Vacay shopping: colourful cover ups that will take you from beach to cocktails
You’ve picked your swimsuits, packed your beach reads, and have your fave shades on already. The only thing missing? A versatile cover-up that’ll meet all your pool (and bar)-side needs! Now we don’t know about you, but we’re all about packing summertime sunshine brights for this year’s vacay. If you can’t wear seriously bold, bright colours under the blaring sun on the beach this summer, when can you? We say it’s time to stop playing it safe with timid monochrome ensembles. Instead, follow our sandy footprints as we lead the way in wearing colours with confidence!
Born from a love for crystal ocean water, lush tropical landscapes and beautiful people, we’ve been blinded by the beauty, boldness and brightness of Beach Cuties kaftans. Designer Ankita Bhati agrees wholeheartedly that summer is the time to embrace vibrant colours: ‘I think dressing up should be fun, especially when it’s on your vacation or some down time’. Her only warning is to be careful when mixing too many colours that’ll clash …but she quickly provides an antidote by pointing out that Beach Cuties have already done the hard work for us, each piece being specially crafted with a lot of thought to make sure that’s never the case!
Still a little nervous about making such a stand out statement as you lounge on the sand and frolic in the sea? Don’t be, says Ankita! ‘Beach Cuties colours are bold but they are rich and not kitsch! We’ve put a lot of thought into our designs, and all the colours, patterns and embroidery are tastefully done’. And if all else fails, try channelling your inner sunkissed Floridian – ‘in Miami, none of our pieces seem too bold!’
We want to see your self-esteem soar this summer, so we’ve rounded up our favourite Beach Cuties cover ups to make sure you feel able to wear colours with confidence! Whether you’re looking for the quintessential kaftan, a bohemian dress, or stellar maxi that’ll take you right into cocktail hour, we’ve got you covered—literally.
Lacy, delicate and sexy—we love everything about the Seashell Dress! This is where a bold colourful printed bikini can come in to it’s own on the beach, teasingly peeping through from underneath. ‘Add a white slip underneath, a tan belt, a long pendant necklace and tan sandals’ for a look that’s worthy of even the most elegant affair. Team with a floppy hat to go true Hamptons-chic!
Go for a look that’s totally St. Tropez-worthy with the Twilight Tunic. Pair it with white shorts or jeans for that ethereal effect. The white beads and sequins on this piece glimmer like a soft dream. Not much accessorising is needed with this piece since it makes a statement all on its own. Finish off your look with over-sized tortoise shades, a great raffia tote and a full-to-the-brim Bellini!
Soft and cool, the Blue Sky Maxi has a deep V back, so pull your salty hair up in to a top knot to show it off! ‘This dress transitions seamlessly’, Ankita tells us. ‘Add a soft smoky eye and a nude lip and you’re ready to go’.
No cover up guide would be complete without some serious embroidery. The indigo blue detailing against the white of the Santorini will make you feel cool on a hot summers day! Available in red too, it’s perfect for adding a pop of colour to a staple black bikini. Wear it on the beach with flip flops, and opt for a pair of strappy heels for night time dancing – white, or gold if you’re bold!
Stay stylish and comfortable in a lightweight, bohemian style cover-up like the Peacock Garden and Sweat Pea dresses. Both stunningly feminine, the vivid colours will put a smile on your face even when you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a late night at the beach bar! As the sun sets, pair with skinny jeans and you’re ready for your al fresco dinner.