1/15/13 7/04/11 POPSUGAR Fashion Mara Hoffman What to Wear to a Beach BBQ 2011-07-04 03:03:39 What to Wear to a Beach BBQ — Five Perfect Summer Looks! July 4, 2011 by Hannah Weil McKinley 1 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow The beach BBQ is practically a Summer ritual, and while we've been year after year, sometimes we're still left wondering what to wear. The key to dressing for any beachy party is functional footwear — stilettos have no place in the sand — a cute hat, and a great pair of shades. Overall, the look should be simple, not super-styled, with room to stash your suit. With that in mind, we've got five fresh looks to get you outfitted for all of your seasonal beach parties. Just click through to shop! Shop Brands Forever 21 · Anthropologie · Balenciaga · See by Chloe · Urban Outfitters · Flamingo Sands · Ray-Ban · Namaste · Toms · J.Crew · Splendid · Charlotte Ronson · American Apparel · Topshop · Diane von Furstenberg · Kate Spade · Sigerson Morrison · City Walk · The Row What to Wear to a Beach BBQ For a pretty look that's low-key and easy to pull off, opt for a little boho-style dress. Slip a standout suit underneath and pair the look with flat, lace-up espadrilles for a party look that'll pack some punch without trying too hard. Forever 21 Woven Applique Dress ($23), Mara Hoffman Pick Your Path Bikini (top $138, bottom $128), Balenciaga Lace Up Espadrille ($575), See by Chloé Heart Logo Canvas Tote ($77, originally $110), Raen Alex Knost Sunglasses ($95) Forever 21 Applique Woven Dress $22 from Forever 21 Buy Now See more Forever 21 Cocktail Dresses Anthropologie Pick Your Path Bikini Top $138 from Anthropologie Buy Now See more Anthropologie Two-Piece Swimwear Balenciaga Lace Up Espadrille $575 from Barneys New York Buy Now See more Balenciaga Flats See by Chloe See By Heart Logo Canvas Tote $110 from Saks Fifth Avenue Buy Now See more See by Chloe Duffels & Totes Urban Outfitters RAEN Alex Knost Sunglasses $95 from Urban Outfitters Buy Now See more Urban Outfitters Sunglasses What to Wear to a Beach BBQ If you crave a look that's on the sportier side, dress up your favorite cutoffs with a breezy tank and a few cool accessories — a pair of functional footwear and a great hat to protect against the sun. Thistlepearl White Story Top ($30, originally $44), Flamingo Sands Striped Multi-Way Bikini ($56, originally $160), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses ($145), Vintage Levi's Denim Cutoffs ($48), Wayuu Taya Bucket Bag ($132), Toms Classic Slip On ($44), Shallow Crown Fedora ($29) Urban Outfitters Thistlepearl Eyelet-Trim Tank Top $44 from Urban Outfitters Buy Now See more Urban Outfitters Sleeveless Tops Flamingo Sands Striped multi-way bikini $160 from The Outnet Buy Now See more Flamingo Sands Two-Piece Swimwear Ray-Ban Clubmaster - Tort Sunglasses $145 from Eddie Bauer Buy Now See more Ray-Ban Sunglasses Namaste Vintage Levi's Denim Cutoffs $48 from Free People Buy Now See more Namaste Pants REVOLVE Shoulder Bags Wayuu Taya Bucket Bag $132 from REVOLVE Buy Now See more REVOLVE Shoulder Bags Toms Classic Slip On $44 from The Shoe Box Buy Now See more Toms Flats Urban Outfitters Mint by Goorin Shallow Crown Fedora $29 from Urban Outfitters Buy Now See more Urban Outfitters Hats What to Wear to a Beach BBQ If you opt for a more feminine style, keep it low-maintenance. Glitzy or super-tight dresses aren't going to be your best bet for hanging on the beach. Instead, go for one with a silhouette that lets you move, like this pretty eyelet maxi. Knot your chambray shirt on top when the weather starts to cool, and keep your footwear casual to balance out the look. Forever 21 Eyelet Maxi Dress ($30), J.Crew I Heart Chambray Shirt ($98), Splendid Striped Canvas Backpack ($128), Charlotte Ronson Suede Perforated Espadrille Flats ($145), Macy Sunglasses ($30) Forever 21 Eyelet Maxi Dress $29 from Forever 21 Buy Now See more Forever 21 Day Dresses J.Crew I heart chambray shirt $69 from J.Crew Buy Now See more J.Crew Button Front Tops Splendid Striped Canvas Backpack $128 from shopbop.com Buy Now See more Splendid Backpacks Charlotte Ronson Suede Perforated Espadrille Flat Sandals $145 from shopbop.com Buy Now See more Charlotte Ronson Sandals American Apparel Macy Sunglass $30 from American Apparel Buy Now See more American Apparel Sunglasses What to Wear to a Beach BBQ We love the idea of a sweet romper for a beach party. It's a no-fuss, one-piece solution to dressing for the sunny outdoors. Throw a pretty bikini in your beach bag, or layer it on underneath, then try a cool pair of wedged espadrilles to lengthen those gams. Madewell Peep-Toe Platform Espadrilles ($175), Topshop Blue Floral Push-Up Bikini ($56), Madewell Lakeshore Romper ($90, originally $115), Diane von Furstenberg Sara Striped Canvas Tote ($85), Brett Sunglasses ($25) Madewell Peep-Toe Platform Espadrilles $175 from madewell.com Buy Now Topshop Blue Floral Push Up Bikini $56 from Topshop Buy Now See more Topshop Two-Piece Swimwear Madewell Lakeshore Romper ($90, originally $115), $90 from madewell.com Buy Now Diane von Furstenberg Sara striped canvas tote $85 from NET-A-PORTER.COM Buy Now See more Diane von Furstenberg Duffels & Totes American Apparel Brett Sunglass $25 from American Apparel Buy Now See more American Apparel Sunglasses What to Wear to a Beach BBQ If your BBQ is less about the sand and surf, and more about hanging on dry land, you could go a little more dressed up. Opt for a bright, printed sundress, a pair of flat sandals, and a great woven tote to tie it all together. Topshop Red Flower Print Wrap Dress ($75), Kate Spade Hello Sunshine Willow Tote ($275), Sigerson Morrison Sandals ($375), Madewell City Walk Fedora ($48), The Row Acetate Leather Rounded Sunglasses ($442) Topshop Red Flower Print Wrap Sundress $75 from Topshop Buy Now See more Topshop Day Dresses Kate Spade Hello sunshine willow $275 from Kate Spade Buy Now See more Kate Spade Satchels Sigerson Morrison 1184 $375 from Zappos Luxury Buy Now See more Sigerson Morrison Sandals City Walk fedora $48 from Madewell Buy Now See more City Walk Hats The Row Acetate Leather Rounded $442 from The Row Buy Now See more The Row Sunglasses StylingStyle How ToWhat To WearMadewellMara HoffmanBack To BasicsAmerican ApparelForever 21Givenchy Stay Stylish With OurFashion and Beauty Newsletter You're subscribed! 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