Last week I wrote a post about how to dress to go to the beach so now it’s time to talk about swimwear and beach accessories.
The beach is a place where you can easily detect people’s taste. I admit, I can’t help but notice how people dress. I know it can seem a bad habit, but it’s always been a kind of pastime, even when I was a child I used to enjoy watching people around me. And as I wrote in the previous post, the beach is a place where you spend a lot of time doing nothing, so watching your “neighbours” comes quite naturally.
Let’s start with swimwear and beachwear.
Even if I appreciate elaborated bikinis and classy one-pieces, simple and tan-friendly swimwear is my favorite, therefore I prefer triangle and bandeau bikinis. Said that, I think every woman should have one of those swimsuits that look luxurious, even if they maybe cost only few dollars/euro/pounds. Those one-pieces and high waisted bikinis that seem to come directly from films like “To Catch a Thief”… How classy!
When you spend a lot of time at the beach you may need a cover-up. A light poncho or a light kimono are perfect to go to the bar or to stay at the beach when the temperature starts to lower a bit.
Accessories always play an important role.
Straw hats are the chicest hats to wear under the sun. They immediately elevate an outfit. Bloggers like them for sure, they’re so Instagram/Pinterest-friendly! Blair Edie, one of the classiest women of the blogosphere, recently posted a summer outfit. Her maxi dress is beautiful but her straw hat seems ready to blind somebody! Blogger and model Rocky Barnes chose a simpler and harmeless one, instead.
But let’s be honest… Do women really wear hats like these to go to the beach?
They look so impractical. A straw fedora or a boater are much better. If you’re thinking about buying a straw hat, remember that the main rule to follow when buying hats is that crown and brim should be proportional to your face and your height. But if you, like me, don’t feel comfortable wearing hats, you can style your hair with a scarf. It seems that turbans are quite popular considering all those I saw online but they always make me think of Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard”. If you saw “Soapdish”, with Robert Downey Jr. and Sally Field you know what I’m talking about 😀 .
Jewelry at the beach. Yay or Nay?
Some people think that jewelry at the beach is a no-no. Some likes to adorn themselves with
some a lot of bling, even with 35°C/95°F. I never wear jewelry all day long because I’m not one of those person who can sleep, cook, take a shower and so on wearing it. But I know people who never take off their stacks of rings and bracelets (and I really don’t know how they do!) so I guess they would easily keep them at the beach.
The slight comeback of the anklet made me think that it’s the most beach-friendly piece of jewelry. I like dainty ones, those that are barely visible!
In conclusion, my suggestion is to do as you please but to avoid that cheap costume jewelry that quickly turns green (and stains) in contact with water.
I’ve always carried a lot of stuff to the beach, I’m not a minimalist.
Besides all the things we always carry with us like the wallet, the smartphone, the keys and so on, my beach must-haves are: a bottle of water (water is always a must-have for me but I know it’s not the same for many of you), sunscreen, handkerchieves and wipes, lip balm, a hairbrush, a small mirror and a nail file (another must-have of mine). Nail file is one of those things that “if you need it you don’t have it and if you have it, you don’t need it” (I’m quoting myself here), like the umbrella during a changeable weather day. Anyway, I like to keep all these things in a purse, it’s more practical. Sometimes beach bags have no pockets.
Last but not least, let’s talk about one of the most important accessories, make-up.
Vogue recently dedicated an article to wearing make-up to the beach. My opinion? Why wearing make-up when you’re supposed to sweat, bathe, take showers and keep applying sunscreen? Lipgloss, a moisturizing one, is the only make-up product I would wear.
These are some swimsuits and beach accessories I chose for you.
The preview photo is via Rocky Barnes.