Do you guys have dresses that you love but usually only wear over your bathing suit as a cover-up? I sure do. My summer beach dresses are lightweight cotton, unlined, and are colorful and bright. These characteristics basically describe all the things I love in all dresses, and I am determined this year (now that I’ve vowed to not purchase anything new) to figure out how to wear my beach cover-ups as daytime outfits.
This dress was a gift from my cameraman for my birthday a few years ago. I love the colors, and while I don’t usually go for logo prints, this one doesn’t bother me because it’s pretty abstract. The print makes it difficult to see through when it’s wet, and the dress is unlined and can be unbuttoned to the bottom, so it’s a perfect candidate for a cover-up. Plus, it has a built-in belt sash that makes it super flattering without needing a belt. No one wears a belt to the beach, right?
So, while this dress has all the makings for the perfect poolside fashion statement, it also has the makings of a great day dress. The print that’s so distracting makes it less obviously unlined, and the buttons give it more of a put-together feel. The belt sash can be easily tucked inside the gap between the buttons and tied loosely underneath, and the pouf hides any sash-related bulge. I put my trusty belt over the sash and topped it off with a jean jacket that I admit I did not need because of the heat, but it topped off the day-ness of this look for sure. Viola!
Do you guys have any tricks like my belt+sash-removal+jean jacket topper approach to wearing your beach dresses to work?
April 29, 2011