Ask the Bean: Scandal of the Swimsuit

March 31, 2007 • Magazine

Ask the Bean: Scandal of the Swimsuit

Ask the Bean: Scandal of the Swimsuit

Sat, 2007-03-31 11:00

Dear Bean,

With the beach season just around the corner, I realize that the only swimwear I own should have all been retired two seasons ago. I need a major beach attire update—any suggestions?

Beach Bum

Dear Beach,

A bum you are most certainly not! Out of all the wardrobes we circulate throughout the years, the beach wardrobe is the one in most frequent need of rotation. And when you don’t live in a beach-friendly climate, it’s at times difficult to keep up-to-date with the attire of the season.

There are certain items every sun-and-sand-loving female should have in her wardrobe: at least two swimsuits, appropriate footwear, a cover-up, sunglasses, and a very cute and very large beach bag.

First, let’s start with the integral part of the ensemble: the swimsuit. With all the different types of swimsuits out there, my first piece of advice is to stick with the style that works best for your figure. We can not all be the Bo Derek look-alike, so come to terms with this before you try on any suit in the retail fitting room. Second, figure out when you will mostly be wearing these suits. If you’re more of a beach athlete versus a sunbather, opt for a one-piece or a tankini—and steer clear of unnecessary accessories or other items that might get in the way of a life jacket or get lost in the waves. However if your idea of a beach vacation is lying on a big blanket with a drink in hand, feel free to let your fashion senses swim!

Accessorizing your swimwear is always an enjoyable process. But keep in mind that the wearing time of the accessories is usually just from your entrance to the blanket or lawn chair. Considering this, don’t feel the need to splurge on items that most likely won’t be seen for longer than five minutes at a time. A basic sarong or loose dress would suffice for a cover-up along with a simple pair of cork-soled thongs for footwear.

However, do not underestimate the importance of the beach bag. This bag is responsible for housing all of your beach necessities and will most likely rarely leave your side. Due to this factor, it is essential to make sure the bag itself is just as important to you as the items within it — just make sure it’s made of beach-friendly material.

Now just before you depart on your fashionable summer ventures, I’ll leave you with one final statement: no beach vacation is complete without a fabulous pair of sunglasses.

1. Juicy Couture Juicy Tennis Suit

2. DKNY Draped Swimdress

3. Be Creative Convertible Ruched Tube Top & Athletic Bottom

4. Jean Paul Gaultier Daisy-Print Two-Piece Swimsuit

5. BCBG Printed Cotton Voile Dress Cover-Up

6. Guess Straw Handbag

7. Dior Gaucho Sunglasses

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