Of course the beach is one of those places we look forward to most once the sun comes out, and the weather warms up. I absolutely love the beach - I’m not a big swimming in the ocean fan, but I love sunbathing, reading a good book in a lawn chair, and the glow it gives my skin, and the natural waves - the seasalt and wind, give my hair.
Unfourtunately I haven’t been to the beach in almost two years - and I’m missing it dearly. All this work has me in need of a MAJOR vacation - no stress, no worries, just warm weather, and of course A BATHING SUIT!
Picking the ultimate bathing suit, or shall I say SUITS is a huge part of my preparation for summer. I don’t see the beach too often since its quite a few hours of driving away, but through many bathing suit horrors - I have some helpful tips for all you sunkissed beauties.
Probably my BIGGEST piece of advice on bathing suit shopping is to completely avoid the stores. Sounds crazy right? How can you possibly find the perfect bathing suit without visiting tons of boutiques and department stores and trying on all your favorites? BY SHOPPING ONLINE!
Store dressing rooms are awful, they leave little room for movement, and the intense bright lights could make a super model look drab and unappealing. A bathing suit is EXTREMELY revealing and having a ton of confidence is required to fully work your suit of choice. And let’s face it, trying on any bathing suit in that lighting will do nothing for you but further highlight your flaws. AND THATS THE LAST THING YOU NEED!
Please check your online store’s return policies prior to purchasing - but many online stores are participating in a no-risk bathing suit shopping policy. My favorite store participating in such? J. Crew. For a limited time, you can purchase ANY bathing suit in their online catalog and try it on in the comforts of your own home, and then if you don’t like it - return it no ifs, ands, or buts!
Trying a bathing suit on in your own home as tons of advantages. Your free to move around freely to make sure no fine china slips out, and you can try it on under regular every-day lighting. If you can, try swimsuit shopping at the end of summer, when you are already sun-kissed and can more easily imagine yourself in a suit. Sometimes I find it unrealistic to try on a suit when I’m as pale as the white wall I’m standing in front of. With a glowing skin complexion you can pull off colors you would never try before.
Another piece of bathing suit advice - buy two suits, a neutral and a pattern that coincide with the same color palette. Then your free to inter-mix them- wearing a pattern top with a solid bottom, or a solid top and a pattern bottom. By spending the money on two of the same color palette suits - you can create 4 suits instead.
A beach trip would be nothing without the right bathing suit - but accessorizing it for the boardwalk or covering up by the pool is just as important. One accessory to completely avoid when sitting by the pool or splashing in the water - jewelry. Jewelry rusts when it gets wet- so don’t even take your chances, not to mention I can’t even estimate the times I’ve lost my favorite bracelet, necklace, earrings or rings somewhere in the ocean. Feel free to pack jewelry for your beach trip - just place them on once all the crazy water activites are through.
If your’e not going in the water, and just relaxing pool side you can also transform that typical bathing suit look. I love to wear a bandeau top rather than a bathing suit top- they usually have an elastic band around them so you get a perfect strapless bathing suit tan (free of awkward strap lines) without the worry you might lose your top! You can also bring an oversized thin white button down with you to wear over top of your bathing suit rather than those typical sheer beach cover ups. The beach coverups made of towel material are just god awful. Towels are for drying not for wearing!
A cute floppy hat, great beach tote, and embellished flip flops (sandals are too hard to get on an off and they easily trap sand) can be a girls best accessory friends for a beach trip.
Below I have included some of my FAVORITE bathing suits, available for your online purchase - all from you guessed it, J. Crew:
Caspian Paisley Triangle Halter Top
Antique Paisley Twist-Front Bandeau Top
Deck-Stripe Underwire Top
Lifesaver Halter Top
And here are some awesome beachy accessories, Enjoy:
ALDO Vallie Shoulder Tote
Steve Madden Troppic Flip Flops
Forever 21 Star Studded High-Low Shirt (buy a few sizes bigger - and this will be the perfect bathing suit coverup)
Theory Raffica Crochet Wide Brim Hat
7 For All Mankind Tarzana Sunglasses
Express Padded Bandeau Top
*By the way, the picture I posted above is actually from one of my beach trips a few years back. This is a lovely beach in Lucaya- a goregous town in The Bahamas. Ugh! Doesn’t it make you want to jump on a plane!