We all know the usual items to pack in our suitcase for a trip to the beach: bathing suits, cover-ups, sundresses and sunscreen (especially if you’re like me and manage to burn to a lobster-y crisp each and every summer). However, what about a cute and simple outfit for a day shopping in town? And don’t we all need a casual look for a nice lunch or dinner? And, of course, after so many days spent in a bathing suit, it’s always good to have a go-to outfit that boosts your self-confidence and always makes you feel great to wear.
This Fashionista reminded me of the one outfit that all of us (me included) usually forget to pack in our beach suitcases. I spotted her at a local, beach boutique, the Slough, where her clean, simple outfit was laid-back and comfortable while remaining stylish. Her well-fitting jeans are a perfect staple piece for any wardrobe and could work with any number of summer-appropriate tops. Her sleeveless top is an absolutely perfect option for a summer day, and the color would look beautiful with a newly acquired tan. Try finding a lightweight, simple shirt like hers to wear with any number of casual, yet stylish, beach outfits. This option from ASOS is very basic, but also incredibly multi-purpose and could be worn in dozens of different, stylish ways.
The piece that makes this look, though, is most certainly her necklace. Reminiscent of J.Crew jewelry trends, the coral complements the shirt perfectly while adding just enough sparkle. For anyone who thinks that statement pieces are off limits while at the beach, think again. If anything, they are a perfect way to look chic while wearing easy, casual pieces. Look for a beautiful, complementary statement necklace to wear with your casual and stylish beach look at sites like Bauble Bar, filled with wonderful options. This Bauble Bar necklace would go perfectly with a simple black or white T-Shirt.
To round out the outfit, find a comfortable and versatile pair of sandals. This pair from Steve Madden would work well with your favorite sundress or pair of jeans; versatility is just as important as trendiness sometimes. One of the best aspects of sandals such as these is that they will last you again and again, all summer long. Fashion is important, but so is getting your money’s worth!
One Simple Change: Pair a simple top, piece of statement jewelry and comfortable sandals with a classic pair of shorts to opt for a breezier outfit. The shorts would make those hot, hot, hot summer nights much more bearable.