Cute Bikini Outfits for Summertime Water Activities


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Summertime means the pool, the lake, and *hopefully* the beach.

There are tons of cute ways to style your bikini outfit aside from throwing a tee on top. Dressing up your swimsuit is perfect if you are planning to grab dinner or have other plans after your water activities, or if you just feel like snapping some shots for Instagram.

This post has 5 fresh ideas for styling your swimwear in trendy and functional ways.

{Editor’s Note: Stuck on what bikini to buy this summer? Be sure to check out our guide: The Best Swimsuits for Summer 2021}

Cute Bikini Outfit 1

This first outfit set styles this adorable light blue bikini. The criss-cross halter neckline is super flattering and will look great in the sunshine.

I paired it with some high-waisted denim shorts and an oversized white button-up. Wearing a button-up shirt open over a bikini is super trendy and looks so cute for the beach!

For shoes, I added these strappy brown sandals and finished off the look with this woven tote bag, perfect for holding all your beach day essentials.

Swimwear Outfit 2

This next outfit is centered around this high-waisted floral bikini. I added some flowy orange pants which are a fantastic cover-up for throwing on when you need a little extra coverage.

These white, quilted slip-on sandals are just what you need for a pool day. Don’t forget to bring along a matching claw hair clip. If it’s sweltering, you’re going to want it!

Cute Bikini Outfit 3

Throwing a sundress over your bathing suit is a simple way to dress up your bikini. This hot pink set has high-waisted bottoms and a strapless top, perfect for avoiding awkward tan lines.

This frilly, white sundress will look fantastic when worn as a pool cover-up or as an everyday dress. Us college gals love versatile pieces.

All you need to polish this cute bikini outfit off is a pair of white slip-on sandals and your go-to tote bag!

Swimwear Outfit 4

This next look styles a green, floral print one-piece. I added some beige linen overalls on top. They’re a fun way to show off your bathing suit, but allow you to still feel covered up if you need it.

For shoes, these platform white sandals are a necessity during summer. They are super comfortable, great for the pool, and add some extra height.

Top off this look with a light green baseball cap, ideal for keeping the sun out of your face.

Cute Bikini Outfit 5

This last cute bikini outfit styles this tropical orange and yellow set. I kept this look easy and casual by pairing it with some high-waisted black denim shorts and an oversized graphic tee.

This outfit is functional and versatile. Think about wearing the shorts without the shirt to show your bikini top, or vice versa with just the graphic tee and the bottoms.

Be sure to toss on some oversized round sunglasses; a summer must-have!

Which is your favorite cute bikini outfit?

What are your favorite stores to buy swimwear? How do you like to style your bikinis? Let me know in the comments below!


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