What’s your beach style?

So, what’s your beach style? Do you love a bit of glam when you hit the sand, or are you more of a sporty gal? Maybe retro is your beach style of choice? Or is it all a bit quirky for you?

We’ve had a think about a few different types of beach style, broken them down into five simple categories, and provided you with the guide on how to get the best beach style for you. We’re nice that way, aren’t we?


Do you like to make that extra bit of effort when you hit the beach? You’re not going to be indulging in any sandcastle making, or beach volleyball, are you? No, this is your beach style if you like to remain on your sun lounger, giving off that glam, celebrity air. A little dip in the sea now and then, but maybe just a paddle. Get your glam on with animal prints, kaftans, embellishment, cut outs and itsy bitsy poka dot bikinis.

Beach style glamClockwise, from top left: Sunglasses, £9.99, New Look, kaftan, £14.99, H&M, bikini top, £29.50, matching bottoms, £18, sarong, £19.50, all Reger by Janet Reger @ Debenhams, cut out zebra print swimsuit, £19.99, black cut-out swimsuit £14.99, both H&M, pink polka dot bikini bottoms, £4.99, matching top, £7.99, New Look, pink trimmed sunhat, £tbc, Debenhams


Maybe all things yesteryear is your favourite beach style. Channelling your inner bombshelll, a la Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and the like in retro styled swimwear. If a vintage bathing beauty is the beach style for you, think high waisted bikini bottoms, skirted swimsuits, polka dots and stripes, and a lot of fashion fun!

beach style retroClockwise, from top left: Black swimsuit, £24.99, New Look, leopard print bikini top, £3.99, matching high waisted bottoms, £9.99, H&M, polka dot high waisted bottoms bikini, £45, ice cream cone swimsuit, £tbc, both Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, polka dot frilled swimsuit, £24.99, Kelly Brook @ New Look, red skirted swimsuit, £39.50, Gorgeous @ Debenhams, floral bikini top, £14.99, and high waisted bottoms, £9.99, both New Look


Are you heading down to the beach to get into the sea and just swim? Maybe take part in some beach volleyball or an all-out bat and ball contest? Building a monster sandcastle? You’ll need some sporty beach style then, won’t you? Classic sports style swimsuits and bikinis with proper hold and support are a must. Or you could just add a graphic block print and pretend  to be sporty…or mix it up a bit with a firmly secured plaid suit?

sporty beach styleClockwise, from top left: Blue side dash detail swimsuit, £20, BHS, orange and black mesh detail bikini top, £9.99, bottoms, £7.99, sports swimsuit, £22, BHS, colour block swimsuit, £38, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, blue and black sports swimsut, £14.99, H&M, plaid swimsuit, £42, French Connection


Anything goes with this beach style. Frills, pompoms, bold prints, bright colours, tassels, cut out details – this beach style is one of free will and pure pleasure! Add a fruit or animal print and you’re bang on trend this year!

beach style quirkyClockwise, from top left: pom pom frill playsuit, £29.50,Floozie, by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, turquoise tassel tie bottoms, £7.99, matching top, £7.99, both H&M, watermelon print swimsuit, £28, BHS, geometric print beach dress, £35, matching bikini bottoms, £15 and top, £25, all Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, giraffe and mixed print bottoms and tankini top, £15 and £25, White Stuff, laser cut peach bottoms, £7.99, and matching frilled top, £14.99, both New Look


From beach to bar…and club. Or maybe from club to beach? If you’re on a clubbing holiday in Ibiza, Kavos, Magaluf, wherever, chances are you’ll spend most of it in your skimpy beachwear, and not much else. So make it versatile – add a pair of neon shorts and a kimono to a bikini bandeau top and your outfit-ready for the pub crawl and foam party. Hats, daft sunglasses, you get the idea with this beach style!

beach style clubClockwise, from top left: black crochet kimono, £19.99, New Look, yellow pattern bandeau top, £20, matching bottoms, £18, French Connection, neon palm tree print top, £14.99, matching bottoms, £9.99, Aztec trilby hat, £14.99, all New Look, Aztec neon backpack, £29.50, Red Herring @ Debenhams, white and blue sunglasses, £4.99, New Look, neon lepard print swimsuit, £28, BHS, neon crochet shorts, £14.99, New Look

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction