taking beachwear to the bar


The last thing you feel like doing in summer is going home and raiding the wardrobe before hitting the town, so Elle offered tips for taking your beachwear through to the evening – leaving you to concentrate on soaking up some sun before cooling off with some cocktails.

The dress

A kaftan dress brings a touch of glamour to your beachwear and can easily be turned into evening wear with a few accessories. Another bonus is its ability to hide those indulgences that come with summer, such as mojitos and lobster rolls.

A lightweight dress can be easily stuffed into a beach bag ready for a quick change. Opt for bright colours and bold patterns, which will highlight your sun-kissed skin.

A maxi dress is casual yet sophisticated and is perfect for even the finest bars teamed with a few jewels and a stylish clutch.

The shoes

Leave the thongs behind and opt for a sandal instead. Woven leather sandals are both comfortable and chic and metallic styles add a touch of razzle-dazzle. For a bit of height, look for a strappy wedge.

The bag

A modern print will disguise the fact it is laden with sunscreen and a towel. An island print works perfectly as a festive clutch or a chain leather bag works well for both the day and night.

The accessories

Hide wet hair with a playful chiffon scarf or add a belt to a kaftan to bring it in at the waist. A long delicate necklace will look both pretty on the beach and stylish for the bar. For simple beachwear, a statement piece of jewelry can bring instant glamour to an outfit.