I love the beach and pool and opt for any chance to spend time there. Recently I decided it was time to replace some of my favorite pieces. After years of constant wear they’d seen better days. That begged the question – what to replace them with? I’m also very conscious of the sun. My father suffered from skin cancer and was my partner in crime when it came to the beach so I opt for sunscreen, hats, and sun shirts when I’m thinking out side. For more on my sunscreen odyssey see my post at Sunscreen plus the hat! As an update I’m going with COOLA!
The swim suit. I love Tory Burch’s suits and have worn the ones I have out. They hold up well even after years of use. I wanted something new though. I tried a new one made by Marysia. I loved it enough to purchase a second. One tip I got from a friend was to purchase the same suit in different colors so the strap lines are in the same place. I’ve taken that tip to heart. I have the same Tory suit in navy and black and now the same Marysia suit in white and black and a two piece with the same top.
After settling on a new swimsuit, I decided I needed a refresh on my coverup. They were also showing signs of wear. I decided that I wanted a sun shirt. I purchased a lovely swing style one from Mott with a 50 spf and I found a men’s long sleeve sun shirt in the tennis pro shop that I’ve co-opted. I wear it with a terry polo mini skirt I’ve had for ages. The mini skirt needs a refresh but I’ve not found a replacement for it – yet! Although not a sun shirt I also found a lovely tunic style shirt to wear for yoga that I’m giving a trial run as a cover up. My favorite new addition, however, is a lovely tunic from Gretchen Scott. It is hand embroidered and simply lovely.
My beach attire would not be complete without a hat, flip flops, and sun glasses. I usually take both a large floppy hat and a baseball cap or visor in my bag. The cap and visor are great when the wind whips up and the floppy hat goes flying. The floppy hat with a wide brim is my preference though to keep the sun off my face. I’ve used a black hat for many years but at the end of last summer I discovered Peter Beaton’s hats. I have a lovely new one with a wide brim, black blow and pink under rim. It is amazing. I opt for Channel sunnies. There is something about the lens they use that makes them perfect for use outside. For flip flops I am addicted to Tory’s basic black. I have the traditional ones and the wedge ones. The wedges are amazing and add a little something to the outfit.
My final mention is to Buckhead Betties for my suit bag. There is nothing worse than carrying a wet suit. I discovered a travel pouch designed for carrying your wet suit at Buckhead Betties. The lining is waterproof and perfect for a wet suit (or your wet hair towel).