30 Fun Instagram Captions for Every Summer Aesthetic

published Aug 22, 2023
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As much as it pains me to write this, we’re headed towards the end of another far-too-short summer. And while I wish as much as the next person that lazy, relaxed days could last forever, my wishful thinking won’t slow down time… nor the inevitable Chicago winter ahead. That’s why I’m trying my best to stay as present as possible, whether that involves sunbathing in the park or breezing through a novel lakeside.

However you’re spending the final weeks of summer, the last thing you need to worry about is social media. During these trying times — like when you’re agonizing over whether to pair your girl dinner with a Brazilian lemonade or Stanley Tucci’s Ginloma cocktail — summer lovers have to stick together. So I’ve created a list of summer-centric Instagram captions to save you the time and mental energy. 

Even if it feels a little *cringe* to be googling captions, well, you know the old saying: One person’s cringe is another person’s resourcefulness! Put your last bits of summer creativity to use elsewhere, like curating an end-of-summer bucket list, and save the aesthetic one-liners to me. Here are 30 Instagram captions perfect for your summer photo dump. 


For the poster who’s seen the movie four times in theaters and can’t get enough pink.

  • “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!”
  • “She’s not dead, she’s just having an existential crisis.” —Weird Barbie 
  • It’s not a Mojo Dojo Casa House… It’s a Mojo Dojo Casa Home.
  • “My job is just… beach.” 
  • Some assembly required. 
  • This Barbie is posting a summer photo dump!
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Summer Concert Series

Captions for music lovers, Eras and Renaissance tour ticket holders, and those who can’t help but love cryptic lyric posts.

  • “But I can see us lost in the memory / August slipped away into a moment in time.”
  • Summer Renaissance
  • “I’m your summer girl.” 
  • “I can see you / Your brown skin shining in the sun / You got the top pulled down and the / Radio on, baby” 
  • “Summer fling, don’t mean a thing / But ah! Oh, the summer nights.”
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Tomato Girl Summer

Inspiration for the Instagrammer with a pantry of tinned fish, a bounty of home-grown tomatoes to share, and a lust for life’s little luxuries

  • You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to.
  • Livin’ la dolce vita
  • Pass the Aperol!
  • On Wednesdays we drink red. 
  • Fresh off the vine
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Coastal Grandma Summer

Captions for the monogrammed beach bag-toting, nautical stripe-wearing, effortlessly tasteful poster. 

  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. 
  • She’s brought a ludicrously capacious bag.
  • It’s Nancy Meyers’ world, we’re just living in it.
  • Beach strolls and lobster rolls
  • The tide is high but I’m holding on.
  • Resting beach face
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OOO-themed Posts

Ideas for the Instagrammer who is taking some much-deserved PTO. 

  • *Slams laptop shut ‘til Monday.*
  • “It seems like nobody wants to work these days.” 
  • Out of the office and into the pool
  • 404: Page Not Found
  • Do not disturb.
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Summer Grinch

For the posters just trying to get through the summer heat and into spooky szn. 

  • Hot ghoul summer. 
  • Hard launching a relationship with my AC. 
  • TFW you can’t wait for pumpkin spice season.