27 Ways to Look Chic at the Beach

You may not relish the idea of shopping for a swimsuit, but once summer rolls around, you'll want to consider an invitation to a pool party or a weekend at a friend's beach house without breaking into a sweat. Our advice? Find one suit that fits your shape—something stylish, supportive and slimming—and then use accessories to complete the look. Still not sure? That's what a cover-up is for

Images loading...

Strap Happy

Because one size rarely fits all, the straps are adjustable. The higher cut will give the illusion of endless stems; smooth seams stay put and don't bunch. And the navy center swath will visually trim your middle; thanks to molded cups, you won't runneth over.

Tory Burch color-blocked swimsuit, $225; toryburch.com

Gisel Flores

Retro Shades

The modified wayfarer shape is classic; the white tortoise frame looks new.

Kamalikulture sunglasses, $98; kamalikulture.com

Gisel Flores

Flat Frenzy

Perfect for navigating the rocky beaches of Nice...or a boardwalk near you.

Martha Rey for the La Boheme espadrilles with recycled fibers, $195; shop.thelaboheme.com

Gisel Flores

Color-Blocked Tank

A classic-shaped swimsuit in a sophisticated palette offers grownup glam. The sturdy fabric and timeless style are worth the investment. The bright pop accents your, ahem, assets.


Araks polyester and elastane swimsuit, $350; everythingbutwater.com

Gisel Flores

Shades in the Round

Sometimes bigger is in fact better.

Chilli Beans handcrafted sunglasses, $85; shop.chilibeans.com

Gisel Flores

Statement Bag

The woven plastic will stand up to water, sun and sand.

Mexican Bazaar printed mesh bag, $30; shoplatitude.com

Gisel Flores

Kicky Coverage

Great over a suit, great with a tee and metallic flats.


Figue silk crepe de chine pants, $195; figue.com

Gisel Flores


Superthin cotton beats the heat, but it's the style index here that's off the charts. The necklace can you yours without a trip to a far-flung bazaar.

Two cotton caftan, $360; twonewyork.com

Fern Finds for HSN beaded necklace with lobster clasp, $70; hsn.com

Gisel Flores

Hat Trick

For sun protection, a bad hair day or both.

BCBG raffia and paper fedora, $38; bcbg.com

Gisel Flores

Shiny Sandals

So much better than rubber flip-flops, right?

Nine West leather sandals, $69; zappos.com

Gisel Flores

Top Tunic

Tassel edging allows this to go from day to evening.

Tory Burch tunic, $295; toryburch.com

Gisel Flores

A Better Bikini

A retro vibe and full coverage make this pretty suit chic and wearable. A two-piece that doesn't bare all—it's not a mirage! Plenty of support and coverage up top, with removable padded inserts.


Lands' End bikini top, $85, and bikini bottom, $55; landsend.com

Gisel Flores

Arm Party

No need to beach-comb when you have this: the look of a wrist stack in one easy closure.

Hipanema beaded bracelet with good-luck charm of Bahia, $58; hipanemausa.com

Gisel Flores

Fancy Feet

The rope-soled wonder gets an upgrade with crochet and embellishment.

Tory Burch espadrilles, $195; toryburch.com

Gisel Flores

Squint Patrol

No more (pause for a yawn) black sunglasses.

Sundway Somewhere sunglasses, $260; shopbop.com

Gisel Flores

Tote Smarts

Schlep with a soothing sunset color scheme and relax on a dazzling plush towel.

Cappelli Straworld toyo bag, $27; 800-367-3626

Roberta Roller Rabbit cotton and terry cloth beach towel, $150; robertarollerrabbit.com

Gisel Flores

Gam Alert

Got great legs? Let's see 'em.

Kate Spade Saturday high-waisted shorts, $90; saturday.com

Gisel Flores

Fantasy Frock

In case you're not visiting Capri this summer, you can channel it here. The full skirt is forgiving; the print will hide wet marks from your swimsuit. The necklace is a super-fun splurge.

Boden cotton dress; $148; bodenusa.com

Tory Burch chain necklace with beads, stones and crystals, $395; toryburch.com

Gisel Flores

The Perfect LBS (Little Black Suit)

Fab fit and an edgy, modified halter—as supportive as it is pretty. Just add water.

Kamalikulture nylon and Lycra swimsuit, $66; kamalikulture.com

Gisel Flores

Sassy Sunnies

The cat-eye shape, gorgeously gilded. Take that, crow's-feet.


Chilli Beans sunglasses, $85; 323-653-0067.

Glazed Carry-All

Dense, sparkly sequins make this a stunner.

Figue straw and sequin tote, $125; 212-380-7970

Gisel Flores

Wrist Rights

Finish the look but leave the family jewels at home.


Vince Camuto leather bracelet, $48; vincecamuto.com

Gisel Flores

Fancy Pants

Pajama styling in graphic wear-with-all black and white.

Peter Som for Designation pants, $54; Kohl's

Gisel Flores

Happy Feet

Our fashion team fell hard for these glittery espadrilles, and you will, too.

Soludos cotton and jute espadrilles, $48; soludos.com

Gisel Flores

Sun Shield

It won't protect your highlights, but it won't give you hat head, either.

Helen Kaminski raffia-braid and leather visor, $145; houpette.com

Gisel Flores

Slightly Knotty Add-On

Wear this with your usual bangles and don't stress if it gets wet.


Sequence rope bracelet, $48; sequencecollection.com

Gisel Flores

Peekaboo Pullover

For those who like to leave little to the imagination.

Tommy Bahama crinkle polyester cover-up, $104; tommybahama.com

Next: This Season's Best Oxford Shirts

Want more of MORE? Sign up for our weekly newsletter here!

Try MORE on your iPad—for free. Find out how here!

Gisel Flores

First published in the June 2014 issue

Share Your Thoughts!


Anna 02.04.2015

Wonderful article! As summer draws in the idea of shopping for swimsuits becomes a dreaded task as we don't know what will suit our body. It is extremely important to find the swimwear that would suit our body shape and accessorize it properly. This article gives all the details required to properly dress up during summer and get a fashionable look at the beach.

Post new comment

Click to add a comment
Member Voices
Shoes & Accessories
Woman of Style and Substance
Swim & Lingerie