This may not be the SI (Sports Illustrated) swimsuit issue but it’s MY swimsuit issue!! Swimsuits can be so much fun when you finally find the right fit!!! It has taken me my whole life to know how to accept and love my body!!! I have had a child (my Frankie) which gave me stretch marks (battle wounds as I like to call them) that I am proud of!! Our bodies were meant to be different!! Ever heard ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!?”
That doesn’t mean I don’t adore a cover up! LOL!! They are so easy to go from being on a beach towel in the sand to being in line for ice cream at the Mr.Softie truck!! I absolutely love bright popping colors or embellishments!! This way you are always styling!!
Even though some cover ups don’t always do what they were meant to, cover up, they create a nice layer to have while running to and from the beach or store!! I love to invest in the basics!! Sarongs are so versatile. Tied around the waist as a skirt or crossed around your neck as a dress!!
Look for loose fitting dresses to use for cover ups!! They will give you a fun look and versatility to take on the day!
One accessory that I can’t seem to get enough of this season (and maybe ALL seasons) is turbans!! The ease of just throwing it on for a little hair control is fantastic!! The look is classic old Hollywood!
The secret is in the accessories!! They can make a pair of linen pants look fabulous!!
Accessories are a way to enhance your look! Surfboards are in the category of summer accessories (hee hee)!! A paddle board is also on the list!! Living so close to the water and knowing what a great core work out it is I really would love to invest in one!! For now we will just match our surf board!!
When you are looking to purchase coverups consider that they should be able to take you from a backyard water fight to an afternoon of BBQ fun!! I love to use my LBS (little black suit) with a simple black skirt and change of hats. Again sometimes all you need is some new and fresh accessories to make an old suit look good!
No matter where you go this summer do it in style!!!
You don’t need to buy a whole new collection of bathing suits, focus on accessories like coverups, fun hats and jewelry!!!
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A lot of people ask “Why do you dress up when you are an art teacher for elementary school!!??” I love this question!! It breaks down to a few reasons!! It totally helps me get through my day when I feel my best, comfortable and confident!!! I feel prepared to focus on the tasks that are in front of me, which happens to be our future…lead by example, show them that what you choose to do in life you should be done in your best dressed, if possible. Maybe the confidence I gain from dressing in what I love keeps me from questioning if I look okay. Realizing what you like and what makes you feel your best eliminates wasted time choosing outfits!! The best part of creating a fantastic look is when it is unexpected!!!
One of my favorite instagrammers Kawana Coy @mrs_coy_style_review said it best about a snake print boot and sparkle jacket combo: “Initially I thought it was odd, but it worked.” This is soooo the truth. When I look in my closet and say “I wonder!!?” that is when the magic usually happens (and sometimes I get a good laugh). The picture below of the polka dot shirt with black bow and beige sheer sleeves is a three shirt combo!! Love when this happens with layers!
A quote by Orson Welles are words to live by: “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and NOT giving a damn!” When I put together an outfit my first focus is to pick one piece in my closet that I would like to wear. Then I look at the color to determine what other colors would be most complimenting, like the beige and purple lace combo above (I thought of the beige like a gold/yellow which is purples compliment). Then I look and see if a print may be best, in this case it was texture, lace. Opposites attract with the black and white polka dot flip flop. I try it and if I like it I wear it!!
Get familiar with the color wheel it helps to nail combos!! Sometimes monochromatic colors work well. When everything has the same color base but different hues it only helps to create textures and depths in an outfit!!! Purple and pink seem to make a great marriage.
Look for color details in a piece and match one of them with a layer, like the turquoise in this tweed jacket that I layered with a matching dress. Sweaters with blouses can create new stylized sleeves and pops of colors to make the outfit pull together. I really adore the puffy sheer peeking out from the rolled sleeves.
I hope that these outfits tip starters help you this week and beyond to feel your best. I am and will continue to focus on having fun and feeling confident. Look for inspiration through art and aesthetics. Find me on instagram everyday with new outfit ideas @hinchology!!!