Think beach fashion and you can imagine yourself being bombarded by a truck load of bikini images, beach accessories and even style statements that may look great on the ramp but fall flat on their shining heads when they reach the sand and the sea. Not every look you see on magazines, tabloids or even TV will work for you and you’d better be a discerning judge when trying them out just as they are. When it comes to finalizing your look for your next beach visit because it may not come without scrutiny.
Here we’ll cover a commonly seen trend on the beach and conclude whether or not it is a fashion faux pas. We are talking about the tote and bikini combination.
So let’s make a picture for you. Imagine a beautiful sunny morning and the best beach of Europe. Ibiza, you thinking? Ibiza it is then. Now imagine you catching a sight of a beautiful bikini-clad girl’s side profile. Love her bikini? The color, the hair everything? And wait till she turns to face you and BLOP! In your face.. a beach tote hanging on the other side. Of course it’s not as bad as irregular tan lines or socks with sandals, mankinis, Hawaiian style shirts and shorts, yet it can still be a sight for the sore eyes even when it’s matching the outfit like a perfect square peg. Especially for the connoisseurs of the swimwear world.
Think about it. What does a bikini signify? Freedom and independence from clothes and the license to forget the worries of the world and dive right in to the cool blue waters. Doesn’t it? Then why carry a cumbersome tote to ruin that couldn’t-care-less vibe going for you.
Of course, we’ve heard and know it all. How totes are so wonderful, so functional and even that they are super stylish. And they indeed are but when hanging on an arm of a bikini-clad women all they seem are chunky, avoidable and not trendy. Totes are to bikinis what heels are to a football ground, forgivable but not fashionable.
But then, not carrying a tote to a beach in unimaginable! Where are you supposed to keep your sunscreen, phone, towel and other essentials? So what’s the middle ground, the remedy? Simple. Enter the beach wearing a sexy flowy cover up or a beach dress over your bikini and leave all your add-ons behind – your dress, your tote, etc. when it’s time to reveal your bikini self.
At Molly Brown’s we have bikinis, totes and the cover ups to get you started on the practice of leaving your totes behind when its time to flash your bikinis. Here’s a triptych that may impress.
The bikini and the cover dress in the image are Cecilia Prado pieces which you can view and purchase by clicking the link. The Tote is a Caffe creation and can be picked up here.
P.S – Don’t be naïve to leaving them any and everywhere, make sure there’s somebody watching your things when you are diving or being a swimwear diva.