When it comes to hitting the beach, many women dread the season of skin exposure. Instead of dreading it, though, why not get in on the latest trends? You’ll probably feel more chic, and you can probably find a trendy look that fits your comfort level. It’s not all about swimwear – it’s about beachwear! Here are some of the trends for beachwear in 2012.
1. Ruffles and Lace
Sleeveless tops get a whole new look in 2012 – ruffles! Around the neck, on the front, or part of the shirt itself, ruffles are the new look for going sleeveless. Ruffles also adorn coverups this year, too, lending a playful addition to a traditional swimsuit cover.
Lace is trendy this year, too. It’s appearing on coverups and sheer shirts that make elegant covers for the beach.
Rompers are back, and so are jumpers. These one-piece classics are great to wear on the beach. There’s quite a variety of rompers available for 2012, such as ones with built-in belts or flouncy skirt-like shorts. The colors are trending toward earth tones and blues this summer.
In 2012, many fashion designers are aware of the financial pinch many are feeling. So the accessories for beachwear are exceptional this year – accessories give you a new look for less. Look for bright colors and funky shapes and patterns in handbags this year.
4. Strappy Sandals and Flip-Flops
The strappy look can cover a wide range of sandal styles. You will find some very high, cork-heeled strappies this year, as well as flats. Wedge heels are in for 2012, too, as are “gladiator sandals” with ankle-high straps.
And yes, flip-flops are back! Invest in a few pairs and get into the colorful flip-flop trend this summer.
Sundresses are classic beachwear. You can go barefoot in a nice sundress as you walk along the beach, or pair it up with trendy sandals for going out. This year, short or long sundresses are in, and so is floral print.
6. Sun Hats
Maybe it’s because we’re more aware of skin cancer these days – but whatever the reason, the sun hat is making a comeback in 2012. In fact, the big, floppy variety is making an appearance as well, complete with chin ties and scarves. It’s a great way to help keep the sun off your face and shoulders while you’re walking on the beach, and the chin ties minimize the chance that your trendy hat will be blown off by oceanside winds!