Fool proof tips on what to wear to the beach.0
Gone are the days of Champion shorts and a t-shirt to head to the beach. Today’s classiest beach goers sport cool cover ups that also look great during lunch breaks, late afternoon cocktail hour and reading in the shade. Swim cover ups come in an overwhelming assortment of styles and colors to flatter every body shape. And lucky for all you late comers, this is the time to buy. (Bloomingdale’s recently marked all swim cover ups 30% off.)
A few things to remember when purchasing your cover ups: Choose a cut that actually covers up your bathing suit because, like, that’s the point, right? Strapless dresses with halter suits popping out the top is never a polished look. Generally attempt to match the theme of your suits. If all of your bathing suits are metal-studded rock ‘n roll, then a girly babydoll cover up, like this little Betsy Johnson number (right), however adorable, is not for you. This doesn’t mean you have to theme yourself out, but being conscious of the beach style you’re going for is always a wise move. Try one of several Lisa Curran beach dresses. They come in black for the rock ‘n roll chick, blues and whites for our yacht loves and peasant and abstract florals for the island hoppers.
Too fancy? Well get with it sister! In summer 2009, women are making wiser choices, including staying out the sun – eh, hem wrinkles!- and if we aim to lounge under the umbrella, we better have something pretty to sit in. There is also the tried-and-true tunic that can take you from day to night. If you aim for something more casual, avoid at all costs the played out terry cloth strapless dress. (Think Juicy Coture circa 2004.) That may look cute on your daughter, but not on you. If you insist on something more casual, consider a vintage-esque jersey dress or light weight cotton like this drawstring hoodie with colorful accents.
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