Marcellas_1  Guest Post from Marcellas Reynolds . . .

The temperatures are rising and that means beach season is finally here! It’s time to start thinking about 3 day weekends and days spent at the beach. As your personal stylist Marcellas Reynolds my mission is to help you look fabulous at the shore WITHOUT taking everything in your closet! It’s time to pack.

Sunscreen? Check. Leave-in conditioner? Absolutely. Because we are getting our hair wet and we are not taking a blow dryer! You’re headed to the beach so wet that hair, pull it back in a chic chignon or add in a little leave-in conditioner and let it air dry curly. Toss on the season’s chicest accessory; the hat. It could be our fun menswear inspired Bright Straw Fedora or the super chic Large Statement Hat! Whichever you decide, a hat automatically adds panache and style to even the most casual outfit.
Large Statement Hat

Now let’s tackle clothes.

It’s the beach so let’s start with the basics; tanks or tops in a bunch of fruity colors. In the Midnight Velvet video “Fresh Color for Spring” I extol the virtues of tops in colors like raspberry, lemon and persimmon! Bright are great for summer and the beach. They pair perfectly with cropped jeans, ripped boyfriend jeans, or your new favorite pant, the Gauze Palazzo! What I love about this pant, aside from the elastic waist, is it’s perfect with flip flops or our Colored Wedge Thong for a casual look. Yet because of the wide leg it’s chic for a dressy dinner when paired with the Crochet High Low Top and Picasso Sandal!
Gauze Palazzo Pant

Gauze Palazzo Pant

Do you see what I did there? I just listed 3 other key pieces to pack! Cropped jeans, the white Gauze Palazzo, and the Crochet High Low Top! Both the palazzo and high low top can double as beach cover-ups too! And speaking of cover-ups, my favorite doubles as a gorgeous dress for shopping in town or dinner with friends! It’s the Mixed Print Maxi Dress and it’s the cornerstone of your beach getaway looks! You know how to work a maxi; long and elegant with a statement necklace and embellished sandals, or heels for dinner. Or over your swimsuit with flip flops as a cover up by the pool! Either way you make a bold statement in a dress that makes you the fab focus!
Mixed Print Maxi Dress

Mixed Print Maxi Dress

No beach getaway would be complete without a swimsuit and at Midnight Velvet we have a million cute to sexy styles for every body! I have 2 favorites. I love bold, grown and sexy so I recommend the Blitz Zipper Suit! The comfy “miracle” fabric instantly slims you for a younger, more confident look. And that luxe gold zipper down the front is the height of style! Is that a little too sexy? Are you more demure and fun? Well I’ve got you covered in one of the sweetest and trendiest swimsuits of the season; the Blue and Black One Piece! Crossover panels in a halter style drape and cover in the prettiest way. And the color blocking effect is right off the Spring Summer 2016 runways. Who said you can’t be super stylish at the beach?!

Blitz Zipper Suit

Blitz Zipper Suit

Here’s the Ultimate Beach Getaway rundown:

  • A printed maxi dress
  • Brightly colored tanks or tops
  • White pants (the Gauze Palazzo)
  • Cropped or ripped jeans in a light wash
  • A one piece swimsuit that’s either chic or sweet
  • A hat that makes a statement
  • Oversized sunglasses (a must!) 
  • Embellished sandals 

And there you have it ladies. What to pack for the ultimate beach getaway! And remember relax and have a BLAST! For Midnight Velvet I’m Marcellas Reynolds, your personal stylist.

Here’s another post with tips and ideas for hitting the beach >