I am at the beautiful beaches of 30A enjoying some much-needed rest before the crazy wedding season goes into full throttle. May is a FABULOUS time to be a the beach, great weather, no crowds. Last night we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Wine Bar in Watercolor. One of my favorite spots of outdoor dining and people watching. After a day at the beach, I want to be comfortable but cute and stylish. I have several go-to dresses I keep at my beach house for dining out. One of my favorites is a simple black strapless dress
Black Strapless Dress
I bought this dress a couple of years back at Charming Charlies. What I liked about the dress was the padding and support in the bra. It was super thick which allows me to not have to wear a strapless bra. After a day of sun, the last thing you want to put on is a strapless bra. The shorter length of the dress pairs well with cute kimonos or lightweight sweaters.
I am really trying to hon my wardrobe down to my needs. When you go out to dinner in the evenings at the beach, you need a very lightweight sweater or jacket (especially in the spring). I found this ruana from Chico’s Off The Rack. This is the Garden Palms Ruana and it has sold out! FABULOUS tropical print with black background works perfectly with my strapless dress for a style look. I love all the colors in this ruana and look forward to wearing it with many outfits this summer. Ruanas are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe to give a simple dress a polished, stylish look. Plus it is practical.
Simple Gold Jewelry For Evening Look
The ruana was such a statement piece, I decided to go with simple gold jewelry to finish off the outfit. I am loving the layered necklace look. The simple diamond was a gift from my husband, but the gold disk is new and was a part of a set of layered necklaces. I have been wearing this necklace on a daily basis to help create more stylish daytime outfits. This neck is the BP 2 Pack Gold Coin Necklace from Nordstroms. My earrings are gold round disk that I got several years back and wear all the time.
You can’t have beach look without a FABULOUS pair of sunglasses. This pair is the Nalani from Maui Jim in black I bought at Zappos. I am a HUGE fan of the Maui Jim sunglasses, love the polarized lens for outdoor fun and driving. These glasses are also saltwater safe, which is so important if you are in the water at the beach.
This year I have added this summer straw clutch to my wardrobe. I am not a big purse girl, but I had a need to carry a simple clutch for cell phone, tissues, keys. The Hat Attack Sunshine Clutch will go with many of my summer outfits and serves as a great “place saver” for outdoor events. Lots of great straw purses out there right now. I wanted something simple. You can get this on Amazon too.
I don’t have a pic of my shoes, but I wore my ever faithful black Fitflops. Super comfortable for walking around town after a lovely dinner out. I LOVE FitFlops and have 6 pairs. After years of suffering from foot pain, these shoes were my lifesaver. They are a little pricey, but you can find them on Nordstrom Rack on sale and in the stores from time to time.
Heading to the beach soon? Check out my blog post on my FAVORITE swimwear for the summer, Lands End Swimwear