Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Clothing Collective: Beach fun!

Who am I kidding? I haven't been to a beach in probably two years. Not since I lived in Australia, where gorgeous beaches are everywhere you turn.

But beachwear is basically just going-to-the-pool wear, so I'll pretend expertise on the matter.

My bathing suit top is a bandeau with a halter, but it's a little fussy in design, so I can't wear tight shirts over it without my chest looking totally misshapen. Consequently, blousy tops and halters are my best friend.

Shorts from Cotton On, Belt from American Eagle, Shirt from Urban Outfitters, Tote in above photo from Fossil.
This blouse has been my go-to top since I bought it more than two years ago. You have no idea how many times that sucker has been tucked into one of my favorite high-waisted skirts. (The answer is a-fucking-lot!) By now, it's seen better days, which is why it's perfect for a beach day shirt.

People seem to have strong feelings one way or the other about blue-jean shorts (or maybe it was just one of my good friends who absolutely hated them), but I fall squarely in the camp that nothing beats a nice pair of denim shorts.

To keep it casual, I only tucked in the front of the shirt. On a related note, I did that with one of my shirts in high school once and I heard one of the popular girls make a snide comment about it to one of her friends.

On another related note, gah, it's nice not to be in high school anymore, isn't it?

Sometimes I want a do-over because I was so cripplingly shy that a I missed a lot of opportunities, but then I remind myself that high school is not the time to peak.

But, yeah, um, beachwear?

Truth-be-told my swimsuit bottoms have a ruffle around the top of them (since I am actually 5) which have to awkwardly hang out underneath my shorts. So there's another reason to wear a blousy shirt.

Earrings from local boutique, Bracelet from Maurices.
And, of course, you have to wear jewelry if your plans are simply to soak in the sun and not go in the actual water. I mean, what are you, a farmer?

You can check out Crystal's post here. She just went on a 10-day vacation to the Philippines (lucky bitch!), so she has multiple, awesome beach looks!

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