How to Accessorise Your Swimwear for Summer

Style Your Swimsuit with Accessories for Summer

Take your love of fashion from the street to the beach this summer by styling your swimwear with cute accessories. If you love to express yourself through fashion, don’t forget to extend your creativity and style to the beach or pool. Keep it simple or take it over the top, just be true to yourself and have fun with it.

The right accessories won’t look out of place with your swimwear. The key is to choose items that make sense to wear near the water and that reflect your individual style. Leave your precious items at home and go for practical accessories that look good but are unlikely to get damaged.



1. Style With Beach Cover Ups

Let’s begin with the essentials. Beach cover ups are a must have for wearing to and from the beach or pool. While they offer sun protection and modesty, beachwear can also turn your swimsuit into a super cute summer outfit in an instant.

For a classic look, a tailored cotton overshirt gives your swim outfit an effortless and sophisticated tone. These chic beach shirts are simple and elegant while providing coverage and protection from the elements.

If you’re looking for a more feminine aesthetic, throw on a flowy kaftan or wrap a generous sarong around your body. Kaftans are great for wearing away from the beach to lunch or for shopping adventures. Sarongs are ideal if you want to show off your swimwear. Simply wrap one around your waist to reveal the top half of your one piece or cute bikini top.

Woman with blonde hair wears Full Moon batik print black and white kaftan. Woman with long blonde hair wears white cotton kaftan by the pool.

Kaftans are great cover ups for the beach or pool

2. Choose Functional Footwear

While you might not want to wear shoes on the beach, a summer sandal or cute sneaker elevates your swimwear and completes your look. Wear them to and from the beach not only for style but to stop your feet from burning on the hot ground.

Move on from the expected rubber thong with a stylish pair of summer shoes to complete your look. Jump on board the Birkenstock trend with a fun pair of beach friendly slides in a colour to match your swimwear. Leather slip on sandals never go out of style and look chic and effortless thrown on with a gorgeous classic swimsuit.

Canvas sneakers are ideal to have on hand all year round, but they work particularly well to add a fun and sporty element to your swimwear. Pull a pair of denim shorts on over your swimsuit and add some comfy kicks for a playful summer outfit. 

Woman wears Birkenstock slip on sandals

Waterproof Birkenstock sandals are a must for summer

3. Bring A Bag

We all know the impact the right bag can have on an outfit, and with swimwear it’s no different. While we need a practical carry all for the beach, it doesn’t need to be boring. Transport your summer essentials in style with a chic woven bag to suit your look.

An oversized natural jute bag is an ideal option for taking all your necessities to the beach or pool and adds an eye-catching element to your swim outfit. Choose a style that can double as an everyday tote for shopping, picnics, or even an overnight bag.

Straw bag sits next to a pool with a white sarong in it. Woman with long brown hair walks on a boardwalk holding a silver jute bag

A large carry-all can take you from the shops to the beach with style

4. Don't Forget Hats & Sunglasses

Protective accessories are a must have for summer and they can make a huge difference to your look. There are so many styles of hats and sunglasses to choose from, so take your time to choose pieces that are perfect for you.

Bucket hats are having a major fashion moment and we love that. Bucket hats are practical and suit almost everyone. You can go full matchy matchy with a bucket hat in the same fabric as your swimsuit, choose a plain colour or mix prints. The style is playful and sporty adding a carefree feel to any swimsuit.

Style your classic swimsuits with a wide brim straw hat. Whether you choose a cap style or floppy straw beach hat, a natural raffia hat is timeless and will look great paired with any swimsuit. These beautiful hats can add either a boho element or chic sophistication, depending on what you wear them with and how you style your hair.

Sunglasses are such a personal accessory with many women committing to the same look year after year. You can drastically change your look with a different pair of sunglasses, and you might like to keep a variety of styles on hand depending on what you’re wearing.

While choosing sunglasses is more about suiting your face shape rather than your outfit, you can still find a style that gives you the look you’re after while still looking good on you. Have fun with metal frames, retro shapes, oversized, or classic styles to keep you protected and looking fabulous at the beach this summer.

 3 women wear swimwear and sunglasses

Sunglasses are a non negotiable for summer but can complete your look with style and personality

5. Level Up With Jewellery & Hair Accessories

Now that we’ve covered off the practical must have accessories, it’s time to have some frivolous fashion fun with pieces that take your look to the next level. Jewellery and hair accessories are a great way to show off your personal style and add a little more interest to your swimwear.

Choose pieces that can withstand the elements and that you’re not too scared to lose. Precious jewels are risky to wear to the beach, especially if you’re swimming, so swap them out for costume pieces that aren’t so important to you. You can find pretty fine chains with cute charms from costume jewellery stores. Stack on a few or keep it simple with one key necklace to set off your swimsuit.

Earrings, rings, bracelets, and body jewellery are all fabulous for styling your swimwear for summer. Simple hoops or a collection of mismatched studs look cute worn with a one piece, while an anklet gives a boho, surfer girl look that is perfect with a cute bikini.

Keep your hair in check with pretty accessories. Printed scrunchies are an easy way to add colour and pattern to your swimwear and to make your lazy bun look a little more “done”. Hair wraps and scarves add a retro chic look to simple swimsuits or vintage inspired bikinis. Add a little retro glamour for lounging by the pool with a cute head wrap and cat-eye sunnies.


Woman with long red hair poses by a vintage car wearing a retro floral pink bikini and hair scarf

Play with different hair accessories and jewellery to express your personality

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