Choose a main character, get a summer beach look

We're officially calling it: This is the summer of ~main character energy~. And the secret to the best beach day look? Sporting sunshine-y pieces that are sooo inspired by your inner aura. Choose your summer 2022 vibe, and we'll give you a starter kit to creating your perfect lounge-in-the-sand lewk. Your vacay's only just begun, doll.


It's what tweenage dreams are made of: Animated and vibrant prints prove you're fully thriving in your High School Musical 2 era. Plus, you have permission to mix and match these playful patterns, pls. DCOM who? DCOM you.

Swimsuit, $165, Farm Rio | Bikini, $24, Soly Hux | Pants, $65, Boho Chic Clothing | Shoes, $45, Birkenstock | Bag, $175, Kurt Geiger London | Sunglasses, $130, Akila


Is Outer Banks still casting? Pick Pogue-worthy pieces (think: sporty jorts, vintage snapbacks and beaded bangles) in soft, salt-washed shades for that ~sunset~ kinda feeling. Good vibes only, bb.

Swimsuit, $138, Isabella Rose | Bikini, $20, Cider | Shoes, $65, Vans | Hat, $29, Katin | Bracelet, $90, Roxanne Assoulin | Bag, $42, Aloha Collection


Hello, Zooey Deschanel hive! It's 2012 again, and the pixie dream girl is back. Embrace all things quirky, whimsical and cutesy. Who's *that* girl? It's you.

One-piece, $135, Averie | Bikini, $24, Cider | Cardigan, $277, Oceanus Swimwear | Shoes, $51, Laines London | Sunglasses, $130, Poppy Lissiman | Bag, $150, Mary Frances


Why go to Coachella when you can live out your travel influencer fantasies like you're in Crete? Breezy fabrics, woven accessories and touches of turquoise leave you looking like a (Greek) goddess.

One-piece, $135, Averie | Bikini, $100, Rose Swimsuits | Shoes, $65, Torgeis | Hat, $62, Madewell | Sunglasses, $49, Blender's Eyewear | Bag, $139, America & Beyond

Wild Child

Chunky slides, square sunnies and all-black everything are even better with pops of metallic and neon. Throw on a bucket hat and you're TikTok's new reigning queen.

One-piece, $25, Cupshe | Bikini, $25, Cupshe | Shoes, $89, Vince Camuto | Hat, $3, Shein | Sunglasses, $175, Versace | Bag, $25, Fourre Tout

Soft Girl

Unleash your wanted-to-be-a-ballerina-when-she-grew-up self in sweet pastel pinks, dainty designs and cloud-like softness. Get ready to twirl, girl.

One-piece, $59, Abercrombie & Fitch | Bikini, $18, Xhilaration | Shoes, $90, Dolce Vita | Hat, $34, Snapper Rock | Bracelet, $73, Lizifang | Bag, $138, Razafindrabe Collections

Tag us in your cutest summer beach looks on Instagram @girlslifemag for a chance to get featured!

Hey, girl! Just wanted to let you know that this story originally ran in our June/July 2022 issue. Want more? Read the print mag for free *today* when you click HERE.

Credits: Photographed by Sean Scheidt. Hair by Heather Weppler for Exclusive Artists using Oribe. Makeup by Agostina for Exclusive Artists using Glossier. Top image by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash. Mood boards by Laine Napoli.


by GL | 6/28/2022