BY YUWA VOSPER
Toes in the sand, warm sun on your face, and a crisp blue ocean — the perfect vibes for Spring Break this week. Whether you’re traveling no farther than the poolside or preparing for a spring beach getaway, it is time to stock up on swimsuits, floppy hats, and sunglasses.
Fitness, Fashion, and Function:
For us ladies, preparing for the beach or pool are three things: fitness, fashion, and function. Everyone wants to feel like a Victoria’s Secret swimsuit model in whatever style you choose. The function comes into play when you need a suit that will dry quickly after swimming and still remain vibrant transitioning you to dinner or a bar. If you’ll be in your swimsuit all day, it needs pair well with cover-ups. And of course, a huge beach bag is a must for your sunscreen, magazines, books, bronzers, and everything else.
The most difficult part of any beach or pool ensemble is finding the perfect swimsuit. A recent trend making a comeback is the high-waist bikini bottoms. Swimsuit designer Mara Hoffman has the best styles in creative and unique prints. The bold color swimsuits with black outlining are also in just about every boutique right now. Of course, the traditional one-piece received an upgrade with the monokini, which reveals enough skin while hiding any flaws. Even more, it can be classy when paired with a maxi skirt cover-up or sarong.
How to Wear It:
Once you have decided on a swimsuit, it becomes the foundation garment. Now is the time to decide how to wear it. Again, it;s important to make sure your swimsuit is water resistant — believe it or not, some swimsuits cannot actually hold in water and are purely aesthetic.
No matter what you choose, cover-ups need to be lightweight and durable. If your swimsuit is wet, most likely your cover-up will be as well. Plus, it is hot. Anything heavy will not be practical. For cover-ups, opt for caftans, tunics, light kimonos, and anything sheer. Some popular prints for summer beachwear are tie-dye, floral, and ikat.
When it comes to footwear, I prefer sandals. Some ladies prefer a wedge or espadrille for height, but I see it as danger, especially around water. No one wants to be the girl who fell flat on her face poolside. Go for a sandal that can easily go on and off on throughout a day of lounging, rather that elaborate footwear you’ll have to tie or lace up.
When it comes to sunglasses, you can do no wrong; there are plenty of styles to match any beach ensemble. But please, no jewelry. You’ll lose it if you decide to get in the water. A better accessory would be a floppy wide-brim hat or fedora, which will not only protect you from the sun but hide beach hair that becomes untameable.
Whatever your style, always wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. The scorching sun and a tropical beverages can dehydrate the skin and your body. If you’ll be spending your spring break on the beach or poolside, remember the three F’s: fitness, fashion, and function. You’ll look perfect for any tropical destination.