Ladies who want to go to the beach fashionably, enjoy the summer lifestyle and dress elegantly need to remember that sarongs are the best all-purpose accessory for the season. Sarongs are like skirts that work with swimwear which women can enjoy during these hot months. Each style idea below takes the lady from a place she can wear her bikini comfortably to a place where she would not normally wear a bikini, but she makes this transition with sophistication.
At The Beach
Ladies who want to sun at the beach must have a stylish way to leave the beach. A confident woman can pretty much pull off any style of bikini, but the sarong and a pair of heels adds some flair to the outfit that will allow the lady to shop for the rest of the day. She can walk right down the main boulevard dressed to the nines in something most people only associate with the beach.
At A Meal
Ladies often sun at the pool and head off to lunch or dinner with friends. Wearing a sarong allows the lady to sport her gorgeous bikini along with a faux skirt. This combination is very attractive, but it is also very elegant. It is as if the lady walked off the runway of a fashion show and decided to have a bite to eat.
Ladies who have jobs at the beach are often in need of something to cover up when they are working. A bartender, waitress, photographer or lifeguard needs something that she can wear with her swimwear that helps her feel covered up. A sarong is not a full skirt, but a sarong is something that helps a lady feel like she is not exposed all during the day. This is especially helpful when she is working near the sand.
The sarong is a unique piece of clothing that is almost exclusively associated with bikinis, and it can serve ladies who work or play near the water. A woman can transform her swimwear into something that is elegant and sophisticated with just one wrap around her waist!
Going to the beach is fun yet you end up lugging around a lot of stuff; towels, sunscreen, magazines, water bottles,etc. If you have kids you can basically triple that amount by adding in toys, hats, and extra clothes. Therefore beach bags are a must, but they come in all different shapes and styles from elegant to laid back or even extra funky. Find the right one for you and it will make going to the beach a breeze (or should we say it will look easy!).
For the classy golden girl we love Lilly Pultizer’s Resort Tote. It features a metallic gold umbrella print and has a water-resistant finish. It also has an interior zippered section for your wallet and cellphone plus a clip for your keys, so it’s practical and stylish.
Keep everything laid back with Sun ‘N’ Sand’s Hatteras tote which is made from hand woven natural straw. The bag is fully lined with pockets for your valuables and has a magnetic snap closure. It’s the perfect accessory for a day lounging in the sun sipping a Mai Tai.
Life is Good‘s Sling Beach Bag Stripes may not be large enough to fit your towel (unless you have a really small towel) but it’s so cute you might be willing to look passed that and carry your towel on the side. This cute backpack style beach bag has chunky nautical and Life is Good printed right across the front.
Sandals are OH SO NICE in summer weather. But don’t think you can get away with wearing any pair of flip-flops because, yes, even your uber-casual footwear sends people a message.
Columbia Reel Deal Sandal
INFEASIBLE: Sandals with straps, hinges, etc.
Sandals serve a very specific function: provide minimal foot protection with comfort and ease. You should be able to kick off your flip-flops at a moment’s notice but still traverse the beaches without worrying about burning yourself. That’s why I don’t get this pair of Columbia with its many extraneous additions. Who needs a molded cage and a nylon shank for their sandals? Do people really think to do EXTREME things – rock climbing, break dancing, etc. – in their sandals? I wager not, and I also bet people will think you look damn silly in them.
Nike ‘6.0 Solarsoft’ Sandal
Feasible: Simple yet stylish flip-flops
These Nike’s fulfill their purpose and do so in style. They’re supportive without being overbearing and none too plain, not to mention cheap ($20 as of 5/2/10). I think I might pick up a pair for myself. Summertime, booya.