Having spent a majority of my youth frolicking on sandy beaches or being immersed in pools, I have been subjected to both my fair share of cover ups, and situations where a cover up should have been required. Memories of the average cover ups ranged from old T-shirts to shapeless shifts of fabric, often in garish colors or prints. My own choices in the early years were loose, old dresses that I no longer cared for, but held a sentimental value that prevented me fully relinquishing them from my closet.
But really, what is the point of spending the weeks leading up to summer carefully mulling over the perfect swimsuit, only to cover it up with something that is far less flattering and not nearly as exciting? The fact is, there isn't one. That's why I have put my one-foot-out-the-door dresses cover up approach to rest and have made a resolute vow that what I wear over my favorite summertime swim staples must be equally thrilling.
As I'm a big believer that beachside swimwear should be just as much an extension of your style as what you wear on the street, what about something that you can actually wear on the street? Or at night, or a gala, or wherever you want for that matter. If life's a beach, let's dress accordingly.
Photos by Elsa Kawai