Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wear It Twice: Poolside

I didn’t fully understand the purpose of bathing suits that can’t get wet, until I started making jewelry. Fashion doesn’t have boundaries - it goes everywhere, and so does jewelry. And just because you’re wearing a fabulous bathing suit, doesn’t mean you plan to go swimming. Maybe all you want to do is get a great tan.

In any case, if your swimwear is just for looks, then there’s no reason not to accessorize it. Today, I wanted to look at some fun ways to pair jewelry with bathing suits, for hot summer days on the patio. I started with a statement piece that is a vacation essential - a shell necklace. The one I picked looks wonderfully tropical with shell donuts and strands of tiny wood beads.

Swimsuit Additions

I tried to create two unique looks for different tastes. One is a little more conservative and a little tribal inspired. The other is a bit daring and a lot more uptown. The palette of orange and aqua, with hints of warm brown and yellow is great for the pool, the beach, or the backyard.

Orange and Turquoise by the Pool Treasury

For the handmade and vintage alternatives, I decided to take a look around Etsy this month. The selection of bathing suits is much broader, and I was able to find two that fit perfectly with the theme. It was hard to choose just a few necklaces, and I couldn’t resist adding the aqua lampwork nautilus.

Last but not least, here are just a few of my favorite Polyvore sets featuring today’s picks:

Let's go to the beach...



by ThanyuzhK featuring an orange tote

HOT HOT Summer

What’s your favorite bathing suit style? Have you ever worn your jewelry to the beach?

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  1. I love the look of a bikini top with a cute pair of jeans shorts, like the one in your picture collage. I don't generally wear jewelry to the beach/pool due to the sunscreen/chlorine on my skin. But I have seen a very cool bikini top made of chainmaille using neoprene rings on my chainmaille group. The artist did a great job, but I don't think I'm ready to take that plunge :P

  2. Fabulous sets! ...and thanks for the motivation to leave the computer and head for the nearest beach (on a lake), lol


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