Beachy Keen, Outfits for Summertime
May 26, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.