The thermometer has settled comfortably the 90s today in New York, making one thing clear: it is (un)fortunately bathing-suit season. Yes, we've been shopping for bikinis for months (we're also keen on one-pieces), but what will we wear over our suits en route to Rockaway Beach, the Hamptons, the piers, or even our rooftops this weekend? After all, a bikini does not an outfit make.
Sure, you may not find yourself in front of Testino's lens, poolside à la Karlie Kloss , or dipping your toes in tide pools for Godard, like Anna Karina , but being camera-ready in a slouchy button-down, shift dress, or oversized knit is still important (ahem, Instagram). Aside from serving the utilitarian purposes of keeping you street-legal and warm—god forbid the wind picks up while you're out at sea with your FWBs (Friends With Boats)—cover-ups can be just as sexy as showing skin (see: Jane Birkin in a crochet dress ). We say, look to great surf-and-turf style moments of editorial past—supes in men’s shirts, Daria’s sailboat cool—and get in the zone. It’s early enough in the season. And if all else fails and you’re standing in your closet in a tizzy, comparing one tattered tank top to another, pretend you’re on a Helmut Newton set (because, why not?): get thee a white bathrobe, oversized gold earrings, and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses, and err on the side of over-the-top glamorous. You can never be overdressed (or overeducated, or over-SPF’ed), and the beach is no exception.
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