The perfect beach attire should be built upon a precise mix of femininity and comfort, of lightweight fabrics and clean cuts, of chic silhouettes, bold colours and fun prints. It should also feel easy, and just the right amount of sexy without letting go of its elemental delicacy. But above anything else, the ideal beach outfit should look effortless, like not much thought has been put into it, with it appearing perfectly put-together nonetheless.

If it all sounds too complicated, we have gathered 11 outfit ideas to inspire your next trip to the beach, outfits that are about to prove you just how beautiful a laid-back ensemble can turn out to be.

For all the inspiration, keep on reading after the break.

summer beach outfit ideas

Featuring a clean silhouette and a vibrant colour, this sunny summer dress is what beach dreams are made of. Styled with a pair of leather sandals and a scarf that’s nonchalantly tying up a ponytail, it is simplicity at its very best:

Photo: The Golden Diamonds.

Beach outfit ideas

A pair of white denim cut-offs, a light knit lightly tucked in, a wide-brimmed hat and a chic pair of flats, they’re the basic pieces able to lay foundation for an incredibly easy and stylish outfit, ideal for a relaxed walk around the beach:

Photo: Kayture.

Beach outfit ideas

Tropical prints and the finest of white sands are a match made in heaven; particularly when said tropical prints are shaping up a minimal silhouette and are complemented with a pretty straw hat, a plain white top and a pair of leather sandals:

Photo: The Chriselle Factor.

Beach outfit ideas

Some bold florals set against a dark backdrop make for another retro-cool print that looks exquisite on a beautiful beach setting. For the full boho effect, wear the print in the guise of a coordinate set teaming a cute crop top, with a pair of wide-leg pants:

Photo: What Olivia Did.

Beach outfit ideas

During summer, nothing beats the air of effortlessness encapsulated in a maxi white dress that’s made whole with the daintiest blocks of lace. Wear yours with flat ankle strap sandals and little to no accessories:

Photo: Tuula Vintage.

 Beach outfit ideas

A little French sophistication goes a long way on a dreamy beach setting. You probably already own the pieces that could tie this laid-back look together, so do pair your Breton-striped T-shirt with a pair of denim shorts, a lovely straw hat and a pair of comfy espadrilles:

Photo: My Showroom.

 Beach outfit ideas

A bright jumpsuit coloured orange-red marries comfort and elegance in an outfit that is all about embracing the sun, sea and sand without having to give up on modern sophistication:

Photo: Bittersweet colours.

Beach outfit ideas

Prints clashing, colours colliding and weightless fabrics gently flowing in the wind. The dreamy mix of elements rounds off another beach-worthy ensemble consisting of a light summer-dress and a fringed kimono:

Photo: Song Of Style.

Beach outfit ideas

When in doubt, keep it basic, even for a stroll around the beach. You can’t possibly go wrong in teaming a silky white shirt with a flirty denim skirt, leaving the accessories to do all the talking. In this case a roomy leather bag, oversized sunglasses and a pair of gladiator sandals:

Photo: Fake Leather.

Beach outfit ideas

Half laid-back, half polished and feminine, complemented with beach waves and a dash of bohemian inspiration, Jules’ outfit is all kinds of cool in being that straightforward and looking that effortless:

Photo: Sincerely Jules.

Beach outfit ideas

When it comes to throwing something on and knowing it will end-up looking great regardless, the shirt-dress is still your best option. Let your personality shine through a fun choice of print and a cool pair of round mirrored sunnies:

Photo: Zanita.

Beach outfit ideas

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