Beyond The Beach

Swimsuit: Target | Skirt: Thrifted | Shoes: Modcloth (Saltwater Sandals) | 
Sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse | Bag: Thrifted (Vintage) | Hat: Forever21

I've always loved the beach! Whether it is the feeling of sand between my toes, the sound of waves crashing along the shorelines, collecting seashells, people watching, cooling down in the salty water, or simply camped out in a chair reading a book, it's always been one of my favorite parts about summer! With my love for the beach comes my love for "beach style" which often means simple looks inspired by summer, heat, and the ocean.
I have always loved planning my beach looks around the location, but even more often planning them around my swimsuit. With the beach being a huge part of my summers every year I have loved the challenge of creating outfits that incorporate my swimsuit as part of the entire look. Some might simply say that it is just a cover up look, but I always like the idea that I could take what I wear beyond the beach (like this post last summer)
A week ago we took a family trip to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Alabama. Before we left I was at Target with my sister as we were both shopping for one more swimsuit to take on our trip. I searched for a good while trying to find a one piece (because all I have is two piece suits) that fit my style and modesty standards. After a good ten minutes I found this adorable green and white striped vintage inspired suit (that just so happened to be the LAST one in the store).
I have usually always preferred two piece swimsuits over one piece but this year I have really been liking one piece styles. I loved everything about this suit, especially the color and twist/ruching details in the front and knew it would be a fun & cute suit for the beach (plus it matches the beach) and would also look adorable with a linen skirt I happened to have.
It's amazing how all you have to do to utilize a swimsuit as a top is add a classy skirt (like this linen side button skirt), add a few accessories and you have a fun and simple beachy look! I added my Saltwater sandals, a fun vintage straw bag I thrifted and my go to boater hat.
I love how the look turned out! To be honest it kind of reminds me of Anne of Green Gables, or something fitting for the coasts of Prince Edward Island:) 

- Madison

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