I know this post is making kind of a late appearance, given that we’re already in mid-July, but so many of you requested it that I figured we’re better late than never, correct? This retroish option looks truly flattering.
This is a Miraclesuit, and is supposed to have seriously sucking-in properties.
Animal prints on swimsuits can skew cheesy fast, but this really works, I think because the cut is so good.
This shirt is from Grayson, which is a cheaper version of the brand Frank & Eileen, and according to several of you, they make a solid button-down. Here’s an even cheaper button-down, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.
Meanwhile, this shirt has a subtle dot pattern, which is cute.
I might have to acquire this peasant top, because it’s so simple in a really perfect way.
Pretty much all of these work for summer lounging about at home too: I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve clocked on the sofa with the dogs in this by-now-classic Emerson fry caftan. It’s got one of the most winning color combinations ever.
And speaking of color combinations, I’m always a fan of pink and orange, and the embellishment here is a cheeky touch.
This is so satisfyingly graphic: just black on white with a wee pop of yellow.
A jumpsuit is kind of a novel answer to the beach coverup question, and this one is so damn cute.
I own a version of this navy gauze caftan, and what’s really good about it is that—unlike many a cover-up—it’s completely opaque, so you can wear it from the beach to the street.
I wouldn’t fuss with the belt on cotton poplin number—it’s crisp enough without it.
Last year, I acquired this leopard print linen coverup from Emerson Fry, and I have loved it, and am pleased to see they’ve put it back in rotation after it sold out. I wore it to the beach pretty much every time I went, and it got softer with each wash (I would keep it out of the dryer unless you want it to shrink up a bit).
A feminine floral that works for me because it’s not quite a maxi, which I feel is so much more flattering.
This maxi, on the other hand, really works: so graceful and flowy.
I could see myself kicking around my favorite farm stands in this sweet contrast eyelet cover-up.
A really elegant choice (that isn’t cheap) from Mara Hoffman. I like how the fabric has a barely-there grid pattern.
Going short isn’t a crime at the beach, I don’t think, and this pink and green Indian block print is just so fun.
And finally: this would be so perfect for a beach barbecue that it almost makes me want to throw one.
I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.