Tying a scarf as a beach cover-up + Mar Y Sol Collins tote

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Even though "jorts" (jean shorts) were infamous in my how to look older post, I found myself hankering for a pair for those casual days. I wanted just the right amount of distressing and a broken-in wash, with cuffs instead of a raw cutoff edge. I ended up with these from Express, which actually has decent denim options starting in 00 regular and short. I wouldn't have minded a longer length, but these aren't bad on short legs and certainly more modest than my 'crombie pairs that have seen better days. The waist is a little loose but works as a casual fit. FYI, I noticed afterwards that Express also makes a longer version.

I packed these on a recent beachy getaway to keep my bum covered, and ended up wearing them often with this scarf. I had browsed everywhere for petite-friendly cover-ups, before realizing I could just tie old, lightweight scarves as sarongs. This rectangle one (borrowed from my friend) worked well either knotted simply around the waist, or crossed-over in an easy "dress/top" of sorts. I can't wait to sift through my old scarves and see what else can be re-purposed for future beach trips.
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A note about my bikini - Triangl suits are my absolute favorite for smaller chests, but I wanted to point out a few commenters on this post who mentioned they were charged with very high custom fees on their orders. Like other international retailers, Triangl mentions on their site that all duties and custom fees are the customer's responsibility, but I had no idea just how much such fees could be! It seems that these fees are determined by your own country and state...anyone who has a better understanding, please help explain. I noticed ASOS has a similar bikini that starts in 30A (note: I own an ASOS suit and it runs a little small - had to exchange for 32A which is a snug fit). They are an international retailer too so custom fees could still apply, but I haven't yet been charged any on an ASOS order, knock on wood.scarf as a beach cover up
Last but not least, I am in love with this straw tote and impressed by the brand behind it. The designs are adorable and the quality of the weave and stitching is visibly good. If you like knowing how & where your products were made, Mar Y Sol has a video showing the artisans in Madagascar who handcraft these bags from start to finish.
white-triangl-bikini-and-denim-shorts For lovers of oversized totes, Mar Y Sol's most popular bag seems to be the Caracas but I personally preferred this smaller Collins tote for a petite frame. The base of this one is about 11" x 6," and the top at the biggest part gets to be about 16" x 9.". I brought it everywhere with us and it had room aplenty for changes of clothes, sunscreen, snacks, beer, you name it.
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36 comments:

  1. Cute bikini top & sunnies!
    I love wearing a pareo! I also make them from a large scarf.
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  2. Love the scarf tying! Will have to try that in my next beach adventure :)

    XO
    Joyce
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  3. You look amazing, like a Bond girl

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  4. Such a cool post and beach look, love especially the beach bag!!
    x Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

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  5. Jean I love your blog, I have been reading about your style adventures for the past 2 years now. You do such a great job of presenting the subject matter clearly and comprehensively. Also, you're really pretty! :D

    These beach photos look so gorgeous, like you're on a movie set. Where were they taken?

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Charlotte! These photos were taken in the Bahamas : )

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  6. Such a cool post! I am always looking for ways to tie scarfs. Now I know how to use them as a swim suit cover up!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Fab pictures!!! And I wish i was tiny enough to wrap a scarf around me like that ;)

    xoxo
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  8. Super cute idea with the scarf! I love this little trick and it's a great combo with jean shorts!

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  9. What size bathing suit did you get? I am having trouble deciding between xxs and xs

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    1. Hi Elizabeth - I got an xxs. Please see my older review on Triangl which I linked to within this post!

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  10. Love this idea of tighting the scarf as a beach cover-up!
    Xxx

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  11. I usually wear my scarves as sarong-style coverups. This is a great way to mix it up!

    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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  12. I have this bag and love it! Such a cute look on you!

    Xo
    Peyton

    perfectlytayloredblog.com

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  13. I really liked that Triangl bikini from your previous post, but was afraid of the price so I did actually end up getting the ASOS one you referenced (but in the fuller bust version). I had success with it, though I haven't work it in the water yet. For reference, my bra size is a 30DDD/E and I got the 30DDD/F version of this in a slightly different color: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-FULLER-BUST-Mix-and-Match-Contrast-Longline-Bikini-Top-DD-G/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5215232

    Also had no extra costs on it.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I'm sure others appreciate the sizing reference.

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  14. Hi Jean, love this post! What a creative way to use the scarf as a cover up! Did you color your hair? Love the volume you have! :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I did get some balayage highlights : )

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  15. you look amazing in those bikinis! do you mind sharing how you stay in shape??

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  16. you look amazing in those bikinis! do you mind sharing how you stay in shape??

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    1. I do blogilates workouts at home!

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  17. Great Post! Love the scarf tying tips!

    Kristi From Lulu With Grace
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  18. Great idea of using a scarf as a beach cover-up. I'm going to be doing that. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    Diary of Elegance
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  19. Scarf tying is great!
    xx

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  20. Did you get those amazing highlights in the sun?? It makes you look so young! :)

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    1. Haha I wish : ) I got them done at a salon.

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  21. Hi Jean - thanks for the awesome scarf-tying tutorial, and for inspiring me everyday with your timeless style!

    For anyone interested in ASOS swimsuit sizing: I ordered the ASOS version of that bikini in blue, and the 32A fit perfectly (for reference, I usually wear 32AA bras). I also ordered the white Japanese floral bikini that's on your Instagram, and I found the 32A to be too tight in the band and too loose in the cups. So there's definitely some inconsistency in the sizing, even though both are ASOS brand. Yay for free shipping & returns!

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    1. Thanks for sharing for fit reference! The 32A worked well for me. I know getting swimwear to fit perfectly is tough, just like with bras!

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  22. Could you recommend a top size for the Triangl size? I'm a 34B. Do you think that would be a S? or XS? I'm so used to wearing XS!

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  26. Hi, can you repost the link to your previous triangl post? The one in this post doesn't work...thanks in advance!

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