June 18, 2012
If you’re anything like me, finding an outfit for the beach can be a pain. I want to look cute but I also need to be comfortable and wearing something I can get a little sandy. I don’t want to be too dressed up and not be beach appropriate. We have all seen the girls on the sand in stilettos… a major NO. So I keep these essentials in my closet. They are perfect for the sun, the sand and looking chic.
A Breezy Tunic Cover-up
Tunics are my favorite cover-up for the beach because they transition perfectly from a “cute beach bar outfit” to the perfect “walking on the beach outfit.” Also they can be so light that even the long sleeves feel cool. This Michael Kors Tunic is lovely and bright in blue.
A Chiffon Maxi Skirt
As much as I love heading to the water in a cute pair of cut off shorts sometimes I want to feel girly and feminine. A chiffon maxi is ideal for the beach because it’s sheer, light enough to blow in the wind and makes a huge style impact without feeling like you are dressing up. American Apparel has the perfect style in multiple colors. I love the lighter shades.
Wearing expensive jewelry to the beach is a huge mistake. There are so many places for it to get lost and you don’t want to spend your entire day worried about your diamond studs falling out. That’s why I love woven bracelets. You can get cute ones for very cheap and they look so stylish piled on your arm. Also if you lose one in the ocean its no big deal!
A Large Floppy Hat
One of my favorite things to do at the beach is relax with a good book. Sometimes that can be difficult to do with the sun beaming down onto your face. Big floppy hats are a great way to shade yourself and look amazing. Channel your inner diva and try this J Crew hat on your next trip to the beach!
When out in the sun I like to wear sunglasses that cover a large portion of my face. That way I get more protection from the sun and I can see better without squinting (preventing wrinkles!) These Banana Republic glasses are a personal favorite.
A Straw Bag
The best way to carry all of your beach essentials and still look stylish is to have a big straw tote. They hold a lot and will go with any beach appropriate outfit. I fell in love with this Nautical bag by Straw Studios.
With these pieces you will have no problem finding a quick and stylish outfit for a trip to the beach! For advice on what to pack inside your cute tote check out Beach Basket Essentials. Don’t forget your sunscreen!