Summer is in full swing, which means the arrival of beach days. There are a lot of experiences I relish in life (such as finding the perfect pair of shoes or jetting off to somewhere new), but nothing beats going to the beach. There’s something magical about soaking up the sun while waves crash against the sand. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that getting to the beach is far from magical. I live in New York, so logistically speaking, it’s always a bit of a trek to the water. Then, there is another dilemma: what to wear. Sure, a swimsuit is an obvious move, but if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to look like everyone else on the beach. So what does someone actually wear to look stylish at the beach?
In search of that answer, I scoured Instagram to find 12 beach outfit ideas approved by the fashion set, and I shopped out the key pieces so you can create the looks for yourself. Replicating these ideas—from effortless summer staples styled with trendy swimwear to classic bikinis worn with extravagant accessories—will ensure you’re serving a look seaside all summer long.