In case you missed the sad summer tales from last year by yours truly, I went on a 4-part passive aggressive litany showcasing summer wears that I could’ve summer with if not for the fact that I’m an adult. Because, kids, when you start adulting, sometimes, you don’t get to summer, at all. Keyword: sometimes, it isn’t all too horrible from this side.
After a month of trying, a couple of rainy weekends and spontaneous out of town trips, I finally managed to visit the seaside during labor weekend. In fact, I’ve reached a new level of tan within 2 days after years of always trying to hide from the sun every summer (reason being that my tan recovers poorly, and it’ll take me months to get back to my normal skintone).
I’ve thought about how to style beachwear aside from just wearing a bikini and cover ups. I’m sure, if you’re living in this tropical country, thinking of what to wear on a sunny day is almost second nature. I mean, though we have different definition of styles, we are perpetually wearing clothes to combat the all-year heat.
I started with one of the trendy prints this year which is botanical. This razor back bikini fits well with my body type as it accentuates my shoulders and covers my small chest area. Typically, I’d pair this with denim shorts or a white skirt, but I started to obsess over button-front (button-down?) skirts and found this blue one with thin stripes in one of H&M’s sales. I know I’m not one to don print on print but I felt like it was such a perfect match, stripes being one of the trends this summer, too.
To match my bikini, I found this gorgeous Filipino-made clutch bag of abaca material from Kultura with leaves embroidery. This bag is my current favorite and will probably be an all-time one. It’d be great to pair this with modernized Filipiniana at events, or, perhaps, abroad if you’d like to show off such a Filipino treasure piece. It’s always nice to support local creatives.
Since I’ve gone atypical already, I went ahead and wore accessories I wouldn’t usually wear as they are multi-colored. It helps that the bracelet is within that summer palette of greens, oranges and pinks. Matching these orange beads, I wore a burnt orange kimono as a cover up for times when you’ve already dipped in the waters but would want to have a drink at the bar or stroll along the shore.
Breaking from the mix and match, this simple, straightforward, white flats balanced out everything else. However, I did complicate it with a couple of white stone anklets which I meant to wear only with the bikini and whilst barefoot, but I realized too late. It looks off, no? If the flats didn’t have ankle straps, it would’ve been fine. The addition of anklets made it redundant and unnecessarily noisy (despite being white).
From curly pigtails to print on print, how did you find this outfit? Would you wear something similar? Oh, and where’s your ultimate summer getaway? I wanna know in the comments below!