I’m sure many of you are looking forward to taking a very deserved vacation. And I’m sure for many of you vacation means beach, sun and sea.
I was born in a seaside town so I used to spend my summer vacations at the beach. Three months basking in the sun (too much, to be honest), bathing in the sea, chatting with friends, eating ice-creams. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend summer.
When I was 18 getting dressed for the beach wasn’t particularly complicated. I had a sort of “beach wardrobe” made of sandals, flip flops, shorts, tops, pareos and sarongs. My only rule was “never wear an outfit twice in a week”. You know, “peoplewatching” is inevitable when you spend a lot of time in a place, basically doing nothing.
So, let’s talk about beach fashion.
Spending summer vacations at home allows you to wear a lot of different outfits, but if you have to pack, you can’t fill your suitcase(s) with too many beachwear garments. So, I think a cool maxi dress, a printed short kaftan, a pair of shorts and a simple cotton shirts can be enough.
Basically, the most stylish outfits to go to the beach are put together with cool daytime clothes, those you would wear for taking a stroll, going shopping, taking an aperitif and so on. The right shoes for these garments are wedges, flat sandals and canvas sneakers while rubber flip flops are still the most practical beach accessories and you can use them at home/at the hotel, instead of packing slippers. A maxi foulard is also a must-have for its versatility.
My long experience of beach-goer taught me some things.
Some women go to the beach dressed to impress. I mean… High heels, fancy dresses, tons of jewelry, expensive leather bags and make-up.
Some women, instead, go to the beach thinking “why should I make an effort? I’m on vacation, who cares?”. After all, you’re supposed to take off your clothes the second your feet will touch the sand. But it’s nonsense. Because we dress for ourselves, so we should always care.
While it’s undeniable that the beach is far from being a formal place, it’s a public place.
I mean, it’s a beach, it’s neither a backyard nor a red carpet! That’s why I think that, unless you’re 15, you should make an effort, without overdoing. And I tell you why.
Living in a seatown means that during summer you’re used to see people dressed for the beach that at a certain time of the afternoon take a stroll downtown, do shopping and so on dressed in sarongs, very see-through clothes, tiny shorts, cheap flip flops. The hair gathered with hair clamps and still smelling of that typical smell a day spent at the seaside leaves on your skin, these people are a clear example of bad taste.
Overdoing an outfit is a no-no, too. While I love sequins, even during daytime, there’s no need to go to the beach with sexy sequined dresses accessorized with stiletto heels and tons of jewelry. It’s a beach, not a premiere or a photoshoot.
Natural fibers like cotton and linen are my favorite fabrics when it comes to beachwear.
I don’t like to dress with synthetic clothes when it’s very hot. So, I tried to choose for you items that are quite compatible with my style, avoiding 100% polyester garments.
These are some beachwear items that will make you look effortlessly chic to go to the beach and to take a stroll around town, too.
A second post about beach fashion will be about how to be chic at the beach.
The kaftan of the preview image is by Urban Outfitters.