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4 Easy (and Stylish!) Outfits to Wear to the Beach This Summer

Because swim trunks are only one part of the equation.
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Just because you have a pair of swim trunks in your closet doesn't mean you're all set with your beach style. It just means that you can go swimming without breaking any public nudity laws.

To really look good when hanging out in the sea and sand this summer, you're going to want a stylish beach outfit or two (or three or four). Whether it's cloudy and cool or hot and sunny, day or night, here are four looks for every beach scenario you might encounter this season. 

1| A Sunny Day at the Beach 

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Basically, the meat and potatoes of your beachwear—a linen tee, cool swimsuit, and a pair of slides. It's a look that will work for relaxing on the sand, throwing around the football, or heading to the boardwalk to scarf down some margaritas and fish tacos. 

Melange linen T-shirt by Theory, mrporter.com; Short length swim shorts by Tod's, mrporter.com; Arizona sandals by Birkenstock, endclothing.com; Aviator silver tone sunglasses by Ray-Ban, mrporter.com; Classic natural hat by 47, 47brand.com

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2| A Cloudy and Cool Day at the Beach 

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Given the proximity to water, beach weather can be occasionally temperamental, even in the summer. For those cool and cloudy days, try a long sleeve tee, airy drawstring pants, and a pair of sneakers meant to be around sand. Plus, an anorak and a hat if the weather gets super dicey. 

Marinière striped long sleeve shirt by A.P.C., nordstrom.com; Hooded anorak by Vince, nordstrom.com; Mercantile Driggs drawstring pant by J.Crew, jcrew.com; Captain's CVO Sneaker sdby Sperry, nordstrom.com; hat by Outdoor Voices, outdoorvoices.com

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3| Traveling to And From the Beach 

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When traveling to and from the beach, you want something that's light, comfortable, and easy to get in and out of, but that also has plenty of style. Go with a bold patterned camp collar shirt over a plain tee (unbuttoned of course), shorts that ground the shirt, and a classic pair of canvas sneakers. 

Tsuru short sleeve sport shirt by Allsaints, nordstrom.com; Air crew T-shirt by Everlane, everlane.com; Bulldog swim shorts by Orlebar Brown, mrporter.com; Authentic by Vans, endclothing.com; SL138 sunglasses by Saint Laurent, endclothing.com

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4| A Beach Bonfire at Night

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After a long day at the beach, there are few things better than kicking back in front of a bonfire at night. Of course, since it can get a little chilly, it's important to wear some light layers. A cotton crewneck with light jeans and some retro sneakers is the way to go. Don't forget to pack a towel in your backpack so you have somewhere to sit. 

'90s sailing logo crew by Tommy Jeans, endclothing.com; Super light wash jeans by DSTLD, dstld.com; Chuck Taylor high-top by Converse, mrporter.com; the modern twill backpack by Everlane, everlane.com; Paloma round beach towel by The Beach People, acehotel.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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