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Beach outfit ideas can be tricky when the crux of your look is a swimsuit that you want to show off in the sun. With so many cute bikinis and one-pieces out there, the last thing you want to do is cover them up. But because clothing is kind of like essential to and from the beach (or lake, pool, river . . . whatever your body of water preference is) at the very least, coming up with a cute bathing suit outfit will make your day by the water an ultrastylish one.
When figuring out a beach outfit, you've got to start with the vibe or activity at hand. Is it a casual hang? If so, comfortable shorts make for an effortlessly chic look. For something a bit dressier, say for a beachfront barbecue or poolside soiree, really think about your swimsuit as part of the outfit and layer in additional pieces that you'd wear IRL like a summery skirt or lightweight jumpsuit with warm-weather extras like a sunhat, tote bag, and fun sandals.
Don't get us wrong. We love a good cover-up (or dress that doubles as a cover-up) as much as the next fashion girl. All we're saying is a cute beach outfit is great for when you want to look a little more considered in your swimwear and/or want to be entirely clothed en route to the beach, for an alfresco lunch post-swim, or when hitting up an aprés beach event.
Ahead, get inspired by three beach looks we're loving for Summer, all featuring stylish and affordable pieces from the POPSUGAR collection at Kohl's. Then, for more casual-cute outfit ideas, head over to The Outfit Bar at Kohl's, where you'll discover a range of affordable looks to get you through the rest of Summer in style.