Summer Fashion and fun for the Beach
by Sher Matsen
It's that time of year when we
pack up our bags and head to the beach for the day to enjoy those warm
sunrays and the refreshing sound of the lapping water.
So what constitutes a good beach wardrobe. Well there are certain
essentials that none of us forget. On goes the swimsuit
and bathing suit cover, flip
flops on our feet. Beach bag has been packed with the essentials –
sunglasses, floppy hat, towel and a good book. Great – got the basics
covered but what about the rest.
So if we are so prepared for a day at the beach, why is it by the time we
get home we look pretty worn. Here are some helpful tips to make your day
at the beach fun and keep you looking fashion fresh all day and all the
First before you leave home, if you've got long hair pull it into a high
pony tail or fun knot. Use some funky hair accessories that will stay in
place when you're swimming. Try a fun colored bobble or some firm
fastening clips in bright summer colors.
If you pull your hair up your
neck will stay cool and you'll look fresh all day with your neat hairdo.
Second slather yourself in sunscreen before leaving the house, then toss
the sunscreen in your bag so you can reapply after
a swim or every few hours. A
sunburn is not only unhealthy and painful, it's unattractive, so don’t let
yourself turn into the lobster of the day. Your sunscreen should be a SPF
of 15. It doesn't hurt to use a strong SPF on your face or your entire
body if you burn easily.
Your beach bag should be large enough to hold your supplies for the day.
Why not get something fun and fashionable to keep you looking fashion
fresh. Make sure you've got all the daily essentials in your bag –
sunglasses, sunscreen, a good book,
a floppy hat, some lip gloss,
and any other makeup touch ups you’ll want. If you plan to wear eye makeup
make sure it's waterproof. Stay away from heavy foundations. If you must
apply something use a bronzer moisturizer. It's also a good idea to bring
lip balm with an SPF15 to protect your lips. It never hurts to put some
moisturizer in the bag. Include a snack and plenty of fluids. It's
important not to get dehydrated.
Okay great we've got the basics covered now what about the wardrobe basics?
If you're planning to wear a swimsuit it's usually easiest to put it on at
home, that way you're not chasing down change rooms. So great – first on
goes the swimsuit. Now what to wear for a cover? Well you've got plenty of
choices. A tank top and shorts, tank and skort, or a nice light cotton
dress all work well over top. Choose something that’s easy to put on and
take off, and choose fabrics that breathe to keep you cool. I also suggest
including a long sleeved cotton blouse just incase you start to burn you
can protect your shoulders and arms.
If you're planning on heading out later in the day without returning home
you might want to toss a pair of jeans or long skirt into your bag. If
your outing is going to extend into the evening you'll want to include a
sweater for the cooler evening air. If you’re worried about your evening
wear getting sandy or wet at the beach, then place them in a separate bag
and leave them in the trunk of your car. That way you are guaranteed
they'll remain fresh.
My favorite beach look is this. And what's perfect is it keeps me looking
fashion fresh throughout the day and takes me right into the evening.
First I like a swimsuit that's got lots of support and is bright and
cheerful. I throw a fitted tank on top and throw on a loose flouncy long
skirt. The long skirt serves me through the evening and also works great
to cover up if I'm starting to burn. I choose a lightweight material in a
darker color with a pattern that accents the colors in my swimsuit. Flip
flops are my footwear. Depending on where I'm heading after the beach I
choose either a basic pair or one of my funky pair with rhinestones or
crystals. Easy to walk in, feet breath, and terrific for an evening out. I
keep a fitted light weight sweater in my car, and take a long sleeved
cotton blouse down to the beach. I usually choose a long sleeved and long
length blouse because it's versatile. I can knot it to create a short
blouse, wear it long as a beach cover, and put it on if I start to burn on
my upper body. I usually choose white or a soft pastel depending on my
other colors. I like white because it’s cool to wear and refreshing to
look at. Every year I buy a fun new beach tote that’s big enough for the
beach but not too big as to take it with me for an evening out. I like a
fun bag that's full of character.
Since I always feel naked without my jewelry I wear fashion jewelry to the
beach. That way should I loose something I won't be out a lot of money and
I won't feel so bad. I like to keep the earrings simple and elegant. I may
or may not wear a necklace. Often I'll toss a funky wood necklace in the
bag to add to the evening outfit. I like to wear a couple of fashion rings
just to add the finishing touches. Now if you’re fussy about tan lines
you'll probably want to forgo the rings. I toss my watch in the bottom of
my bag so I can put it on later.
That's it – simple is the key. Keep your beach wardrobe choices simple but
fashionable. Think ahead so you can go from beach to an evening out
without hassle. Remember to always make your fashion statement!
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