Beachy Keen, Outfits for Summertime

Can it really be Memorial Day already?  It seems like just yesterday that I was walking to work in a snowstorm, grumbling to myself about the dreary winter.  But here it is, the start of Summer, and the opening salvo of beach season.  So I suppose I should at least give you some outfit ideas for the occasion.

Polyvore Set Here.

Why not indulge in a little whimsy with a itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow, polka-dot bikini?  As for a cover up, I like a men’s shirt.  It’s functional, classic and effortlessly chic when belted.  And if you steal it from your boyfriend’s closet, it’s free.  Why shop when you can borrow with no definite return date.

Add a simple thong sandal (high enough on the arch to provide support), a beach tote and a great pair of cat’s eye sunnies, and you’re ready for the beach.  But is the beach ready for you?

You might also want to add a chic sun hat like this one.  The UV rays can be brutal.

Polyvore Set Here.

If the surf and sand isn’t your thing, take a stroll down the boardwalk in this breezy sundress.  Mix in some nautical-inspired pieces, like a striped cardi and a robe belt, to complete the Summer by the sea theme.  

I also threw in an orange huarache for a bit of color and a cool pair of aviators.  All you need now is some bronzer and a summer share in the Hamptons.

Polyvore Set Here.

After a long day on the sand, who doesn’t love to sit on the restaurant patio and sip a cocktail?  Well, this outfit is perfect for that.  

Here, I paired a patterned, gauzy tunic blouse with some simple white trousers and coordinating accessories.  I love these pants because a) they’re under $100 and b) they’re tab front.  God bless the person who invented the tab front pant, it’s so much more forgiving than a button or clasp front pant when you indulge a bit too much at dinner.

I also think the sandals are adorably chic, and those sunnies are on my Summer hot list.  Look for them on my face, circa Saturday.  Thank you, birthday gift cards.



  1. CJ says:

    LOVING these. happy birthday Belle!

    May 26, 2011/Reply
  2. ElleBelle says:

    I have had a pair of Ray Ban aviators for years and loved them; they are the perfect sunglasses! Love the idea of the men's shirt as a coverup, I will have to try that!

    May 26, 2011/Reply
  3. RachelRemarks says:

    My absolutely favorite color combo for summer is orange and navy, and I love everything about outfit #2. I also have those huaraches in a different color and they are divine.

    May 27, 2011/Reply
  4. Sandra F. Sutton says:

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    August 9, 2011/Reply