your swim bottoms with a micro mini or layer them so the waistband peeks out from low-rise shorts.  
  • One-Piece Suits: Treat your one-piece swimsuit like a bodysuit. It’s a multi-purpose base layer that pairs with practically everything—button-up shirts, wide-leg pants, high-waist skirts… you get the idea. 
  • Kimono-Inspired Cover-Ups: This sheer topper is lightweight enough for a day in the sun but looks boho-chic over a tank and jeans.
  • Button-Up Shirts: A true menswear classic that never goes out of style, the button-up can be worn over your swimwear in so many ways. Try it as a dress, a top or a cover-up, and wear it buttoned, belted, unbuttoned, tied in the front, tucked or untucked. The options are endless. 
  • Pull-On Skirts: When you’re going from the beach to brunch, a pull-on skirt is an easy quick-change that provides a little more coverage than your standard cover-up. Wear your swimwear on top or grab a cropped tee and you’re good to go. 

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Beach Weddings & Events

When it comes to finding beach wedding guest outfits and looks for more formal beachside affairs, it’s easy to get stumped. Summer weddings—particularly beach weddings—play by different rules than special events on dry land. (Here’s our complete guide to the best wedding guest dresses for all different kinds of wedding.) For beach events, nature plays a big part. You’ll want to weather the wind, water and sand in something formal but flowy. Boho beach dresses are comfortable and breathable. Just choose one crafted in an elevated, lightweight fabric, like silky crepe or lace.

Maxi Dresses: The ultimate dress for beach events, the maxi dress feels casual enough for the setting but elegant enough for special occasions.

Jumpsuits: Just like a dress, this one-and-done look comes in comfortable, classic styles that are as polished as cocktail attire and appropriate for just about anything.

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Beach-Ready Accessories

Summer is a chance to bust out the season’s best new fashion accessories, like bucket hats, wide-brimmed visors, vintage-inspired sunglasses, oversized beach bags, strappy sandals and more. Don’t be afraid to try all the trends and get a little experimental. Fun and colorful accessories are the perfect way to play up your beachside style. 

• Sun Hats: True to their name, sun hats are designed to protect you from powerful UV rays, but they also make a bold statement when paired with your summer look. Try an ultra-wide straw hat, a floppy fedora, or a throwback bucket hat. 

• Flat Sandals: When it comes to beach-ready sandals, flats are an absolute must. Under the circumstances, they’re even more chic than their high-heeled counterparts. Think strappy details, slip-on mules, slides, gladiators and more. 

• Sunglasses: Most of us reach for sunglasses every day, which makes them the ultimate accessory for showing our personal style. At the beach, sunnies are even more important, and they’re an easy way to feel instantly chic.

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Linen Looks

With its lightweight look and breathable feel, linen is a no-brainer for the beach. A linen set or jumpsuit is sure to keep you cool in the sizzling summer heat. Plus linen is a classic resort wear go-to, adding an extra chic vibe to any look.

• Linen Shorts: Unlike denim cutoffs, linen shorts give a more polished appearance. Just layer them over your swimwear and add some simple slide sandals.

• Wide-Leg Pants: A true summer staple, wide-leg linen pants pair perfectly with swim tops. Try high-waisted styles or opt for a complete set with a matching top. 

• Linen Jumpsuits: These one-pieces are essential for all the beachside events on your summer calendar. Keep the look casual with slides or sneakers, or class it up with heels and sparkly jewelry.

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Boardwalk Chic

Whether you’re going on a date, meeting up with friends or just heading out for a stroll, boardwalk style has a vibe all its own. When the weather is hot and the sun is shining, you want to feel comfortable and cute, all while making a bold beachside statement. 

• Sheer Styles: From mesh to crochet, see-through tops and dresses are the ultimate top layer for sunny days. They’re breathable, lightweight and perfect with your favorite swimwear.

• Classic Cotton:It’s classic for a reason. Cotton wears well in the heat and looks great even after a long day outdoors. For a polished look, try a button-down shirt dress. For a more low-key mood, go for a flowy maxi.  

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Whether you’re on a casual day trip, a weekend getaway or celebrating a special occasion, just remember your beachside style is the summer extension of your individuality. Don’t be afraid to mix swimwear with everyday pieces, add classic accessories and create your own personal resort wear mood. 

Not sure where to start, explore BCBGMAXARIA Swim or choose from our curated picks for Summer 2022