Here in Australia that one must master the art of "pub to beach". If you don't, you run the risk of being overdressed for one of the places and I can confirm, this has lead to discomfort on my part before!
However I now have the transition from daytime drinking at a lovely establishment (this weekend it was Scarborough Pub on the South Coast) to beach session sorted out. Here my top tips to move seamlessly between the bar and the beach:
1. Choose ClogsYour footwear choice should be neat yet casual. Tan heels (black is too harsh for the daytime) are the way to go and with Clogs coming back in fashion you shouldn't be shy about adding a pair to your wardrobe. Needless to say, anything over 3 inches is not 'casual'. Alternatively, bejeweled sandals are always a winner!
2. Outfit of choice: PlaysuitPretty, flirty, fun and not so over the top you look like you're about to go clubbing. This white playsuit by Keepsake the Label is perfect for a hot summer day! White is fresh, goes well with your tan clogs and is easy to slip off and on at the beach. Extra points if you have a bikini with underwire support that doubles as a bra! This is your opportunity to cheat the system and make your swimsuit a feature of your outfit.
3. Beach Face
Not to be confused with bitch face, the easiest way to avoid looking like a smudgy eyed panda is to bring a little bottle of eye makeup remover (I love my Clinique Take the Day Off sample size!) and a cotton pad. I also like to use a tinted sunscreen for my face to even up my skin tone. Once you leave the bar, wipe away your mascara as your apply your sunscreen and you're ready to frolic in the ocean like the mermaid you know you are at heart!