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


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.
how to tie a scarf as a beach cover up sarong
A note about my bikini – I love my Triangl suits, but 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 these fees could be! It seems that the fees are determined by your own country and state…anyone who has a better understanding, please help explain.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-shortsFor 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.
mar y sol collins tote

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  1. Ariahna wrote:

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

    Posted 5.5.16 Reply
  2. john right wrote:

    Thanks for sharing this fashion blog. I really like the fashion clothing specially spring collections. I have also a fashion blog you can check for more fashion updates.

    Online Fashion Store for men and Women

    Posted 5.21.15 Reply
  3. Great ideas for this summer
    Love it


    Posted 5.16.15 Reply
  4. 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!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    I do blogilates workouts at home!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

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

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  12. Emily Wang wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Did you get those amazing highlights in the sun?? It makes you look so young! 🙂

    Posted 5.12.15 Reply
  14. mybeautrip wrote:

    Scarf tying is great!


    Posted 5.12.15 Reply
  15. 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

    Posted 5.12.15 Reply
  16. Kristi wrote:

    Great Post! Love the scarf tying tips!

    Kristi From Lulu With Grace

    Posted 5.12.15 Reply
  17. you look amazing in those bikinis! do you mind sharing how you stay in shape??

    Posted 5.12.15 Reply
  18. you look amazing in those bikinis! do you mind sharing how you stay in shape??

    Posted 5.12.15 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    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! 🙂

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  20. Jo wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  21. I have this bag and love it! Such a cute look on you!



    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  22. I usually wear my scarves as sarong-style coverups. This is a great way to mix it up!

    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  23. Love this idea of tighting the scarf as a beach cover-up!

    Le monde des petites

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  24. Elizabeth wrote:

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

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  25. Keri H wrote:

    So creative! Love your bikini!

    Enclothed Cognition

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  26. Super cute idea with the scarf! I love this little trick and it's a great combo with jean shorts!


    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  27. Anu-J wrote:

    Fab pictures!!! And I wish i was tiny enough to wrap a scarf around me like that 😉


    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  28. adrienne wrote:

    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!


    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  29. Charlotte Bee wrote:

    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! 😀

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

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  30. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Great idea! Love your scarf:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  31. Such a cool post and beach look, love especially the beach bag!!

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  32. Paola wrote:

    You look amazing, like a Bond girl

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  33. Love the scarf tying! Will have to try that in my next beach adventure 🙂

    A dermatologist's guide to health & beauty

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply
  34. Cute bikini top & sunnies!
    I love wearing a pareo! I also make them from a large scarf.

    Posted 5.11.15 Reply

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