17 Beach Outfits That Can Go From The Pool To Brunch

Ever stand in front of your jam-packed closet, staring at more than enough clothing options, and think: I have nothing to wear? Same. But perhaps the issue isn’t that you’re out of viable outfit choices. You just need a fresh dose of inspiration — say: beach outfits for a pool party— to help you see your wardrobe in a new way. That’s where Outfit Dump comes in. We supply you with enough ideas to fuel your style until the next drop comes along.

Summer is a time for lounging and sipping ice-cold drinks by the water, and our style choices should match that same laid-back attitude. We need warm-weather outfits that work at the beach and by the pool, but also to roam around town, to brunch, and everything in between — and that look good while we’re at it. 

Luckily, outfit inspo isn’t hard to come by, courtesy of both our IG feeds and the biggest summer fashion trends of the season. Maybe now is when you’ll try out the mermaidcore aesthetic yourself, embrace the many crochet options that are available, opt for a seasonal print you would have shied away from last year, or go for something a little more classic. Whatever you decide, there’s something for everyone. 

Ahead, we’ve rounded up just a few Instagram-approved looks that can help you get started. 

Beach outfit idea: flowy jumpsuits  

We love an airy, stylish jumpsuit for an effortless one-and-done outfit. The light, flowing fabric on this one makes it conveniently beach-ready, and pairs perfectly with the Prada bag of the season.

Beach outfit idea: summer-y prints

Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking—but they work for a reason, no matter what Miranda Priestly has to say about it. The same goes for fun tropical prints in the summer. Cool girl Storm Reid has the right idea with this delightful banana-print dress.

Beach outfit idea: summer-ready shades of white

Summer whites are a warm-weather style classic that is basically failproof, as seen with this matching Cult Gaia set. 

Beach outfit idea: pops of color

Or add an elevated twist to your seasonal white pieces through vibrant accents — orange sandals, neon headscarf, tinted sunglasses! — that bring pops of color throughout this look.

Beach outfit idea: mermaidcore 

The mermaidcore aesthetic continues to be on-trend this season, and what better place to sport the style than at the beach? Channel your inner Little Mermaid with something like this sea-green, lace-trimmed maxi skirt.  

Beach outfit idea: mermaidcore

Or opt for something else Ariel-esque, like this shimmering, summer-ready dress that looks stunning during golden hour. 

Beach outfit idea: white button-down

Every well-rounded closet or capsule wardrobe should have at least one good white button-down shirt. Don’t keep yours hidden away while the weather is hot — it makes for the ideal casual, yet sophisticated and versatile layer.

Beach outfit idea: fit-and-flare mini dresses

Fit-and-flare mini dresses have made it to 2023, so get used to seeing them around all summer. We love the delicate embroidery seen on this option.

Beach outfit idea: cargo shorts

Cargo pants are another major trend this year, but the thought of wearing them to the beach is… less than desirable. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: shorts that are just as utilitarian. 

Beach outfit idea: monochromatic looks 

Because nothing says “put together” like a matching set, especially when you can play around with shades by wearing sheer cover-ups and your go-to swimsuit

Beach outfit idea: playful color mixing

But also, why not wear as much color as you possibly can? Bring on a summer of fun.

Beach outfit idea: lightweight maxi skirts

Keep your on-trend maxi skirts warm-weather-ready by opting for a lighter material. We love this one paired with a cozy sweatshirt, which is a great option for those unexpectedly cool days. 

Beach outfit idea: all neon 

When else is a better time to dress like a highlighter — and we mean that in the most complimentary way possible — and embrace standing out? 

Beach outfit idea: transparent coverups

Crochet pieces and see-through layers are some of the year’s biggest trends, and the beach — or pool — is the perfect place to experiment with them. Bonus points for a chic, extra-large (and sun-protecting!) beach hat

Beach outfit idea: head-to-toe crochet 

Or you can also just go all in on crochet. How much is too much, really?

Beach outfit idea: denim shorts 

We’ll say it: jean shorts forever.

Beach outfit idea: breezy layers 

You never know when you’ll need extra layers. Keep them casual and breezy — breathable linen pieces are ideal — for maximum comfort and style.

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