April 7, 2021
This Year, She’s Going to Swim…
She read last year on her favorite blog that these swimsuits were so flattering that any self-consciousness about being seen in public in swimwear will change forever! So true, and after a missed year at the beach house with her extended family, she’s not going to skip anything…
This is her planned palette:
Most relatives will drive to their MASSIVE shared beach house, but she’s going to take the train… Experience has taught her that she really needs a cardigan; those trains can be FREEZING in warmer weather!
She’s thrilled to see a long-sleeved swim tee! And a swim skirt – now she has 4 swimwear pieces, which gives her 4 combinations… She could even be tempted by the long swim pants, some day!
After she packs her swimwear, the rest of her travel capsule wardrobe is straightforward summer classics:
She pauses for a moment, before she hangs her travel outfit in the bathroom, and before she folds everything down into her relatively small suitcase:
She needs outfits for the beach, for hanging out with family members at the house, and for going out for meals or sightseeing with various family groupings…
But she only has 1 pair of shoes??? 1 pair of earrings??? No hat, no sunglasses, NO SANDALS?????
Friday, we shall help her with accessories, eh?
p.s. Four years ago, we looked at the allures of 3 French 5-Piece Wardrobes, in Greenery, Azure, and Butter…
Fabulous! This is such a great selection, offering many more options when you start looking further. Can’t wait for the accessories…
Beth T says
I love these colours for summer though I prefer to keep my feet on dry land. I’ll be in a deckchair watching everyone else splashing around and handing out towels as they emerge sopping wet.
Thanks for the look back to the accent five piece wardrobes for warmer weather. I read all the associated ones in that series as well. This is a good time to remind us to ‘shop our wardrobes’ and add colour to the basics. I was amazed at how many cooler colours go with olive and stone, particularly lilac (my favourite), blush, coral pink, and turquoise. I’m also drawn to the pale butter yellow…. This fits my soft, muted and cool colouring. I could certainly experiment with taupe and a darker grey-green (if I can find such a colour). Failing that dark teal looks good with those colours too.
Hope the weather warms up soon. We had snow showers yesterday all over the UK and it remains bitterly cold all over the country. I’m still wearing poloneck tops. It’s April for goodness sake!
Lands End has come out with A Bunch of new swimwear. Across the sizing spectrum. I don’t really swim much, but I am thinking about the swim Ts for sun blocking casual wear. I’ve read they are light.
Yes, they’re light, as in lightweight, but not too comfortable on dry land in the heat. As rash guard and sunblock in the cool of water, mine is fabulous. But being made of nylon and Lycra, it doesn’t “breathe” like cotton or linen. Even the product description says something about good for “when the air turns cooler”. I wouldn’t dream of wearing even a short-sleeve one as a regular tee in the heat of the day. And getting out of it is like peeling off a swimsuit – except you have to get arms out, then over your head – not that easy!
I’ve worn mine for sun protection when hiking, and they’re not comfortable unless you are prepared for wearing what is basically a swim suit with long sleeves! The sun coverage is great though, and in the water these shirts are wonderful…
Not very pretty yet Columbia makes SPF shirts for women in their PFG gear. I have the snap button kind, collar and roll up sleeves- the snap button made it easy to take off the shirt quickly and dip in the water to cool off while paddle boarding. I also bought a full zip up rash guard with spf from amazon so I can alternate. I wouldn’t spend all day in either because they can get kinda hot.
Thanks for the info on the swim Ts. I will alter my plans. Pima cotton sounds better.
I have a Land’s End tankini top and a long-sleeve swim t-shirt and I love them both. They are flattering and block the sun. However, I will note that they are hard to get off, especially when they are wet. I swim several times a week in the warm weather because my kids are young and love to swim, so I get in the pool/lake/ocean with them.
This is a great wardrobe, but she does need accessories including a towel, masks, a beach bag, sunglasses and hat.
Linda P says
and a good book!
Gorgeous wardrobe, excited for the accessories! I had to get dressed in a huge rush this morning but thanks to a year of following a pallet… grabbing the first cardigan and second shirt I saw and yesterday’s trousers has yielded a perfectly acceptable outfit. I love color and was seriously doubtful that I could be happy with a limited pallette…thank you for leading the way.
For me, this is the quintessential summer travel wardrobe! Beautiful colors paired with white.
I have the JCrew linen shirt in lavender I brought (to Hawaii) as a topper. It’s roomy, and a perfect weight. It’s very wrinkled right now from being taken off, and on, and crumpled if I wadded it up and packed it in my hand, but—- linen…..I’ve worn it every day. I’m happy w/the limited amount of clothing I brought – didn’t over pack. Thank you VF!!!!
You know what they say about linen? “If it wrinkles, it’s real” :-) Mine never sees an iron!
Beth T says
I only ever iron linen trousers and 100% cotton shirts but I rarely iron anything else because most fabrics drip or flat dry.
Amanda Hudson says
Never heard that one. Love it! I wear tons of linen I iron it after a wash but don’t worry about it until the next wash.
I love the idea of linen, and I love linen on other people, but I when I wear linen, I feel like one big wrinkle, lol! Except I have a great heavy weight linen dress that I do love, and the wrinkles sort of gracefully fall out. – nancyo
Yes, yes, yes! Long sleeve swim tees are great. I wear mine with calf length swim pants and love the coverage, sun protection, and lush feel in water. This color palette is perfect except for white, for me, but easy to fix. May i suggest add ing some nail polish to the accessories?
Linda P says
Hi Janice and Everyone! At first glance I thought it was black in the color combination but it’s navy blue. Probably either could work.
I am SO glad Lands End came out with high necked tankini tops for those of us who have to slather on SPF 100. I got ‘board shorts’ to match. I did not opt for the long sleeved swim tee for the reasons noted above, and I like to feel a little sun on my arms.
Did someone mention a hat for an accessory-? And a swim tote to hold all the other accessories-?
Ladies Good Afternoon! Beth T the colors you named are my best colors in the summer as well! I really LOVE this wardrobe although all the pants I would wear as skirts. The Navy is beautiful with the turquoise and white. I look better in ivory/ ecru but I’ve mostly given up on finding ivory/ecru for Spring/ Summer Wardrobe. White is just so much easier to find! I LOVE linen and add to my collection every year!! Just a great little wardrobe Janice!!