Dressed Accordingly: Beach to Bar
It seems like a lifetime ago that I claimed to “not be a dress girl”. Now, with Summer in full force and temperatures climbing above 30°C, I cannot imagine a life without a closet full of light and airy dresses. While I would love to spend all Summer living by the beach, toes in sand and all, it is a far-fetched dream. So, how to transform your vacation wear to city-appropriate looks or elegant evening attire? With the right dress, it is easier than you would think. Swap your favorite beach-side seashell jewelry for a fancy red lip and exchange those flip flops for heels for a dressed-to-impress transformation.
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When it comes to styling a beach-side favorite for the city, I have a few simple rules: The dress is key, and the bag tells a story. Bigger bag = beach bound. Smaller bag = more elegant. Also, shoes are an obvious trick to dress up or down, and so is jewelry.
Finding the right summer dress
You want beachy, but not too casual (or see-through). You want elegant, but not too fancy. My tip? Go for something oversized that is not too standout-ish. Meaning, a dress that you can easily wear multiple times without getting sick of it. Off-shoulder is perfect, both for the beach and elegant evenings where you want to showcase a beautiful necklace or drop earrings. A darker color instantly looks fancier than beachy white, so keep this in mind as well. Over all, try to work with something simple and let the accessories do the rest!
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