Six Ways to Take Your Look from Beach to Bistro


It's super easy!

By Jen Dayan for

When you finally get a chance to relax on the beach, it’s easy to lose yourself for a few hours – and why shouldn’t you? But before you know it, the day is dipping towards dinnertime, and it’s time to meet up with some folks for a meal out. You’re covered in suntan lotion, your hair’s a salty, windblown pile, and you’ve got 15 minutes flat to be ready.

I’ve found myself in this delicious predicament before, and it’s a great problem to have! Here are my fast, stylish solutions for upgrading your beachfront attire to bistro-ready in no time:

Add a blazer or wrap over your beach dress. Did you wear a summery maxi or cute cover up over your bathing suit? As long as it’s not see-through or miles too short, throwing on a blazer or elegant wrap adds instant class to your beach-front look. 

Transform your summer frock with statement jewelry. Think big chunky necklaces with lots of strands or a single bold piece, a few bangles or chandelier earrings to dress it up. But don’t go overboard! Go with a necklace OR earrings, and either a big ring or a bangle. Simple and sophisticated says it all.

Forever 21 ($6.80)

Highlight a feature. Since it’s hot out, you don’t want or need to spackle your face before you head out. A little eyeliner, mascara, and a sheer gloss will do the trick. Or go light on the eyes and swipe on a deeper shade for candlelit ready in no time. AVOID: heavy bases and powders. Try a dusting of bronzer instead. It’s more than ok to look a little dewy this time of year.

Slip into heels. A hot summer stiletto, strappy, heeled sandal or wedge can take your look up a notch and make a daytime outfit look fierce.

Jessica Simpson ($59.99)

Cinch the waist. Make a loose, breezy summer dress a bit dressier with a belt – try a wide, woven belt or a skinny one, and raise the natural hemline of the dress an inch or two. Instant look-changer!

Fix the hair. You don’t need to tame the mane – if it’s wild and windblown, that’s even better! If you’ve had it up all day, let it loose, finger style it, and try some salt spray to create separation and shine. Or, if you’ve had it down and it’s feeling ratty, try sweeping it up into a casual bun (this looks great with dangly earrings). A little spritz of perfume, and you’re out the door.

Captain Blankenship ($22)

Jennifer Dayan is a fashion stylist, boutique owner and founder of, where her fans and followers go to purchase the hottest trends sourced from more than 100 designers. She was featured by Lucky magazine as one of the top online fashion destinations. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ifoundasecret and at

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