Thursday, April 5, 2012

Guest Post: Beach Cover-Ups & Accessories to Transform Your Look!

Let’s face it—we’re not all lucky enough to look like swimsuit models. Even if you have a killer bikini bod, your beach look could still be missing that something special that really sets you apart.  Whether or not you plan on buying a new swimsuit this season, choosing certain cover-ups and beach accessories can be key for transforming an ordinary swimsuit ensemble into something new and fresh.  Read on for some style tips…

Aside from your swimsuit, your cover-up of choice can really make or break your outfit.  It’s the first thing that everyone sees when you’re walking to the beach or pool, so it’s important to choose wisely.  If you’re looking for something sophisticated and glam, go for long, sleek maxi dresses in lightweight fabrics.  Whether you prefer solids or prints, a maxi dress is perfect for doubling as a swimsuit cover-up and will definitely create a more elegant beach look.  But if you’re looking to dress down your look, go for a simple tunic, sundress or even a t-shirt and shorts.  Finally, if your swimsuit is black or another solid color, look for a cover-up that features a fun print or stylish embellishment to add some spice to your look.  Think animal prints, fringe trim detail or even a bright colorful tie-dye pattern.

Melissa Maxi Dress by Melissa Odabash

Romano Tunic by PilyQ

In addition to swimsuit cover-ups, accessories can also play a major role in totally transforming your look.  If you’re looking to add some drama to your look, go for big floppy hats that instantly create a bit of mystery and intrigue.  To complement a casual boho-chic ensemble, try an adorable straw fedora.  In terms of jewelry, accessorize your swimsuit and cover-up with some chunky beaded necklaces, bangles or even some chic wrap bracelets.  Finally, you can’t forget the bags!  To go with a casual look, try a roomy tote in canvas or straw.  For something a bit fancier, try a chic straw beach clutch!

 
Beachside Spice Hat by Seafolly

Istana White Wrap Bracelet by Cocobelle

Get ready for a summer filled with friends, family and fun!

Susan Bodack is a blogger and the Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com, an online swimsuit retailer specializing in fashionable designer swimwear, cover-ups and accessories.

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