If you’ve got it, flaunt it in a cool new swimsuit – and if you’re going to show off your new swimwear, you’ll want to accessorize it perfectly. But there’s a fine line between accessorizing with class, and taking it too far. You want to enhance your fashionable look, not weigh it down with too many additions or tacky choices.
So how do you choose the accessories that will complement your swimwear and give you that perfectly polished look you’re seeking? Never fear; we’ve got some great tips below to help you find the accoutrements to take your look from “Nice,” to “Wow! She looks amazing!”
5 Ways to Select the Best Swimwear Accessories:
1. Some Super Shoes—
Most women agree that high heels have the opposite effect the wearer is hoping for when combined with a bikini, turning what should be a cute, casual look into: “I got lost on my way to the beauty pageant.”
In other words, don’t try too hard. Confident girls don’t have to try, they simply are. So find a flattering pair of sandals or flip-flops instead, and save the pumps for your formal wear.
You can also use beading, ties, glitter, sequins and other details to dress up sandals if you’re trying to make your outfit more interesting.
If you must add height to your swim ensemble, stick with wedges in natural materials with subtle, low heels so you don’t overdo it.
2. A Hot Hat—
In addition to protecting your face from the damaging effects of the sun, a hat is a great way to dress up your beach wear. Pair it with some sunglasses to add even more stylish sunscreen.
A big floppy hat will offer the most shade, obviously, but even a smaller version can help you stay cool and looking fashionable.
Baseball hats are sporty, but if you’re seeking an alternative to the classic wide-brimmed movie star hat, consider a fedora, boater, derby or cowboy hat to keep it feminine and flirty.
3. A Cool Cover-Up—
Sarongs are a popular swimwear cover-up choice because of their breezy versatility and sexy style, generally wrapped around the hips to serve as a skirt.
If you’re getting too much sun on your shoulders, a sarong can also be layered over the upper body like a pashmina to offer protection with beauty.
Loose-fitting dress-style cover-ups are an excellent choice because they can be worn into the evening if needed. Kaftans are another elegant version of this public-ready look that every woman can wear.
4. The Right Jewelry—
All jewelry doesn’t work with every style, and each swimsuit calls for a different look. To figure out what rings, bracelets or necklaces you should choose, you’ll need to first figure out your swimsuit style.
Sporty swimsuits are popular this year, and with athletic swimwear it’s best to think simple when adding rings or bracelets. In general, skip the necklaces, as they tend to overly formalize this style.
Retro swimwear is also big right now, and allows for funky jewelry of all types, with flowers, cherries, bows, polka dots and anything that adds kitschy charm, as long as isn’t too busy.
When accessorizing with the bohemian or geometric prints we’ve seen on the runways lately, dangly, exotic earrings and bracelets look amazing, especially in shells, beads and other intricate designs.
As always, if your suit is modern and clean, keep all accessorizing contemporary and basic, with one big statement piece such as a metal cuff bracelet or a larger pendant necklace, rather than detailed additions.
5. The Best Bag—
Beach bags and totes come in a vast array of styles and colors, from natural materials that match everything, like straw or macramé, to wild and bold patterns that add pop to any outfit.
As with jewelry, the bag you carry should match your suit style, but because sporty and modern suits are often simple, you can get away with a bright burst of color via your bag or tote if you’d like.
In general, your bag is where you store towels, lotions, magazines and other poolside or beach necessities, and not something you carry around with you, so have fun and pick the bag you love.
Accessorizing your swimwear can be just the thing to make the same suit you may see on someone else all your own. By adding hats, jewelry, bags, cover-ups and cute shoes, you can completely personalize every look to stand out with your special brand of summer style. Use the tips above to add awesome accessories to your swimwear and be the princess of every pool party.