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What to Wear to the Beach: 3 Perfect Outfits On A Budget

Beachy looks on a budget
We might have just passed the Fourth of July on the calendar, but we still have so many sun filled days left to enjoy. The hottest days are still ahead of us - and hopefully some vacation days! I absolutely love relaxing in the summer sun, with sunscreen in hand of course. Sometimes relaxing can mean many different things. Sometimes it means just lounging, and other times it means working up a sweat. Either way, there’s a beach style that’s just right no matter how you plan on spending your day in the sun!

Retro Gal
This look is for the girl who goes to the beach and, well, everywhere really, to make a fashion statement. Recall a kinder, gentler era with a classic gingham or polka-dot swimsuit. Then add some old-school strappy sandals and a neutral head wrap to keep the attention on your suit. Cat-eye sunglasses and a simple straw bag finish off the look.

Beachy looks on a budget

ModCloth Swimsuit, $45 (also adore this plus-size Cute Polka Dot Swimsuit)
Forever 21 Sunglasses, $6
Charming Charlie’s Head Wrap, $8
Charlotte Russe Sandals, $26
Croft & Barrow Bag, $14

(Beautiful) Beach Bum
If you’re a lounger and all you want to do is lay on the beach all day...then great! But even the most relaxed and effortless looks require a bit of effort. Start with a black suit, then toss on a colorful cover-up to add pop and protect skin from the sun. Add neutral slip-on sandals to make your feet comfortable and beautiful. Stow all your beach necessities in a patterned bag. See, wasn't that easy?

Beachy looks on a budget

Victoria’s Secret Kimono, $45
Forever 21 Sandals, $25
Nordstrom Beach Bag, $50
Hobie Bandeau, $19 and Bottoms, $17
(Check out this beautiful plus-size top and bottom at Rue21)

Sporty Girl
If you go to the beach to work out - from running to volleyball to yoga - the fitness fashion options are endless. Find a solid color-based suit that’s easy to move in; you can either keep it simple with a dark or neutral tone or go for a pop of color – match to your personality. Then simply pair the suit with some sporty slides. Finish the look off with a chic sports tote and a sassy water bottle. You’re ready to go!

Beachy looks on a budget

Nike Slide Sandal, $35
Venus Sport Top, $24 and Bottom, $24
(Splurge for this cute plus size sporty suit)
Rue 21 Sport Bottle, $7
Under Armour Tote Bag, $30

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