Sun, sand and wind in the air is all we need these days to feel great and relaxed. It’s time to make the most of the sun and head for the sand. We all know that women love to look their best in all occasions so going to the beach is no exception. From choosing the right beach bag and perfect swimsuit, to finding the right accessories to compliment your bronzed skin, there are a few guidelines you should know. In case you have missed it, see our Style Guide: Beach bag essentials for this summer.
Fab Fashion Fix beings a quick guide on how to hit the beach with style…
1. Beach Bag
For the start, of course you need the perfect beach bag. You want it to be durable and washable because it might take a lot of abuse from the elements (sun, wind, salt water and sunscreen.) Tote bags with a zipper pocket for your small essentials are a great option. For a far away beach vacation bring a bag that can be packed in your luggage or better yet one that can double as a carry-on bag.
2. Flip flops
The perfect flip flops are essential for the beach. When it comes to flip flops or so called flat sandals, they are the easiest thing to wear and they come in large variety of interesting designs so you can really look stylish with them. Try Brazilian made Ipanema sandals which have heart and soul of cosmopolitan, keeping the boho-chic look that characterizes the firm. Fluorescent colors and floral prints for the day, and sophisticated flip flop gold, silver and bronze for the night.
3. Sun Protection
Make sure to liberally apply sunscreen of at least 30+ SPF before you head out for a day at the beach. Sunscreen needs some time to soak into the skin to achieve the protection. Waterproof or sport sunscreens stay on a little longer when sweating or in the water. Make sure to reapply throughout the day especially after prolonged swimming.
This is probably the most important pieces of “beach wardrobe” and most women have trouble finding the right swimsuit. Our advice is for you to find the one that suits your body type and your proportions. Choose the colors and prints you like. Prints are always trendy and you can have a winning beach look by choosing animal or floral print bikini. Make sure you feel comfortable in your swimsuit because if you do not, you will probably spend most of your day wandering if your bikini is on its place. Retro inspired swimsuits are also making a comeback, choose high waist bottoms which will help those who want to hide their tummy. Details like ruffles and beads will give your swimwear a modern twist.
5. Beach hat
Sun hats are an absolute must have. The beach hat will protect you against the heat and hide your face, ears and neck against the sun, but you will still get the desired bronzed skin. If you love ladylike style choose oversized hats and those who opt for casual and on-the-go style, can choose the classic summer straw hat.
6. Head Scarves and bandanas
If you don`t like summer hats, you can go for head wraps and scarfs. Head scarf will protect your hair against sun damage and it can really make a strong fashion statement. For more advice see Beauty: How To Protect Your Hair From the Sun This Summer? Choose some silky, light weight scarves with interesting prints or with pop of colors, see our Style Guide: How to wear head scarves?
7. Accessorize with statement jewelry
Take the colors of summer with you everywhere you go. But remember that when is comes to beach jewelry – less is more. Bright colors, turquoise and coral tones are always trendy. Go simple with a long necklace or brightly colored bracelet, stylish bangle or even body jewelry. Or try a neon ring or stud earring for a little pop. Body jewelry has also been very trendy among celebrities, especially chain jewelry.
8. Find the perfect but comfortable cover-up
We know just how intimidating swimsuit season can be, which is why you should choose the perfect beach cover-up. If you like to travel light you can use your maxi dress are the primary beach cover-up. If you decide to go for the dress, you can also choose the wrap dress. For the tunic lovers, the beach is the perfect place to choose between variety of sheer and light weight tunics and kaftans. Make sure your tunic compliments the color and prints on your swimsuit.
9. Denim shorts or maxi dress
The choice is yours, but both ways will certainly make a stylish fashion statement. If you go for the denim shorts, combine them with tank tee or sheer tunics. The maxi dress at the beach will give you more polished look, choose between variety of colors and prints, and accessorize with oversized ladylike sun hat.
10. Summer hairstyles
When you’re relaxing on the beach this summer the last thing you want to worry about is your hair. The summer is here and one of the best parts about going to the beach besides getting bronzed skin is that sexily tousled hair which seems to only be attainable after a day spent at the beach surfing and sunbathing. From loose braids to the perfect beach waves, when it comes to hot summer hairstyles, these two will never go out of style. In case you have missed it, see our Beach Waves Hairstyle tutorial; or go for many braided hair ideas, from the timelessly chic Fishtail Braid tutorial and Waterfall braid tutorial, to Braided headband updo hairstyle tutorial. Get ready to turn heads at beach parties this summer.