Every body is different and unique in its own right.
We want to celebrate different sizes and shapes and accentuate what you love about yourself, and hide what you don’t. Define your body shape before beginning the search for summer attire. Once you’re aware of your body type, it’s time to start celebrating it because you can't change yourself. We’ve searched the Internet for the best beach outfits for all body types and budgets.
Beach Outfits and Looks Everyone Can Try
Fashion should be fun, and when looking for beach outfits, consider how flattering they are for your body shape and its practicality. We’ve narrowed down the different beach outfits you can rock depending on the style you’re opting for.
Stylish Beach Attire
It’s definitely the details that makes beach outfits sophisticated and dressier due to the overall look. A long-sleeve white blouse is lightweight over the top of a bikini, and lacy sleeves will give the look a stylish appeal. Complete the look with colourful sandals and a heel. This is the perfect outfit for a beach date or party by the sea.
Boho Beach Attire
Nothing beats a two-piece bikini for a boho feel because it's versatile and edgy. Opt for beach outfits with an embroidered floral pattern in a neutral tone, and not a vibrant one – typically oranges and browns. Add a large straw hat to commit yourself to the boho beach attire. By choosing a wide-brimmed one, you’ll have all eyes on you at the beach.
For footwear, we recommend flat, comfortable sandals with a flower embellishment on them. Pair all of these components with a flowery beach caftan for walking around the beach. Beaded bracelets also work well with this look due to their bohemian feel.
Cute Beach Attire
Cute and fresh beach outfits tend to take more risks than your typical ones. Mix up your beachwear by buying a different top to the bottoms. Experiment with a plain colour on top and patterns for the bottom half. You can mix up solid shades with patterns, and you can even mix prints if you’re feeling courageous.
Don’t forget about your hair when walking on the beach too since we're thinking about the overall look. Wear it wavy and down if you feel comfortable, or tie it up in a messy bun for those extra hot times. Show a little more skin than usual to give it a playful feel.
Beach Outfits For all Body Shapes
Below, you'll find a selection of beach outfits for different body shapes and types. We haven't been able to include all of the different shapes, such as plus size, those with thin legs etc., but we hope you can learn some fashion tips from us.
If you’re blessed with a big bust, you might be worrying that you’ll be all on show on the beach. They key is coverage so that you feel comfortable and practical. We recommend going up an extra cup size. This will help show off your shape, but won’t create unsightly bulges.
Choose a full cup top-half, as it will hold you in place and offer the best support of all the options. If you can’t find a matching top which meets this criteria, play around with a different colour to the bottom half. For hose with a heavier bust, choose a thicker strap for extra support.
This underwired black and white top is ideal for full coverage, and perfect for those with a bigger bust. The straps are regulated for even support, whilst the centre bow is charming and fun. The top comes without padding and is patterned to create the illusion of a smaller bust.
Usually apple figures have rounded shoulders, they’re heavier on their upper body and have well-shaped legs. Try to avoid beach outfits with heavy prints as they’ll make you look heavier on top. The fabric choice is important too in order to avoid bulkiness around the bust, belly and waist.
The best beach outfits will highlight your lean legs with high cut bikini bottoms and a tummy shaper. Dark, solid colours help to create a lean figure and create balance to your top and bottom half. Wearing a jacket that hits the hip or upper thigh is incredibly complimenting. This will help to frame your waist and make it appear smaller, as well as diverting attention from your stomach area.
An ideal bikini/bathing suit will draw attention to your slim legs and breasts rather than your midriff. Opt for beach outfits with details around the neck for a glamorous look. If you’re upper body is a lot wider than your lower body, shop around for the right neckline that balances you out. Avoid halter necks as they can accentuate the shoulders.
This ruffle tankini top accentuates your curves, whilst the ruffle patterned helps to cover your midriff to create the optimum balance. Apple shaped bodies will love how flattering this design is!
Shopping for beach outfits can be difficult for any body shape, especially those with a small bust. Rather than hiding what you have, the goal is to work with your natural body whilst accentuating what you do have. There are ways to flaunt what you have and fake what you don’t.
To add more cleavage, opt for an underwrite bra top with padding. The right shaped top will shape what you have, whilst the padding will add more of you. Distract attention by avoiding bold prints and splashes of colour. On the other hand, opt for simple, solid colours on top to avoid attention.
Use it to your advantage and wear skimpier tops that those with big busts wouldn’t be able to wear. Tiny tops and crazy shapes are cute, and because support isn’t that important, you can play around with different textures too.
Our favourite aspect of this swimsuit by Mara Hoffman is the wrap detail and tie closure. Women with a small bust can play around with different shapes and details.
An hourglass shape means you have a narrow waist and your bust and hips are almost the same size. The best beach outfits for this body shape will accentuate the waist to draw attention to your natural curves.
A classic swimsuit in a bold colour with a panel that flattens the stomach and clinches the waist is flattering for this figure. As with every body type, there’s not just one sized figure. If you have a bigger bust, we recommend a padded bra for extra support. A short style bottom half will provide control and coverage and show off your curvaceous shape.
Alternatively, you can opt for a two-piece bikini which has a high waist to make your waist appear even slimmer. If you have narrow shoulders, a halter neck top will help to make them appear the same width as your hips.
This one-piece bodysuit draws attention to the waist with the black panel. But it also flows through the outside hips to create a smooth and sleek look. The black and white pattern is retro and current because it keeps the chest and neckline open.
If you’re blessed with an athletic figure, you’ll have a tiny waist with wide shoulders and narrow hips. In order to balance your lower half to make it appear curvier and bigger, use patterned and brightly-coloured bikini briefs to draw the eye there. For the top, we recommend thin straps as to not make the shoulders appear bigger than what they are.
If you have an athletic body, focus on feminine details and cuts. We suggest showing off your toned lower half with embellishments at the hip. To soften your chest area, use a girlie print or padding.
These bottoms perfectly accentuate your athletic figure. The bright yellow strings pull the eye downwards, creating an illusion of curves while still showing off how toned you are.
Big Bums and Thick Thighs
If you have big bum and thick thighs, don’t be tempted to hide your shape with boy shorts, as that will make everything look bigger. High-cut briefs are the best way to slim down your lower half. JLO chooses beach outfits which are a block colour on the lower half to devoid attention.
Show a little cheek with adjustable side-ties. Trying to cover up your cheeks will make them look bigger and less flattering. If you’re not confident to flaunt what you’ve got, try a skirted bikini bottom with a slit on one side. This gives you the coverage where you want it, whilst still remaining sexy and fun.
Don’t be afraid to change things up with a one-piece swimsuit. Ensure that the bottom half is darker than the top and the panel doesn’t just separate with a block line, but curves up. Opt for beach outfits which have thin straps if you choose a one-piece swimsuit because it creates a balance.
These high-cut bikini bottoms are flattering and will draw attention to your curves. Matching beach outfits look great on those with big bums and thighs, and don’t be afraid to have some thrills on the bikini top.
Love and Embrace Everything About Your Body!
We want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin. Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on your best features and accentuate them. Many women suffer from body dysmorphia due to pressures from outside parties, but we want to put a stop to that. Happiness and loving yourself doesn’t lie in your body shape, it’s an internal force.
These beach outfits will show off your lady curves and everything that makes you great. You don’t need to look a certain way, and nobody is judging you like you are. Do you have any advice on feeling comfortable on the beach? Share your confidence tips in the comments.
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