12 Aug 2011

Hit the Beach Like a Celeb for Under $40

By Elle

Going from the beach to the streets can be as easy as tossing on a mini summer dress or tunic. Here are our tips:

TIP No. 1: The go-to cover-up ensemble for a day at the beach is a top and shorts. These pieces fit for any style personality from preppy cool like Katie Holmes, to beach bohemian are ideal for transitioning from the beach to the streets.

J.Crew chambray tuxedo cami, $29.99; get it at jcrew.com
Topshop fan print shorts, $30; get it at topshop.com

TIP No. 2: Many a beachcomber, like Chloë Sevigny, have been rocking a cool knit over their swimwear. They're ideal for injecting your beach look with a dose of  summer polish. Need to transition from the sand to the streets? Try a more substantial sweaterdress to cover-up for a cool seaside evening.
Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars shadow stripe pullover, $20; get it at urbanoutfitters.com

Old Navy crochet sweater, $35; get it at oldnavy.com

TIP No. 3: Sienna Miller models an effortless option for covering up without dressing up, a casual sarong. Whether mini or maxi, a traditional sarong skirt is just as good in the water as on the sand. Need something more glam? Choose a trendy sheer chiffon maxi skirt or a printed mini to pair with a simple white tank for an instant post-beach party look.

Matta sarong, $32; get it at mattany.com

Calypso St. Barth block print sarong, $35; get it at Calypsostbarth.com

TIP No. 4: Go for a bright bold color or something pure and white to accent that new-found summer tan. And keep it light, like Rihanna; cottons, crochet knit and lightweight jersey make ideal cover-up dress styles.

Dallin Chase tie waist skirt, $29; get it at shopbop.com

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