This weekend, I am off to Miami to enjoy 80-degree temperatures and some time by the pool. And speaking of pools, last summer, the most popular way to wear swimwear at my building’s pool was with athletic shorts and $5 Old Navy flip-flops. Perhaps it’s time we tried a little harder to look stylish while having fun in the sun.
Upper Left. For this look, I chose a gauze tunic, a striped beach bag and a fun pair of sunglasses. If you like the tunic but want to keep your pool excursion budget-friendly, try this eyelet tunic from Loehmann’s or this plunge neck choice from Victoria’s Secret.
As for the sunglasses, the round, Lennon-esque frames seem to be everywhere this year. Try these Kate Spade sunnies or these Vince Camuto ones, both under-$100. And the sandals have a faux-metal plate for a little something extra, but I also like these Michael Kors plaque sandals and these ZigiGirl Arrow sandals for ($59).
Bottom Left. If you want a beachy feel, try a straw hat, a sarong and some cute sandals. I chose this fedora, however, if you want something with a Hollywood starlet vibe, try this packable straw hat from Eddie Bauer. Also, the sarong is a shorter version, but if you’re looking for a long one, try this colorful Paul Smith number.
Lastly, my aviators quickly became my favorite sunglasses. Why? They’re relaxed, cool and they look awesome on most face shapes. Want a cheaper pair? Try these dark brown sunnies or these $30 Madden’s.
Right. Inexpensive dresses make great swim coverups, especially if you want to go to lunch or run errands after. I love this pleated dress, especially for under-$30. I dressed it up with a metallic beach bag and some colorful flip flops.
If you’re looking for a chic beach bag, I like this waxed, colorblock tote, this bright French Connection bag and this dark straw tote with round, wood handles. And if you want to try a pair of cat eye sunglasses, this Oakley pair and this River Island pair are pretty sweet.