Ask the Bean: What to Wear With Sunshine

March 16, 2008 • Magazine

Ask the Bean: What to Wear With Sunshine

Ask the Bean: What to Wear With Sunshine

Sun, 2008-03-16 04:00

Dear Bean:

I need to escape from this wretched March weather, so I booked a trip to Florida for a week. I’m so excited for sunshine that all I can think of are strappy sandals, flowing skirts and an outfit that doesn’t include a scarf and gloves. However, being from an area where winter lasts the majority of the year, my wardrobe needs a desperate spring update. I don’t even own a pair of flip flops! Please help me find clothes to purchase and bring to the tropics for my desperately-needed vacation!


Desperately Seeking Summer

Dear Summer:

Good for you on your last-minute travel arrangements! I know more than one reader will feel a bit of envy towards your upcoming sunbathing excursion — perhaps even a writer on this end as well!

This is a very difficult time of year to shop for clothing fit for weather above 45 degrees. Luckily many of the new spring lines are being brought into retail, so you can begin creating your warm-weathered wardrobe. My first suggestion is to buy the basics that you need for your vacation and plan to shop while you are there to put the finishing touches to your attire. So bring a large suitcase, a smaller bag for toiletries and some shoes, that perfect beach tote, and leave some room for your trip home. Hopefully by then, you’ll be able to wear your new purchases even after vacation time!

Since you are gone for a week, I suggest a simple formula of two/three skirts, three dresses, one pair of slacks, two cardigans/light jackets, three camisoles, four blouses, and two beach outfits. As for shoes, in my opinion, you can never have too many strappy sandals on a beach vacation.

Once you reach the Orange state, pick up a few lemon-inspired and floral pieces to mix and match with your attire. Yellow and prints are everywhere this season, so keep up to trend while sauntering the beaches.

You also mentioned lacking the standard flip flop. Every summer, I always make a point to purchase the latest Kenneth Cole Reaction thong sandal in every color. They are extremely comfortable and are subdued enough to wear on the beach with just enough bling to combat the Old Navy look.

Hopefully this will kick-start your sunny shopping spree; and you can look forward to finding even more weather-fitting garments on your trip – that is if you can tear yourself away from the beach!

1. BCBG Max Azria Strapless Floral Silk Dress
2. Catherine Malandrino Burnout Dress
3. Missoni Marina Batwing Top
4. Milly Diamond Print Skirt & Knit Keyhole Shell
5. Zimmerman Sweet Violet Bikini
6. Marc Jacobs Bobble Front Sandals
7. REACTION Kenneth Cole “Glam-Buoyant” Sandal
8. Via Spiga “Ciel” Wedge Slide
9. Anna Sui Swirl Embroidered Camisole Top
10. Marc by Marc Jacobs Geo Gems Shantung Mini Skirt

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