Monthly Archives: January 2016

Beach Fashion Tips

I have a love/hate relationship with the beach and beach fashion. I love the beach for about 30 minutes, then I’m done with it. I’m not the type of beach lover that will lie on the beach for hours working on their tan. If you can believe it, I dislike tanning and “looking” tan.

The funny thing is that I tan quickly. Put me in the sun for 10 minutes and I already have a tan line. The people that have that ability don’t want it and the people that don’t have it want it. Isn’t that just the way of the world?

Well, let me quickly explain why I don’t like having tanned skin. Growing up I was dark—maybe I’ll share some photos someday on my blog—like the darkest girl in the family, and I hated it. I’m Hispanic, and everyone in my family is as well, but all the women in my family have very light skin. So being a kid, I didn’t like being different. So I’ve never tanned, and I still don’t.

Now let’s get back to beach fashion!

Beach Clothes

Beach clothes and style are not just restricted to bikinis and rompers. Of course, it depends on what you’re doing at the beach. If you’re tanning and taking a dip, of course you need a swimsuit, but if you’re traveling and exploring you can wear a dress, skirt, or other cute beach clothes.

When packing for a beach vacation, I specifically look for stylish beach attire that will look beautiful on and off the beach. Yes, an off-the-shoulder swimsuit is a pretty cute choice as well, but there will be some days when you’re exploring a beach town and not necessary spending your entire day on the sand.

These photos were taken in South Beach Miami (SOBE) at sunrise. After we captured these photos and spent some time walking around an empty beach, we explored SOBE and captured some gorgeous shots of the seaside city. Here I’m wearing a nice spaghetti-strap patterned dress, ankle-strap sandals, and some fun jewelry. This beach outfit is cute, comfortable, and is a great option to wear around town.

Beach Fashion Tips

Elevate your beach style with these beach fashion tips:

Sandals are a must; you can wear some classic Havaianas or opt for something more classy like the sandals I’m wearing in this post. Keep in mind what you’ll be doing and how long you’re going to be walking for. Comfort is key, so don’t wear uncomfortable sandals when exploring a beach town. I was tempted to wear cute wedges with this dress, but it’s unrealistic.

Instead of tons of statement jewelry with a bevy of diamonds, opt for natural jewelry. I wore beaded bracelets in beachy colors with some pieces in natural shapes, like a leaf necklace and bracelet.

A good pair of sunglasses is crucial! Besides shielding your eyes from the blaring sun, you can use them to conceal tired eyes. Traveling is hard on the body and your sleep patterns and if you’re not catching your ZZZs because of jet lag or partying all night, a big pair of dark sunglasses are an essential!

If you’re all about the itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini, then more power to you. But if you want beach clothes that are a bit more reserved, pack a caftan, cover-up, or a fun printed dress. When packing, you’re looking for pieces that you can layer over a swimsuit and are comfortable enough to be in all day if need be. Dresses are always a great beach option.

If you don’t like wearing dresses, wear separates such as a pair of chino shorts in a solid or print and a cute “beach top.” I personally like the chino shorts from JCrew.

To protect yourself from the sun and look super stylish wear a sunhat! I’m not wearing one in this post but here’s a cute beach outfit with a sunhat so you have a visual idea. As you can see from that outfit as well, I like to layer and always have the option to cover up.

Summer Style Tips

In addition to rising temperatures and weekend trips, summer brings with it a hard-to-shake urge to shop. Maybe it’s because the weather’s heating up and those weekend jaunts require cute new outfits, but refreshing our summer closet is an activity we’re probably not alone in anticipating.
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But before you bust out that credit card, there are a few tips to keep in mind when buying for the summer months; small pieces of advice that’ll ensure you get the most bang for your buck and be as comfortable as you can be during the dog days. Read on for the only 4 summer fashion tips you need to know!
summer style tips

Buy summer shoes a half size—or a full size—larger than you normally would. Why? Because feet swell in hot weather.

1. Buy summer shoes a half-size or a full-size larger than you normally would.
It’s not the most pleasant of facts, but our feet swell during the summer. That’s why it’s key—when shopping for new shoes this time of year—to buy shoes a bit larger than you would in winter.

Natural materials like leather, canvas, and suede will definitely stretch, so going up half a size should be fine. For inexpensive trendy shoes made from faux leather, plastic, or any other man-made material, go a full size up.
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Choose cool, crisp fabrics like cotton or linen, rather than poly-blends.

2. Mind your fabrics.
We love fast fashion as much as the next shopper, but a great deal of merchandise from high-street stores are made from poly-blends that simply aren’t breathable, and will often hold on to sweat stains. To stay cool on steamy days, it’s best seek out materials like cotton—pima or supima is best, but any variety will do—as the fibers are hollow in the center, allowing them to absorb perspiration and release it quickly.

Linen also is a solid summer material—it’s stronger than cotton and a better conductor of heat, making it the most breathable fabric out there. Contrary to popular belief, silk is a good choice for summer as well, since it’s natural, breathable, and cooling. The only downside: It has to be cleaned frequently if you sweat. Also great: super-thin denim.
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A tailor can turn an old black tank into a cool crop top you’ll wear all summer.

3. Reinvent your clothes.
We’re huge proponents of utilizing the tailors your city or town surely has, especially if you’re on the fence about whether to get rid of certain items. A tailor can cheaply transform garments, making them look totally different. A few examples: A floor-grazing skirt or dress can be made into a cute mini, pants can be turned into into shorts, and long blazers into cute cropped jackets to wear over summer dresses.

Another great tailor tip for those looking to try out the crop top trend without looking like a slave to fashion: Bring an old T-shirt and tank top you don’t wear anymore to your tailor and have he or she hem it to show a sliver of skin. Then pair it with super high-waist pants, skirts or shorts. The result: an easy-breezy crop that’s not too tight, too trendy, or too revealing—and can be worn comfortably all summer!
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It’s easy to stop your makeup from melting! (Photo: FashionBarbecue)

4. Keep your actual makeup from melting.
We’re always hearing about ways to keep the makeup on our face from melting, but how about the products we tote around with us in our bags? Didn’t think of that, did you?

Try this trick: Freeze a Zip-Loc freezer bag overnight, and before you leave for work, toss in the cosmetics you normally take for the day (a lipstick, a foundation, etc.) While it’s not a long-term fix, it will keep your products cool until you get to work, or whichever air conditioned place you’re headed.

If you know you’ll be outside all day and want to tote along your makeup, check out Cool-It Caddy, makeup bags and cases that feature a fully insulated interior and integrated coolant system.