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  1. Poppy Buxom
    September 29, 2010

    I love to go shopping in really glamorous resort areas for things I can wear to any beach, anywhere. I don't go to the beach that often–but why not look as though I do? It increases confidence–which most of us need more of when we're wearing a bathing suit.

    I'm one of those who has to hide from the sun, and I got a lot of use out of a couple of Lilly Pulitzer cotton lawn dresses. They worked as dresses for lunch or dinner–and the next day as beach cover-ups.

  2. Jan
    September 29, 2010

    1. My entire life is complementary colors; it's the way I dress. I am Queen of the Separates. I also own four bathing suits, two of which consist of one bathing skirt and two different tops (in complementary colors, of course).

    2. I have a lovely, attractive bathing robe I use as a cover-up, but I also own a sarong purchased in Hawaii. The woman who sold it to me showed me at least six different ways to tie it, only one of which I remember.

    3. I can't do flip-flops; things between my toes irritate me. I wear one of the other 4,000 pairs of sandals I own that don't go between my toes.

    4. Believe it or not, I own hiking shoes. I even wear them sometimes.

    Eh, this is getting too long. I own two large, floppy hats, I don't do sunscreen (there's more and more research coming out showing it turns carcinogenic when exposed to the sun), and who would take patent leather, pink or otherwise, to the beach? Workout gear? On vacation? Surely you jest (I just don't eat the donut.) I never, ever wear my swimsuit anywhere but to the beach or poolside. Skirts are good, I don't wear jewelry and panache and I aren't even on speaking terms, much less a first name basis.

  3. That’s Not My Age
    September 29, 2010

    Oh I like the idea of a sand release bag – I always find a miniature dune in my suitcase when I get home. I agree with you on colour and white jeans (always good in summer) though on the sandal front I take two pairs of flip-flops and one pair of Birkenstocks for comfort. And I have perfected the art dashing into the sea from under the umbrella, without falling over/trampling over small children!

  4. hostess of the humble bungalow
    September 29, 2010

    Bangle and the world bangles with you!
    Love that…bangling and jangling from here…
    I love your WASPY advice on packing…I need all the help I can get in that area…I am challenged when it comes to deciding what to take.
    Maybe I'll ask you next time I have a trip planned!

    Have fun…doughnuts and Pinot hmm…interesting combination!

  5. materfamilias
    September 29, 2010

    We've never been Bathing Suit Vacation types, although we've been lucky for 15+ years now to live beach-side so we do manage to get some swimming in during the summer.
    But this past summer we spent a week poolside in north-central Portugal and it was glorious. And I have to echo your rec. for 2 or more swimsuits. Pater thought I could manage with one, and given that I was fitting a month's travel wardrobe into a carry-on, I was tempted to stick to that plan. But I thought ahead to those unpleasant moments squeezing into a still-wet suit and I anticipated your good advice!

  6. Patsy
    September 29, 2010

    I usually go with 2 or 3 pairs of jangly statement earrings. Earrings are small and much easier to pack than statement necklaces and bracelets.

    Enjoy your bathing suit vacation! Despite living (almost) on the beach, I rarely swim here in New England, too damn cold for this wussy girl.

  7. Anna Mavromatis
    September 29, 2010

    Your fashion style tips are for… keeps!
    Your advise truly transcends time; it will be as good in the future as it is now.
    Thank you a million!!!

  8. Duchesse
    September 29, 2010

    May you resort with a sarong in your heart. A caftan is nice too.

    Love your advice about sunscreen. Lower spf + hiding!

  9. Semi Expat
    September 29, 2010

    I too LOVE 'bangle and the world bangles with you'! And the idea of orange havianas too… Great bathing suit holiday packing advice Lisa…x

  10. Faux Fuchsia
    September 29, 2010

    I love a resort holiday at the beach or on an island.

    If you ever come to Australia you have to visit Hayman Island and Hamilton Island on the Barrier Reef, Noosa, and the Gold Coast. Most of my wardrobe is "resort wear" because Mr FF and I love the beach 11/10.

    I always pack several bikinis (altho as I age I might have to rethink this) and sarongs and sheer caftans as coverups and a big straw hat. I also have lots of what you call flipflops and what we call thongs, and I have 2 beach bags, a giant straw one and an Anya Hindmarch canvas one.

    I long for my beach holiday when I think of all of this.

  11. Barbara
    September 29, 2010

    Great post. May the beach be with you. Enjoy.
    BarbaraG

  12. RoseAG
    September 29, 2010

    One piece or two?

    My cousin Mary was showing us their pictures of a vacation at a nice looking resort in Mexico and remarked that she takes her "out of the country bikini" with her because no one in Mexico wears a one piece bathing suit.

    She tells me that the beach is full of women with rolls of fat hanging over their bikini bottoms and it's no biggie if yours is also.

    Is this true?

  13. Her Preppiness
    September 29, 2010

    Great post.

  14. Buckeroomama
    September 29, 2010

    I. Must. Have. Those. Black. Jeweled. Sandals. I simply must!

  15. Gayle is Volatile
    September 29, 2010

    Wow, this has been really helpful! Thanks!
    http://www.gayleisvolatile.blogspot.com

  16. LPC
    September 30, 2010

    Poppy – I agree. Shopping in resort areas sometimes you also find either local designers who make cool stuff, or a shop owner with a good eye who just didn't want to fight the big city life.

    Jan – OK. I will go to Hawaii with you any day:). But no jewelry at all? Hmm. I might have to try to undermine your resolve.

    That's not my age – Yes, we must protect the small children even at the cost of our dignity and loveliness.

    hostess – Do not worry. I don't eat the doughnuts and Pinot together…

    mater – You obviously are an eminently sensible woman:).

  17. LPC
    September 30, 2010

    Patsy – My problem with earrings is my long hair – which at the beach or after swimming is prone to tendrils. And New England might be cold in the water but have you ever tried the California Pacific? Freezing!

    Anna – Thank you so much.

    Duchesse – Ha! Took me a minute to get that:).

    Semi – I'm thinking of building a whole collection of Havianias….

    FF – I hear the beaches in Australia are the best. My son said Frazier Island was astonishing. I am so glad you don't take leather to the beach.

  18. LPC
    September 30, 2010

    Barbara – Ah. Would that I could just take a little beach out of my pocket now and then. The ocean part. The sand is easier:).

    Rose – I had worn one piece suits for years, then tried a tankini, and now even own a bikini. Which I wear only in select places myself:). I haven't been to Mexico in 30 years, so I do not know, but it sounds plausible.

    Her Preppiness – Thank you!

    Buckeroo – I am flattered that you like those shoes. In fact I bought them at the same hotel I stayed in this week, several years ago.

    Gayle – You are welcome.

  19. Joanna
    September 30, 2010

    "Millions of Southeast Asian men have proved the concept" – and women too! Vietnamese, Indonesians, Malays…

  20. La Belette Rouge
    September 30, 2010

    I too covet those black jeweled sandals. I wish I had found them at the beginning of summer. For me beach resorts mean tunics and pareos. My hips are not resort ready and tunics and pareos make the beach a possibility. Love your taste, as always!
    xo

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