By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me, oh how happy we’ll be!
When each wave comes a-rolling in
We will duck or swim,
And we’ll float and fool around the water.
Over and under, and then up for air,
Pa is rich, Ma is rich, so now what do we care?
I love to be beside your side, beside the sea,
Beside the seaside, by the beautiful sea!
(BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA
From the musical “For Me and My Gal”
(Harold Atteridge / Harry Carroll) (1914)
chic sun fashions that protect you too!!
The good old days might have had people breaking out in song about the beautiful sea, but what the sun did to their skin while they were waxing poetic, was nothing short of ugly. Luckily, Lands’ End Swim Tees and swim dresses provide UPF 50 protection against harmful UV rays with beayuty meshing with technology to create clever swim fashions that not only get wet and then dry quickly, but also protect your skin from the sun’s rays with UPF 50!
One style that has captivated The Advice Sisters, and that we just had to wear-test for it’s fun and versatility, is the Lands End Women’s Regular Beach Living Stripe Halter Dresskini Top. This one is a nautical navy stripe Item #438064-A66 ($79.00) available in sizes 4-18 and in regular, petite, long, and plus.
What I like so much about this one is that it’s not quite a tankini, not quite a tunic, not quite a sun dress, but a bit of all three. It covers like a swimdress, and offers the convenience of a two-piece bathing wuite (paired with a swim bottom of your choice), but if you like short dresses or like to wear leggings, it’s an outfit you can wear outside of the beach or pool as well. And the fabric provides UPF 50 sun protection!
The back has a halter look that you tie to adjust to you (Plus sizes have an X-back for better support). The top has a supportive underwire bra with removable soft cups so you don’t need a bra even if you’re walking around town (Plus sizes have an underwire bra with sewn-in soft cups)
I am 5’3″ and I wear-tested the regular swim dress, in size 12. As a grown woman, I didn’t feel quite comfortable wearing it without leggings way from the pool, but after all, it’s really meant to be worn in the water. A younger girl would probably have no issues at all appropriately wearing this as a short dress outside of a beach or pool environment.
The Beach Living® Dresskini™ Top is racy but modest enough to wear just about anywhere, even to the pool party where you really don’t want to show skin, but you have to show up in something “waterproof.” This is the perfect solution!
For swimming you need to pick a bottom to match. Lands End has a lot of different options to pair with their various tankinis and bikini tops. We selected the classic Women’s Regular Beach Living Mid Rise Swimsuit Bottom Item #410006-A64 ($35.00) which comes in a wide range of colors (we selected navy) and in sizes 2-18 (also true to size). The seams are all nicely covered so they feel smooth and silky against your skin. This particular style has modest coverage and sits between your natural waist and hips. Although the swimdress covers this bottom, if you were to pair it with other bikini or tankini tops you own, you’d be happy to know that the bottom also has fabric with UPF 50 sun protection. Obviously, you will still need to apply lots of sun block to your exposed skin, but every little bit of skin that is covered, will be protected to UPF 50 by the
When it is time to really cover up, we love this women regular stripe Crewneck Swim Tee Rash Guard Swim Tee Item #428198-A63 ($39.00) that we were given at a Lands End Preview to try. It’s become one of our favorite Spring staples not just as the beach or pool, but to wear with jeans or a skort. It comes in S, M, L, XL, and Regular, Petite, Long, Plus, and Long Plus. Designed to wear over your swimsuit top, it is so silky and luxe, but you can wear it in the water and it will dry fast. It’s a perfect travel partner. And it also has UPF 50. 91% nylon/9% Lycra® spandex. Hand wash. Imported.
Pair your swim dress or any outfit with these Lands End Sandals– we even suggested these for wedding wear (versatile, so they’re perfect for the destination weddings). Pair it with white jeans or leggings, or wear it as-is if you dare. The sizes on this one are true to szie. 80% nylon/20% spandex. Hand wash. Imported.
Lands End is one of my favorite places to shop online or by phone or through the catalog. Their customer service is friendly and knowledgeable, and if you have a problem with anything they take care of it immediately. Visit http://www.landsend.com or shop the catalog or call 1-800-587-
Not sure how to find a flattering swimsuit? Check out the The Lands’ End Getaway Tour Offering Complimentary Professional Swimsuit Fittings and Style Sessions (from May eries of events taking place throughout the US and in Canada. From May 17, 2014, through June 7, 2014)
The Lands’ End Getaway Tour will make stops in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Madison, Wis. At each event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a Lands’ End Swim Fit Expert for a professional fitting session and a one-on-one swim silhouette consultation. Based on a series of measurements including bust, hip, waist and torso, attendees will be assisted in finding a perfect swimsuit fit. Once attendees find their perfect fitting swimsuit, Kendall Farr, fashion stylist, top-selling author and Glamour Glambassador will be on hand to offer expert advice ranging from how to accessorize to how to experiment with the latest swim trends. Did we mention these event fittings are free?!! For those unable to attend one of the Lands’ End Getaway Tour events, you can check out the tour online at www.landsend.com/getawaytour through videos on how to create a professional swimsuit fit experience and swim style tips from Glamour. You can also enter the Lands’ End Getaway Tour Sweepstakes, for a chance to win a luxurious beach house vacation package. One winner will be chosen at random to win the Grand Prize, which includes round-trip airfare for four, a beach getaway from Wyndham Vacation Rentals, a Lands’ End swim wardrobe and a summer reading library (12 novels) from Random House *sign me up!
….. and finally, at the beach or pool hold onto your hat!
No beach fashion article , especially one featuring fabrics with UPF 5o, would be completely without sun protection fashion for the hair and head. Recently, The Advice Sisters were offered a choice of fashionable Summer sun hats from Dorfman Pacific. We chose this classic lightweight cotton canvas sun hat with fold-ab;le 3” brim from Scala Collezione by Dorfman Pacific #LC399. The reason is the it comes in many colors, and it has a UPF 50+ rating, blocking 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays. The 3″ brim is wide enough to protect your face, but not so wide that it blocks your vision, competes with your shades, or makes you look like you’re wearing a lamp shade. In addition, you can adjust the brim to be jaunty, or pull it down, or move the brim in a variety of ways to suit your style. There is also an adjustable inner drawstring and a cool cottom lining. You can wash this hat if you are careful. The hat is completely packable. Crush it flat and just push it back into shape. Add a scarf, ribbon or pin to make it flashier. The price varies depending upon where you buy it, but the average seems to be around $25.00. A small investment that gives you a lot of fashion, beauty and health benefits. Visit http://www.dorfman-pacific.com/