Beach Day Tips

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Dress: Zen Knits (Gift) | Hat: Target (Hand me down) | Rings: Forever 21

When it comes to beach vacations, my philosophy is the less effort the better. I like looking cute, but I know I probably will be in a bathing suit most of the day, and I don’t want to ruin anything by getting it full of sand or wet with salt water. Let’s face it, as hard as you try you probably won’t be able to avoid either. So here’s a shoutout to my grandmother for buying me this beach dress, that can easily double as a dress for dinner, or a cover-up. It’s made of rayon and spandex so I don’t need to worry about it getting ruined at the beach, and it’s light enough to not be too hot.

You guys probably know that I tend to gravitate towards solids and neutrals, but on vacation I think it’s only appropriate to dress a little more colorful and to add some patterns to go with the beach feel. I also added a hat for the dual purpose of adding another piece to the outfit, and also to keep the sun out of my eyes. Lately I have been preferring a hat on the beach to sunglasses, because my face tends to burn more easily than the rest of my body, and that way I don’t have to worry about a sunglasses tan.

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Top: BodyGlove | Bottom: Aerie

As far as bathing suits go, I’ve got a bigger chest so I tend to worry about support more than style. However, the brand BodyGlove does pretty well with both. They are made really well and they run by cup size mostly, so you don’t have to worry about the bands fitting as well, because they are adjustable. They are a bit more expensive than your run of the mill triangle bikini, but for me it’s worth it to get a good top. Bottoms on the other hand are a lot easier to fit into than tops so I’ll buy those cheap and then I can try out new trends when it’s time to get rid of the old ones, like this high waisted bottom for example. The high waist makes me feel a little more comfortable than a low rise bottom like you normally see, because for those to fit your butt they tend to be really tight in the hips and I just don’t feel like they are very flattering unless you’re lean in that area. I own a few just because who really wants to worry about a tan line halfway across your stomach, but if you’re not at the beach for the sole purpose of tanning, I’d suggest trying one on.

I don’t worry about matching tops and bottoms really because I kind of like to wear separates. I do like to wear two different shades of a similar color however because I think it ends up looking like the pieces are coordinated although they are definitely separates. I added a bunch of rings just for fun, because I love the look of stacking rings all of the same metal. These are just cheap ones I bought at Forever 21, but I think I may eventually spring for some good ones since they are very versatile, and if you’re wearing them a lot you don’t want them to turn your fingers green.

That’s my two cents for beach wear, and I know it is the end of the summer, but it’s actually one of the best times to buy bathing suits and other summer things because they’ll all be going on sale when stores get their fall merchandise in.

Thanks for reading!

[It’s Elementary, Dear]

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