So, You’ve Found the Perfect Swimsuit — Here Are 4 Cute Outfits to Wear Over It

Jun 9 2021 - 5:05pm

Every year in anticipation of summer, fashion magazines and websites focus their attention on the season's must-have swim trends. From scrunched-knit fabrics to criss-cross halter tops, you're probably seeing a ton of those swimwear trends popping up on your social feeds right now as well. But it's just as important to think about what you are going to wear over your swimsuit. Whether it's just for your drive to the beach or an outfit you can wear to a restaurant for a midday lunch break, you'll want to have a comfy and cute outfit on hand.

Not just any item of clothing is ideal for over-the-swimsuit wear, however. It's a good idea to choose pieces that you can easily slip on and off — light, airy fabrics are ideal. Keep scrolling to check out our styling guide for over-the-swimsuit outfits to take you all the way through summer.

For a Breezy Beach Outing

A matching, UV-resistant set is the effortlessly stylish answer to what to wear over your bikini when the ocean breeze gets a little chilly. The UV Resistant Ribbed Sweater [1] ($90) from Banana Republic is lightweight, so you won't overheat, and is made from a special fabric that provides sun protection. Wear it with the matching sweater shorts [2] ($63) in the same color. For a fun pop of color, opt for neon slides, like this pair [3] ($45) from Freedom Moses.

For a Backyard Barbecue

Heading straight from the beach to a BBQ? Throw on the Eloquii Smocked Bodice Ruffle Day Dress [4] ($120) over your swimsuit. White sneakers would definitely look great with this dress, but slip-on espadrilles have a more relaxed, summery vibe. Look for a pair with a cute embroidered graphic, like these ones [5] ($85) from Soludos. Top off the 'fit — no pun intended — with a straw boater hat. The ASOS Design Easy Boater [6] ($18) is a chic, affordable choice.

For Lunch by the Pool

The LoveShackFancy Bascom Romper [7] ($265) elevates your typical poolside wear without sacrificing practicality. With an elastic waist, it can easily be pulled on over a swimsuit. Plus, it's made of a towel-like terrycloth. An al fresco lunch by the pool is also a great opportunity to try out the Y2K-inspired flip-flop heels trend. We like these By Far Shawn Lime Green Shoes [8] ($425). Finally, toss your sunblock, phone, and wallet in a woven purse, like this Sensi Studio Pullthrough Bag [9] ($267).

For a Day on a Boat

With its sunshine yellow color and cropped fit, the Paloma Wool Josefina Top [10] ($161) is an adorable choice for an afternoon on the water. Style it unbuttoned over your bikini with a pair of light-wash denim cutoffs, like these Banana Republic Mid-Rise 4" Jean Shorts [11] ($55). For shoes, we recommend a basic, everyday pair of white sneakers, such as the Allbirds Women's Tree Pipers [12] ($95). Finally, don't forget a pair of sunglasses! The round frames of the Quay Jezabell Sunglasses [13] ($65) complement the retro look of the shirt.

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