It’s Day 2 of Resort Week on Styling You. Today’s virtual cocktail of choice: Jasmine Vanilla Martini.
Yesterday you went a bit nuts for the Solito beach dress, so I’m continuing on with the same theme.
Having lived half my life beside the beach and the years before that holidaying every summer at the beach, I’m a self-appointed expert when it comes to how to dress for the beach.
Yes, there’s the swimsuit (which we’ll deal with later this week … building up to that one) but no beach wardrobe is complete without swimsuit cover-ups.
For me, the cover-up is an essential for a number of reasons: for keeping cool when the temperature and humidity get ridiculous; for providing a degree of modesty getting from the carpark to the beach and return; and providing a sun-safe option while actually on the beach.
I will hang under an umbrella in mid-summer but after a swim, if my youngest is still out in the water, I’ll stand at the water’s edge keeping an eye on him. Thanks to Nippers – and growing up at the beach – he doesn’t fear the ocean at all. So I need to keep a close watch.
A swimsuit cover-up, a hat on my head and sunglasses on my eyes keep my pale skin (that I’ve slathered with SPF 50+) from being fried.
And, if I play my swimsuit cover-up wardrobe just right, those same cover-ups can double as a day dress or the perfect beach-to-bar outfit when on holidays.
1. Kalokeri dress $149 @ Sequins and Sand | 2. Tigerlily dress $149.95 @ The Iconic | 3. iAllure kaftan $189 | 4. Alessi dress $49.95 @ Birdsnest | 5. Camilla dress $469 @ Zambezee Boutique | 6. Verily kaftan $85 (Click through here to see what this one looks like on blogger Kimba Likes) | 7. Red Circle kaftan $59 @ Blue Bungalow | 8. Adrift dress $109.95 @ Birdsnest
See any you like? Those ones marked with a star? They’re the ones that would serve you well on a resort holiday. Wear poolside over a swimsuit during the day. Add heels or wedges and a bit of bling and they’re perfect for wherever the night make take you.
For shoes, think wedges or blinged flats; for accessories, choose from either a statement necklace, an arm party or big earrings. Just quietly the earrings work as a great distraction if you’re wearing your hair slicked back in a wet pony tail or bun.
Here’s one way to work this look from day to night:
The other three might be better suited for a day outing but they will also do double time as a cool, cotton dress to keep you feeling comfortable all summer long.
Here’s how I suggest you work the look for a day at the beach:
SY reader questions
Q: For those of us who need to wear a hat or risk looking like a lobster after only a few minutes in the sun any tips on how to avoid the dreaded hat hair look? – Mindy
A: My hot tip, Mindy, is to choose and wear a hat that is not too tight for your head. It if sits comfortably on your head then you’ll minimise hat hair. Alternatively don’t take your hat off. Then no-one will be none the wiser.
Q: How to look good without the “Nana” arms for summer? – Julijana
A: Too easy – invest in one or two of the above pieces OR just wave them in the air like you just don’t care!
Q: Do those light weight colourful beach dresses to wear over bathers really look ok on slightly overweight, middled aged women whose knees are not great looking any longer? – Angela
A: Yes, they do. It’s a matter of finding a style that suits you and still works for what you need it to do. The above 8 is a good first example for you.
Q: Can you help with the “walk of shame” from the sand to the water – even when I’m perched as close to waters edge as possible! – Lindy
A: Drop all thoughts of shame. Your body gets you up and about every day. Make the most of it. I guarantee you that women are not on the beach criticising what other women are wearing. They’re too worried about themselves.
What do you wear to the beach? A fan of swimsuit cover-ups?