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Cover-ups, Beach Wedges, and Bags Are Essential Beach Accessories: From Philly Fashionistas


Philly Fashionistas with Biana DeMarco

Summertime might be the height of swimsuit season for you but behind the scenes vendors are hastily rolling out their Fall offerings. What this means is hefty markdowns and your chance to stock up on some stylish beach essentials. And I don’t just mean swimsuits. I've compiled a list of equally important beach accessories that will help complete your summer look.

Do you remember the days when a Juicy terry dress was all you needed to look fabulous at the beach? Talk about a beach uniform. I literally owned one in every shade of color. Well, today is all about finding key pieces that fit your personal style. The cookie-cutter, one-fits-all garments are no in. At the forefront of beach fashion are delicate and feminine cover ups; the more unique the better

Which brings me to Melissa Odabash, a swimwear designer who’s garments I've been admiring for years. Her designs never cease to amaze, from eastern inspired to ethereal dress-like creations, there’s always a cover-up that I can’t live without. A former model, Melissa knows a thing or two about beachwear and her pieces are as stylish as they are comfortable. My top pick for this summer is the Aurora cover-up, $399. This beautiful paisley silk-chiffon comes with a ruched back, metallic detail and a very sexy split front. Ah-mazing!

Beach Wedges

CARAVELLA SANDALSFlip-flops have always been the summer go-to shoe. No one wants to squeeze their lovely feet into anything but. But take it from me, wedges are the perfect alternative to flip-flops. What better way to come out of your comfort zone and achieve stellar posture than donning this summer’s ultra feminine and edgy look.

If you wear flip-flops for comfort rest assured, wedges will cradle your foot better than any flat thong which offers no arch support at all. Plus, you will gain a few inches, your legs will look endless and you’ll be gracing the boardwalk in style. My top wedge pick for the summer are the Balenciaga Caravella Sandals. What a pair! These sandals will look great with shorts, flowy dresses and cover-ups. Of course now is the best time to buy then since they were just reduced to, $385.

It's In The Bag
Anya Hindmarch Beach Party ToteSo many bags, so little time and have I got a bag for you! Many women have asked me for beach bag recommendations. As much thought goes into making a beach bag selection as in choosing an evening clutch. So, when I stumbled on this retro inspired Anya Hindmarch Beach Party Tote, $206.50 I knew it was the one.

Recently marked down, this tote is full of whimsy and charm. As creative on the outside as it is on the inside it is a blissful departure from a typical beach bag. My favorite features are the screen-print beach party graphic and of course the wrapped rope double handles. It's reminiscent of an old-school lunch box but in a retro-chic kind of way. The abundance of color will ensure that it matches to virtually anything you bring to the beach and it’s roomy enough to fit all the necessities.

I hope this post inspires you to evaluate your beach essentials. The way you coordinate all of the moving parts of your outfit in the winter is equally as important in the summer. Everything that you wear is an extension of you. So, choose your selections wisely. It is better to have a few of the things you really want than a lot of something that you don't. Enjoy your summer weekend and happy shopping ladies!


Be sure to check out Biana's website PhillyFashionistas.com for the latest fashion trends in Philly and beyond!

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