Admittedly, though, a few things grate on my nerves when I'm trying to enjoy the sun and enjoy the saltiness of my hair. Yes, I love my scrunchy, crunchy, salty hair and sand in my flip flops. I love the sticky, dry feeling on your hands and the warmth radiating off my skin. I also love packing a simple sandwich from the deli, bringing an iced coffee, and not minding a little sand in my bite. Maybe it's a result of my Ariel-worshiping in grade school, but few things bother me at the beach.
A long time ago I refused to go to any beach that allowed radios, and I have become adept at children-unfriendly towel placement. But sometimes, the apparel people don when hitting the sand and surf gets to me.
Now, this isn't a post admonishing against thongs, skirt-suits and untoned bellies in bikinis. As long as people eat this and don't do this, there will be bodies in unflattering swimsuits. But what I would like to see change is easier than a 6-day cardio regimen, and that's what you wear over said suit.
The beach is one of the most casual places you will ever go, but that isn't an excuse for wearing paint-stained jeans, your grubbiest sandals, and pit-stained souvenir t-shirts. You are in public, dears, and one of the best things about summer is the abundance of loose-fitting, comfortable lounge-wear in bright colors and whites. They are easy to wash, and easy to combine.
So whenever you're at the shore this summer, consider these options instead of those stretched-out Juicy sweatpants from 2004. Just as comfy, much more classy.
Gap tank dress, $24.50
Add flops, a tote, maybe an oxford, and you're all set.
Laila Rowe gel headband, $2.50
Flexible material won't hurt your temples, and it easily pushes wild hair off your face.
Vineyard Vines palm tee, $34.50
T-shirts work great, when they're bright and fitted.