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Ask Raghunter: Maintaining your signature style at the beach

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Dear Raghunter,

I put a lot of thought into what I wear, and I’d like to think that I’ve perfected my signature style. The only place where I feel it’s lacking is the beach – a string bikini and flip flips just don’t convey my “look”. Is there a way I can keep up my style in a swimsuit, without looking like I’m trying too hard?

Sincerely, Floating along unfashionably

Dear Floating,

In a word, yes. When it comes to beachwear, showing off your signature style just takes a bit of thought. We stick to two basic tricks, with two different approaches.

The first is to stand out in a statement swimsuit. The beach tends to be a sea of triangle tops and string bottoms, so don’t be afraid to experiment with styles. If you live in printed halter maxi dresses on the weekends, try a printed one-piece halter at the beach. If crop tops and color blocking are staples for a night out, slip into a striped three-piece suit before you hit the pool. Your swimsuit should command enough attention to forgo other accessories. Taylor Swift is a great example of someone who doesn’t deviate from her look, even when she’s dripping in salt water.

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If, on the other hand, your look is defined by accessories, don’t let a little sand and sea keep you from being true to your style. Start with a basic swimsuit; a solid color in one or two pieces is the little black dress of swimwear. It serves as the perfect canvas for playful sandals*, a wrap, ocean-friendly jewelry, an oversized hat – whatever suits your mood. Local-favorite Lana del Rey keeps up appearances whether she’s on stage or sitting seductively by the pool.
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The bottom line is that you wouldn’t go to work in sweatpants, and you wouldn’t go to a club in a t-shirt in jeans. Dull and drab are not in your dictionary. Why should beachwear be the exception? Use a day in the sun as another opportunity to flaunt your fashion personality. And remember, there’s no such thing as being overdressed.

*High heels do not count as playful sandals. The only time swimsuits and heels should be worn together are on a stage in Las Vegas, and those girls are getting paid extra for it.

Cheers, The Raghunter Team

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