This is the time of year when I look in my closet and think “I’ve nothing to wear in this heat!” I was thinking about what kinds of things you can wear to the beach, but also to brunch, for travel, or just about any other occasion. What follows are some of my new favorite pieces to beat the heat, save your skin from the sun, and paired with versatile accessories. However, by the time I finished this photo shoot I literally had sunstroke (lesson learned: drink lots of water and replenish electrolytes).
Beat the Heat with This Colorful Sundress:
There is something just so wonderful about a bright and beautiful sundress that can take you from beach to brunch (and beyond). In the photo above I’m wearing the Veronica M. Los Angeles Madrid Crepe and Rayon Tank Maxi Dress ($140). You can get it in a blue design, too. The tank style makes it easy to pair with a cropped tee under it, or a light sweater or jacket.
The dress is available in Small, Medium, and Large. The straps are adjustable which is a good thing. If you are short, you are going to want to adjust them up a bit. The large ruffle at the bottom makes this flirty and party-ready.
Madrid is made in the USA of imported fabric dress. Even though the dress is lined, it’s lightweight, comfortable, and very roomy and flowy. Therefore you might take the smaller size if you’re not sure. The washing instructions say to hand wash cold but I did put it in the washing machine. However, if you are going to use the washing machine use cold so it doesn’t shrink and no bleach. You can see me holding it in this photo. You want this dress for your next vacation or just to hand on hand for those “dog days.” For more information visit the Veronica M website: https://veronicam.shop/
Save Your Skin with This UPF Dress:
If you are worried about sun exposure but you’re one of the holdouts that won’t wear SPF protection daily, you’re in luck. Constant Sol has UPF 50+, clothing that can block the same amount of sun as broad-spectrum SPF 50. The taupe Solana dress I’m wearing in the photo above from Constant Sol is a featherweight (but not sheer or see-through) dress in either taupe or dusty rose. The V-neck is low enough to accessorize with a scarf or jewelry, but still offers a fair amount of coverage.
I’m holding a black net sarong from Ivy Swimwear. I whipped it off my neck as the photographer took this photo of it blowing in the wind. You can wear it over a swimsuit, of course, but it also multi-tasks as a headwrap and scarf. *see our review of this scarf
If you take this dress on your travels you’ll love that it doesn’t wrinkle. But it also can pack into almost nothing in your suitcase. With the right accessories, it could be worn anywhere from the beach to a dinner date. This dress is loose in XS to XL so size down if you want a slimmer fit. The Solana Dress is $160. However, if you want real protection from the sun on your body and arms (and part of your legs) it could be priceless.
I’m not suggesting that you stop wearing SPF products on your skin. Not at all. You still have to cover exposed skin with sunscreen. In case you’re wondering what UPF is, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is the standard used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the standard used to measure a fabric’s effectiveness to block UVA and UVB rays. If a fabric is rated UPF 50+, that means at least 98% of both UVA and UVB rays are consistently blocked. I really like the other fashionable clothing on this website. Take a look at https://constantsol.com/
A Fabulous Bag for All Reasons:
I also took photos of the Veronica M Los Angeles dress and Blake Noir, a unique travel-friendly crossbody neoprene bag from Haute Shore. This company makes chic and super-lightweight bags and totes for the beach and beyond.
I’m one of those people who loses exactly what I needed the moment I change bags. So I wear the same one for everything except formal occasions. The Blake Noir ($90) because It’s one of those “works with everything” bags that is just so versatile. Even better, when the weather is hot, the last thing you want is to lug around a heavy leather purse.
A Big Bonus:
At 10.6″ W x 11.8″ H x 3.2″ D it’s a roomy bag. But it’s almost flat to pack. If you don’t overload it will fit slim against your body. The Blake Noir also has a real bonus: not one but two re-removable, adjustable wide patterned straps. The one in the photo is red, olive, and black striped. The other is a chic, slightly thicker, silvery grey, and black camo strap. These are so expensive if you buy them in the stores, and this bag comes with both. What a bonus!
You can get this basic bag shape is solids with stripes, camo, and more. The bag has a perforated design at the top of a large outside (but hidden) zippered pocket. The back has a front zip pocket, too. Inside there is another zip pocket. There are also some pockets for the phone, although the larger ones might not fit. I’m falling in love with this travel and beach-friendly bag. For more information visit https://www.hauteshore.com/
Unique and Beautiful Travel-Friendly Jewelry:
When you travel, the last thing you need is to worry about expensive accessories. But if you’re going from the beach to dinner, for example, what can you take with you in your tote that adds something special to your look? Behold, the $40 Boho beaded mohair scarf necklace in vibrant purple and gold with gold charms. It’s part of Ciao Bella Jewelry’s Vecchio Mondo ‘Old World Collection.” It really adds that pop of color and is made with a combination of Italian yarns. You can wear it as a belt, too. The attached charms are a bit delicate, so be careful not to twist it too much.
I’ve paired the scarf with the Ciao Bella Beach Ocean Waves Pendant ($26). It’s made with actual East Coast beach sand. The pendant is alloy metal and the chain is non-tarnish stainless steel with an adjustable chain from 16″ to 19″ thanks to an extender chain and lobster clasp. Each pendant is one of a kind as they are handmade, in Pennsylvania. The pendant really does look like surf against a clear blue sky on the sandy beach on a beautiful day. It will remind you that beauty is with you every day.
The creator uses her skills in jewelry design to pay tribute to her late husband, who passed away from glioblastoma brain cancer. A portion of her Go Gray Collection proceeds goes towards glioblastoma research and care. Visit https://michellemarieboutique.com/
*beach photos courtesy of the advice sisters tech editor, Anthony Sabatini