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Packing For The Beach

Well, chilly weather has finally descended upon New York City this week. I know, I knowits the second week of February and weve had such a mild winter. A little cold weather was bound to show up at some point. And, just in time for the cold weather, I am headed to the beach for a week!

I cant wait to put my toes in the sand, read a great book, and see a little color return to my white legs. I am SO READY for some beach time!

One of my favorite parts of planning a beach vacation (or any vacation, for that matter) is to plan what to pack. A vacation is always a great time to try to justify some new purchases, right? And, since Ill be hanging at the beach for nearly a week, I snagged some new coverups to throw over my swimsuit. I thought Id share my top four favorite beach coverups that look just as great on the beach as they do with a pair of white jeans or a skirt for a casual dinneras well as the one swimsuit that I think everyone needs to buy.

Lets start with the swimsuit. J.Crews Underwire One Piece Swimsuit is, in my opinion, one of the most flattering suits EVER. But it's not about perfection, right? It comes in great colors and is available in Regular, Long Torso, Short Torso, D-Cup, and DD Cup options. I have an abnormally long torso (and, sadly, very short legs) and, usually, I need to look for a tankini situation in order to find a suit that covers my long torso well. The Long Torso option is so great for me. The suit covers well without being matronly and the underwire top both supports well AND lends a modern edge to a classic silhouette. This swimsuit also comes with strap options: You can wear it with shoulder straps either straight or with a criss-cross in back, you can wear it strapless, or you can wear it halter style. I love, LOVE this suit and I have NEVER loved a swimsuit.

Now, lets talk coverups:

I have four cover ups shown. They are all different in style and price point, so there is something here for everyone! Although, I have to say that each of these options looks great on me and I do not have a forgiving figureI am curvy with that long torso and those short legsso I have to think that each of these would look great on just about anyone!

This might actually be something you have in your closet already. I love, LOVE to pack a white button-down tunic shirt to use as a swimsuit coverup. I especially like this Crisp Tunic Softened Shirt from Loft. Im a big fan of things that can do double-duty in my suitcase, and packing a long white button down is a great piece. Over your swimsuit: roll up the sleeves to a 3/4 length, pop the collar, and button itor not. After you are finished with pool time, pair this shirt with leggings or skinny jeans for a casual dinner. If your tunic shirt is long enough, belt it, wear it with sandals, and call it a dress. Classic!

Coverup #2 is this Tropical Palm Tunic from Anthropologie. I love the pink palm print on this coverup! Its great over your swimsuit, of course, but its also really cute with skinny white jeans, a pink or black cami (or tank top), and strappy sandals. Again, I love a piece that can go from the beach to pre-dinner cocktails! Next up is the Pom-Pom Beach Tunic from J.Crew. This is another coverup that works great over white jeans! Its also really cute half-tucked into shorts (Im partial to J.Crews shorts, toolots of inseam lengths to fit lots of body styles).

Lastly, this black and white coverup is a total steal. Its under $15.00 on Amazon! This chiffon coverup is striped in the front and sheer black in the back. Its a fun, modern slouchy style that looks so effortlessly chic thrown over a swimsuit. And, as I like my suitcase items to really work for me, I also like this piece over a black cami and black skirt. You can do a half tuck if youd like, but its kind of cute over a a body conscious black dress (or the cami and skirt option). Or, wear it over a black cami and white jeans.

Are any of you headed somewhere warm and tropical? If so, Id love to hear what your beachwear essentials are!