By Bobbie Thomas
Let’s face it, when you finally get some free to time, you want to look good, but you really want to feel good- because that’s the whole point, right? So whether you’re planning a getaway or just live for easy breezy weekends where you live, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas highlights the best casual chic basic looks to collect.
As a woman with curves, I can understand the desire to cling to a cover-up on the beach! If fear of feeling overexposed has you anxious before you even set sail for your destination, consider a colorful tunic or caftan to boost your confidence. EchoDesign.com has grown to be a favorite of mine over the years, offering reasonably priced pieces ranging from elegant and airy to pretty and preppy. A vibrant, glamorous cover-up never goes out of style, so consider the shoreline your catwalk and get carried away in bold tones and punchy prints; you can even add a matching hat or handbag for a polished, head-to-toe look (Cover Ups & Caftans $42-$149; echodesign.com).
Some days you may find yourself wanting to lay low and curl up with a good book. Resist the urge to slip into your old "standby" sweats, just in-case you opt decide to grab lunch or explore. Instead, upgrade to soft yet sophisticated alternatives. Hi-lo hemlines or maxi length skirts look effortless when paired with soft knit tops (BCBGeneration Mixed-Stitch Sweater $98, Lordandtaylor.com; Kloe Knit Hi Lo Skirt $33, Alloy.com), and drawstring linen pants will look polished even with a simple T-shirt or cardigan (Shell Detail Cardigan $39, Venus.com; INC International Concepts Linen Wide Leg Pants $35, Macys.com).
When you're on vacation, you owe it to yourself to be spontaneous and roll with the tide. Let the day take you from one adventure to the next, and don't let your clothing confine you. Some of your cover-ups could easily convert into great evening dresses with the help of a few accents. Some earrings, bangles, and a small bag may be all you need to go from the sand to sipping cocktails (Raviya Tube Dress $48, dianesbeachwear.com). And a "lightweight" little black dress is an ideal option to have as well. Look for a less tailored style, one that flows can be carefree during the day, but then transformed with a just belt for later on (MM Couture 3/4 Sleeve Tie Dress $78, Missme.com).