5 years ago by


Erik Melvin


Brie Welch

Brie gave us the run down on some killer swimwear options for the summer, but if you’re like me and wondering what you can wear to keep your beach attire versatile and your skin protected from that relentless sun, we’ve got you covered! (Literally). First stop, that face!

I know I know, we aren’t all hat people, but in the summer wearing one is so necessary! Plus, for me, it’s the easiest way to hide my tangled hair. Maybe you were blessed with perfect beach hair but I’m constantly braiding, twisting… anyway, that’s a discussion for another post.

kellie cockrell garance dore photo

kellie cockrell photo

After a little trial and error, I’ve learned that a full brim hat for full coverage of the face and scalp is essential. My tendency for burning my scalp means visors are not an option, which is probably for the best because while some people look very chic wearing them, I look like a tourist.

I have also been noticing that brands like J.Crew and Soleil Toujours are offering a selection of hats with UPF 50 sun protection. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and blocks 98% of those unstoppable UV rays. This should never replace sunscreen but there’s no such thing as too much protection, right?

kellie cockrell garance dore photo

Next body part at risk for a sunburn – the shoulders! They’re so exposed and always need a little extra tender love and care. My shoulders are usually the first place I burn every summer. But the idea of covering up shouldn’t get you down, I see it as the perfect opportunity to have some fun with a great long sleeved number. Don’t you agree? Also, when that sun starts to set, you’re going to be real happy you brought something easy that helps transition your bathing suit into the cool night.

We played up the colors of Kellie’s bathing suits with complementary colored cover up tops. I don’t know about you, but looking at these pictures has me pretty darn excited for my next beach trip!

kellie cockrell garance dore photo

kellie cockrell garance dore photo

Mustard Print Top, Thierry Colson ; Yellow Bikini, Eres ; Black & White Top, Dodo Bar Or ; Grey Bikini, Her. ; Orange Bikini, Thapelo ; Jeans, Re/Done ; Bag, Orlebar Brown ; Striped One-piece, J.Crew ; Hat, Soleil Toujours ; White One-Piece, Her ; Hat, Zara ; Lemon Print Suit, Dolce & Gabbana ; Hat, House of Lafayette


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