restyling beach wear

Restyling beach wear to everyday looks is easy. Time to get far more from your investment pieces than saving them just for poolside or beach.

Resort wear in the last few years has become a strong category in the fashion industry, years ago when you went abroad it was all about a couple of bikinis and a sarong – oh how times have changed!

Poolside glam and all the party vibes has given a new take on the day-to-night needs of resort wear – that, plus the desire to look just as styled on the beach as you would for your nightlife; has given beach brands the need to broaden their ranges with co’ords and beach sets.

The price tag too can be quite premium, so with cost-per-wear factor, it’s time to get more from them and turn beach wear into everyday wear.


Can you wear it beyond the beach? Some pointers to look for before you invest.

  • What’s the fabric? If the sets are made from the same lycra/elastane as the actual swimwear, then this is unlikely to work – you are looking for sets that are typically used in lounge sets like a tight knitted fabric, satin pyjama or like this beige set where it’s a woven crinkle fabric.
  • You may need to add an extra layer – beach wear is designed to dry quickly, therefore fabrics are intentionally light – consider what you wear underneath e.g. a slip skirt will add a little more structure to the overall look.
  • Accessories is key – How you accessorise these sets will be the first visual indication to others about what you are trying to say about your day – I would avoid a basket beach bag, for obvious reasons!
  • To heel or not to heel – Again, just like your bags and jewellery, what you wear on your feet will determine how others will categorise your look – to make a statement of saying this is for ‘every day’ avoid sliders and flip flops, wear structured shoes like trainers, strappy sandals or even heels
4th & Reckless X Amaka Hamelijnck kahllua styled by Lizzi Richardson
Lizzi wearing 4th & Reckless X Amaka Hamelijnck collection

Above I am wearing a new brand I have personally discovered, 4th & Reckless, they have collaborated with an instagrammer, Amaka Hamelijnck to create a beach collection for poolside to sunsets on the beach; with fine knit garments, satin sarongs, crinkle co-ords and printed bikinis.

I chose this beige crinkle co-ord as I work from home a lot and then when I want to pop out for coffee with a girlfriend or a dash around the shops, I will not feel the need to get changed. It’s the perfect outfit too, if you are having guests at home for a BBQ or just time chilling in the garden, when you want to feel a little more put-together.

I’ve styled it here with my dad sandals, my houndstooth tote bag, doubled up my necklaces for added interest at the neckline and added my Chanel dark shades sunglasses – giving a strong off-duty but on-duty style vibe.

You can view the set on ASOS here.



Amber London co'ord set Desert Oasis styled by Lizzi Richardson
Lizzi wearing Amber London co’ord set Desert Oasis

Amber London is a resort wear brand that I have collaborated with on Instagram; for this particular outfit I imagined having to travel wearing the co’ord or even having a a day trip out touring a city – I absolutely love the print of the Desert Oasis collection, it has a modern vibe and the silky satin fabric is made of polyester with 69% made from recycled polyester, ticking the box of a more sustainably made garment.

Giving structure to the look with strappy sandals and crossbody weave bag and my sportier Anine Bing shades.

I really loved wearing this look and I’ve already worn it on a brunch date with girlfriends and it’s quite possibly coming on a weekend trip to London if the weather stays warm in this late summer.

Keep the ties to the side and not at the front to detract any fuss around the tummy line and depending on what bra you wear you can have the ‘V’ of the wrap top as high or low as you like.

You can view more from Amber London resort wear here.




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