As you may have worked out from the title of this blog, I don’t dislike the beach. Living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney means we’re pretty lucky to have a range of beautiful beaches to choose from which are all close to home. If the weather is fine and it’s a Saturday or Sunday, you will find our family at the beach. Even in the winter, we’ll take our boys (aged 3 and 4.5) for a play on the sand, an explore of the rockpools and a sneaky coffee for mum and dad while we’re there. In summer, we tend to go twice a day (morning and late arvo) and with our new sombrilla, we rotate between swims and snack time in the shade.
I wouldn’t say beach time is a relaxing pursuit at this stage of my life. I don’t bring magazines with me. I wear sporty style swimwear because I’m regularly hit by dumping waves on the shore as I construct elaborate pools, castles and dams out of wet sand (nobody wants to see a mother in her mid 30s trying to locate half of her bikini). Even when we’re sitting under our sombrilla, my kids seem to think I make the perfect climbing frame. Such fun when they are both caked in sand…
So when it comes to beach attire, I know what works and I know what I like:
- I like to wear something that can get wet, sandy and sunscreeny but dries quickly.
- I like something that I can chuck on over my wet swimmers and sandy body as I carry one (and sometimes two!) of my sons over the hot sand towards the showers.
- I like something that I can chuck on to drive home.
- I like something that can be rolled up and stuffed into the beachbag when I want to go swimming.
- I like to wear things that don’t absorb all the water from my swimmers and make it look like I’m lactating.
- The lesser items the better because sometimes finding your clothes at the bottom of the beachbag when the kids are screaming for an icecream can be tricky.
- Sometimes a simple sarong can be a dress, shawl and a towel if required.
- Beach bags need to be large, durable and bright. I put together a selection of great beach bags here
So today’s moodboard is dedicated to easy beachwear – sarongs, kimonos and kaftans that have serious beachtime endurance. They’re all under $60 and they’re pretty too
1. Oceana necklace $29.99 by Jeanswest; 2. Crochet kaftan $35 by Target; 3. Fresia hat $24.99 by Jeanswest; 4. Open kaftan $49 by Target; 5. Wisteria kaftan $44.95 by Living Doll at Birdsnest; 6. Cotton kaftan $54.95 by Nest Picks at Birdsnest.
7. Riviera floppy hat $24.99 by Jeanswest; 8. Feeing fruity denim cap $19.95 by Sportsgirl; 9. Green and pink jaipur print sarong $39 by Blue Bungalow; 10. Landscape kimono $35 by Desert Designs for Target; 11. Islander crochet kaftan $49.99 by Jeanswest; 12. Printed sarong $30 by Target.
Do you like to go to the beach? What type of beachwear works for you?