Summer is officially here—we’ve made it through a winter of wearing the season’s most comfortable leggings, bundling up in the warmest coats, and even welcomed the UGG slipper back into our wardrobe repertoire. But now it’s time to usher in the newfound energy of the summer season in all its glory, from warmer temperatures and longer days in the sun to swimsuits, luxury straw bags, and of course, beach outfits.
Thankfully, today’s beach looks have evolved beyond the basic bikini and cover-up. Whether it’s a beach sarong that can double as a mini skirt when paired with a strappy sandal, or a low-back one-piece swimsuit that can be worn as a bodysuit with wide-leg pants, beach essentials have become an integral part of everyday style. This season is all about pairing your new summer fashion finds with your go-to summer capsule wardrobe pieces (think high-waisted trousers and Bottega slides). And most importantly, the best beach outfits of 2021 are meant to be fun—think bold, bright-colored accessories and dramatically oversized straw hats.
Ahead, discover the most fashionable beach outfits to get you even more excited for summer (and yes, these can be worn to the pool, too).