Its that time of year when we pack up our bags and head to the beach for the day to enjoy those warm sunrays and the refreshing sound of the lapping water.
So what constitutes a good beach wardrobe. Well there are certain essentials that none of us forget. On goes the swimsuit and bathing suit cover, flip flops on our feet. Beach bag has been packed with the essentials sunglasses, floppy hat, towel and a good book. Great got the basics covered but what about the rest.
So if we are so prepared for a day at the beach, why is it by the time we get home we look pretty worn. Here are some helpful tips to make your day at the beach fun and keep you looking fashion fresh all day and all the way home.
First before you leave home, if youve got long hair pull it into a high pony tail or fun knot. Use some funky hair accessories that will stay in place when youre swimming. Try a fun colored bobble or some firm fastening clips in bright summer colors. If you pull your hair up your neck will stay cool and youll look fresh all day with your neat hairdo.
Second slather yourself in sunscreen before leaving the house, then toss the sunscreen in your bag so you can reapply after a swim or every few hours. A sunburn is not only unhealthy and painful, its unattractive, so dont let yourself turn into the lobster of the day. Your sunscreen should be a SPF of 15. It doesnt hurt to use a strong SPF on your face or your entire body if you burn easily.
Your beach bag should be large enough to hold your supplies for the day. Why not get something fun and fashionable to keep you looking fashion fresh. Make sure youve got all the daily essentials in your bag sunglasses, sunscreen, a good book, a floppy hat, some lip gloss, and any other makeup touch ups youll want. If you plan to wear eye makeup make sure its waterproof. Stay away from heavy foundations. If you must apply something use a bronzer moisturizer. Its also a good idea to bring lip balm with an SPF15 to protect your lips. It never hurts to put some moisturizer in the bag. Include a snack and plenty of fluids. Its important not to get dehydrated.
Okay great weve got the basics covered now what about the wardrobe basics? If youre planning to wear a swimsuit its usually easiest to put it on at home, that way youre not chasing down change rooms. So great first on goes the swimsuit. Now what to wear for a cover? Well youve got plenty of choices. A tank top and shorts, tank and skort, or a nice light cotton dress all work well over top. Choose something thats easy to put on and take off, and choose fabrics that breathe to keep you cool. I also suggest including a long sleeved cotton blouse just incase you start to burn you can protect your shoulders and arms.
If youre planning on heading out later in the day without returning home you might want to toss a pair of jeans or long skirt into your bag. If your outing is going to extend into the evening youll want to include a sweater for the cooler evening air. If youre worried about your evening wear getting sandy or wet at the beach, then place them in a separate bag and leave them in the trunk of your car. That way you are guaranteed theyll remain fresh.
My favorite beach look is this. And whats perfect is it keeps me looking fashion fresh throughout the day and takes me right into the evening. First I like a swimsuit thats got lots of support and is bright and cheerful. I throw a fitted tank on top and throw on a loose flouncy long skirt. The long skirt serves me through the evening and also works great to cover up if Im starting to burn. I choose a lightweight material in a darker color with a pattern that accents the colors in my swimsuit. Flip flops are my footwear. Depending on where Im heading after the beach I choose either a basic pair or one of my funky pair with rhinestones or crystals. Easy to walk in, feet breath, and terrific for an evening out. I keep a fitted light weight sweater in my car, and take a long sleeved cotton blouse down to the beach. I usually choose a long sleeved and long length blouse because its versatile. I can knot it to create a short blouse, wear it long as a beach cover, and put it on if I start to burn on my upper body. I usually choose white or a soft pastel depending on my other colors. I like white because its cool to wear and refreshing to look at. Every year I buy a fun new beach tote thats big enough for the beach but not too big as to take it with me for an evening out. I like a fun bag thats full of character.
Since I always feel naked without my jewelry I wear fashion jewelry to the beach. That way should I loose something I wont be out a lot of money and I wont feel so bad. I like to keep the earrings simple and elegant. I may or may not wear a necklace. Often Ill toss a funky wood necklace in the bag to add to the evening outfit. I like to wear a couple of fashion rings just to add the finishing touches. Now if youre fussy about tan lines youll probably want to forgo the rings. I toss my watch in the bottom of my bag so I can put it on later.
Thats it simple is the key. Keep your beach wardrobe choices simple but fashionable. Think ahead so you can go from beach to an evening out without hassle. Remember to always make your fashion statement!