It's time to pull out your massive collection of sunnies and sandals because summer is officially here. What better way to spend the first glorious weekends of this hot season than at the beach? Whether you're hopping on the Jitney that's en route to the Hamptons or flying to Malibu, a beachy weekend calls for an "out of this world" wardrobe. Though fighting against sand sand sweat is never fun, looking like a Jersey Shore cast member is a trendsetter's worst nightmare. This summer, how about we all keep it cool and classy? If you're in need of some inspiration, check out these sunshine-approved outfit ideas.
Isn't it every fashionista's dream to rock that totally retro beach look a la Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor? Channel your favorite seaside style maven with a high-waisted bikini. This black look from Topshop is effortlessly glam. Update this classic look with a printed kaftan--Missoni's mini version of the go-to coverup keeps this ensemble fun and youthful. As much as I love to color block, stick to neutral or black accessories. The black tote and sandals tie this outfit together and allows all the attention to be on that ah-may-zing kaftan. Last but not least, throw on some fabulous sunnies and a floppy hat-- the perfect finishing touches. Though a summer glow is the ultimate accessory this season, make sure to slather sunblock before you hit the sand. I just picked up some Kiehl's sunscreen for my upcoming getaway, which proves that there are glamorous ways to save your skin!
Missoni Mare short kaftan / Topshop swim suit / Zara shoes / French Connection beach tote / Charlotte Russe floppy hat / STELLA McCARTNEY / Kiehl's kiehl s / Bamboo Bath Sheet (Beach Towel) Various Colors
From attending a casual picnic to window shopping in East Hampton, every fashion-forward traveler needs that fuss-free ensemble. By far, playsuits are the easiest way to look funky and put together at the same time. This pick's silhouette is basic; however, the acid wash pattern is super edgy. Accessorize this cool girl look with a mix statement and staple pieces. While the fedora and wayfarers are timeless picks, the mirrored cross body and cutout sandals scream personal style.
It's no surprise that a maxi dress is a must for any trendsetter. The glam of an evening gown mixed with the ease of a standard sundress? Um, yes please! Sporting a maxi in a solid hue offers the sophisticated vibe that a printed dress lacks. So does this mean maxi dress ensemble must be boring? Absolutely not! Whether you add fun accessories, paint on a powerful pout or do both, pump up the glamour with this classic piece.
Though we all claim we're stowing our knits away for the season, we can't help but crave a cozy sweater on those cold summer nights. Don't be ashamed-- it's completely normal! Remedy those yearning by pairing a chunky knit with a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans. While everyone's dying to wear bright colors this season, I'm personally obsessed with this neutral outfit-- perfect for a casual camp fire!
What are you going to wear this summer? Sound off below!